Sean Dyche insists Everton cannot rush their recovery after the Toffees’ impressive Carabao Cup win at Aston Villa.
James Garner and Dominic Calvert-Lewin led the visitors into the fourth round – and a home game against Burnley – after their 2-1 win.
Boubacar Kamara scored a late goal to spark Villa’s comeback, but a comeback would have been undeserved for the dreadful hosts.
Everton lost 4-0 at Villa Park in the Premier League just five weeks ago but have secured two wins in a row for the first time in a year as the season gathers momentum.
Investment firm 777 Partners is also awaiting approval of its takeover and Dyche knows the process to revitalize the club will take time.
“Everton’s story spanned two to three seasons, with a bit of a cloud hanging over it. The only people who can change this history are us,” he said after four defeats in the first five league games.
“The team begins the process that binds the club together and binds the fans together. You want that bond.
“We want a strong connection with the fans, I can’t control the rest, but we can achieve a strong connection through the way the players go about their business.”
“We try to work with things on and off the field, there is so much coordination that needs to happen from top to bottom. You can’t just track everything quickly. The last few seasons have not been where Everton wanted to be.
“Now it’s about building a team that is more competitive and wins more, step by step. The rest will take care of itself.”
Everton’s pressing unsettled Villa and gave them the lead after 15 minutes when they forced a mistake.
Robin Olsen’s poor free throw under pressure landed at Amadou Onana on the edge of the penalty area, Calvert-Lewin and Arnaut Danjuma returned the ball.
Onana played a clever pass to Garner, who scored his first Toffees goal from 10 yards.
Olsen stopped a comical own goal from John McGinn and denied Calvert-Lewin, but could not stop the striker from scoring a second goal five minutes after the break.
Youri Tielemans’ poor pass left Ezri Konsa short and Calvert-Lewin shot in to beat Olsen.
That was all the visitors deserved, but they needed Jordan Pickford to prevent Moussa Diaby from conceding an immediate goal.
Calvert-Lewin tested Olsen but Kamara gave Villa faint hope when his shot from the edge of the box deflected in off Michael Keane.
Diaby and Douglas Luiz came close to forcing penalties but poor Villa suffered their first home defeat since February.
“It’s not about being tired,” said coach Unai Emery, who made five changes since Sunday’s 1-0 win at Chelsea that lifted Villa to sixth in the Premier League.
“I don’t want to focus all our energy on the players every game. We’re trying to keep a balance with a few different players but still remain competitive.
“We are disappointed with the start and the mistakes we made, but we are trying to keep going and build the team.
“We made the second mistake quickly (in the second half) and it was difficult to come back.
“We have to move on quickly and try to recover the players for Saturday (against Brighton) because we need the best performance.”