Published: 18:00 | 19/10/19

Silva claims pressure "a pleasure and a privilege" after timely victory

Everton boss Marco Silva claimed "pressure has to be a pleasure and a privilege to us" after easing uncertainly over his own future with a morale-boosting 2-0 victory over West Ham at Goodison Park.

The Toffees ended a miserable run of four straight league defeats with goals in each half from Bernard and Gylfi Sigurdsson to hoist themselves out of the relegation mix.

It was a timely boost for Silva who has been heavily criticised after spending £250m in the transfer market since his arrival in June 2018.

The Portuguese's charges deserved everything they got and were a different proposition to the sorry lot that capitulated tamely at Burnley last time out.

It was a surprise with the ease in which they were able to carve out the three points against opponents who had not previously lost on their travels this term.

The Hammers started sluggishly and never matched the work-rate and energy of their hosts.

"Pressure is normal in football," said Silva. "When you are in a very good moment, the pressure is there to win more games.

"We were not good enough in last results. Pressure has to be a pleasure and a privilege for us.

"We are doing what we love. Express yourselves on the pitch is what I said and we did. We embraced the game and the challenge.

"Perhaps we should score more goals and make the win more comfortable."

The home side started on the front foot and deservedly went ahead when Brazilian Bernard weaved some magic to turn on a sixpence in the box and then find the corner of the net under Roberto Jimenez's diving body.

There was no positive response from the visitors and Richarlison almost doubled the lead before the break but struck the base of the post.

A succession of chances came and went for Everton after the restart with the lively Theo Walcott striking the bar with a thunderous 30-yard volley that left the framework shuddering.

The good work could have been undone if Jordan Pickford hadn't denied Angelo Ogbonna but any lingering fears were dispelled in the dying minutes when Siguardsson - dropped for the first time since his £45m move from Swansea in 2017 - came off the bench to double the lead with a rasping 25-yard drive that flew into the roof of the net.

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini accepted his team were not at the races today and admitted he could have made 11 changes at the break. 

The Chilean said: "They played better than we did. Everton gave more than 100 per cent, while we were not at our best."

By Russell Stoddart

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