Marco Silva has stated a desire to see his Everton players produce solid performances on a consistent basis after delivering some home truths to his squad before facing West Ham United, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
Everton had lost four Premier League games on the bounce ahead of last Saturday’s encounter with Manuel Pellegrini’s Irons, but were able to stop the rot thanks to goals by Bernard and Gylfi Sigurdsson, lifting the Toffees out of the relegation places.
Everton’s torrid run of form following the October international break saw the Merseyside outfit plummet down the Premier League standings, as Silva’s men went from the sixth-best side after four games to the 18th-best after eight games.
The Goodison Park natives were the only top-flight club not to take any points between September 9 and October 18, as the Blues shipped nine goals and succumbed to defeats against Bournemouth, Sheffield United, Manchester City and Burnley.
Silva knew the rot had to stop, and labelled Saturday’s encounter with West Ham as a must-win game after losing at Turf Moor, and sought to hammer home the message to his players before facing the Irons at the weekend.
“We had a good chat, but we didn’t just have a chat because we’d had some bad results. We have these chats in good and bad moments,” Silva said. “My message to them was clear and they understood – that was the most important thing to me.
“When I see them perform in this way [against West Ham], that is the main thing for me because I am trying to build something in our football club. Last season we had some very good moments like this, but I want more consistency. The chat was good and the message to them was clear.
“They knew it was the truth. You have to tell the truth to your players – you can’t go around the issue. You have to tell the truth to players even if the truth is not so good.”
Consistency was one of the issues which plagued Everton’s inaugural season with Silva at the helm, as the Toffees only recorded a couple of three-game winning runs in the Premier League and their longest unbeaten streak came in their final four games of the 2018/19 campaign.
Solid performances like beating Burnley 5-1 on Boxing Day also preceded a 1-0 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion, who were without a win in their previous four games at the time of Everton’s arrival at the Amex Stadium.
Holding Liverpool to a draw in March came a week before letting a two-goal lead slip at Newcastle United, as well, and Silva cannot afford to see his players drop points at Brighton this weekend, otherwise the pressure may be mounting again.
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