Cape Town - Everton manager Marco Silva believes his charges earned their 2-0 victory over Watford in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.
It has been a tough start to the season for the Toffees, who have struggled in the Premier League, but they got some welcomed relief when booking their place in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup at the expense of Watford.
After a run of bad luck, with a number of decisions going against them recently, the under-pressure Silva was a relieved man, and felt the result was fair.
They left it very late though. Mason Holgate scored a 72nd-minute header, before ex-Hornet Richarlison wrapped things up with a stoppage-time strike.
After a lacklustre first half to the contest, Everton went close a number of times prior to Holgate notching the opener, with efforts from Alex Iwobi and Lucas Digne hitting the woodwork.
The win came three days on from a 3-2 Premier League defeat at Brighton that left Silva questioning VAR after a contentious late penalty was awarded against his team.
After Tuesday's victory against his old club, it was put to Silva that his reaction to the goals had been quite subdued, and he was asked what he had been feeling.
The Portuguese replied: "Fair - I think it was fair for our team and our players. This is the main thing. I think at that moment my thinking was it was fair, because everything we were doing in the second half, the chances we created, I think it was fair.
"Come from a game and possibly you are here talking about, if it was fair, three wins in a row. You know why we are not talking about three wins in a row with a win this evening. Of course it was a tough afternoon for us on Saturday at Brighton.
"We want to keep in this competition as well. We will do our maximum to go until the end in this competition, and we deserved it. In that moment, what I felt was our players, we as a team, deserved the goal."
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