Marco Silva: Everton players behind under-pressure boss, says Mason Holgate

Penalty decision at Brighton "completely flipped the game on its head", says defender

Silva struggled to get his message across to the players during hard times
Image: Marco Silva's Everton have lost six of their 10 Premier League games this campaign

Mason Holgate insists Everton's players remain fully behind under-fire manager Marco Silva following the club's fifth defeat in six Premier League games.

The Toffees controlled vast periods of Saturday's match at Brighton before falling to a morale-sapping 3-2 loss after conceding a controversial late penalty and a stoppage-time own goal.

Silva's side began the season with aspirations of breaking into the top six but are languishing just above the relegation zone with more than a quarter of the campaign gone.

Mason Holgate of Everton
Image: Mason Holgate made his first Premier League start of the season against Brighton

Defender Holgate, who made his first top-flight start for 13 months at the Amex Stadium after spending part of last season on loan at Championship side West Brom, is adamant Everton's squad still support their Portuguese coach.

Holgate said: "A hundred per cent. I think it shows by the last two performances we've put out.

"Last week (a 2-0 win over West Ham) we were all unbelievable, and then this week we were doing really well and then there's a decision (the penalty) in there that's just completely flipped the game on its head.

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"We've not been happy with our results but I think the result last week lifted spirits.

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"Like I said, there's a huge turning point in the game that when you've not got your luck, things like that happen.

"But we'll keep going, we'll get together again, we'll lift ourselves."

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Brighton benefited from the first top-flight spot-kick to be awarded on the advice of the video assistant referee after Michael Keane inadvertently stood on the foot of Aaron Connolly.

Seagulls striker Neal Maupay coolly converted from 12 yards, before Lucas Digne compounded Silva's misery by diverting into his own net four minutes into added time.

Former England Under-21 international Holgate, who was selected in place of the injured Yerry Mina against the Seagulls, accepts results must improve.

Everton players celebrate their equaliser at Brighton
Image: Everton lead 2-1 at Brighton before conceding twice in the last 10 minutes

He added: "We know we've got to be picking up more points away from home, it's obvious.

"But we also need to be picking up points in general, home and away.

"It's a game of football whether you are at home or away so it's not something that's on our minds but we know it's got to be better."

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