Silva Wants 'Strong' Everton To Hit Back From Brighton Blow

Marco Silva is urging Everton to be “strong again” when they kick off 2019 with a Goodison Park game against Leicester City on New Year's Day.

The Blues went down to a single-goal defeat by Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday – a result manager Silva conceded was “frustrating” after his side carved out a number of openings.

Everton’s unbeaten six-match Goodison run was curbed last time out against Tottenham Hotspur.

And Silva wants his side to banish the disappointment of their weekend trip to the south coast by launching another profitable run on home turf.

“It is important to be strong again and ready for the next match in three days,” Silva told evertontv.

“We don’t have time to prepare in the normal way but that is the schedule and we have to put in our players’ minds how important the next game is.

“We have to change our recent form at home and give a different answer.

“It will be a tough match but we have to give 100 per cent to win it.”


Everton responded to their loss against Spurs in the finest possible fashion when they won emphatically at Burnley on Boxing Day.

They were unable to conjure up a second successive away victory at Brighton’s Amex Stadium, though, despite having the majority of possession and 13 attempts at goal compared to the hosts’ 11.

Richarlison, Seamus Coleman and Idrissa Gana Gueye all had half-chances in the opening 45 minutes.

Jordan Pickford saved brilliantly from Florin Andone following the restart but after Jurgen Locadia had capitalised on a deflection in the Blues’ penalty area to hand Brighton a 59th-minute advantage, it was Everton who made all the running.

Richarlison’s shot was pushed onto the post by Albion goalkeeper David Button before Silva added the attacking trio of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Oumar Niasse to the mix.

Defender Kurt Zouma powered a header against the bar with three minutes left on the clock and Lucas Digne fired a free-kick into the wall but Everton could not force an equaliser.

“It was frustrating for us,” added Silva. “We came into the game from a good away win.

“Even if it wasn’t the best performance or best game for us… we created enough chances to achieve a different result.

“One deflection gave the chance to Locadia to score.

“Two minutes after the goal we had a fantastic chance [for Richarlison] which came off the post and then one which came off the bar as well.

“We created more clear chances than Brighton, even if we did not play our best.

“We did not start as fast and aggressive as we planned but after we started to play in our way, in the last 15 or 20 minutes of the first half, we played some good football and created good moments.

“Jordan made a fantastic save but after Brighton scored from that deflection I did not see many chances for them.

“After that we had the chance for Richarlison and the ball off the bar but it wasn’t enough for us.”

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