Marco Silva was pleased with a job done well at Hillsborough this evening as Everton booked passage to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup with a 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored twice inside the first 10 minutes and could have had a hat-trick as the Blues eased the pressure on their shoulders and those of the manager following a disappointing start to the Premier League season.
Silva had asked for a big performance from his players, particularly after the 2-0 defeat to the Owls' local rivals Sheffield United at Goodison Park on Saturday, and was rewarded with a more unified and coherent display.
“This word togetherness is really important,” Silva said afterwards. “I asked them to do what we did against Lincoln. We were serious, we respected our goals in the competition like aways and we did the same thing tonight.
“I know that these types of games are risk games for us but we did well. We had fantastic support — more than 4,000 here to support us which is really important. We achieved what we want which is the next round.
Silva made five changes to the team that started against the Blades, two of them, Djibril Sidibé and Alex Iwobi, had been expected but the Portuguese also reinstated Calvert-Lewin to the front line in place of Moise Kean, dropped Gylfi Sigurdsson to the bench to accommodate Iwobi in the No 10 role, swapped Tom Davies for Morgan Schneiderlin and played Mason Holgate instead of Michael Keane.
“The players [who came in] did what I wanted from them. [They] are all important because it's not just 11, 12 or 13 players,” he said. “We have more players with quality. Djibril Sidibé arrived late in our squad but step by step he is showing his quality, but he needs more game to show more quality.
“Mason had a good game also which was important. He finished the game with some physical difficulties but he did well and showed that quality that I know he has but more important, he showed the focus he needs to.”
Silva was asked about Calvert-Lewin who grabbed his chance to shine with both hands, scoring one brilliantly taken effort on the half-volley and then sliding in to convert a poacher's goal after Alex Iwobi had slipped the ball square for him in front of the net.
“It's really important for all strikers [to score goals]. He scored against Bournemouth and unfortunately for us we didn't achieve the points. Tonight he scored twice and we achieved the win and it's really important for him. He needs that to gain more confidence and let's hope he can score again.”
Silva played down the significance of Richarlison's substitution after taking a knock during the game and coming off for Theo Walcott in the second half.
“He's okay; nothing special,” the manager explained. “I made the change because he played the full game last Saturday and Theo is working hard also to get a place. We had to put fresh players on to bring more freshness to our front line.”
Quotes sourced from evertontv
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1 Posted 25/09/2019 at 00:49:07
3 Posted 25/09/2019 at 06:01:34
4 Posted 25/09/2019 at 07:25:46
It's early doors and, though I admit to being really gutted with our start to this season, let's get behind the team and manager on Saturday and see how things go. COYBs!!!
5 Posted 25/09/2019 at 07:52:10
Why worry about them, why not do what Norwich did and try and shock them by taking proceedings to them?
I can't see the benefits in having Schneiderlin sitting next to Delph and whilst much clamour has been here for Davies, he's another really who moves too slowly and seems to do everything in slow motion.
I'd be bold, partner Kean next to Calvert-Lewin and play Iwobi behind them.
Bernard and Richarlison coming in from wide area's and, if Gomes is fit, use him next to Delph or sit Sigurdsson next to Delph as he can pass a ball and is always savvy for a long-range howitzer against the big teams.
Might even be so bold to say to Coleman “Do you know what, mate, we love you but you've got serious competition nowâ€ and start Djibril Sidibe.
6 Posted 25/09/2019 at 07:54:55
7 Posted 25/09/2019 at 08:04:55
Anyway, let's hope for courage and a bit of style on Saturday.
8 Posted 25/09/2019 at 09:37:51
9 Posted 25/09/2019 at 09:50:37
10 Posted 25/09/2019 at 10:18:22
I'd like to see Iwobi given a run now instead of Siggy.
And Calvert Lewin should be first choice striker until, or even when, Kean is ready.
He's learning all the time and will get run of goals given service.
I was fuming after Saturday but can see glimmers of hope - not because of tonight's result - but because of the players that can come in, such as Gomes, Iwobi and Sidibe.
11 Posted 25/09/2019 at 11:58:13
I'd go with
I'd bring Richarlion in if needed, he's not been looking that at it at times and looks petulant and moody, a more useful impact from the bench than Bernard however?
12 Posted 25/09/2019 at 12:54:32
13 Posted 25/09/2019 at 13:05:59
Even if we flood the middle with Schneiderlin, Davies and Delph it still won't be enough to repel City, as none of the three are particularly quick or athletic players.
As for City, they see so much of the ball that they'd wear us down eventually anyway.
I say give them something to worry about.
14 Posted 25/09/2019 at 13:08:44
15 Posted 25/09/2019 at 13:47:44
I agree. If we play our usual line up we will have a midfield of spectators watching City tear us apart. Monte Carlo or bust we can't contain city and hope for a clean sheet
16 Posted 25/09/2019 at 15:41:26
17 Posted 25/09/2019 at 15:54:08
This is going to be a game where the midfield unit of 4 (Richarlison and Bernard included here) stays compact and forces mistakes, while Sigurdsson and Calvert-Lewin press them into mistakes. This plays to both Schniederlin and Sigurdssons strengths.
We proved last season that this works against the better sides, the reason the aforementioned look shite this season is because it doesn't work against poorer defensive sides.
18 Posted 25/09/2019 at 17:03:36
Delph Iwobi Davies
Digne Mina Keane sidibe
Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin are instructed to run wide and create space for Iwobi to come into. He's better doing this than the slower Sigurdsson. Schneiderlin is the only pure holding midfielder we have. Davies has more energy than an unfit Gomes. Mina and Keane would be fine as we'd defend deep. Therefore we would need two attacking fullbacks to get forwards on the counter. Which makes Schneiderlins involvement essential.
19 Posted 25/09/2019 at 17:37:56
Holgate Kean Mina
Sidibe Davies/(Siggy) Delph Iwobi Digne
20 Posted 25/09/2019 at 17:41:50
21 Posted 25/09/2019 at 18:14:53
22 Posted 25/09/2019 at 18:54:09
23 Posted 25/09/2019 at 20:29:43
What seems clear is that we do not presently have the personnel available to make 4-2-3-1 work well.
24 Posted 25/09/2019 at 20:30:08
26 Posted 26/09/2019 at 16:11:01
The threat of DCL against a defence that can be shaky on crosses is the best way forward.
Hopefully his hold up play will also help when we are under pressure.
27 Posted 26/09/2019 at 16:25:14
29 Posted 26/09/2019 at 16:53:55
30 Posted 26/09/2019 at 17:23:06
31 Posted 26/09/2019 at 18:04:15
Dave, you wouldn't really rather see him in there than Sidibe?
32 Posted 26/09/2019 at 18:22:39
I was just wondering why these two players are still on the books and not being utilised in any way.
I've a good idea why Martina is still here, it's his last season with the club and he has been offered to other clubs but him and his agent ( if he's got one) have realised they will not get an offer that is anywhere near the money he is getting at Everton.
I think it was you Mike who told me he was on £30,000 per week. Mike, the great train robbers of the early sixties got thirty years jail sentences for a lot less ( each) than Martina has robbed off Everton since Koeman sneaked him into the club.
33 Posted 26/09/2019 at 20:02:33
However, I'm going to disagree with your characterization of Cuco. He hasn't robbed anybody. He accepted an offer to resurrect his derailed career and play for a manager he respected at a wonderful salary. Obviously the offer was idiotic (and many of us thought so at the time), but that's not Cuco's fault.
All you can expect of a player in exchange for his salary is that every minute of every game he gives his absolute 100% best. Cuco did that, mostly playing out of position. He's not very good, but he put it all out there. And sometimes it was good enough -- he had some decent games.
I also got a look at his character this summer at the Gold Cup when he was an inspirational captain for Curacao and led them to their finest international performance ever, reaching the quarterfinals before losing just 1-0 to the US.
Martina may be vastly overpaid for his talents, but he is no robber.
34 Posted 26/09/2019 at 20:14:28
35 Posted 26/09/2019 at 20:18:36
The opposite is someone like Drenthe or Van Der Meyde. Moyes was right to gamble on the pair (first was only a loan anyway) as they could have rediscovered their best form and resurrected their careers and at the time we had to gamble on such players. However, neither were 100% committed and so you can complain about them stealing a living.
36 Posted 26/09/2019 at 20:41:31
Steve (35), you can't complain too much about Martina? Leave him to me Steve, I'll do it for you, no charge, to be honest Martina always puts me in a good mood and makes me smile, just thinking about the throw ins he took.
37 Posted 26/09/2019 at 21:45:38
Put the blame where it belongs, my friend, on Koeman not Cuco. As Steve points out, we've paid a lot more to a lot worse.
38 Posted 26/09/2019 at 21:54:00
39 Posted 27/09/2019 at 05:08:54
40 Posted 27/09/2019 at 09:44:03
Sigurdsson proved last year how vital he is against teams who look to attack us, him and Calvert-Lewin do a lot of work instigating a highly press which is backed up by the midfield. I would start him against the better teams, but leave him out against crap teams.
41 Posted 27/09/2019 at 09:55:57
Many people think we already have such a player in our ranks but I'm not convinced, these type of players, creative playmakers who can score a few goals, cost a fortune unless you get lucky and unearth a diamond like Arteta.
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