Silva praises Pickford reaction as Everton shut Chelsea out

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The goalkeeper kept a clean sheet as the Toffees notched a 2-0 win at Goodison Park.

Marco Silva believes that Jordan Pickford proved his quality in Everton’s win over Chelsea, following a poor display against Newcastle United last time out.

Despite saving a penalty, Pickford made several errors in Everton’s 3-2 defeat at St James’ Park, and was fortunate not to get sent off in the incident leading up to Newcastle’s spot-kick.

But Pickford, making his 100th Premier League appearance, put in an assured performance on Sunday as Everton bounced back with a 2-0 victory over Maurizio Sarri’s side, making five saves to conserve a second successive home clean sheet.

Pickford had much to do in the first half, with Chelsea dominating from the off – Eden Hazard forcing Everton’s goalkeeper into a smart stop before hitting the woodwork.

But the Toffees rallied after the interval, with Richarlison heading in an opener before winning a penalty from which Gylfi Sigurdsson tucked home on the rebound to secure a first league win over a ‘big six’ side since a 4-0 victory over Manchester City in January 2017, a run which Silva insists must not be repeated.

“This is something that cannot happen again because it is not a normal thing, for a club like us, not to be winning against a strong side,” Silva added.

“I am sure all of the managers and players who were here before did their best to achieve that, but for our quality as a club and how big we are as a club, we cannot allow that to happen again.”

 

Source: Goal

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