Silva frustrated as nervous Toffees lose to Blades

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Everton manager Marco Silva could not believe how nervous his players were as they slipped to a 2-0 home defeat against Sheffield United.

Everton manager Marco Silva could not believe how nervous his players were as they slipped to a 2-0 home defeat against Sheffield United.

The Toffees have been poor on the road but their home form has been solid, which makes the defeat against the Blades even harder to fathom for the under-pressure Silva.

Everton dominated as the Blades managed just one shot on target – substitute Lys Mousset’s 79th-minute strike – after Yerry Mina’s own goal had put the visitors ahead just before half-time.

They had just 30 per cent possession and won only two corners but what they lacked in the numbers the players made up for in determination and commitment as they registered their first top-flight win since December 2006 (the season they were relegated) while at the same time inflicting Everton’s first home league defeat since February.

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Speaking after the loss Silva says his player looked nervous after falling behind, considering their impressive record at Goodison Park up to that point.

“After that (own goal) the game changed completely and we didn’t handle the normal pressure,” he said. “We didn’t show the right ability on the pitch and the strong personality you have to show in some moments.

“We didn’t have reasons to play football and we were so nervous in the 60 minutes after the goal was conceded.

“We were seven months without losing at Goodison Park so there was no reason for us to play so nervous. We cannot handle normal pressure or take the right decisions if you are so nervous playing football.

“We understand the reaction of our fans (who were booing) at the end of the match.”

However, Silva felt the opening goal should not have been allowed to stand due to Callum Robinson’s shoulder-to-shoulder challenge with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford at a near-post corner.

A routine VAR check was made but saw no reason to change referee Simon Hooper’s decision.

“In my opinion we don’t try to find excuses but it was a foul on Jordan in the six-yard box,” he added.

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