Everton boss Marco Silva remains positive and insists his side are working hard to get out of slump
‘They should continue to play until the whistle’: Under-fire Everton boss Marco Silva refuses to blame VAR for decision that could cost him his job as he continues to remain positive
- Marco Silva has refused to blame VAR for the decision that could cost him his job
- The technology overruled linesman to give Kelechi Iheanacho’s last-gasp winner
- Silva said: ‘Maybe before you’d stop when flag goes up but football has changed’
Marco Silva refused to blame VAR for the decision that could cost him his job as Everton manager.
His team suffered a 2-1 stoppage-time defeat at Leicester when substitute Kelechi Iheanacho’s goal, initially flagged for offside, was given when referee Graham Scott was advised to overturn the linesman’s decision.
It was a heartbreaking decision for Silva, whose team led through Richarlison’s first-half goal and looked relatively comfortable until Jamie Vardy equalised in the 68th minute.
Marco Silva is on the brink after Leicester’s late winner sunk Everton to yet another defeat
Silva admitted he did not know if he would be in charge for the Merseyside derby at Anfield on Wednesday but would not allow his players – some of whom appeared to slow down for a split second on seeing the flag – to use VAR as an alibi for their defeat.
‘They have the instructions to never stop, football is changing,’ said Silva. ‘Maybe one or two years ago when the assistant puts up the flag they should stop and now is not like that. They should continue to play until the whistle.
‘I’m not the right person to ask about that. I know what I’m doing. I know what is my job. Monday will be another day for me to prepare another training session.’
Silva also said the result was ‘harsh’ though his team’s performance was proof he had not lost any backing in the dressing room despite speculation of his future at the club being questioned.
Kelechi Iheanacho’s 95th-minute goal was given by VAR to hand Leicester the three points
‘No one can say anything about their attitude or their ambition’ Silva told Sky Sports post match.
He added: ‘The last performance was not good enough, but it’s not because I lost something. The players show big commitment, big attitude and big ambition but these types of things happen.
‘What I can tell is about our performance. The good things we did, others not so good like the goals. Pressure or not is not important for me. I’m a manager, you’re always under pressure. The fans saw a team fighting with the commitment they want to see.’
The result means that in the last ten games Everton have claimed just seven points.
Everton go into the Merseyside Derby having claimed just seven points from last ten games
It leaves them just one place above the relegation zone with a tricky looking run of fixtures ahead starting with the Merseyside Derby on Wednesday.
Silva said: ‘It’s our obligation as a club (to put on a strong performance against Liverpool), you are Everton, you know how Liverpool are strong at home. Everything we did today gives us the belief you can go there and challenge. We go there to fight and with the commitment we had this afternoon.
‘We should improve results and we are working. I’m the first one to want that, I’m demanding from my players as well.’