Everton boss Marco Silva says that his side didn’t deserve to lose 2-0 at home to Sheffield United this afternoon. But he is wrong.
Silva must have watched a different game to those who headed for the exits on 76 minutes when United put their second past Jordan Pickford, but even those who stayed the full 90 minutes would be hard pressed to agree with his assertions.
Newly-promoted Sheffield United won’t have many easier away days in their first season back in the Premier League than against a toothless Everton side who seemed scared of creating anything meaningful.
Silva, himself, seemed surprised that a newly-promoted side would come to Goodison Park and sit off and allow Everton to try and attack. Perhaps he’s new to the Premier League?
“It was a tough game for us… we didn’t deserve the result but football is what it is and when you make mistakes like we did this afternoon, even if you deserve something more, you don’t achieve it,” said Silva.
“Unfortunately for us, in the past two games the mistakes have come too often and created some extra pressure and extra instability that are not normal in our team, or for the level we want to play.
“Sheffield United came here to play in a different way from their past two away games – more back, not high, respecting our team.
“In those situations we have to show not just quality but enough mobility to disorganise them, and then take the right decisions.
“We did that in some moments, of course not so often as I want. But we looked in some moments as if we could score.”