Silva admits his team went soft against Newcastle

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Matt Ritchie of Newcastle United shoots from a penalty which is saved by Jordan Pickford of Everton (unseen) during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton FC at St. James Park on March 09, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Matt Ritchie of Newcastle United shoots from a penalty which is saved by Jordan Pickford of Everton (unseen) during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton FC at St. James Park on March 09, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Everton could have won against Newcastle United as they had a 2-0 advantage, but they ended up losing 3-2.

Everton had a 2-0 advantage tonight at Saint James’ Park but ended up losing 3-2 against Newcastle United.

The English Premier League club didn’t take advantage of the two goals, and at the end manager, Marco Silva admitted his frustration.

“In the first 45 minutes we played good football, had good moments and were always aggressive,” said Silva to the team’s official website.

“We had full focus. When we spoke at half-time, I said to them, ‘We did well but the game is not finished yet, we have to keep doing the same’.”

“In that first 15, 20 minutes of the second half, we must kill the game,” he added.

“We had many chances to make good counter-attacks, we had many moments three against three, and two against two. Because of a lack of assertiveness in the last decision, in the last moment, we didn’t create more chances to score.”

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“After their first goal, they reacted stronger. We have to look to ourselves. Because I am sure if we keep doing as we did in the first half – and do what we must do in the first 15 minutes of the second half – we kill the match straight away with the third goal,” Silva continued.

“It is a matter to be more aggressive against the type of challenge [Newcastle provide.] In the second half, they put long balls, direct balls.”

“It is a disappointing result for us. It is a big frustration because I saw what we did [in the first 60 minutes], it was what we had planned in our strategy,” he concluded.

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