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“Silva Linings Playbook”

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What is the “Everton way”? What style, ethos or brand best embodies our clubs values and echoes our proud history? Well, if you were to ask our delightful soon to be ex-neighbours from across the park, or even the most cynical of downtrodden Evertonian, recent seasons have brought with it a brand of mediocrity that is best summarized as dross. Groundhog Day, perhaps? I’ll leave the film references shall I? They’re tenuous at best. Nevertheless, the point remains.

Joe Royle Praises Everton Display

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Everton legend Joe Royle has praised Everton’s display at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as Everton’s best performance since David Moyes.
Royle said: “I was very impressed against Chelsea.
“I saw them against Brighton and they were terrific, with the slight caveat that on the day Brighton weren’t very good, but certainly there was none of that against Chelsea.
“I thought it was probably the best performance by an Everton side since David Moyes was in charge. They really were that good.

Richarlison happy to lead the line

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Richarlison is happy leading the line for Everton.
Marco Silva turned to Richarlison to convert from a winger to a central striker after Cenk Tosun, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Oumar Niasse all struggled in the role.
Richarlison: “I feel comfortable playing down the middle.
“I will play wherever the coach needs me and do my best for the team.
“I am doing what he is asking from me, which is to produce goals and play the way he wants. And I will carry on working hard up front.

“We are getting better every week”

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Idrissa Gana Gueye believes Everton are getting better every week under Marco Silva.
Gueye: “The training is changing, we train hard and you can see it in the way we play: we try to play football.
“We try to keep the ball. Even playing against Chelsea, in the first half we did that well.
“It was harder in the second half but it was a good point, we know it is hard to play there.
“We went there to challenge Chelsea and play our football.

Duo Injury Update

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Everton have confirmed both Andre Gomes and Gylfi Sigurdsson will be unavailable for their nations’ upcoming international fixtures.
Gomes’ Portugal travel to Italy on Saturday and host Poland three days later, while Sigurdsson’s Iceland take on Belgium in the Nations League before a friendly against Qatar on Monday but both players will remain at USM Finch Farm this week to continue treatment for respective injuries sustained in Sunday’s 0-0 draw at Chelsea.

Chelsea 0-0 Everton

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A performance of composure, organisation and defensive resilience saw Everton take a thoroughly deserved point from high-flying Chelsea.
It’s been an awful long time since Everton took victory from a league game at Stamford Bridge, November 1994 to be precise when Paul Rideout bagged the winner.

Reflections on Koeman

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A year or so has passed since Ronald Koeman was removed from his position at Everton. Given the whirlwind 12 months that have followed his departure it is perhaps only now that we are able to gain a reflection of his 15 months in charge of the club. When trying to sum Koeman up I do find the challenge more difficult than with most other managers I had grown up with. Moyes instilled a puritanical work ethic but ultimately lacked any of the cavalier spirit that leads to greatness.

Everton 3-1 Brighton

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A brace of goals from Richarlison and a superb strike from Seamus Coleman saw Everton back to winning ways in arguably their best performance of the season to date.
Brighton came north on the back of three straight one-nil wins and with veteran striker Glenn Murray in a rich vein of form having tallied six of his sides eleven goals this season, and totalled 100 career goals for the Seagulls.

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