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Everton boss Marco Silva has praised his men for their newly found form against Southampton before the international break.
The Toffees have shown a slight revival in their season over the past few weeks, drawing against Tottenham Hotspur and beating Southampton to edge six points clear of the relegation zone.
In light of their recent form, the Blues boss has reminded critics of how he stated his side would react to the defeat against Burnley.
Now, with three wins in five games, it seems the Portuguese has done just that.
Silva told evertonfc.com: “It is turning – and that is what we wanted.
“Before the [October] international break, when we lost how we did at Burnley, I told people we would react, for sure and we reacted.
“It is good to see our players getting more mature and being stronger in their personalities.
“We played five games… and we could possibly be talking here about four wins and one draw. This is the reality.
“We could be talking about how the team reacted so strongly and showed the capacity we have.
“We know why in the previous [away] game [at Brighton] we did not win and we could be in a completely different position in the table.”
Everton have had a bit of a turn around in their form across the pitch. The likes of Tom Davies have seemingly come into their own lately, with a goal and commanding display against Southampton.
Plus, key players such as Richarlison now have five goals and two assists across the board and are flourishing at the moment. Elsewhere, Cenk Tosun has added to the positivity with his late goal against Spurs before starting in the victory at St Mary’s.
Then there is the fantastic form of Mason Holgate, who has pushed the struggling Michael Keane out of the side. Holgate has two assists and a goal, plus a clean sheet in the EFL Cup over the past month.
It seems there has been a rather sudden change in form for Everton and the signs are certainly positive right now.