‘It’s too early to look at the table and panic’: Under pressure Marco Silva urges Everton to keep calm despite desperate run of form
- Everton boss Marco Silva assured fans his side will not panic despite poor form
- He said he isn’t too worried about Everton being 14th in the Premier League
- Silva insisted the Toffees must learn from mistakes if they want to bounce back
- Everton face the daunting challenge of hosting Manchester City on Saturday
Under-fire Everton manager Marco Silva has tried to play down fears over his side’s poor run of form, which has seen the Toffees lose three of their last four Premier League fixtures.
He insisted the Merseysiders will not panic despite their abysmal display last weekend at Goodison Park where they went down 2-0 to Sheffield United.
Everton have conceded at least two goals in each of their last four league games but Silva said he isn’t overly concerned about their position in the table – 14th – or his team’s poor performances.
Marco Silva has failed to convince the Everton fans after a string of poor league performances
Should Everton lose on Saturday to Premier League holders Manchester City, who the Toffees welcome to Goodison Park, the calls for Silva to lose his job will only intensify.
Speaking at the club’s press conference ahead of his side’s crunch clash, Silva said: ‘Of course we are not happy. I am the first one when I look at the table. (But) it’s too early to look at the table and panic.
‘If we played well and got three points in the last game, you are talking completely differently about the position in the table.
‘Everything is too close. If you ask me if I am really concerned or panicking, of course not. We know what we are doing, we know what we should improve and results will come.
‘No one is happy when you are conceding the goals like we are.’
Everton face Manchester City on Saturday hoping to turn around their poor run of recent form
Everton have struggled for firepower, leaving Toffees fans glum and gloomy in recent weeks
Silva pointed to the fact his Everton side, which went through strong spells during the previous Premier League campaign, is similar to the team on show this season.
‘We’ve changed one or two things from last season, but they are almost the same players that played 13 games with 10 clean sheets,’ he said.
EVERTON’S PL RESULTS THIS SEASON
- Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton
- Everton 1-0 Watford
- Aston Villa 2-0 Everton
- Everton 3-2 Wolves
- Bournemouth 3-1 Everton
- Everton 0-2 Sheffield United
‘They were the same last season with the fourth-best defence in the Premier League.
‘We achieved that by working hard, improving and learning from the not-so-good things we did, learning from mistakes.’
There was brighter news for Everton on Tuesday as two early goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave the Merseysiders a 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in their Carabao Cup fourth round clash.
In general, though, the Tofffees have struggled to find their attacking feet, scoring only five from their opening six Premier League fixtures.
Silva added: ‘We can adapt (in forward areas). The last home game we played nearly 40 minutes with two strikers.’