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Toffees chief Silva backs Richarlison to keep getting better

Everton 3 Wolves 2

Richarlison
Richarlison

By Carl Markham

Everton manager Marco Silva is looking forward to further improvement from Richarlison after the Brazilian's two goals proved decisive in yesterday's win over Wolves.

The Toffees boss accepts the 22-year-old needs the confidence boost goals give him and, after three in two games, hopes they will reap the benefit after the international break.

Richarlison, who celebrated wildly when he found the net in the midweek Carabao Cup victory over League One Lincoln, scored the first and last - either side of Alex Iwobi's second in as many games - in a 3-2 win at Goodison Park in which the hosts had to twice recover from being pegged back.

"Richarlison is the type of player that needs good performances and if possible to win more confidence in the way he likes to play," Silva said.

"The way he celebrated the last goal against Lincoln shows he needs these kinds of moments.

"Last season, he did all the pre-season for us. This season he did Copa America and after was on holiday and started the first game against Crystal Palace with 13 days working with us.

"Miracles we cannot do. He needs time like all the players to be in the best physical condition.

"He scored two really important goals for us. He will keep improving, for sure.

"We are talking about a fantastic football player and a fantastic boy."

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo - who had Willy Boly sent off in injury-time - was happy with the way his side responded to going behind to a shambolic opening goal, Romain Saiss equalising quickly, and then finding another midway through the second half via Raul Jimenez.

"It was a tough game. We didn't start very good. We should not be happy with the mistakes we made," he said.

"When you score two times, I think we should do better defensively to sustain what we produce, but I am proud of the way the boys kept going."

EVERTON: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Mina, Digne, Andre Gomes, Delph, Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Iwobi (Bernard, 76 mins), Kean (Calvert-Lewin, 76 mins). Unused subs: Holgate, Tosun, Schneiderlin, Sidibe, Stekelenburg.

Wolves: Rui Patricio, Bennett, Coady, Boly, Traore, Dendoncker, Neves (Pedro Neto, 84 mins), Saiss (Joao Moutinho, 59 mins), Ruben Vinagre, Jimenez, Cutrone (Jota, 68 mins). Unused subs: Vallejo, Gibbs-White, Jonny, Ruddy.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).

Man of the Match: Richarlison

Match Rating: 8/10

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