Dyche: Everton's points deduction feels 'unjust' (1:02)Sean Dyche reflects on the decision to dock his Everton side 10 points in the Premier League table. (1:02)
Everton were shocked by the "enormity" of their points deduction punishment for breaching Premier Leagues profitability and sustainability rules, manager Sean Dyche said on Friday.
"I think like everyone in these parts is, we're shocked," Dyche told reporters. "Seemingly, the wave of noise after that was most people in football were shocked."
"The enormity of it. Disproportionate is a word that has been used by the club," Dyche said.
"Obviously, we're going to feel aggrieved by that. On the other hand it doesn't change the focus," the manager said. "The focus since I've been here has been about sorting things out on the pitch."
"This has given us a push backwards to come forwards again," he said. "The job hasn't changed for me. It's obviously made it a bit more difficult until the appeal of course.
"I spoke to the group and said 'Look, the league table is a thing.' I've always believed the final league table is the truth of the season. It changes the viewpoint but it doesn't change what we're doing. We've just got to go harder for longer and stronger."
Everton are unbeaten in four of their last five games while United are sixth in the table having won four of their last five matches to climb to sixth in the table on 21 points.