Friday 18 October 2019

Blades cut deepens wounds for Silva

Everton 0 Sheffield United 2

Everton manager Marco Silva. Photo: Chris Radburn/Reuters
Everton manager Marco Silva. Photo: Chris Radburn/Reuters

Paul Wilson

If Marco Silva was looking for a response to the crushing defeat at Bournemouth last weekend, this was not it. A hugely disappointing Everton performance allowed Sheffield United to register their first away win of the season quite comfortably, inflicting a first home defeat on Silva's side that means two of the three losses this season have now come against newly-promoted sides.

There were groans rather than boos at the end, Lys Mousset's deftly-taken goal 10 minutes earlier having clinched victory for the Blades.

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Until Mousset popped the ball past Jordan Pickford with almost insouciant ease, Sheffield had not even managed an attempt on target.

Up until now Everton's woes this season have come away from home, their home form has remained quite strong. But yesterday they were ineffective from the outset, enjoying plenty of possession but struggling to make anything happen up front.

By the time Sheffield took the lead the home side's attempts on goal had amounted to an optimistic hook over the bar from Richarlison, who was too far under the ball to have any real hope of producing a shot on target, and an even wilder effort from Moise Kean that sailed high into the Park End.

While Kean is clearly desperate to make an impression in the Everton attack, and the home fans just as anxious to see him succeed, something a little more subtle was expected than blazing miles over the bar from 30 yards out.

Sheffield United's Lys Mousset celebrates scoring their second goal with Oliver McBurnie. Photo: Chris Radburn/Reuters
Sheffield United's Lys Mousset celebrates scoring their second goal with Oliver McBurnie. Photo: Chris Radburn/Reuters

It was not the first half Silva would have been hoping for, and it took a turn for the worse five minutes before the break when the hitherto underemployed Everton defence contrived to put their opponents in front.

Apart from Oliver Norwood's delivery from the Blades' first corner of the afternoon there was hardly any Sheffield input into the goal that broke the deadlock. Pickford came for the ball and missed it and a deflection from the back of Yerry Mina's shoulder saw it end up in the net. The goalkeeper claimed he had been pushed, VAR took the view that he had not.

With Manchester City next up in the league, Silva and Everton have every reason to feel afraid.

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Everton's Cenk Tosun has a shot on goal. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire
Everton's Cenk Tosun has a shot on goal. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

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