Marco Silva watched his Everton side beat his former club, Watford, at Goodison Park this afternoon in what he described as a “mature” performance.
Brazilian forward Bernard grabbed the only goal of the game in the 10th minutes to seal the points for Everton and condemn the visitors to their second defeat out of two this season.
Silva was impressed with his side’s opening half an hour, and the second clean sheet in as many games following the draw away at Crystal Palace in last week’s season opener.
“It was an important win and really important three points for us,” said Everton manager Silva.
“I thought we deserved the three points, even if it was a tough game, like always in the Premier League.
“Our first 30 minutes was very good: good football, good moments and a good goal from Bernard.
“We created more chances than Watford, they had one chance with Troy Deeney, and we kept another clean sheet, which was very important for us.
“But we will improve. I don’t have doubts about that.
“The performance was not our best. We can and will do better in the future and play with more quality than we did in the second half.”
Everton fans lit up Goodison Park and there were fireworks before a ball was kicked as the Blues look to continue the improvement of the atmosphere at home.
“We want to make Goodison our fortress,” added Silva.
“We improved at home in the second period of last season and we want to play the same way this season over a longer period.
“The players are working really hard, now we want to do the same in the other box – to be more clinical and score more goals, because we keep creating chances.”