Silva Frustrated Everton Could Not Conjure Winner

Marco Silva praised Everton’s reaction to the blow of falling behind against Newcastle United – but was frustrated his side did not build on the platform provided by Richarlison’s equalising strike.

The Blues had passed up a handful of opportunities to open the scoring when Salomon Rondon met Jacob Murphy’s left-wing cross with a classy finish to give the visitors a 19th-minute lead.

Everton created a flurry of chances as they sought a leveller, with Richarlison and Lucas Digne seeing efforts saved by Martin Dubravka and centre-back Federico Fernandez’s sliding block diverting a Gyfli Sigurdsson strike off target. 

Richarlison pounced from close range seven minutes before half-time to restore parity.

And Everton could have been in front on the stroke of half-time when Cenk Tosun was denied at point-blank range by outstanding Newcastle goalkeeper Dubravka.

But despite firing 19 shots at goal and hogging more than three-quarters of possession, Everton could not conjure a decisive strike. The Blues are nevertheless five unbeaten at home and their point was enough to return to the Premier League's top six.

“In the first half we performed better but the second half not so well,” said Silva. 


“We reacted well when we conceded the goal and then we had a big chance to score with Cenk. We also had a big chance with Gylfi. 

“But in the second half we were slower… and we didn’t create enough chances to change the result.

“If the chance for 2-1 [Dubravka’s stop from Tousn] had gone in, the game would have been different, for sure. 

“Our opponent would have played a different way because they came here with one thing in their mind – to keep strong defensive organisation, with nine, 10 players always behind the ball. And they achieved what they wanted.”

Tosun was restored to the team as Everton’s attacking spearhead, while there were also starts for Ademola Lookman and Kurt Zouma, as Silva made three changes for his side’s second match in 72 hours following Sunday's Merseyside derby.

And although he was disappointed Everton drew the game, Silva was satisfied with the contribution of the players he brought in.

He was similarly pleased with the performance of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who saved crucially from Christian Atsu as Newcastle counter-attacked in search of a winner in the closing minutes.

“I think it is a normal situation for Jordan and we saw his quality,” said Silva. 

“I didn’t see anything different in the previous game at home or even away. It is normal to see him perform with this quality. He helped the team again – nothing new.

“Since the first day I was here, Lookman has shown me every time [in training] and when he has come in during games that he deserved the chance to start. 

“Not because Theo Walcott or Bernard weren't performing well - but because we had a game just three days ago, a tough, intense match. I made three changes and could have made more, because I thought in the second half some of the players were more tired than normal. 

“Lookman performed like I expected. He had some good moments – some others not so good, like the team. Cenk was the same and he worked hard for the team.”



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