Marco Silva was pleased with Everton's late swoop for Alex Iwobi after confirming his side missed out on Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.

Everton announced the arrival of Iwobi from Arsenal on deadline day in a deal thought to be worth up to £40million.

The Nigeria international was widely thought to be a back-up option, as the Merseyside club were heavily linked with Zaha in the latter stages of the window and reportedly had offers knocked back by Palace.

But on the eve of Everton's trip to Selhurst Park for their opening Premier League match of the season, manager Silva insisted he is happy with his side's overall transfer business.

He said at his pre-match news conference: "When you are planning a squad you plan with some names, and I did my job with the names to my football structure. We cannot just have one name.

"The market was difficult and when we lost [Ademola] Lookman we looked for a winger, not two wingers. We have tried to do the deals and we've signed a good player. It was not just our club that had an interest in Zaha.

"We are happy. We always want more, but we are happy."

Iwobi spent four years in Arsenal's first team after graduating from their academy and was used 51 times in all competitions last season, scoring six times.

Silva talked up the versatility of the 23-year-old, who has never scored more than three times in a single league campaign, but admitted his latest signing needs to improve in front of goal.

"The position we are looking for him is clear - coming inside from the left," Silva said. "He can also play behind the striker really well and if you need to play him on the right he can do that also.

"He's a strong player with good skills. One thing I will be demanding from him will be scoring more goals, because it's important in that position.

"But he will help us. He's a strong player as you know, a fast player, and he can put good intensity in a match which I like from my attacking players. He will give me different solutions."

Marco Silva praised the performance of his players as Everton maintained their Europa League hopes with a 2-0 win over Burnley.

An own goal from Ben Mee and Seamus Coleman's strike inside the first 20 minutes proved enough for the Toffees, who move to within a point of seventh-placed Wolves having played a game more.

Everton has won five of its past seven Premier League games to end the 2018/19 season on a high after speculation over Silva's future earlier in the season.

Those seven games have yielded six clean sheets and Silva believes things are coming together nicely, but there is still plenty to work on despite the pleasing improvements.

"It was a very good performance. The first 30 minutes was fantastic. We played offensive football with quality and reacted well every time we lost the ball," he told reporters.

"It's everything that we planned and everything I want to see. Tonight we achieved that. The second half was not so good, as we gave some chances to them, but we deserved the three points.

"All we can do is control our games. We did our job, now we wait, rest and prepare for the next game. I think we deserved more from the game last week [the 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace], but that's football. Tonight we reacted well, this weekend is done and we will see what the others do."

Silva also brought on Phil Jagielka for a late cameo appearance in Everton's final home game of the season, as fans wondered whether it would be the 36-year-old's last game at Goodison Park.

Jagielka has been a long-serving player at the club, having spent more than a decade on Merseyside since joining from Sheffield United in 2007, but Silva says he hasn't closed the door on the defender's career at Everton.

"When I took that decision [to bring him on], it wasn’t about whether he will here next season. I will speak to Jags [Jagielka] in the next few days," he said.

"His behaviour during the week was really good. When the team needed him, he was there and it's everything we expect from a fantastic professional. But what I said to him is to stay between me and him."

Marco Silva hailed Everton as the "best team on the pitch since the first minute" in Sunday's 4-0 rout of Manchester United.

The Toffees were in sublime form to sweep aside a sorry Red Devils side at Goodison Park, with Richarlison, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lucas Digne and Theo Walcott all on target.

It marked Everton's biggest win over United in the Premier League and boss Silva was thrilled with the all-round display.

"It was a very good performance, we were the best team on the pitch since the first minute," he told a post-match news conference.

"We had good moments also, good moments of football, quality, we were a solid team without the ball.

"Even with the early goal we scored we kept pressing them high, never gave them the chance to feel comfortable on the pitch.

"In this way you can keep clean sheets against these kind of teams and make them feel so uncomfortable on the pitch and give a quiet afternoon for our goalkeeper." 

Everton held a poor record against the Premier League's 'big six' sides before beating Chelsea 2-0 at Goodison Park last month.

Victories over Arsenal and United have subsequently followed and Silva says the onus is on ensuring such wins become the norm.

"It's not about next [season], we have to keep looking for this season, we have our goal to achieve," he added when asked what the win will do for confidence next term. 

"Since the first day we have changed nothing about our goal, we have to keep fighting to prove our quality every single match.

"Before Chelsea we didn't win our last 26 versus this type of team, I said to you here in this press conference when you ask what this means – the first thing I said was we have to do everything again to make sure we are not many [games without a win again] against these teams. 

"It's important for us to keep this run, finish the season in a good spot, it will be very good for us to prepare next season but we have too many things to keep fighting for in this season to start talking about the next."

The result saw Everton climb to seventh in the table, having finished eighth last season.

Everton manager Marco Silva has warned an out-of-sorts Manchester United they can expect another tough assignment at Goodison Park this weekend.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men have lost their last four away matches in all competitions, the latest resulting in their Champions League exit at the hands of Barcelona on Tuesday.

The Toffees, meanwhile, have claimed back-to-back high-profile wins at Goodison Park against Chelsea and Arsenal at home and Silva is targeting three more points against another of the Premier League's big guns.

"If we are on our best level, it will be tough for them," he said at his pre-match press conference.

"If we can reach the same level we have played in the last three home games, it will be really tough for them."

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United claimed a 2-1 victory over Everton at Old Trafford earlier in the season but Silva believes the Red Devils are a different proposition since Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December.

"Different coaches... different formations... they are changing many times their formation," he explained.

"When we played against them at Old Trafford, in that moment we were in a very good moment.

"It’s a different moment of the season but I’m 100 per cent sure it will be tough for us and them.

"They can play with six, seven different players in the attack line, all with high quality.

"Strong midfielders also. It’s up to us to do our best and try to win the game."

Silva also backed Andre Gomes, on loan from Barcelona, to come back stronger after his three-match ban for stamping on Aleksandar Mitrovic during last weekend's defeat to Fulham.

"We know Andre," he added.

"He is an honest and fair football player and he enjoys what he is doing here.

"In that moment, he didn't show that. Of course we will miss him. He's a very, very good player and is helping us.

"He was in a good moment also. But it will be a good opportunity for another to come and show his quality.

"It was not the first time for us with some injuries, even if this season we didn't have big, big injuries in our squad."

Andre Gomes has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association.

The Everton midfielder was involved in an incident not seen by match officials in his side's 2-0 Premier League defeat at Fulham on Saturday.

During added time, Gomes appeared to stamp on Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.

The FA confirmed on Monday that Gomes has 24 hours to respond.

Portugal international Gomes has impressed for the Toffees since joining on loan from Barcelona last August.

The 25-year-old has made 26 Premier League appearances and boss Marco Silva has said he is keen on sealing a permanent deal for the player.

Scott Parker should be given the permanent job as Fulham manager, according to captain Tom Cairney.

Cairney and Ryan Babel scored second-half goals on Saturday as relegated Fulham recorded a surprise 2-0 Premier League victory over in-form Everton at Craven Cottage.

That ended a dreadful nine-match losing run and earned Parker his first points since he took caretaker charge in February following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri.

"Result wise it was a step in the right direction - ever since Scott Parker was put in charge it has been a step in the right direction," Cairney, whose goal came just 31 seconds after half-time, said after the match.

"You can see the way the players play for him, the way they respond. If there has been that improvement in four or five weeks, then it's a given [he should get the job].

"It has been hard to get a win. But the performance has improved and [it is] an improvement in a short space of time."

Parker, whose side's relegation was confirmed after their loss last time out to Watford, himself added to BBC Sport: "We were fantastic from start to finish.

"We showed a real quality in the way we played and showed grit. That was something I drummed on about, our naivety. We have worked hard over the last 10 days. To a man we were fantastic."

Marco Silva, meanwhile, saw his side fail to take the chance to go seventh as their run of three straight wins without conceding came to a sudden halt.

"Yes, it was a bad result for us," he said at his post-match news conference.

"The performance wasn't good enough. When you look at their last four or five matches at home, it was always tough for their opponents.

"We spoke at half-time about being more aggressive, but when you concede in the first minute things are difficult.

"We had a good chance to change the game, Dominic Calvert-Lewin had a one-on-one. But we didn't score, after that it was not a good game for us. They were more aggressive than us, faster and created problems."

Relegated Fulham ended a nine-match losing streak with a surprise 2-0 Premier League win over Everton at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Playing for the first time since their return to the Championship was confirmed by defeat to Watford on Tuesday, Scott Parker earned his first win as caretaker manager.

After controlling the opening period, captain Tom Cairney's first goal of season just 31 seconds into the second half put Fulham on their way before Ryan Babel sealed victory.

Everton had won three straight games without conceding coming into the game but produced a lacklustre performance.

The lively Aleksandar Mitrovic had two early shots saved by Jordan Pickford and then tested the Everton goalkeeper with a powerful header.

Fulham continued to dominate and Calum Chambers failed to make good contact with an excellent headed chance before Mitrovic curled an effort against the crossbar as half-time approached.

At the other end, Bernard saw an attempt kept out by Sergio Rico with what proved to be the visitors' only shot on target. 

Marco Silva ordered his players out to warm-up early during the interval, but that move did not have the desired effect as Fulham got the goal their play deserved almost immediately after half-time, Cairney coolly finding the bottom corner to convert Babel's cut-back from the left.

Both sides had goals disallowed with a Gylfi Sigurdsson tap-in ruled out for Everton after Dominic Calvert-Lewin was ruled to have fouled Rico, before Ryan Sessegnon's strike for the hosts was wiped out for a Mitrovic infringement against Kurt Zouma.

Calvert-Lewin was denied by the post after latching onto Sigurdsson's throughball, a missed chance that proved crucial when Fulham sealed the points 21 minutes from time as Babel raced clear to dink a finish over Pickford, Mitrovic with the assist.

 

What does it mean? Relief, and frustration, for Fulham

While Fulham will be relieved to end a horrific run of form, many fans will be wondering where this free-flowing play has been for much of the season. With the pressure off after relegation, they looked formidable at times with Mitrovic, Babel and Cairney all shining going forward against an in-form side from the top half of the table.

Everton miss the chance to move up to seventh after their strong run came to an alarming halt.

Babel brilliant

Babel assisted the first goal and scored an impressively taken second himself as part of a performance that saw him create three chances for his team-mates.

Calvert-Lewin costly

Calvert-Lewin struck the post with an excellent chance when the score was 1-0 and failed to hit the target with any of his three attempts at goal in a poor outing for him and the team as a whole.

What's next?

Fulham will be on a high when they play away to Bournemouth next Saturday, a day before Everton host Manchester United.

Marco Silva says Everton have rediscovered full confidence in a "fantastic run" resembling the club's fast start to the Premier League campaign.

Phil Jagielka's 10th-minute goal secured a thoroughly deserved 1-0 win over Arsenal on Sunday that lifted the Toffees to a third straight win and second in succession against a big-six opponent at home.

Silva's men had begun the season with a promising five-match unbeaten streak before all momentum ebbed away in a lean December that included four defeats, two draws and a solitary victory.

Three successive losses followed in February but a 17-day break galvanised Silva's side and their hopes of achieving Europa League qualification remain alive with five games to go.

"We are in a fantastic run now apart from the last 30 minutes [of the 3-2 defeat] against Newcastle United," Silva said.

"The first three months of the season we had a very good run. We showed fantastic moments of football.

"Of course we had that busy period in December and January, not good months for us at all. We lost some confidence.

"The long break after that was really important - we had time to work on some details that are really important for us, because in those two months the details were working against us.

"We worked on that and the results are helping our players with confidence. The performances are helping us also.

"It's fantastic for us when we can play away against West Ham, play against Arsenal, and our goalkeeper can have very calm afternoons. It's a fantastic sign for our team."

Silva was involved in a heated touchline exchange with Unai Emery during the second half but said he was not aware Mesut Ozil, by then substituted, had thrown a coat in his direction amid the scuffle.

Both coaches played down the incident in their post-match media conferences with the Toffees boss preferring to pay tribute to match-winner Jagielka, who became the oldest goal-scorer of the Premier League season to date when he bundled home following Lucas Digne's long throw.

The 36-year-old former England international was only elevated to the starting XI due to Michael Keane's late withdrawal through illness.

"Jags showed how he is prepared to give everything the coach and his team-mates need from him," Silva said.

"He deserves all the credit and it was great for him to get the winning goal."

Arsenal's bid to finish in the Premier League's top four was dented on Sunday as Phil Jagielka's early goal gave Everton a deserved 1-0 home win.

Unai Emery's men could have leapfrogged Tottenham into third with a draw but will now slide back to fifth if Chelsea secure a point or more at home to West Ham on Monday.

The defeat, their first in seven league games, was no less than deserved after a timid display that was punished when an unmarked Jagielka, in as a late replacement for the unwell Michael Keane, seized on a loose ball in the 10th minute, the 36-year-old tucking home as Arsenal's defenders appealed in vain for offside.

The arrival of Aaron Ramsey at half-time led to an improved second-half showing but the Toffees capably dealt with rare defensive concerns in rising to ninth.

Jagielka learned of his elevation to the XI shortly before kick-off and was soon celebrating his first goal in two years, Lucas Digne's long throw having broken kindly to him in the box.

That extended a shaky Arsenal's season-long wait for an away clean sheet and their defensive stocks took a hit when Sokratis Papastathopoulos earned a booking that rules him out of games against Watford and Crystal Palace.

Ramsey, who battled a groin issue during the week, stepped off the bench at the interval and quickly increased Arsenal's lean shot count.

Bernard, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison all fluffed good chances to double the home side's advantage as the second half wore on, the latter especially culpable for a wayward finish with time to pick his spot.

The misses ultimately mattered little, though, as Marco Silva's men held firm for a fifth clean sheet in six and third consecutive victory.

What does it mean? Away days an ongoing annoyance for Arsenal

Sub-par performances away from home became a theme in the latter stages of Arsene Wenger's long reign and new Gunners boss Emery has had little success in rectifying the situation.

His team have now won just once in their past nine Premier League road trips, a record they will come to rue if Champions League qualification eludes them.

Calvert-Lewin a maturing leader of the line

Goals may still be rare for Calvert-Lewin but the 22-year-old's impact in general play continues to improve. He never let Arsenal's defence relax and played a key role in Jagielka's winner.

Elneny fails audition in an awkward midfield axis

With star man Ramsey deemed only fit enough for a place on the bench, Mohamed Elneny was drafted into Arsenal's starting XI. He might not get many more opportunities, though.

The Egypt international lost possession eight times in his 45 minutes on the pitch, failed to register a tackle and, alongside Matteo Guendouzi, was part of a midfield pairing that set the tone for a meek display.

What's next?

Arsenal entertain Napoli in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final tie on Thursday before a trip to Watford the following Monday.

Everton will look ahead to next Saturday's trip to already-relegated Fulham with some relish.

Everton boss Marco Silva has laughed off speculation linking Richarlison with a shock move to Liverpool.

Rumours have emerged in Brazil that Richarlison's agent recently met with Reds manager Jurgen Klopp, prompting talk of a sensational £70million transfer to Anfield.

Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan are also credited with an interest in the forward, who has scored 12 Premier League goals since joining Everton from Watford last year in a deal that could reportedly rise to £50m.

However, when asked on Friday about the Liverpool links, Silva told reporters: "I have to smile.

"This speculation is not important to talk about. Just to smile.

"Richarlison is our player and he is really happy here. I am 100 per cent sure he will keep learning and improving in the next few seasons."

Silva continued: "He's a really important player for us. The club paid a lot of money to sign him. I was 100 per cent sure he can help us and fit really well at our club.

"I asked our club to do everything to sign him. I'm happy, he's happy and my job is to keep working with him.

"He's 21 years old. I don't have doubts he can do more and more and keep improving his performances."

Marco Silva has been handed a £12,000 fine by the Football Association (FA) after the Everton boss confronted referee Lee Mason and his assistants following the loss to Newcastle United.

Everton lost the Premier League match 3-2 at St James' Park on March 9 having led 2-0 at half-time, with Silva livid that Ayoze Perez's late winner was allowed to stand despite suspicions of offside.

Silva came onto the pitch after the final whistle to remonstrate with Mason and the other officials, an act that resulted in an improper conduct charge, which he accepted.

The FA confirmed on Tuesday that, following an independent regulatory commission hearing, Silva had been fined £12,000 but had escaped a touchline ban.

Earlier this month, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was given a two-game touchline ban following his own heated exchange with referee Mike Dean at Burnley.

Maurizio Sarri challenged Gonzalo Higuain to improve physically and mentally after the striker fired another blank in Chelsea's 2-0 defeat at Everton.

The 31-year-old battled illness in the lead-up to Sunday's trip to Goodison Park and made way for Olivier Giroud after an ineffectual 66 minutes.

His fluffed close-range finish early in proceedings typified Chelsea's wasteful start and the visitors paid the price through second-half goals from Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Higuain, who joined on loan in January, has now scored just once since a double against Huddersfield Town on February 2, raising questions over his long-term future in London.

"In this moment, yes of course [he is struggling to score]," Sarri said.

"Today he had an opportunity. Too few for him I think. He can do more.

"He was improving, but then he had some problems at the beginning of the week. He had a strong stomach fever so today it was normal that he could only play for 60 or 65 minutes.

"He needs to improve his physical condition and mental condition."

Chelsea's first defeat since the EFL Cup final came as the result of a listless second half and left them three points adrift of the Premier League's top four.

Sarri's men are through to the Europa League quarter-finals and can use that competition as a route to Champions League qualification, but the Blues boss is not giving up hope of catching Arsenal.

"It is not impossible. Why impossible? We need to recover only three points I think so it is not impossible in eight matches," the Italian said.

"It is impossible if we cannot improve and not able to avoid a second half like today.

"We need only to play like the first half for eight matches, without stopping playing and stopping to defend. This is the limit."

Everton eased the pressure on Marco Silva and dented Chelsea's top-four hopes with a morale-boosting 2-0 win at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Richarlison punished Chelsea's profligacy just after half-time and Gylfi Sigurdsson converted the rebound from his own saved penalty to secure only the Toffees' second victory in nine Premier League games at home.

Marco Silva's men, who dramatically lost 3-2 at Newcastle United last time out, were thoroughly outplayed in the first half, but an improved performance from Jordan Pickford helped keep the visitors at bay.

Defeat for Chelsea, their first since the EFL Cup final, leaves them three points adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal with eight games remaining.

Panic permeated Everton's defence in the opening exchanges as their opponents twice went close in quick succession.

Eden Hazard first drove a deflected shot into the base of the upright, before Gonzalo Higuain's scuffed finish from Jorginho's inventive pass allowed Michael Keane to hack the ball clear.

Pickford had earlier denied Hazard at his near post and, after Pedro dragged marginally wide, will have welcomed half-time.

However, Everton emerged from the interval transformed and Richarlison nodded them ahead in the 49th minute when Kepa Arrizabalaga parried Dominic Calvert-Lewin's header straight to the Brazil forward.

Marcos Alonso hit the side-netting with a good chance to respond and compounded that miss by tripping Richarlison in the box at the other end.

Sigurdsson stepped up 18 minutes from time and, after seeing Kepa save his initial attempt, pounced on the rebound to complete Everton's first win in this fixture in seven attempts.

What does it mean? Europa League could be Chelsea's last chance saloon

Chelsea really only had themselves to blame for allowing Everton to seize control of this contest and will now find it difficult to overhaul both Arsenal and Manchester United in the run-in.

With that in mind, Maurizio Sarri might be well advised to focus more energy on the Europa League - in which they are through to the quarter-finals - as a best route into next season's Champions League.

Pickford stands up under pressure

Toffees boss Silva asked for Pickford to show "more emotional balance" after his erratic display at St James' Park and the keeper answered the call on Merseyside.

His early denial of Hazard set the standard for an assured performance that featured five saves in total, most of which arrived when under considerable pressure in the first half.

Sarri errs with Alonso selection

He impressed in the 5-0 thumping of Dynamo Kyiv in midweek but left-back Alonso, chosen ahead of Emerson Palmieri, was again found out when required to perform more defensive duties.

It was the 28-year-old's error that sent Sigurdsson to the spot in the second half and he should also have done better with an earlier chance to draw Chelsea level.

What's next?

Everton's first assignment after the international break is a trip to fellow mid-table team West Ham on March 30. Chelsea visit relegation-threatened Cardiff City the following day.

Marco Silva has challenged Jordan Pickford to play with more "emotional balance" but believes the pressure of being in the spotlight will only help the Everton goalkeeper get even better. 

Pickford starred for England at the 2018 World Cup as Gareth Southgate's side reached the semi-finals, only to endure a see-saw campaign in the Premier League since his return from Russia.

The 25-year-old found himself in the spotlight after Everton let slip a two-goal lead to lose at Newcastle United last time out, though Silva insists Pickford was not the only one to blame for the disappointing 3-2 defeat.

The Everton boss has not lost faith in Pickford, who carelessly hauled down Newcastle's Salomon Rondon to give away a penalty at St James' Park, only to then save the resulting spot-kick, yet feels he would benefit from working on the mental side of his game.

"I understand everything that people are saying about Jordan," Silva told the media ahead of Sunday's home game against Chelsea.

"Jordan has all my confidence, like Maarten [Stekelenburg] and Joao Virginia, our goalkeepers. What I want in Jordan is to keep working in the same way with the same desire, improving what we have to improve with him, with more emotional balance in some moments if he can.

"We as a team have to be different also. If you look at the goals we conceded we must do different in that moment."

Pickford moved to Goodison Park from Sunderland in June 2017 but despite his rise to prominence with the national team, Silva has not seen a change in the player since taking charge at Goodison Park.

"I don't see a big difference in Jordan Pickford from the first day I started working with him," the Portuguese said. 

"I see the same humble guy every day, open to listening and to learning. In a season you can have good moments and others not so good. All of us, and him especially, expect big things of him because he has the quality and shows it during the season.

“You are talking about the number one for the national team and you know better than me what it is like for the number one of the national team for the last 10 or 20 years.

"Everybody likes to speak about that position, all the spotlights are on him, but I think all this pressure will help him get better.

"All of this focus has to be a pleasure for him, because it means he is playing at a high level. I expect big things from him. Everyone in England expects big things from him."

Marco Silva has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association (FA) after confronting the match officials following Everton's 3-2 loss at Newcastle United on Saturday.

Toffees boss Silva approached referee Lee Mason and his assistants on the pitch at St James' Park after watching the visitors throw away a two-goal lead.

The Portuguese was furious with the decision to let Ayoze Perez's late winner stand amid suspicions of offside.

Silva also claimed Gylfi Sigurdsson should have been awarded a penalty during the defeat, Everton's fourth loss in six matches.

An FA statement read: "Marco Silva has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3 following the Premier League game against Newcastle United on Saturday].

"It is alleged the Everton manager's behaviour on the field of play at the end of the fixture amounts to improper conduct. He has until 18:00 [GMT] on Thursday [14 March 2019] to respond to the charge."

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino received a two-match touchline ban following a similarly heated on-pitch exchange with referee Mike Dean in February.

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