Frank Lampard stated that the players’ lack of confidence’ smacks you in the face’ following Everton’s 3-1 defeat at Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez was ousted and replaced by the former Derby and Chelsea manager due to the Toffees’ poor form.
Lampard witnessed his side fritter away a lead to leave St James’ Park with little to show for their efforts after a promising start in the FA Cup triumph against Brentford.
‘Confidence and belief have to be established and worked on the training ground,’ he told BT Sport afterward. We are only here for a short period, so things must change swiftly if we are to achieve our goals.
”Of course the players’ self-esteem is low – it hits you square in the face.”
‘When I first arrived at the club, they were having a horrible run of results.’ There’s no way to fix it with a magic wand. This is the Premier League, and it’s a challenging league to play in.
‘All you have to do now is work hard and look ahead.’ It was never going to be simple, and this result emphasizes that, but we must maintain our optimism.
‘This is something we’ll have to think about,’ he added, ‘but it’s natural to be down and disappointed.’ It is my responsibility to get them ready for the next game.’
‘Now that we’ve been in Newcastle for a week, we’ve had some time to work.’ Both teams have a clear vision of where they want to go, but we must give the newcomers time to adjust.’
‘This was never going to be an easy road, and we need to be laser-focused on our objectives.”It’s just words to say that,’ Lampard said when asked if they were in a survival fight ahead of Leeds’ weekend visit to Goodison Park.
‘We can’t look at the broad picture and get ahead of ourselves.’ The only emphasis is on Leeds, and we’ll aim to replicate our performance against Brentford in order to earn a result there, and we’ll approach each game one at a time.’
Frank Lampard, on the other hand, thought Magpies midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was lucky to just receive a yellow card for a first-half tackle on Anthony Gordon.
‘It wasn’t a pleasant challenge,’ he remarked. It’s not worth spending too much time thinking about it. It’s a reddish-brown color.
‘It was obviously putting a player’s safety in jeopardy, and that’s usually the criterion they use.’