Published: 20:03 | 5/10/19

Silva concedes fans have right to be angry after latest defeat

UNDER-FIRE Everton boss Marco Silva accepted that fed-up fans have a right to be angry after a fourth consecutive league defeat in a 1-0 loss at Burnley raised more uncertainty over his future.

The latest setback now has the Toffees sitting one place and one point above the drop zone but they could finish the weekend in the bottom three if Newcastle beat Manchester United on Sunday.

There was plenty of endeavour and fight on display at Turf Moor but precious little subtlety and creativity..

Silva spent upwards of £100m in the summer transfer window and on the evidence of recent outings there is little so far to show for it.

There was a crescendo of boos from Everton fans at the final whistle as the Portuguese went over to applaud them, while home supporters gleetully shouted a chorus of "You're getting sacked in the morning."

Silva said: "I understand 100 per cent why the supporters are angry with us. I understand their feeling, it was not a moment to go straight to the dressing-room but to listen to how they feel.

"No doubt they have a right to be angry with myself and the team. It is up to us to work harder, to be braver, to be more clinical. Our front players have to be more assertive because we did get in dangerous positions but of course our confidence is not the best."The next game is a must-win for us. We have to play with more confidence."

Next  up after the international break is a crunch clash with West Ham at Goodison Park before a visit to a resurgent Brighton.but there must now be some doubt as to whether Silva will still be in charge.

A defiant Silva added: "'No doubt we can turn this around. I have the same faith in what we are doing. We need results. We must win the next game. But we had worse times than this last season and reacted."

This game was a story of two Republic of Ireland players in next week's squad for the Georgia and Switzerland Euro 2020 qualifiers. Everton skipper Seamus Coleman saw red for two bookings and his dismissal opened the door for Clarets midfielder Jeff Hendrick to pop up with the winner.

It looked a nailed on goalless draw for much of the contest but Coleman, who had been booked before the break, was given a second yellow for barging into Dwight McNeill with his shoulder.

That handed the initiative to the home side who took advantage of the extra man when Westwood stole in at the back post to volley an Ashley Westwood corner into the roof of the net.

"I respect every manager," said sympathetic Burnley boss Sean Dyche, "It's a tough job,"

The Clarets moved temporarily into fourth place with a second win in three league outings and Dyche was full of praise for the patience shown by his players after Coleman's sending off.

He added: “I thought we saw our way through the next seven or eight minutes and calmed it down, so I was pleased with that, and then we score a good set piece.

“Then, really, It was about seeing the game out, rather than chasing it, and I thought we did that well overall."

By Russell Stoddart

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