Marco Silva has called and his players to show strength in the face of adversity in the form of injuries to key players and baffling refereeing decisions.
The Portuguese takes his team to Southampton tomorrow looking to pick up what would be Everton's first away win of the season and their first on the south coast since 2015 but they will have to do it without the injured Andre Gomes and possibly without Fabian Delph as well.
Gomes suffered a fracture dislocation of his right ankle in Sunday's draw with Tottenham and underwent surgery on Monday while Delph sustained picked up a hamstring strain at the end of the same game.
It means that Silva is deprived of three key central midfielders once the longer term loss of vision and is taken into account while Bernard, an increasingly important part of the team on the left flank, is also missing.
At the same time there is frustration and confusion in the ranks following a series of controversial refereeing and officiating decisions that have played a significant role in the outcome of each of Everton's last two Premier League matches.
Michael Keane was penalised very harshly at Brighton a fortnight ago with video assistant referee Lee Mason awarding a penalty to the Seagulls, paving the way for a 3-2 win for the home side. Then in the Spurs ,game Everton were denied a clear penalty for handball by Dele Alli and two fouls by Davinson Sanchez on Richarlison inside the box were also ignored.
“Now is the moment for us to show how we are strong as a football club,” Silva said on evertonfc.com. “We keep fighting because it is our obligation, we keep fighting for what is best for Everton Football Club. I am 100 per cent sure we will do the same thing on Saturday.
“With all these things that have happened to us, all the players in our dressing room need our support to give the right answers every single day and, of course, on the matchday.
“My feeling now is we will give a good answer with the support of everyone — first of all our fans. I think they realise how tough the past month was for us, all these things happening to us, the decisions, injuries to key players.
“But in these types of moments you can see how you are strong as a dressing room, the togetherness we have in our dressing room and among all the staff.”
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1 Posted 08/11/2019 at 21:39:33
2 Posted 08/11/2019 at 21:45:03
3 Posted 08/11/2019 at 21:48:06
A win may bring a temporary reprieve, together with the Norwich home game.
Then we'll see where we stand after the December fixtures.
4 Posted 08/11/2019 at 21:51:25
5 Posted 08/11/2019 at 21:57:54
I'll drive him to Williamson Square myself.
6 Posted 08/11/2019 at 22:17:25
7 Posted 08/11/2019 at 22:43:57
9 Posted 08/11/2019 at 22:47:28
11 Posted 08/11/2019 at 23:02:14
12 Posted 08/11/2019 at 23:09:08
13 Posted 08/11/2019 at 23:18:24
Is Moshiri so blind to reality that he subscribes to the ridiculous, "we're too good to go down" mentality? If he can't see that Silva is a serial loser and is likely to cost the club millions in lost revenue if we drop to the championship, and thus putting the whole Bramley Moor Dock project in jeopardy, he's a bigger and more naive fool than I've previously taken him for.
I think what Ken means is that any other chairman at this or any other club would have dumped Silva long before now. He has to realise he made a huge judgment error in chasing after and appointing Silva. If he has to pay a few million in compensation to get rid of Silva, it will still be less than the potential millions ww stand to lose if we go down, and every day Silva stays as manager the less time we have to rescue ourselves from the devastating mess that is Marco Silva's Everton.
And Silva, stop talking about, 'moments.' I'm sick of hearing, 'in this moment', in these moments', "we have had some bad moments", yeah, yeah we know. Just stop talking about them and effing do something about them, you know? Like a real manager would do. Better still, do one, bugger off, resign, take a powder, just go... And failing that, Moshiri, grow a pair and fire the loser while there's still time to save ourselves from relegation
15 Posted 08/11/2019 at 23:26:31
16 Posted 08/11/2019 at 23:32:11
I mean, just fuck off.
18 Posted 09/11/2019 at 12:20:42
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