Marco Silva

Silva defends changes to starting line-up

1977-League-Cup-FinalEverton boss Marco Silva has defended the changes he made to the side that crashed out of the League Cup to Southampton on penalties this evening.

Silva made seven changes, but insists that he maintained consistency with his back line, despite changing Lucas Digne for Leighton Baines, and Jordan Pickford for Marten Stekelenberg.

He said, “It’s a disappointing result for us. We had a clear goal in the competition to make the next round.

“Penalties are not just lucky or unlucky. They had more than us. If the players are kicking the penalties, it’s because I made that decision. We win together and lose together not put excuses on one player.

“We prepared the match to win and I took the decision to start with Bernard and Lookman because I thought they would perform this way. They are different to Walcott and Richarlison.

“Both performed well, they need minutes of course.

“I don’t have doubts about the changes. I tried to keep some consistency with the backline. It’s normal to change the goalkeeper. We kept Tom and Cenk. The only real changes were behind the striker.

“The wingers did very well and Kieran (Dowell) did well. I understand the question but all of them are playing, some are starting XI players. The only changes were the wingers and attacking midfielder. That’s my opinion.

“It’s not just Richarlison who missed a penalty. He and everyone else who missed will get support to keep them looking forward. It’s not the first time a good player has missed a penalty.”

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