Marco Silva says Everton must channel their anger following last weekend’s defeat to Norwich City into delivering a stirring performance against Leicester City on Sunday.
Everton won 2-1 at Leicester last season and Silva admits he needs his team’s leaders to “show up and take responsibility” in order to achieve a repeat.
The manager is sourcing further motivation from his desire to reward Evertonians who will once again fill an away section when they travel to the Foxes’ King Power Stadium this weekend.
Everton, in 16th, are separated from fifth-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers by only five points in the Premier League table.
Silva’s side won their most recent away match at Southampton earlier this month but were beaten at Goodison Park by Norwich six days ago.
“We know the club we are working at, this is Everton Football Club – and if you want to be a winning team, you have to be sad and angry with bad results and performances,” Silva told evertontv.
“But we know we can react in the next game.
“I saw a good reaction from the players in the past few days. I am seeing [leaders] and I believe they can show up.
“We have to do it as a team, not just one, two or three. This is a moment for the leaders to show up and take responsibility.
“First of all myself, like always.
“On the pitch we have to be strong as a collective.
“Then some individual players have this [leadership] quality and can take responsibility as well.”
Silva insists Everton are determined to make amends for their display and result against Norwich.
“Our performance was not good enough,” said Silva. “I am the first one looking at the game and analysing what happened, speaking the truth about the game.
“I was really disappointed, the players were as well – and we must share our fans' frustration.
“The next game is a good opportunity to show different things.”
On the potential power of Everton’s away following, Silva added: “I said since the first day their support is so important.
“When we play away, it is always the way, always sold out.
“We look to the stand and cannot see one space.
“That means they are always, always there.
“They away support is fantastic, not just in good moments and after good results.
“Even when we have a not-so-good result or performance, they are there supporting the players.
“And the players can feel it, from the first minute until the last when we play away.
“What they are doing is really good.
“We have to react, to show different things and it is really important for them to support their players.
“With their support and help the players will feel more confident.”
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