Everton manager Marco Silva has revealed he was pleased with his side’s second-half performance, after they beat Chelsea 2-0 on Sunday afternoon.
The Toffees secured the vital victory thanks to a brilliant performance in the final 45 minutes, winning thanks to goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson. It was their first home win since January, having failed to win their last three at Goodison Park.
Speaking after the game, Silva reflected on the game and his side’s first half performance. Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “The first half I didn't like it at all, we were not there from the first minute. What we did in the second half was everything we planned during the week.”
Everton were on the back foot in the opening 45 minutes, with Chelsea having a burst of big chances to take the lead. However, Silva’s side came out for the second half revitalised, and produced a fantastic performance to secure all three points.
He added: “I told our players at half-time that they have to do everything different and they did. They showed great attitude, character and personality second half, but we have to do it from the first minute.”
Despite the win Everton remain 11th in the Premier League, one point off tenth-place Leicester City. The Toffees will be eager to push for a higher finish come the end of the season, having been eighth at the end of January.
Silva further praised his players, when he said: “We weren't without desire. They work really hard every day; I can't say anything about their attitude. [We want] to be more mature to achieve everything we want, deserve and what our fans deserve also.”
One of Everton’s main weaknesses this season has been consistency, and the ability to string together a strong set of results. The Toffees have only pulled off one string of victories, when they won three consecutive games from September to October.
The Everton manager acknowledged the need for this, adding: “I don't have doubts about what I'm doing. I'm the first one that wants more consistency.”