Silva: Second half display is how we want to be

Monday, 1 October, 2018 9comments  |  Jump to last

Marco Silva says that he told his players at half-time against Fulham that they needed to be more aggressive and he was rewarded with a significantly improved performance in the second period.

Everton had struggled to find any consistency going forward in the first half and had relied on the direct running of Richarlison to try and force a breakthrough against the Cottagers who were unfortunate not to go into the interval a goal up.

Ryan Sessegnon hitting the crossbar when he seemed odds-on to score was something of a let-off for the Blues but backed by Idrissa Gueye's terrific engine in midfield, some fine finishing by Gylfi Sigurdsson and excellent wing play by Theo Walcott and then substitute Bernard, Silva's men ran out 3-0 winners.

“I told them in that … even when we are in a good shape or a good position, we had to be more aggressive than our opponents," Silva said of his players afterwards.

“We knew before the match [Fulham's] good capacity to keep the ball and play from the back [and] in the first five, ten minutes we did well. We created some problems in our offensive position as well but we had to be more aggressive.

“And then, with the ball in our territory, we have to be more calm about taking the right decisions. We had some moments where were trying to do everything too fast and sometimes you have be more calm.

“We changed in the second half, pressing a little bit higher and our pressure was really different and better in the second half … and that is more our image as a team.

“What was really important was the three points but just as important was the clean sheet.”


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Liam Reilly
1 Posted 01/10/2018 at 07:35:31
The inability to start with tempo and desire seems to be a persistent problem with this group of players, regardless of the manager.

I reckon we'll continue to see these inconsistencies until Silva has his own side on the field.

Benjamin Dyke
2 Posted 01/10/2018 at 08:15:25
Even leaving aside the result, it's nice to know that the manager is slowly getting the players to play how both he and us the fans want us to. Not sure why they've not been able to do it for a full match yet but it will come surely.
Jim Bennings
3 Posted 01/10/2018 at 08:55:14
I'm pleased for Silva as much as anything because in the modern era and internet generation of football supporter, I say supporter very loosely, our manager could have quickly become a target for abuse if we had lost yesterday.

I want Silva to achieve something here and I want stability back at this club, it's something we haven't had since Moyes left and we need to keep a manager in place for a number of season's now.

I'd love Silva to create a dynasty and, while it's too early to think of things like that, there's no disputing that at first glance he appears to have made pretty decent signings so far with two more yet to even play.

What does need to hit home with our players and management staff though is that Everton play at their best when we have tempo and gusto in our performance. We are not the kind of team that looks anything other than poor when we move the play about in such a lethargic manner as we did in the first half on Saturday.

The second half we let Fulham know exactly where they were, Goodison Park, and what has made Goodison a feared venue for many sides is that we make it a bear pit and get stuck in and press teams with velocity and aggression, we had that in the second half.

That is the level we must reach on a regular basis but also we need to start doing it in away games too.

Martin Berry
4 Posted 01/10/2018 at 08:58:09
Give the man time for heaven's sake, he hasn't got all his players out there yet and his seat is barely warm.

I despair at the moaners who suddenly expect miracles! Let's see where we are in the New Year, I think the fans will be loving the results and football on offer.

Tom Dexter
5 Posted 01/10/2018 at 08:58:10
Not linked to this post – but I am left wondering where the clamour for ‘retrespective action' against Danny Rose for diving is after his swan dive into the box for Spurs at the weekend.

I see this as a very similar incident to Niasse – running at pace, minimal contact and an exaggerated fall to con the ref.

Both penalties were scored, so I await the three-game ban... I fear I could be waiting a long time!!

John Keating
6 Posted 01/10/2018 at 09:17:22
As previously mentioned, this one-half situation has been with us for years now, why, who knows? I still see the squad lacking fitness/stamina.

Sadly, I look at some of the other teams, including our neighbours, and wonder why they can maintain a high level and quick game when we tend to only manage 45 minutes.

Should not the team be made ready and primed by the management to be ready to play at a high tempo and be more aggressive from the kick-off and not wait until half-time?

There are a few teams, including our neighbours and usually Leicester, who start at 100 miles an hour and if we don't match them then the game will be gone by the time the manager can sort them out at half-time.

Mike Doyle
7 Posted 01/10/2018 at 09:35:18
John #6. It's taken Klopp 2-3 years to get his players to perform at that level of intensity for 90 mins. You also need a full squad capable of doing it or, when you reach the last quarter of the season, the core group of players are knackered.

Whatever anyone thinks of Souness, in his playing days he was regarded as super-fit. He reckons that he could last for about an hour in the current LFC playing style – and couldn't play every game.

Steve Ferns
8 Posted 01/10/2018 at 13:33:58
John, on the subject of fitness and stamina, Silva has them doing double sessions, in pre-season it was triple sessions. Apparently they looked knackered in the pre-season games because he even had a full-tilt training session on the morning of pre-season matches. He's doing everything to get the players fit enough.

And yet there was these reports, in The Scum I believe, that certain unnamed players were unhappy with his training, that they were being worked too hard.

Well, boo-hoo. These players have been too unfit for too long. I'm delighted Silva is making them earn their money. In order to be able to play the way he wants for a full 90, then they have to be the fittest team in the Premier League, and that means stretching the boundaries to do so. Silva will know who these moaners are, and Brands will be bouncing them out of the club come the end of the season, if not January.

John Kavanagh
9 Posted 01/10/2018 at 23:33:12
Tom #5 My thoughts exactly. If anything there was significantly more contact for the Niasse penalty. But this is media darlings Spurs, so no clamour for a three-game ban. Since the Niasse sending off, I've seen 20+ worse diving offences, but because most of those have been by Sky 6 sides, they are exempt.

I'm also awaiting with trepidation the outcome of the Watford and Cardiff youth player tapping investigations. You just know the FA will again want to make an example of the biggest side not in the Meeja Darlings Club just to demonstrate that they treat all clubs the same. Allegedly.

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