Everton boss Marco Silva insists he and the club won’t panic despite a run of four defeats from five Premier League matches.
The Toffees’ defeat to Manchester City last week saw them slump to 15th in the table, making a sustained challenge for a top six place already look wildly optimistic.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s trip to Burnley, Silva admitted that current results were unacceptable but remained determined to turn things around.
“We are not happy when we look at the table.
“We are not happy not winning the last few games because we always play to win.
I know one way to improve - work hard. Learn from the things, show bigger commitment, bigger desire. I don’t feel more pressure, I feel more desire to work.
”We are aware (of the current situation), but we are not in panic.”
Silva also defended Jordan Pickford after he came in for some criticism for his recent form, with some pundits suggesting the England goalkeeper could have done more to prevent Riyad Mahrez from scoring a free-kick for Manchester City last weekend.
“We spoke at the beginning of the season about Jordan. Some of you asked me about his form, saying he was stable.
”Because we conceded from a free-kick, it hasn’t changed anything. I always analyse the game and look at what we can improve or not.
”Jordan’s worked hard this week. It’s what I want from him. The very good things he does are good for his confidence and there are things we can all work on and improve.”
Silva also had some kind words for Burnley, who are now into their fourth successive Premier league season, their best top flight run since the early 1970s.
“Sean Dyche is doing a good job. They don’t change things season after season.
“Specific type of game. Really physical team, it’ll be tough. It’s tough for everyone to play there.
“They always want to challenge. They have two strong strikers, you have to switch on from the first minute.
“You have to show quality to create problems for them. Our main goal is to win the game.”
And finally, Silva had some kind words to say about Fabian Delph, who was expected to earn (since confirmed) a recall to the England squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers later this month.
“It would be very good news for us.
We help our players to achieve the best level they can, it’s important.
It’s part of my job to work with them and help them.”