After a run of four consecutive Premier League defeats, Everton finally righted the ship last weekend with a dominant 2-0 win over West Ham United, creating chances and controlling the game from the outset.
The key will be continuing to put in the same amount of effort and application every week, and manager Marco Silva addressed that today in his pre-match press conference.
“We performed so well, we showed that quality and pride in ourselves. We have to build from that and believe it was a turning point for us. Of course we’re not going to win every match from here until the end of the season, but we have to play in that way to win always, to have that pride in ourselves and desire to win the game.
“It’s a must-win game for us again.”
About the Blues’ opponents this weekend, Brighton & Hove Albion, who sit one spot and one point below, Silva added -
“They have quality in their football, the model they are trying to build is clear. It will be a tough game. They need points, but we need them as well. We should go there with a win in our mind, but they are thinking the same.”
Brighton’s home form has been poor, with one win, two draws and a loss at the Amex Stadium, but the Toffees have been even more abysmal away from Goodison Park, with one draw and three losses in four games.
“It’s not good enough what we are doing away, not good enough at all. We have to look at this game thinking we can get our first win away.
“We want to go for as high a position as we can in the table. We reacted last game, and we should react again. Keep that quality and desire because with that we ca go higher up the table.”
Truly, winning cures all ills and Silva talked about the change in mood at Finch Farm this week.
“The mood is completely different, as you’d expect after a tough month. The mood was not the best when we were not achieving the results, but we showed on the pitch our quality and desire to change.
“After the result [last week] we got three points, there was much more to keep improving. This week was different, working hard like always.
“I’m feeling more happy, like is normal. My players performed really well, not just because of individuals but as a team as well. It’s everything I like to see from my team, I’m proud of my players and the fans as well.”