BURNLEY, England (AP) — Under-pressure Everton manager Marco Silva was booed by sections of the team’s fans after it slumped to a fourth straight loss in the Premier League on Saturday.
Everton was beaten 1-0 at Burnley, conceding a 72nd-minute goal to Jeff Hendrick at a corner having been reduced to 10 men following Seamus Coleman’s second yellow card of the match in the 56th.
Everton is on its worst run of form since the middle of the 2014-15 season, and is just one place above the relegation zone after the opening eight games. A win for Newcastle over Manchester United would leave Everton in the bottom three during the international break.
Silva, who remonstrated with the referee after the final whistle, oversaw the spending of more than 100 million pounds ($120 million) on new signings in the offseason to continue Everton’s unprecedented outlay over the past three years. It doesn’t seem to be having an effect.
“The position we are in the table is not our image,” said Silva, the former Hull and Watford manager. “The details are playing against us. Everything starts now. We have all the games to change but the next game at home we must win.”
Coleman, Everton’s right back, was fortunate not to see a straight red just before halftime when he caught Burnley left back Erik Pieters with his studs. His second booking came for a tackle on Dwight McNeil.
It left the visitors a man light but that doesn’t forgive the poor marking at a corner from Ashley Westwood that ended in Hendrick running in at the back post and driving home a first-time shot.
“When you lose a football game, it is always (disappointing) like that,” Silva said. “I think we did more than our opponent but they are always a difficult team to play against.
“The game was balanced and after 55-60 minutes, the second yellow made things more difficult on the pitch. From set pieces, they were more brave than us. We have to be more brave.”
Burnley is unbeaten in four games and is around the Champions League places.
“It is great for the club but we are certainly not getting carried away,” Burnley manager Sean Dyche said. “The players deserve a lot of credit. It was a tough season last season and we have learnt from that.”
Burnley struggled early last season because of its participation in the Europa League before recovering in the second half of the season