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Robbie Fowler moots ‘devastating’ Everton punishment scenario after ‘seismic shock’



Robbie Fowler has backed Everton to continue their good run of form by beating Chelsea after the “seismic shock” of their 10-point deduction.


Sean Dyche’s men moved out of the relegation zone by beating Newcastle 3-0 on Thursday after they had already beaten Nottingham Forest.

He also believes Everton should be thankful that their punishment came last month instead of at the back-end of the season when they wouldn’t have had time to respond in the manner they have done in the last week.


Writing in the Sunday Mirror on 10 December (page 66), the ex-Liverpool striker said: “In one respect, Everton were fortunate that the punishment for not meeting profit and sustainability rules was handed down in November. That gave them time to reassess what needed to be done

Successive wins over Nottingham Forest and Newcastle have lifted the Blues out of the bottom three again.


“What a lift that will have given the club. And Everton should fancy their chances of beating Chelsea at Goodison today. If it hadn’t been for that points deduction, they would now be sitting above the Londoners in the table.”


He’s got to a point


If we were in April or even May, we would have expected Everton to be more than 10 points clear of the bottom three in the Premier League.


Burnley, Sheffield United and Luton are basically three Championship teams just making up the numbers in the Premier League this season, unfortunately for them.

But it would have no doubt led to some squeaky bums at Goodison Park if the punishment hadn’t been levelled out and there were only a handful of games left to play.


Fowler’s got a point because Everton’s form has probably lifted off the back of this punishment.


You may have expected us to beat Forest but to batter Newcastle 3-0? You can probably owe that one to the adrenaline forced into the veins of our players by the fans and the overall reaction to the 10-point deduction.


Dyche has basically led us to safety already because you just don’t see that bottom three picking up more than a handful of wins between them for the rest of the campaign aside from games against one another.


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