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Gomes’ good luck text does the trick for Everton

Marco Silva much-relieved with first away win of the season

Southampton FC v Everton FC - Premier League Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

Everton overcame a shaky middle phase of the game to secure the three points away at Southampton, their first Premier League win on the road this season. An early goal from Tom Davies followed by an excellent late finish from Richarlison got the job done and after the game Marco Silva was both jubilant and relieved.

Speaking to BBC Match of the Day, the manager said -

”It [the win] was really important for us. We deserved the three points. We were the best team on the pitch. The first half was really good but we should have killed the game. Southampton reacted and scored but to show again the character to go back and win game was good.

”We are learning. We should have been better away. Our quality has to come away but it is good for us to win today and we hope the next games away we can be strong as well.”

The Blues now move up to 13th spot, just three points away from fifth place in what is a wide-open Premier League right now.

”All of us inside the club want to be in a different position but you have to look for a different picture. In all the games it is difficult to find one team who is better than ourselves. Pressure - never. It is a privilege to be at Everton Football Club. Many things have come against us but we will keep fighting.”

Andre Gomes has been discharged from hospital following surgery, and is on the long road to returning to action, but it’s unlikely to be in the 2019-20 season.

”The three points are not just Andre [Gomes] - they are for Andre and for Jean-Philippe Gbamin. We already had two players need surgeries [this season].

“Andre is at home and he will be really happy. He text me before the match and supported our team. He will be always with us in our thoughts and we are supporting him as well.”