Silva believes Pickford was not influenced by Newcastle crowd
Marco Silva insists Jordan Pickford's erratic performance against Newcastle was not influenced by the taunting home fans.
But the Everton boss says Pickford and the rest of the squad were handed a “lesson” in the 3-2 defeat at a fired-up St James' Park.
Pickford was at fault for Newcastle's equaliser after failing to deal with a Miguel Almiron shot that was straight at him on a whirlwind afternoon for the 25-year-old.
Earlier in the game, he had given away and then saved a penalty but could have been shown a red card before going on to deny Ayoze Perez and Paul Dummett.
Pickford was mocked throughout the game and reacted to the jeers at full-time but Silva insists the shot-stopper has too much experience to let that affect his performance.
“Jordan is an expressive player,” Silva said.
“Two seasons ago he made a big step in his career coming to us and, then, playing at the level he played for the national team in the World Cup and he is able to cope with all atmospheres in all stadiums around the world.
“I'm not thinking that the good and not so good things he did in the game were because of the crowd.”
Everton held a commanding 2-0 lead at half-time on Saturday but shipped three goals in 19 second-half minutes to suffer a 13th league defeat of the season.
“It is really difficult for us and me as a coach when we prepare everything so well and I can see what our players did for 60 minutes only to give it away so easily,” the Blues boss said.
“It is a lesson for all of our players, starting with Jordan, because we have to have enough experience to take the right decisions at this level and we have had a lack of that in some moments during season and again, on Saturday, it was really difficult for us. It is not just about Jordan, it is about the whole team.”
Silva added: “When something wrong happened for us in the game everything changed so fast.
“We have to realise why and found out why this has happened to us so many times this season.
“Even when they score to make it 2-1, we had to keep doing what we had planned, what is our way and what we have the capacity to do.”