Marco Silva thought that Everton’s passionate home support during today’s Merseyside Derby gave his side an extra ’20-30 per cent’ as his side put a big dent in Liverpool’s title hopes.
Having drawn three of their last five games going into this hotly anticipated game, Liverpool knew that anything but a win would see them finish the weekend in second spot in the Premier League, with Man City having beaten Bournemouth 1-0 on Saturday.
It was a situation that Everton fans were keenly aware of, and they were desperate not to see their team boost their rivals title chances and they weren’t disappointed.
While Liverpool had the better of the chances in the first period, it was Everton who looked more likely to win it in the second, with the Toffees clearly spurred on by the ferocious home support.
Speaking after the game, under pressure Blues boss Marco Silva thought that the performance of the fans added to the performance of the players.
“[It was] A tough match for both teams,” Silva told Sky Sports. “The atmosphere in the stadium was fantastic. If you can repeat this then I am 100% sure that 20-30% our job is done.
“I know it is special match. Both teams wanted to win, they had a chance in the first half when we lost a ball through a mistake. Both teams had dangerous crosses but we were the better team in the second half.
“The fans can push our team to win, not just this game but any game. They were the 12th player on the pitch and I expect 80% of that in the next game here.
“We pressed more high in the second half and our team improved with the fresh players. We played more in the middle but we had to be aware of their counter-attack.
“What I wanted to give the fans was the three points but we gave them a good performance and desire. We showed a good attitude and they want to see that always.”