Marco Silva has again called on his side to show greater consistency as they look to build on their win over Chelsea against West Ham on Saturday.
The Toffees have won back-to-back league games just once this season and that was back in October. Since then they have struggled string positive results together and gather any sort of momentum.
Their season was perhaps crystallised against Newcastle earlier this month when they went 2-0 up in the first half only to collapse in the second period and lose 3-2.
However, their victory against Chelsea last time out was arguably their most impressive result of the season and Silva hopes they can build on that at the London Stadium.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Silva said:
“Cardiff, Liverpool, Newcastle and Chelsea matches we showed the consistency and desire we need in some moments.
“We just didn’t score in one match of four. The last win for us was really important to show our players and fans what we can do.
“Now we have to show again what we can do. But those important details we are working on to keep improving and reach the consistency we need as a team.”
If Chelsea was one of Everton’s most impressive results, the reverse meeting with West Ham was one of their most disappointing.
The Hammers had lost every league game before coming away from Goodison with a 3-1 win back in September.
Speaking of that game, Silva said:
“They didn’t win one point until they came here.
“It was a different game to what we play Saturday. It is a normal situation.
“Six months after that game of course both teams are different.
“It will be a tough match against a team with quality in their midfield and attack line.”
Just two points separate Everton and West Ham going into Saturday’s game as they compete for that ‘best-of-the-rest’ tag in seventh place.
Like Everton, the Hammers have invested heavily in an attempt to break into the top six.
When asked whether the two clubs share the same ambitions, Silva added:
“I can agree with you. They spent more than us this season. They showed what they want and showed the individual quality they have in their squad.
“It will be a tough match. In some moments they show some inconsistency also but their form in home games is really good.
“It is a challenge for us to go there and break that record they have in the last few games. We have to prove again our quality.”