Silva labels West Ham test a 'must win' game

  • by Staff Writer
  • Thursday, 17th October 2019

Under-pressure Everton manager Marco Silva says that his Everton side simply cannot fail to beat West Ham United at Goodison Park this weekend.

With the knives already out for the former Watford manager, following a poor start to the 2019/20 season, he knows that anything less than a victory against Manuel Pellegrini's team will result in increased calls for his departure from the Merseyside club.

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Even though Everton have only won two Premier League fixtures since the new campaign commenced back in August, Silva urges the fans to stay with the team - whilst he insisted that the squad are doing the same.

"When I say to you it is a must-win game, it is a must-win game," he said during a pre-match interview.

"We should win that game and we must win that game to get the three points and get a better position on the table and grow our confidence.

"It's important for the fans to keep the faith. Of course they want more and they deserve more. Our players are sticking together."

Silva received a fresh blow this week with the news that ?25million summer signing Jean-Philippe Gbamin will be out until the new year. The defensive midfielder has played just two competitive matches for the Blues since signing from Mainz.

Gbamin's continued absence represents another blow for Silva, who goes into Saturday's meeting almost certainly without Fabian Delph (hamstring) and experienced defender Seamus Coleman, who is suspended.

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Meanwhile West Ham are also guaranteed to be without a trio of players for the weekend, following injuries to Michail Antonio and Lukasz Fabianski in addition to long-term casualty Winston Reid.

Robert Snodgrass and Winston Reid, both of whom missed international outings last weekend as a result of a calf strain and minor cold respectively, are expected to return against Everton.

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