Pressure grows for Silva
A late Leicester City goal, scored by Kelechi Iheanacho in stoppage time, and given by the VAR system, enabled the Foxes to secure a 2-1 win over Everton on Sunday, piling the pressure on Toffees’ manager Marco Silva.
Silva’s position as Everton boss appears to be hanging by a thread following discussions among the club hierarchy about his future after last weekend’s defeat to Norwich, but his team had looked to be on course to earn a vital point at the King Power Stadium, despite going into the game as big underdogs according to sports betting companies.
The winning goal came four minutes into stoppage time when Iheanacho guided a calm finish beyond Jordan Pickford in the Everton goal, and although the assistant referee signalled that he was offside, the goal was eventually given after a prolonged VAR delay.
The win means that Leicester remain eight points behind league leaders Liverpool, while Everton have slipped to 17th, just one place and two points outside the relegation zone.
It was a disappointing conclusion to a game that had seemed to be going Everton’s way at half-time, when they led 1-0 thanks to a strong header from Richarlison, courtesy of a cross from Djibril Sidibé, and although Leicester claimed a penalty, it was not given after another VAR delay.
However, the visitors conceded a goal on 68 minutes as an unmarked Jamie Vardy timed his run to the far post well and guided the ball into the net, and he came close to scoring a second, before the drama of Iheanacho’s goal brought the three points to Leicester.
Had Everton hung on and secured a draw, the result might have given Silva more breathing space, but as it is, things look bleak for their manager, despite an improved performance from his players, in which they battled hard, in notable contrast to their efforts against Norwich City
This was not the first time that VAR had produced a negative outcome for Silva’s side, who were undone by a controversial review in their fixture at Brighton, a game in which they also slipped from leading to defeat, thanks to a harsh penalty given against Michael Keane.
It remains to be seen whether Everton move against their manager this week, but they may be tempted to leave their decision until Thursday, the day after the Merseyside derby.
Words: Man Ngo