Marco Silva: Commitment of Everton players cannot be questioned

01/12/19 8:35pm

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Everton manager Marco Silva says it was an incredibly harsh result for his players at Leicester as they showed the required commitment but lost in dramatic circumstances
Everton manager Marco Silva says it was an incredibly harsh result for his players at Leicester as they showed the required commitment but lost in dramatic circumstances

Marco Silva insists the commitment of his Everton players cannot be called into question after their battling performance in Sunday`s dramatic late defeat to Leicester.

Everton were seconds away from securing a priceless away point for their beleaguered manager at the King Power Stadium but were floored by late VAR drama as Kelechi Iheanacho secured a 2-1 victory for the Foxes deep into stoppage time.

The agonising defeat leaves the Toffees and Silva hovering precariously over the relegation zone ahead of Wednesday`s Merseyside derby, but the Portuguese is adamant he has the players behind him.

It`s a harsh result for my players, Silva told Sky Sports. But nobody can say anything about their commitment, about their attitude or about their ambition for this game - it was clear.

We showed that because we knew we had to show a reaction after the performance against Norwich.

It`s just the people who are not with us daily who are not seeing how we are together in this fight. The players are proving this. No one can say anything about their commitment. We will go to Anfield with the commitment we had this afternoon.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Leicester`s win over Everton in the Premier League
FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Leicester`s win over Everton in the Premier League

Silva promises derby-day fight

Silva takes his Everton side across Stanley Park to face Premier League pacesetters Liverpool on Wednesday.

The Toffees are 26 points and 16 places behind their arch-rivals, but Silva has guaranteed his team will arrive at Anfield in the belief they can cause an upset.

It is our obligation as a club to [go with belief], he added. We know they are in good moment, but everything today and last season should give us confidence.

It will be tough, but we go there to fight and with the commitment of this afternoon and we should improve the results.

Iheanacho seizes chance to shine

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Jamie Vardy praised Leicester`s strength in depth as strike partner Kelechi Iheanacho came off the bench to score the late winner against Everton
Jamie Vardy praised Leicester`s strength in depth as strike partner Kelechi Iheanacho came off the bench to score the late winner against Everton

In a contrast of emotions, there were scenes of jubilation at the King Power Stadium as Iheanacho`s injury-time goal was allowed to stand, handing Leicester a sixth successive Premier League victory.

It capped a stunning cameo from the bench for the Nigerian, who set up Jamie Vardy for Leicester`s equaliser before ending his year-long goal drought in the most dramatic fashion.

I`ve been waiting for this opportunity and I knew one day it was going to come, Iheanacho told Sky Sports.

I`ve been working hard in training every day to make sure I keep up to the standard, so I`m happy today to get a goal and to assist Jamie. I`ve had to be strong, mentally.

Rodgers hails Iheanacho influence

Leicester`s comeback saw them secure six consecutive top-flight victories for the first time since their club-record run of seven in March 1963.

Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers hailed the impact Iheanacho had from the bench to turn the game in Leicester`s favour.

In the second half we had an idea of changing the pattern, Rodgers told Sky Sports.

Just before we scored, we started to break through, and after the first goal we got good momentum.

But young Kelechi coming onto the pitch was a big turning point for us. I`m happy for him and the other guys because they don`t play as much. I`m so, so pleased.

Rodgers responds to Arsenal rumours

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Brendan Rodgers is not annoyed by links to the vacant manager`s job at Arsenal but insists he is focused on Leicester
Brendan Rodgers is not annoyed by links to the vacant manager`s job at Arsenal but insists he is focused on Leicester

Leicester`s latest victory under Rodgers once again fuelled speculation over the Northern Irishman`s future, with Arsenal said to be potential suitors following the sacking of Unai Emery.

But Rodgers is adamant his focus remains solely on Leicester, adding: I don`t think much about it [rumours]. It`s something that is not in my control, really.

I made a move to come here eight-and-a-half months ago, and I came here to help the project and bring it forward. I`m at a great club who work how I like to work. I absolutely love it here.

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Jamie Carragher feels Brendan Rodgers would risk his reputation if he considered a move to Arsenal so soon after arriving at Leicester
Jamie Carragher feels Brendan Rodgers would risk his reputation if he considered a move to Arsenal so soon after arriving at Leicester

Managers lose their jobs all the time, looking to be replaced, it`s part and parcel of the game now. Names will be thrown left right and centre.

With the Arsenal job there is probably about 10 names. But for me, my focus is very much on Leicester City.

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