Silva’s delight at first victory
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.”