Marco Silva

Silva thanks “amazing” fans

Everton boss Marco Silva has praised Evertonians for generating an “amazing” atmosphere inside Goodison Park yesterday as the Blues dented Liverpool’s title hopes with a 0-0 draw.

Everton supporters group “Originals1878” got together with a number of supporters and with the club to help bring together a noisy and rampant Goodison Park.

The atmosphere was no doubt helped by Liverpool fans being so unusually quiet, as well as the addition of sirens to the beginning of Z-Cars, but when “Grand old Team” was played before Z-Cars, the noise was already building.

Evertonians have often questioned the atmosphere at home games over recent years, but there can be no question that – as Silva told The Mirror – the Blues were the 12th man yesterday.

“Let me say one thing to you; in my opinion one of the most important things happened this afternoon. The atmosphere in our stadium was fantastic, amazing,” he said.

“In the pre-match press conference I said that the fans could play a key part in the match, and they were really the 12th player on the pitch, no doubt about that.

“I know it’s a special match, a derby, but if you could put this atmosphere, 70 or 80 per cent of it, every match, then 30 or 40 per cent of our job is done, because they can push our team to win, and they can make it really difficult for all our opponents, as they did this afternoon.

“We expect that they do that again in the next home match, because they can be a key player every time we play at Goodison.”

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