Despite suffering three defeats in six matches, Everton manager Marco Silva says there it is too early to press the panic button.

With just one point separating the Blues in 14th and Tottenham in seventh, Silva said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s visit of Manchester City that, while he is disappointed, he is confident Everton can still make this season a success.

“Of course, we’re not happy, but it’s too early to look at the table and panic. If we won our last game, we are talking completely differently about the position in the table; everything is too close. If you ask me if I’m really concerned or panicking, of course not.

“We know what we’re doing, we know we should improve, and if we do, then the results will come, and after more games we’ll see a different position in the table, for sure. But if you ask me if I’m happy with our last performance, of course not. It wasn’t good enough. I shared our fans’ frustration after the match.

“We have a new challenge tomorrow. It will be a big challenge, but it is a challenge we want to face, at home with our fans, to try and get a good result.”

Everton have just seven points from six matches after suffering a shock 2-0 defeat to Sheffield United last weekend.

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