English Premiership

Silva frustrated as poor defending costs Toffees again

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Marco Silva (Getty Images)
Marco Silva (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Everton manager Marco Silva was encouraged yet frustrated as his side slipped to a 2-0 home defeat against Manchester City.

Silva was left to bemoan their fragility at set-pieces once again as they conceded for the 12th time in the Premier League (excluding penalties) - which is the top-flight's worst record - and 17th occasion this season.

The Toffees mentor said after the game: "It's a big frustration to concede after 47 minutes in first half, after 97 minutes in the second half.

"I don't want to talk more about set-pieces. What I tell, I will tell to the players. I understand why you ask, but there is something inside the mind of our players. We have to work more."

Silva was, however, encouraged by the overall performance, despite goals from Aymeric Laporte and substitute Gabriel Jesus sealing the win for the visitors.

He continued: "Our fans, the reaction at the end of the match was everything we needed at the moment. It will make us more confident, and stronger in the next match.

"The performance was completely different to our last game. Good attitude, strong answer, everything we needed. ‘We should show this in every game. It has to be our image as a team."

Everton's next game is against Watford away on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 17:00.

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