The manager of Everton, Frank Lampard has insisted that his team would survive relegation after the club suffered another defeat in the league on Sunday, March 3.
On the said date, Everton traveled to London to take on West Ham United. Unfortunately for the Merseyside club, it ended in a 2-1 defeat which has further pushed them closer to the relegation zone.
Before the game at the London Stadium, Everton recorded four defeats in their last five Premier League games. The defeat on Sunday means that Everton have lost five of their last six league games.
Minutes before kick-off at the London Stadium, coach Frank Lampard had to alter his plans for the game as Donny van de Beek sustained a muscle injury while warming up. He was replaced by Mason Holgate.
During the game, Everton looked like a team that could give West Ham United a good run for their money. But Aaron Cresswell’s 332nd-minute free-kick gave West Ham the lead that made the game more difficult for their visitors.
In the second, Mason Holgate scored the equalizer in the 53rd minute. Before Everton could do more, West Ham United’s Jarrod Bowen restored the lead in the 58th minute.
Unfortunately for the visitors, the club’s defender Michael Keane was shown a red card in the 65th minute which reduced Everton’s chance of getting back into the game.
The 2-1 defeat left Everton in the 17th spot with 25 points in 28 games, three points away from the relegation zone.
Despite recording 44 percent of the ball possession in the match and leaving London with a 2-1 defeat, Frank Lampard insisted that his team performed well.
“The performance was good and we deserved more from the game,” Frank Lampard told Sky Sports. “A lot of things went against us today, which is how it has been going for us. But there were a lot of positives against a good team. We certainly deserved a point against a good team.
“We showed character, discipline, and created chances which aren’t easy against West Ham. If we carry on in that vein, things will go in our favor.”
How Everton can survive the relegation battle according to Frank Lampard
After the 2-1 defeat at the hands of West Ham United, Everton coach, Frank Lampard noted that he and his coaching crew would work on the team’s goalscoring ability because that could help them escape relegation.
So far this season, Everton has managed to score just 30 goals and conceded 49 goals in 28 Premier League games. The poor goalscoring form of the club has left Everton with minus 19 goals difference which is not helpful in their quest to survive relegation.
“Finishing and goalscoring, it is talent and works on the training ground”, the coach said.
“The work doesn’t always replicate on the pitch but you have to keep going. Every player and team goes through moments. We created better chances today and enough to score two or three goals. If we do that we win games and we have 10 more to do that.
“Ten games is a lot. If our luck turns and we keep on the path we showed today and against Newcastle, I have a real strong belief we will be OK. Saying that nowhere means nothing. We just have to focus on ourselves. The next game is huge because it is Burnley but also because it is our next game. After that, we move on to Manchester United.
“You want to win games. Today isn’t so enjoyable. It is not if you don’t turn up and get opened up as a team. It has happened a couple of times since I have been here but not much. But that comes with the territory of where we are at. Look at West Ham. Today they are very strong but two or three years ago they are facing relegation.
“And then they build, stick together and recruit and they move on. Everton has a huge history and a fanbase. At the moment we are working to get through this moment. I and the players are giving everything. The fans can know if we keep doing that over 10 games we will be OK.”
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Frank Lampard credits the character of the Everton players and believes they can win enough games to survive relegation pic.twitter.com/t8mdx99u3T
Everton’s chances of surviving relegation are very slim due to the number of tough games awaiting the club in the coming weeks. For instance, in the 10 games left for the Merseyside club, the club still has dates with heavyweights like Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, and Leicester City.
Even the game against Brentford could be one of the games that could determine Everton’s survival in the Premier League this season.