Everton boss Marco Silva admits his side suffered an off-day as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat at already relegated Fulham on Saturday. A fourth successive victory would have been enough to take the Toffees up to seventh in the table, but the Portuguese admitted his players were not at the races at Craven Cottage. “We didn’t perform,” he said.
“It was a bad day for us, we didn’t expect it because we were in a very good run and now is the moment for us to analyse why. “It was a bad result for us, a disappointing result for us and a not good enough performance also. We expected a tough match even if they are already relegated. The feedback I gave my players is that it would be tough. “Even if they lost their last four or five matches at home, it was always tough for the opponents when they came here.”
Silva opted to stick with the same starting line-up which had beaten Arsenal 1-0 at Goodison Park last weekend, but did not get the same kind of performance. Fulham captain Tom Cairney opened the scoring with just the second Premier League goal of his career and his first since scoring against Everton for Hull in March 2010 before Ryan Babel wrapped up a rare win for the home side.