Everton manager Marco Silva has revealed his frustration with his team’s slow start during their loss to Southampton on Saturday.
Silva insists the Toffees paid the price for waiting too long to inject pace and aggression into their 2-1 loss to the Saints.
Everton had more possession at St Mary’s but had their first attempt on target in the 48th minute.
James Ward-Prowse gave the host the lead just after before an own goal from Lucas Digne on 64 minutes left the Silva’s side with a tough task ahead.
Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled one back for Everton in the final minute of normal time but the Toffees could not conjure an equaliser during four added minutes.
“We spoke at half-time and I told them we have to be more aggressive, not just with the ball but without the ball, also,” Silva told Evertontv.
“In our attack we had to think and play faster to disorganise Southampton.”
“The way we started the second half it looked like we would do something different. We were faster, we created a chance in the first minute and then had a big chance for Gylfi, a big save from the goalkeeper.”
“It looked like we would do what we should in that moment to achieve a good result. But when they were more aggressive than us they scored a fantastic goal from outside the box.”
“We tried to react and changed some players and tried to be more aggressive in our attack – but they scored a goal in a lucky moment.”
“Things were difficult for us then.”
“We reacted, not playing really well, but we reacted. But when we scored it was too close to the end of the match.”