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Silva: Everton played with ‘more freedom’

Marco Silva has said that his Everton side benefitted from an added freedom to their game after they took the lead in their 3-0 win over Cardiff City.

Everton went into this evening’s game in South Wales having won just one of their last six games, as pressure continues to mount on the Portuguese manager.

However, they went ahead in the 41st minute thanks to a Gylfi Sigurdsson strike, and Silva thought his side played with an added freedom once they had gone ahead.

“We are happy with the win. We played with more freedom after the goal and you can see the type of football we can play. We were in command of the match.”

Sigurdsson would score a second just after the hour mark, before Dominic Calvert Lewin wrapped up the scoring in added time.

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The Blues haven’t had a game in two weeks, and with the hugely anticipated Merseyside derby on the horizon at the weekend, Silva said that the win in South Wales was a confidence booster.

“We had time to prepare which was important and we could work on what we wanted to. The most important thing for us is winning points to boost our confidence and now we have to rest and recover.

“We have a big test on Sunday and I know how important it is for the fans and our opponents. We knew how we lost the first game at Anfield and we can achieve victory at our own ground.”

The victory over the Bluebirds this evening saw them move up to ninth

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