Frank Lampard, Jordan Pickford look for character after latest Everton flop

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It’s safe to say the Frank Lampard at Everton experiment is going very, very poorly.

Everton slumped to another loss under Lampard, this one against the one of only three teams beneath it on the table, as a 2-1 halftime lead produced through soft penalties devolved to a 3-2 loss to Burnley at Turf Moor that leaves the Toffees just one point clear of the bottom three.

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At least the match was entertaining, though the postgame reckoning is anything but encouraging for Toffees fans.

Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford’s assertion is that the Toffees just need to score more goals — they nabbed enough to win most games — while manager Frank Lampard insists that all pressure is the same when asked whether it’s different to be in a relegation fight as opposed to a top-four battle.

Yikes.

Jordan Pickford on what Everton needs to do to survive

“We had plenty of chances going forward,” Pickford said. “We could probably be a bit more clinical. We need to defend better as a full unit. It’s about character now, team spirit, mentality as a unit. We’ve got a quick turnaround now. It was always gonna be hard but the main thing is Saturday now. Very disappointing tonight but we’ve gotta keep going. We’ve got nine games left and we’ve gotta keep going and keep going and try to get results.”

“We dealt with it so well and they scored two very similar goals, cut backs. Collectively we need to be harder to beat. We can’t put blame on an individual. We need to get more goals. Richy did well but we need more from the rest of the lads. We need to be able to see it out.”

“It’s all about character now, team spirit, game-by-game, be a tough team to play against, and pick up wins.”

Frank Lampard on the task ahead of Everton

“From 2-1 we should win the game by more goals,” Lampard said. “We were not clinical enough on numerous chances with time in their half, and at that point you always leave the game open and then we make mistakes on their goals.

“I’m not sure it matters what it is, the players have to work to through it. We’re in a battle. We know it now. We’re still above Burnley on the table.”

“All the teams around us are in similar positions. You look at the results, and they’re all the same. It’s not that you string a lot of wins together and move up the table, the Premier League doesn’t work that way. If we do make mistakes we have to be ready to fight.”

“It feels the same to me, whether that’s true maybe. It shouldn’t be in football terms but I understand that. We’re not different to Burnley, or Watford, or Leeds, or Norwich. Players don’t need to listen or read or worry about anything other than coming to work tomorrow and getting ready for the weekend. Work, game, fight, get the results.

“The pressure feels the same because it’s always a relative expectation of what everyone on the outside thinks of you, what the fans think of you, and what you think of yourself. The reality comes to winning football matches and tonight we just didn’t do that

“Doesn’t matter who we play. One of our best performances was against Man City and we’re a bad decision away from getting a point out of that game.”

What to make of reaction from Pickford, Lampard

It’s hard to blame Pickford for being frustrated and just spitting our cliches about working harder, especially on a day he made as many saves (one) as goal-conceding gaffes.

But Lampard’s words should be extremely troubling to Evertonians. The ex-Derby County and Chelsea boss has, indeed, never been in a relegation fight and there’s no more telling line than the first one he uttered in his postgame presser.

“From 2-1 we should win the game by more goals.”

Of course we know what this means but Lampard continues to sound — going back to his Chelsea days — like one of those ex-great players who cannot believe players don’t just operate at the same level he did.

In some ways, it’s a bit like Wayne Gretzky’s short coaching career in the NHL. When adversity hits, you can’t just go be better than the rest of the opposition by pure skill. Lampard is one of the best players in Premier League history, but managerially he’s got a long road to average.

If Everton’s got a problem, though, it’s an Everton problem. When Roberto Martinez, Carlo Ancelotti, and Rafa Benitez are deemed “not good enough,” why would Ronald Koeman and Frank Lampard get the job done (That’s a bit unfair to Koeman, too). Manchester United has an issue giving a manager the keys, but Everton’s basically said, “Hold our beer.”

Burnley vs Everton, live! Score, updates, how to watch

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Wednesday’s clash between Burnley and Everton at Turf Moor may well be the swing game for both team’s relegation worries (watch live, 2:30pm ET Wednesday on Peacock Premium). 

Burnley has 21 points through 28 games and has hope of catching Everton, Leeds, or Newcastle should it catch fire, but the Toffees are by far the nearest and most realistic target.

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And frankly, that remains stunning for a club that spent a lot of money in the summer and had Rafa Benitez in the manager’s seat to start the season. Rafa’s gone and new boss Frank Lampard has had very little luck aside from a winner against Newcastle a few weeks back.

The Toffees’ 25 points are just four more than the Clarets, so a win from Burnley pulls them a point back with eight games remaining for both teams.

Burnley then has last-place Norwich City on Saturday and, on the whole, a much more forgiving set of fixtures than Everton.

Here’s everything you need to know to watch Burnley vs Everton.

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How to watch Burnley vs Everton live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 2:30pm ET Wednesday
TV channel: Peacock
Stream: Watch online via Peacock Premium


Burnley team news, injuries, lineup options

Ben Mee (calf) isn’t fit yet, and the same is true for Erik Pieters (knee), while Matej Vydra (fitness) is a long shot but Nathan Collins will be back from suspension. Johann Berg Gudmundsson (calf) is out for weeks.

Everton team news, injuries, lineup options

Nathan Patterson (ankle), Andros Townsend (knee), and Tom Davis (thigh) are out and Michael Keane and Allan are both suspended after red cards. Yerry Mina (thigh) and Donny van de Beek (thigh) could be back, while Andre Gomes (knock) is a long shot.

Frank Lampard fuming but confident after dismal Everton display at Spurs

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Everton manager Frank Lampard was clearly angry as he spoke to television cameras following a 5-0 hammering at Tottenham Hotspur on Monday, but says he has confidence the Toffees will turn it around.

The visitors are clearly in a relegation fight and if they didn’t know before Monday they can’t ignore it now.

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“I’m confident but that doesn’t do anything to help us now,” Lampard said after his team failed to put a shot on target.

“I didn’t walk into this building with a magic wand. I’m absolutely confident, that’s why I’m here. When I came in, the feeling was very clear that we’re going down. Tonight is a test but it’s doesn’t give me any fear. I can’t wait for the games coming up at Goodison. I’ll be ready for them and the players will be ready. Show application, stick your foot in when you need to, work hard, and we’ll be alright.”

Toffees fans won’t be feeling that way and surely some players will be feeling the same as evidenced by a forlorn captain Seamus Coleman’s words following the game.

“That was tough to take,” Coleman said on the USA Network. “It’s a very disappointed dressing room as you can imagine. We’ve had bad away form but that felt like something different.”

But Coleman did his best to back Lampard, who has just one Premier League win and four losses since taking over for the fired Rafa Benitez.

“Frank Lampard since he’s come in has been brilliant but we’re a group of players who’ve been here all season so ultimately it’s down to us,” Coleman said. “It’s not been good enough and of course we believe in what we’re doing on a daily basis but that was really humbling. … You’ve got to believe.”

Frank Lampard reaction after 5-0 loss at Tottenham

“Well-beaten, obviously,” Lampard said to start his post-match press conference.

Everyone knew that but Lampard said all the right things when it comes to what went wrong and how Everton can fix things to avoid ending the season in the bottom three.

“There are 13 games for us,” Lampard said. “There are teams around us having difficulties. There are issues that are becoming more and more clear every day but we have to have positivity every day.

Lampard also said injuries have stopped him from being able to use a back three in situations where he normally would like to deploy three center backs.

But he’s also been through down patches as a player and coach and is confident he can present the right vibes to the team.

“I’ve got no problem with the challenge because I knew what it was,” Lampard said. “The general feeling around the club has been very good. We’ve gotta keep that. it’ll be hard because people will throw things at us. … I had 50 or 100 periods like this as a player. Everything’s relative. It’s only important then to stick together, work hard, and make it better.”

Tottenham vs Everton final score: Spurs pummel relegation-wary Toffees

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Tottenham Hotspur smashed Everton 5-0 in North London on Monday, leaving no question whether the miserable Toffees are facing a relegation fight well below their tradition.

Harry Kane scored twice and Dejan Kulusevski and Matt Doherty both had two assists, as Heung-min Son also scored to join a Michael Keane own goal on the score sheet in the blowout.

[ REACTION: Lampard fuming but confident after loss ]

Everton was almost comically poor from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford all the way up to its isolated forwards, allowing seven shots to reach Jordan Pickford and failing to put any of its five attempts on target.

Tottenham’s 14th win gives it 45 points, three back of fourth-place Arsenal. Seventh-place Spurs have two fewer matches played than West Ham (45 points) and Manchester United (47).

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Everton has 22 points after losing its 15th match of the season. That’s a point ahead of 18th-place Burnley with a match-in-hand on the Clarets. The Toffees have lost four times in five under Lampard with a combined score line of 11-4. Three of those four goals came in a 3-0 win over Leeds.

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Tottenham vs Everton final score, stats

Tottenham 5, Everton 0

Goals scored: Keane o.g. (14′), Son (17′), Kane (37′, 55′), Reguilon (46′)

Shots: Tottenham 14, Everton 5

Shots on target: Tottenham 7, Everton 0

Possession: Tottenham 56, Everton 44


Three things we learned from Tottenham vs Everton

1. Harry Kane’s very big day keeps onus on Daniel Levy: Remember the unsettled striker who fumbled his way through the early days of this season as Tottenham failed to hit its goals? Well, this Harry Kane looks like the guy who’s been in the Golden Boot discussion for a half-decade (when healthy), scoring two goals of the very pretty variety and passing Thierry Henry on the Premier League’s all-time goals list. Kane is now one goal back of Frank Lampard, who might need to see his name in a positive light to feel okay following this beatdown. Jokes aside, Kane is looking very much perfect for Antonio Conte’s system and both Conte and Kane will be looking at Daniel Levy about summer transfers if Spurs can sneak into the top four. Otherwise, he may have neither man.

2. Frank Lampard is not doing well: The fixture list hasn’t been super kind to Frank Lampard, but his only Premier League win at Everton came against a Leeds side which has since fired its manager. The Toffees lost 3-1 at Newcastle, 2-0 at Southampton, and 1-0 at home to Man City (although the champs did get a big break). Everton had zero shots on target well into the second half and center forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin had 23 touches during his 69 minutes. Richarlison had only a handful more when DCL subbed out. Lampard’s “look I’m starting young homegrowns” act meant promising Anthony Gordon and Jonjoe Kenny in the lineup and Dele Alli, Andros Townsend, Andre Gomes, Anwar El Ghazi, Dele Alli, and Salomon Rondon waiting to get their names called by the boss. At least he’s struck the right tone in his post-match interview on the USA Network.

3. Everton is a legitimate relegation candidate… so let’s look at the Toffees’ run-in. Visits from Wolves and Newcastle will be followed by an FA Cup quarterfinal at Crystal Palace and PL trips to Watford and West Ham. Manchester United arrives next before the Toffees start a run of Liverpool away, Chelsea at home, and Leicester City away. Brentford and Arsenal finish out the season’s fixtures. Lampard’s men could settle the season pretty quickly if organized and motivated correctly, but the club is leaking goals and could use a coach who knows how to tighten up and fight. You know, like Rafa Benitez (Oops).

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Man of the Match: Matt Doherty — Credit to Kane’s wonderful goals and Dejan Kulusevski has really lifted the club’s creativity, but Doherty looked like Wolves-era Matt Doherty on Monday. The right wing back had two assists, five tackles, four key passes, and won 9-of-11 duels.


Tottenham opens the floodgates

Heung-min Son wasted an early rush when he dribbled into a desperation tackle by Anthony Gordon instead of spotting the overlap of Ryan Sessegnon.

Sessegnon soon produced the opening goal when he raced onto Ben Davies’ well-weighted through ball and cut a hard cross to Kane at the near post, just missing the striker but getting on the scoreboard through a Michael Keane own goal.

It was 2-0 when Son took his chance with a low strike in the 17th minute that went under birthday boy Jordan Pickford.

And then Kane, well, wow.

Southampton vs Everton, live! Score, updates, how to watch, stream link

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Southampton against Everton should be a really open, entertaining clash on Saturday at St Mary’s (watch live, 10am ET on Peacock Premium) as the Saints and Toffees collide on the south coast.

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Ralph Hasenhuttl has seen his Southampton side draw away at Manchester United, win away at Tottenham and draw at home against Manchester City in their last three outings in the Premier League. Saints have lost just once in their last 10 games in all competitions and they sit 10th in the Premier League table heading into this weekend. Defensively they have improved this season and the strike duo of Armando Broja and Che Adams are causing all kinds of problems up top. With a run of winnable games (compared to the run they just navigated expertly) coming up, let’s see if Hasenhuttl’s exciting young side can make an unexpected push to finish in the top eight. They are unbeaten in their last eight home games and have lost just one of their 11 home PL games so far this season.

As for Everton, well, they gave themselves a little breathing room after a fine 3-0 home win against Leeds United last time out. They’ve won one and lost one of Frank Lampard’s first two PL games in charge but there is generally more energy about this Everton side under the English coach. Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are leading the line, Donny van de Beek is pulling the strings in midfield and youngster Anthony Gordon has impressed out wide. Everton have got rid of the defense-first style which saw them struggle under Rafael Benitez and Lampard is going all-out for the win. They sit five points above the bottom three heading into this game and have only won once away from home in the PL this season, and that was way back in August.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Southampton vs Everton.

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Southampton team news, injuries, lineup

Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy remains out with injury, so too does Nathan Tella and Lyanco is out for at least another month after his hamstring injury. Aside from that, Saints have no other issues as Jan Bednarek has recovered from his knock last weekend. Expect Broja and Adams to start up top again, while the only change could be at full back as Walker-Peters may switch to left back and Tino Livramento could come back into the starting lineup at right back.


Everton team news, injuries, lineup

Lampard does have plenty of injury issues to contend with, as Ben Godfrey (hamstring), Abdoulaye Doucoure (groin), Fabian Delph (hamstring), Tom Davies (hamstring), Yerry Mina (quad) and Demarai Gray (hip) are all out. That puts even more pressure on Richarlison, Allan, Michael Keane and Calvert-Lewin through the spine of the team. 


How to watch Southampton vs Everton live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 10am ET, Saturday
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Online: Stream via Peacock Premium