De­fi­ant Silva ‘not wor­ried’ by Ever­ton’s los­ing run

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Total Football - At Turf Moor

In March 2018, Sam Al­lardyce had to face the wrath of the travelling Ever­ton sup­port­ers fol­low­ing a 2-1 de­feat at Burn­ley.

Such is the set-up at Turf Moor, with the tun­nel to the dress­ing rooms in the far cor­ner, that play­ers and man­ager must stride past the vis­it­ing sup­port­ers. It is im­pos­si­ble to make a quick and quiet get­away.

For Al­lardyce, that day marked the be­gin­ning of the end of his spell as Ever­ton man­ager. On this oc­ca­sion, Marco Silva was walk­ing the plank af­ter Ever­ton slipped to a 1-0 loss – their fourth con­sec­u­tive de­feat in the league. The mes­sage from irate fans was clear: what is be­ing served up is not good enough.

Un­der Silva, Ever­ton have brought in 12 first-team play­ers, but the gen­eral di­rec­tion of the team is un­clear. Vul­ner­a­ble at the back, and es­pe­cially from set-pieces as they showed in con­ced­ing Jeff Hen­drick’s goal from a cor­ner on Satur­day, they are also strug­gling in at­tack, with nei­ther Do­minic Calvert-lewin nor Moise Kean of the age to play the lone front­man role.

Hav­ing ex­pected to be chal­leng­ing for the top six, their po­si­tion in the ta­ble is a worry. But Silva is chan­nelling the spirit of Jose Mour­inho and of­fers fight­ing talk.

“I never lose my fo­cus,” he said. “I never lose my de­sire, and I never lose what is im­por­tant in my job. In some mo­ments, you have to be the most calm per­son to change the team, so you can think and re­act and show your play­ers the way.

“Of course, we’re not wor­ried at the mo­ment. I have the same con­fi­dence I had at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son. I’m not happy with the re­sults and the po­si­tion we are in, but by work­ing hard and be­ing braver, more clin­i­cal, we can win games.”

As for Burn­ley, it was pointed out to Sean Dy­che, the man­ager, that they had as many points (12) as af­ter the cor­re­spond­ing fix­ture last sea­son. That was a 5-1 de­feat by Ever­ton on Box­ing Day, which left Burn­ley in the bot­tom three. Since then they have amassed 40 points from 27 games. If Burn­ley keep that up, they could re­peat their sev­en­th­place fin­ish of two sea­sons ago.

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