Everton must play each match like a final, says Silva

Everton must play each match like a final, says Silva

Everton must play each match like a final, says Silva

The Toffees faithful were lively through the encounter, with Silva's side responding with a gutsy performance in the goalless draw.

They take on Newcastle at St James Park this afternoon, who are not completely out of the woods when it comes to relegation. You saw with (Florian) Lejeune how he recovered.

In the reverse fixture, the Magpies got a well-deserved point at Goodison Park after going ahead early on through Salomon Rondon. "We were winning more second balls in the second half".

The Magpies almost knicked all three points at the end but Christian Atsu could not find a way past Jordan Pickford to inflict a defeat on his former side.

United suffered a setback last weekend after a disappointing 2-0 defeat at the London Stadium.

"I was trying to avoid over-confidence in the group before the West Ham game but sometimes you can't".

"That togetherness with the fans took us to what we did on an awesome day at St James' Park", the Spaniard added. 'Everything is open for us, it's not important to talk about the last position, we have to look now for ourselves and to play each game as a final.' Everton built on last week's victory over Cardiff by holding title challengers Liverpool to a stalemate at Goodison Park, where Jordan Pickford made an excellent save to deny Reds forward Mohamed Salah from point-blank range.

The Newcastle manager said: "They have some good players and if they approach the game with this mentality, it will be a tough, tough game".

Benitez spoke about the recent home form: "At the beginning, we played top sides, but now we have gained confidence we didn't have before".

"The players deserve to win these five games [in a row at home]".

"Newcastle lost at West Ham last week, but only really went for it in the second half when they were already 2-0 down, and looked a different team". They are very strong in their defensive organisation. After we conceded we gave some belief to them.

Heading into the game neither side have a mass amount of injuries but Newcastle will be without their best player from the last month.

"This is a knee also, damage of the crucial ligament, but not as bad as others".

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