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Marco Silva hails Everton character following Bournemouth win

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Everton manager Marco Silva praised his players’ character in securing a first home Premier League victory since November.

Everton had won just once in eight league matches going into the game so getting back on track was vital to prevent frustrations growing further.

“It was something we had to do and we did, by showing strong character and strong personality on the pitch.” The clean sheet was Everton’s first at Goodison Park since they beat Cardiff on November 24 – a run of 10 matches – and Silva believes that can also be significant.

“I think when you don’t win, confidence becomes an issue but you wouldn’t know it from the performance,” he said.

“I was pleased with the result but more the character and personality the team showed,” said Silva.

He added: “When you don’t score more goals, the game is always open but when you can achieve a clean sheet and win the match it boosts our confidence as a team.” For Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe a sixth-successive away league defeat represents their worst run since 1994-95 when they were in the third tier.

He hopes the scrappy 2-0 victory over Bournemouth, who like the Toffees are on a worrying run of form, will provide the confidence boost needed to kick on in the second half of the season.
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