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Defeat by former club Watford at the weekend has put Marco Silva firmly under the microscope - were Everton better off under Sam Allardyce? We take a look.

Silva received a hostile reception at Vicarage Road due to the circumstances which saw him leave for Everton.

While his replacement Javi Gracia has prospered with the Hornets, Silva has struggled to impose himself at Goodison Park and has done no better than the man he replaced, Sam Allardyce.

It's a case of expectations not being met at Goodison as, despite some early promise, results and performances have tailed off alarmingly - nine defeats in their last 13 games in all competitions a demonstration of their struggles.

As with a few teams Allardyce has left, the grass isn't always greener and the desperate search for an easy-on-the-eye style which often sees owners move away from the former Bolton boss has not always been forthcoming.

Creating style and matching it with substance is never an easy task in the Premier League and so far it's one which has proven beyond Silva at Everton.

Their current run of results threaten to push the patience of the Everton board to breaking point and things don't get all that much easier, with Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United the next four sides to visit Goodison Park.


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Silva admitted after the Watford defeat that Everton's form simply isn't good enough right now.

"It's not good for us as a club, and for me as a manager it's not good. I'm concerned but we have to work more and more to achieve the results that can grow our confidence.

"At the moment, things aren't good. They created a chance after one corner which wasn't a corner, and after a deflection they scored the goal. We just weren't effective."

Silva defends Watford spell

Silva also defended his time at Watford, hinting that the club's strategy didn't align with his own plans before he wanted to leave and join Everton.

"What I can control is my team and try to control the opposing team," said Silva. "The club had one strategy and they created a strategy for something to happen on the pitch.

"I was welcomed here by the people I worked with for many, many months because they know the truth and nothing more. The strategy they prepared is not important.

"What I can control is my job, and with my conscience I did my job well when I was working for that club."

Everton sit in tenth in the Premier League, and now five points behind Wolves who currently occupy the seventh place that these two and Watford are chasing as 'best of the rest'.

The Toffees, though, want to be aiming higher after significant financial outlay and Silva will need to spark an upturn in results to convince the board he is the man to carry them forward.

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