Everton defeated Brentford to climb out of the bottom three.

Everton’s “resilience” and “mentality” are growing, according to Sean Dyche, after Dwight McNeil’s first-minute goal earned his side a priceless victory over Brentford.

The Blues started the day in 18th place, but took advantage of teams around them losing to move out of the Premier League relegation zone, leapfrogging two points and three places above trouble.

McNeil’s delightful strike after only 35 seconds provided the perfect start for the hosts, rasping a finish across goal that nestled into the far corner.

The home side, boosted by a raucous crowd, swarmed all over the Bees and created far more chances, with Demarai Gray having a second goal ruled out for handball by VAR.

Brentford attempted to salvage something from the game but were not at their best, with Ethan Pinnock having a header cleared off the line by McNeil and Kevin Schade heading wide at the far post as their unbeaten run of 12 games came to an end.

“I spoke to the players and the media about building a firmer mentality in my way and my thinking of football,” Dyche said.

“The players are adapting, working hard, but we are finding that balance in making the defence more resilient and creating more chances.

“There is no lack of effort since I have been here and the crowd play a massive part for us in the end. They’re working on it; their energy greatly benefits the players, but it’s just another step.

“In the Premier League, wins are to be had. There are strong indications that the mentality is maturing.”

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