It’s been a tough time for Everton in recent weeks, having lost five games in six after their 3-2 defeat away to Brighton last Saturday, but there could be hope on the horizon following a confidence-boosting cup win.
The Toffees ran out 2-0 winners in their Carabao Cup last 16 tie at home to Watford on Tuesday evening, with late goals from Mason Holgate and Richarlison slightly easing the pressure on manager Marco Silva.
After Everton’s hard-fought home win, a match that looked in danger of going the distance at one point, former defender Joleon Lescott has hinted that the victory was really needed in terms of morale.
Speaking to Sky Sports on The Debate, the two-time Premier League winner praised Silva’s side for getting the job done and coming through the thick of it – despite looking tepid at points in the game.
“It’s been a tough time recently for Everton, and for Marco Silva in particular,” claimed the pundit.
“They’ve spent a fair bit of money and I’m sure the fans and the board want more than what they’re seeing in terms of league form, so it’s important they won.
“In the first half, it looked like two teams that didn’t want to lose, rather than going to win.
“But obviously as the game progressed, and they didn’t want to go to penalties, the game became more open and luckily for Everton they got the win.”
The Toffees find out who they play next in the Carabao on Thursday morning, with a potential Merseyside derby on the cards depending on how bitter rivals Liverpool get on against Arsenal and, of course, the luck of the draw.
Indeed, in the midst of a terrible run of form, the cup win could potentially prove a welcome boost for the side’s confidence as they prepare for an upcoming Premier League crunch clash at home to Tottenham.
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