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Wednesday 18 September 2019

Silva hails Sigurdsson class and effort

Everton 1 Cardiff City 0

Gylfi Sigurdsson of Everton celebrates after scoring. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
Gylfi Sigurdsson of Everton celebrates after scoring. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Marco Silva praised Gylfi Sigurdsson after the playmaker's goal earned Everton victory and a place in the top six. Silva's side are developing real momentum and this win was their fourth in a row at home.

This was certainly not the prettiest of performances, and credit must go to Cardiff for their tenacity in sticking with Everton to the finish, but there was no doubt the hosts were the better team and they should have had more to show for it than Sigurdsson's 59th-minute tap-in.

Sean Morrison of Cardiff City confronts Richarlison of Everton. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
Sean Morrison of Cardiff City confronts Richarlison of Everton. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

The Icelander had a simple task after Neil Etheridge pushed Theo Walcott's shot into the middle of the area, but Sigurdsson's quality shone through and he is Silva's key creative presence.

"He's performing well like we are playing," said the Toffees boss. "The fantastic work the two behind him are doing as well, [Idrissa] Gana [Gueye] and Andre [Gomes], is helping him.

"He's understanding more now what I want, the moves he has to do, what are the positions and the space on the pitch he has to receive the ball. He's a very good player with a lot of quality, he can arrive well in the box like I like a player playing in that position [to do]. He's a fantastic professional who works every day."

Etheridge was by far the busier keeper - although Jordan Pickford produced a fine save to deny Victor Camarasa - and Ademola Lookman, Richarlison and Cenk Tosun all might have added to Sigurdsson's effort.

Yerry Mina of Everton and Callum Paterson of Cardiff City clash. Photo Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
Yerry Mina of Everton and Callum Paterson of Cardiff City clash. Photo Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock was happy with the endeavour of his players, but bemoaned a lack of offensive quality.

He said: "At half-time I thought if we could play a bit better I said to the lads I thought we could get three (points), because I thought we could have done better in the final third. I thought we made them look quite average."

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