Everton manager Marco Silva refused to discuss at length his side’s vulnerability to set pieces following their 2-0 Premier League defeat to Manchester City.

The Toffees were once again undone from a dead-ball situation as the Citizens moved back to the top of the table thanks to goals from Aymeric Laporte and Gabriel Jesus.

The Frenchman’s header came from a David Silva free kick on the stroke of half-time and was the 17th goal Everton have conceded from set pieces this season.

The Toffees wasted good chances to get back into the match and were punished when Gabriel Jesus pounced on a loose ball to head home deep into stoppage time.

The defeat leaves Everton ninth in the table, well adrift of the fight for European qualification.

“It was a big, big frustration for us,” Silva lamented after the match, as quoted by the Click Liverpool website.

“We lost the game tonight with one goal in the 47th minute and another in the 97th.”

However, despite the huge problems the side is having when faced with free kicks and corners, Silva is not willing to discuss their set-piece woes in public.

He does not feel it does any of his players any good and he would prefer any conversations about their tactics to remain private.

“But, and it’s not that I don’t respect you, I don’t want to talk more about this set-piece situation,” he explained.

“Everything I will tell our players they already know because everyone is so negative, and I understand why you ask this question, and it is something in the mind of our players.

“We have to work more and more on this situation, I agree with you, because it was a really tough moment in that moment.”

Everton travel to Silva’s former club, Watford, at the weekend, a club that scored nine times from free kicks or corners last season – only four shy of Manchester City’s tally.


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