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Everton are at Burnley tomorrow and it’s a fifth game against the Clarets for their manager Marco Silva that started back in February 2017 when we drew 1-1 at Hull with an equaliser that proved to be Michael Keane’s final goal for Burnley.

Silva was then in charge of Watford when they were beaten 1-0 at Burnley but has since recorded two wins for Everton against us and he believes tomorrow’s game is what Everton need to get a good run of results started.

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They’ve had a difficult run of games but Silva said: “It’s a moment for us to stick together, to keep working hard and do what we should do better on the pitch. The results have not been what we wanted but I feel even more desire to work with our players, to demand more from them, because we have quality. We have already showed that we have quality to achieve different results.

“I know only one way to improve, to work hard. To learn from the things we are not doing well. I said to our players straight after the City match, we didn’t take the main thing, which is the result, but we took many, many positives. We have to learn from what we did not do well but also look at the good things too. Like we played, we were able to create chances against a top, top side. Being more clinical and solid we should have taken points from that game.”

Moving forward, he said about the game at Burnley: “It will be a tough game. Not just for Everton, it is tough for everyone to play there. Sean Dyche is doing very good work. They are a very physical team. They want always to challenge the opponents, normally with two strong strikers.

“It is a game we must always be switched on, from the first minute. They play a direct game, with strong second balls, and we have to answer that. And after, when we have the ball, to show quality and create problems for them and find the right moments to attack them. We have to show that desire when we have the ball to create chances to win.”

It was inevitable that Sean Dyche would be asked about Everton’s visit to Turf Moor last season when they beat us 5-1. “I don’t do too much looking back because we’re in a different place now, but that game did give us a reminder of what we are good at and got us back to doing that,” he said.

“There were anomalies that day, because they scored with their only three shots on target in the first half, but it was a grounding moment where we all took stock, and everyone knows what happened next. We went on a fine run of performances and got some good results on the board, pretty much to the end of the season.

“So, there was definitely a positive came from that negative because it brought more clarity towards what we wanted to achieve and how we wanted to do it. We realigned quickly and never really looked back. We beat West Ham a couple of days later and went onto have a very strong second half of the season.”

He added : “We continue to learn from experiences like that. You can’t under estimate days like that. We’ve certainly got a strong mentality after having a few bumps in the road, but I think that adds to your resilience. We’ve got a resilient nature anyway, but all these experiences you have as a group can make you stronger and we look like a group that continues to grow.”

Speaking about Everton, he said: “Everton have put money in consistently for a number of years and are still close to being what everyone thinks they might be. We won’t be taking them for granted and neither will they, I’m sure. They will know it’s a challenge, but they are still a good side with plenty of good players.

“They’ve had an awkward little patch, but it’s still relatively early and we are mindful of what they can offer, while also remaining powerful in what we can offer, because we’re in good shape. It’s certainly been a good period in terms of performances, even within games. We’ve been good with and without the ball and scored some outstanding goals.

“We’ve been causing teams more problems and creating better quality chances, and we are still looking quite tight at the other end, so we’ve had a good mixture, backed up by good grit and determination when we’ve needed it.”

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