Marco Silva: 'Manner of Everton win was important'

Paola Ditto
Agosto 19, 2018

"It was a good first half", said Silva.

Danny Ings, roundly booed by the home fans, pulled one back for Saints on his first start since arriving on loan from Liverpool, but the visitors were unable to salvage a point. It needed a peculiar intervention from Jordan Pickford to prevent an equaliser on 25 minutes.

Midfielder Andre Gomes will not feature as he battles to shake off a hamstring injury while defender Kurt Zouma and playmaker Bernard are available to make their debuts.

Hughes conceded the two goals Southampton had shipped were poor, having trailed 2-0 at the break to a training ground free-kick and a near-post header from Richarlison before Ings did cut the deficit after half-time. The former Arsenal star showed his quality with a fine finish for the opener and an expert ball to set up Richarlison, though he should have added to his tally when he dragged wide in the 69th minute after neat interplay with Gylfi Sigurdsson. He attempted three shots against Burnley in his debut.

Last season Everton's record at home proved to be crucial come the end of the campaign, as the Toffees won ten of their 19 matches at Goodison Park, drawing four and losing five - all of which came against sides in the Premier League's top seven.

- Everton are unbeaten in their last 14 home league games against Southampton (W10 D4), since a 2-0 defeat in November 1997.

Although his goals earned his side a point last week and two on Saturday, it has been his all-round game which has impressed Toffees fans the most.

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