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Silva backs Pickford, but is ‘not happy’

Manager’s comments ahead of Sunday clash against Arsenal

Everton FC v Crystal Palace - Premier League Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

Everton host Arsenal on Sunday as the 2018-19 Premier League season winds down. The Blues have six games left to play, and are four points off Wolves in seventh, so there might be something to play for still.

Speaking to the media this afternoon ahead of the game, manager Marco Silva started off by addressing the spat that Jordan Pickford got into over the weekend. (Quotes via the Echo)

“For us as a manager and us as a club I am not happy. The player is not happy with what happened.

“As football players they have an obligation. It is clear to them. It is a matter for us to remind him.

“Everything we must do we have already did.”

When asked what the player would have learned from the experience, Silva insisted that the England no. 1 is continuing to mature, and will be available for selection this weekend.

“Many, many things. It’s a big learning [curve] to him everything that has happened.

“We have to be aware of these situations. It’s done and it happened. It won’t happen again. It is my expectation that it won’t happen again.

“He has had full focus during the week to prepare for the next match,”