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Silva confident of Everton’s ‘character’ despite being dumped out of FA Cup by Millwall

Marco Silva says that he still has faith in his side, despite their shock 3-2 defeat to Millwall in the FA Cup this evening.

Richarlison gave Everton the lead after 43 minutes, only to see Lee Gregory equalise with a good header in the second minute of first-half stoppage time.

The Premier League side regained the lead after 72 minutes through out-of-favour striker Cenk Tosun, but the Toffees lead was once again shortlived with Jake Cooper drawing the Lions level just three minutes later, although the goal was laced with controversy with replays showing that the ball was handled over the line.

However, the Championship side sealed their progress to the fifth round with a 94th minute winner by Murray Wallace to pile the pressure on Marco Silva.

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Speaking after the game, the Portuguese manager said his side struggle to react when things go against them.

“I know these numbers and this reality shows us that, until now, we didn’t react when something went wrong against us in a match,” Silva said in his post-match press conference.

“It is something we are working on and I am speaking to our players about as well. If something happens we still have 30,40,60 minutes and the conditions to continue what we are doing.

“It is clear it is one of the things we have to improve because, if something goes wrong for us in one minute of that match, that shouldn’t mean everything was wrong until then. The facts are clear. We have to improve in these situations.”

However, the Portuguese said that he has no doubt about the ‘character’ of his sides ability to overcome their current poor run of form.

“I am 100% sure of the character of our players,” he added. “If I don’t believe in the character of our players I am in the wrong position. As a squad, we have to improve but I don’t have doubts about their character because every day I see how hard they work.

“They are strong and are really upset and angry when we didn’t achieve the results we wanted. All they want to is to perform well and give our fans what they deserve.”

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