Silva proud of Everton’s character despite loss

Marco Silva
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Referee Anthony Taylor in discussion with Marco Silva, Manager of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton FC and AFC Bournemouth at Goodison Park on January 13, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Everton manager Marco Silva has revealed his delight with his team’s character following their loss to Southampton.

The Toffees put the Saints under enormous pressure in the closing minutes of their 2-1 loss but could not find the equalizer.

“I said last week [following the win over Bournemouth] how we were strong and showed character and personality,” said Silva, according to the club’s official website.

“This afternoon we never gave up again. But, of course, before the goals they scored we should have played differently to achieve a good result.”

“We analysed what Southampton did in the past few games [when they] achieved some good results.”

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“But they were better than us in the first half, we spoke at half-time and changed some things and started the second half like we wanted to, to fight and compete in the match like we wanted and we created chances.”

“The one from Gylfi was a fantastic save from the goalie. Of course, after that, from one long ball and one second ball they scored a fantastic goal, from out of the box.”

“It allowed them to play like they wanted on the counter-attack. But we didn’t perform at our best level to create enough chances to equalise.”

“Our players kept trying and fighting to the end and scored the goal to make it 2-1 [but it was too late].

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