Marco Silva

Silva takes positives from City defeat

Everton boss Marco Silva says he wants to take the positives from the defeat to Manchester City at Goodison Park this afternoon.

The Blues paid too much respect to the Champions in the opening exchanges, which saw Theo Walcott taken to hospital after being hit by the ball, and City hit the bar.

When the visitors took the lead, many felt it would be the start of a rout, but Everton pulled it back thanks to a Dominic Calvert-Lewin goal. City then turned on the heat and won the game with two second half goals.

He said, “The first 20 minutes our performance wasn’t good enough but after their goal we responded strong. We had some good moments. We were faster and quicker and made problems for them and equalised.

“We created problems for them and had a good moment with Gylfi Sigurdsson. They had a bit more possession, which is normal against most teams.

“But we had a good attitude from our players and, to be honest, we had the best chances before they scored to make it 2-1, through Mina and Calvert-Lewin. There was a big save by Ederson.

“It was a good game, a competitive game. We didn’t get the points but there were lots of positives.”

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