Marco Silva felt his Everton team were made to pay for missed opportunities in Saturday’s 3-1 loss at Manchester City. The Toffees were able to match the reigning Premier League champions for long periods of the lunchtime kick-off at the Etihad Stadium, creating a couple of good chances, with Richarlison missing a great opportunity before City’s opener from Gabriel Jesus.
Jesus made it 2-0 five minutes after the restart before Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave Everton hope by halving the deficit, only for Raheem Sterling to come on to re-establish City’s two-goal lead.
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Everton had chances to make it an exciting finish, with Richarlison, Walcott and Calvert-Lewin all failing to convert opportunities late on, leaving Silva to wonder what might have been. “City deserved the three points,” Silva said. “They were more effective than us. The chances they created, they scored, and because of that they deserved the points. “Until they scored the first goal, the game was within what we expected and planned. They did not shoot once. “The biggest chance until that moment was Richarlison’s chance – a big, big chance. After that, it changed. We knew they had the quality to command the match. We had to be almost perfect in our defensive organisation.”