Silva’s de­light at first vic­tory

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SOCCER - SI­MON PEACH

MARCO Silva was de­lighted to mark his first home match with a first Pre­mier League vic­tory since tak­ing over at Goodison Park.

Af­ter dig­ging deep with 10 men in last week­end’s draw at newly-pro­moted Wolves, the Tof­fees flew out of the blocks on home turf against Southamp­ton.

Theo Wal­cott capped a fine free-kick rou­tine with a 15 th-minute opener that big-money sum­mer sign­ing Richarli­son added to be­fore the break.

Ever­ton were made to sweat thanks to Saints’ vastly-im­proved sec­ond-half dis­play — but Mark Hughes’ men were un­able to add to Danny Ings’ first goal for the club.

“Ev­ery­body is happy,” said Silva. “Im­por­tant win for us, good per­for­mances in some mo­ments. Fan­tas­tic at­mos­phere in our sta­dium. For our first match it is re­ally good. That is some­thing that I ex­pected. I now hear there is a fan­tas­tic at­mos­phere dur­ing the matches.”

There was a feel-good fac­tor around Goodison Park, es­pe­cially with new boy Richarli­son im­press­ing once again.

The fee — ris­ing to a pos­si­ble £50mil­lion — which brought the Brazil­ian from Silva’s former club Wat­ford raised eye­brows, but a third goal in just two matches has helped qui­eten doubters.

Saints boss Hughes said: “I think, cer­tainly in the first half, we find our­selves 2-0 down but in gen­eral play we cre­ated any num­ber of good chances.

“Sec­ond half we got in the po­si­tion where the pos­i­tive from our point of view was Danny get­ting off on the scor­ing trail, which will help him on a per­sonal level.

“We needed to try and gain mo­men­tum and pres­surise them at that point.”

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