Frank Lampard is urging his players to follow their dramatic victory over Chelsea up with a performance at Leicester this weekend as Everton continue their bid to drag themselves out of the relegation zone.
The Blues dropped into the bottom three the weekend before last when Burnley beat Wolves and the Merseyside derby went Liverpool's way and Lampard's side were five points adrift of safety before kick-off last Sunday.
However, another gritty home win, this time over Thomas Tuchel's reigning European champions reduced the gap between Burnley and Leeds United to two points, with Everton having the possible advantage of a game in hand.
The Blues' away form has been a problem all season — they have won just once on their travels and that was back in August at Brighton — but Lampard stresses his players have to remain unified, to be committed and to follow the coaches' game-plan at the King Power Stadium this coming Sunday.
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“We have got three away games to go, and we have to change that [away form],” Lampard told evertontv. “We can't rely on our home matches. We have to be really ready for Leicester.
“The players have to understand a game-plan is important and have the discipline to do it through the whole game.
“Against Chelsea, we had a plan to work through the game, but the players also showed the extra bit — the extra effort which is the magic to get you a result.
“We deserved to win the game. Jordan Pickford made great saves — people will highlight that and rightly so — but we also had chances to make it a more comfortable win for us. It was absolutely brilliant from everyone.
“We need to be a unit that fights in these five games like we did against Chelsea.
“Whether the players start the game or come on as a sub, the squad has to be together. They showed against Chelsea that they are, but that means nothing if we don't follow it up.
“We have to follow it up.”
Meanwhile, defender Mason Holgate, who started the Chelsea match alongside Yerry Mina in the absence of the injured Ben Godfrey, expressed his belief that if the team can repeat the effort that showed at Goodison this past weekend, Everton have the quality in their ranks to stay up.
“The fans were great all day,” Holgate remarked on what was an unprecedented show of support from the match-going Evertonians. “We matched that with our work-rate. We got a goal and we defended well.
“No matter what happens, we‘ve got to keep putting our all into it. And with the quality we've got, I believe from the bottom of my heart, we will be okay.
“This win is not something we can rest on. We have five more massive games, and we have to keep going the way we did against Chelsea.”
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1 Posted 03/05/2022 at 16:07:29
2 Posted 03/05/2022 at 16:09:32
4 Posted 03/05/2022 at 18:23:10
I am now glad that Leciester ran them close at Goodison, There should be no doubt amongst the players that a good performance will be necessary.
5 Posted 03/05/2022 at 20:33:17
The only thing on the players mind now should be one game, Leicester
Midfield and attack Leicester are good, however, defensively they are suspect especially from set pieces.
Leicester at home will have the ball most of the time and the way weve set up recently that will suit us. Seems when we try and play an open attacking game we fall well short
Dead ball wise, unless Gordon does better in training it might be best giving him a rest from them. His dead balls recently have been poor.
3 points, no less
6 Posted 03/05/2022 at 20:46:59
7 Posted 03/05/2022 at 21:10:10
If only you had realised how poor our defensive unit is 6 weeks ago we may not be in this mess. I just hope it's not too little too late. The BELL has ENDed.
8 Posted 03/05/2022 at 21:45:09
The Chelsea win was huge, I honestly think if we lost that game then there would be no saving us.
We must take at least four points but arguably even six from Leicester and Watford.
Leicester will have have just played a hard European game and have nothing in the league to play for so we must take advantage this time while Watford are frankly just shite and we owe them for that smashing we got in autumn.
9 Posted 03/05/2022 at 22:18:52
10 Posted 04/05/2022 at 00:54:16
Hopefully the same players will play for Leicester.
11 Posted 04/05/2022 at 10:15:06
We are not yet out of the woods but, if we display the same spirit as against Chelsea, we should be in with a fighting chance of all 3 points from Leicester.
12 Posted 04/05/2022 at 10:54:13
13 Posted 04/05/2022 at 11:16:38
I used to run a kids footy team and we'd practise them at training and we scored lots of goals as a result. Different level I know but the basic skill is technique and practice.
It's the same with corners. The inability to beat the first man is appalling.
14 Posted 04/05/2022 at 12:22:39
16 Posted 04/05/2022 at 12:59:00
17 Posted 04/05/2022 at 14:27:05
18 Posted 04/05/2022 at 14:49:10
Gray, Delph and especially Gordon were done for and Frank would have come in for a lot of stick if Chelsea had got the equaliser in those last few minutes because of the poor use of the subs.
I know Lampard hasn't got a lot of players to use because of injuries and some players are just not good enough but he has to use those he has got better than he has done – including Sunday – and in some games he has only used two subs.
19 Posted 04/05/2022 at 15:02:30
Dont get me wrong, I know he kept chopping and changing the side early on, and he no doubt made some mistakes tactically. But the players have to do their bit. Cut out the mistakes and defend properly. Stay in your formation.
Since the international break, we look much more organised and performances have been much better. Mina, Calvert-Lewin and Delph have had their game time managed carefully also. We are playing like a team again, we look like we have half an idea how to defend and how to attack now. Fingers crossed its going to be enough.
20 Posted 04/05/2022 at 15:56:43
I don't think he would have half of these players in his own team. I think he is only playing Delph because he has the experience to hold a defensive line. He does not trust Godfrey and that's why he is playing Holgate again. He definitely knows Rondon won't last half an hour if he had to press the opposition. Mina is there because Keane is a nightmare and Coleman is back playing because Kenny does not cut the mustard.
This is a minefield for any manager to deal with because he's choosing the lesser of the two evils in so many positions.
The one thing that's happening for him is that they are fighting though and as long as they are doing that then we have a chance.
On Anthony Gordon. I think he had an average game against Chelsea although he definitely give them something to think about when he had the ball running at them. His distribution from the free-kicks was very poor but, prior to that, his deliveries had been excellent. He does tend to look tired early in games but still has that deceptive burst of speed throughout games. He is due a goal though so hopefully he gives us something soon.
I'm all in for Frank Lampard. We have far too many bigger issues at the club than to put the blame for this mess on an up and coming manager with a pedigree in football very few can match.
21 Posted 04/05/2022 at 16:04:38
22 Posted 04/05/2022 at 16:35:25
23 Posted 04/05/2022 at 17:06:29
24 Posted 04/05/2022 at 17:18:38
25 Posted 04/05/2022 at 17:25:13
In case you hadn't noticed, Ben Godfrey was injured in the warm-up vs Liverpool. A quad injury which has kept Calvert-Lewin on the sidelines most of the season. That is the reason why Frank Lampard has Holgate in the side – not because he "doesn't trust him". I know who I would rather trust.
26 Posted 04/05/2022 at 17:33:57
Mina has better presence than Keane but I have to admit that I can't stand Mina and his antics and I feel that he is a big liability in so many other ways and as Danny pointed out he's one of those players who gets injured easy or would pretend he's injured and walk off.
I think we all know deep down that most of our players are not good enough and it must be a nightmare being a manager of them.
27 Posted 04/05/2022 at 17:46:53
It has been a nightmare and still is.
Frank has to go with what he has and the continued injuries don't help.
Notwithstanding this, the schoolboy mistakes at the back has given many teams points they shouldn't have got.
They need to beat the Foxes, Palace and Brentford who all have nothing much to play for but these teams still have a toughness that we have to match and not depend on Pickford to save our arses all the time.
29 Posted 04/05/2022 at 17:52:30
Frank Lampard never took anything for granted as a player, and his dad was a bloody good pro too. Good pro's graft hard to become better, even when the rest of the world considers they've hit the tops. They're unrelenting in wanting to improve.
I hate to say it but right now we have so few players with anything close to such an attitude.
30 Posted 05/05/2022 at 01:04:46
Despite the importance of home form, no-one should be expecting or relying on getting another 2 straight home wins. There's a reason why we're 18th. 4 points would be a good return from Palace and Brentford.
So, realistically, 3 points from these 2 away games is the minimum we need. Even two draws will be very precarious. Both away games will be tough.
So we don't need to beat Leicester but, if we lose, then it will leave us needing to beat Watford – which is pretty dangerous when we've only won one away game all season.
All of that might sound negative but it's still a team that has struggled for results all season, suddenly producing a huge turnaround in form. I'd say it's pretty optimistic – ie, lots needs to go uncharacteristically right for us to hit that mark.
We shouldn't even be counting the Arsenal away match in what we need. If we still need something then, we'll be back to praying for miracles.
31 Posted 05/05/2022 at 06:37:04
32 Posted 05/05/2022 at 06:51:00
Beat Leicester and we could be back out of the Bottom 3 with the other results going in our favour of course. Leicester will hopefully rest a few of their squad as they have little to play for.
I hope Frank has had the players doing shooting practice and other goal-scoring training because we have to start taking our few chances and not rely on mistakes and penalties. An unlikely hero would be nice.
35 Posted 05/05/2022 at 08:06:55
36 Posted 05/05/2022 at 08:43:48
Saturday was win or bust for me as for most of us! Chelsea players must have wondered how they lost but we fought and won from 1 to 11!
We must build on this. I think so or we are gone, Frank. It's time to pull ya sleeves up and work your backsides off. In a battle, that's what ya do!!! Work and work!! Earn the right win!
If we lose, I have no problem with that! Opposition has more quality but to lose on work rate is a No for me.
Can we stay up? May be! Enjoying this? No!!
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