Newcastle fans can’t quite believe what Everton boss Marco Silva has said after the two sides played out a thrilling encounter on Saturday.
Everton rocked up to St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon full of confidence and verve, and it showed.
Coming off the back of one of their most impressive, professional and resilient performances of the season against Liverpool, the Toffees raced out to an early lead against the Magpies.
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Of course, an epic comeback including goals from Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez turned the match on its head, and ex-Sunderland ace Jordan Pickford had an absolute nightmare in the second half.
The English international was lucky not to be sent off in the first half, then saved a penalty and spent the next 20 minutes winding up the home support, only to let the first Newcastle goal go straight through him and make a complete mess of the second.
Silva doesn’t think the 25 year-old was affected by the crowd though, saying: “Jordan is an expressive player.
“Two seasons ago he made a big step in his career coming to us and, then, playing at the level he played for the national team in the World Cup and he is able to cope with all atmospheres in all stadiums around the world.
“I’m not thinking that the good and not so good things he did in the game were because of the crowd.”
It was clear for all to see that Pickford let the occasion get the best of him though, and Newcastle fans are crucifying Silva’s verdict on what has become a key talking point from Saturday’s clash.
Take a look at the best fan tweets down below…
— Kriss (@Kriss_nufc26) March 11, 2019
Pickford came into the match as a Sunderland fan rather than an Everton goalkeeper. It’s clear his mind wasn’t completely set on the task. A slip in professionalism you shouldn’t expect from a player at his level.
— Andrew McVittie (@Andrew_McVittie) March 11, 2019
— Burnsie #NUFC (@Optimistoon) March 11, 2019
Could have fooled me
— Ian (@wheatley1405) March 11, 2019
What planet is Silva on?
— thereal andrew young (@temperamentalan) March 11, 2019
The wrong place to wind up a crowd clown prince pickford a Sunderland fan
— Kev toon army (@Kev09115312) March 11, 2019
— Andrew Woodhall (@Stroller75) March 11, 2019