Everton 1-0 Man Utd: Toffees deliver on Frank Lampard’s promise of ‘fight, focus and desire’

Big win, but Everton must go again, says boss Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard has promised Everton fans they will see a team “with fight, focus and desire” when they take on Manchester United on Saturday, with their Premier League status looking increasingly precarious.

Everton entered this midday game after a devastating loss to fellow wrestlers Burnley, a late collapse to concede a lead adding to their pain, and the tension was palpable in the streets around Goodison Park hours before kick-off. .

As well as delivering what Lampard had insisted they would, Everton received a helping hand from a Manchester United side who have racked up further mediocrity over a season of overdosing on this particular product.

There have been rumors that some members of this dysfunctional United squad are overwhelmed by the notion of Ajax coach Erik ten Hag will be their next manager.

If so, imagine how disappointed Ten Hag would be with them if he watched this.

Everton’s Anthony Gordon has been directly involved in five goals (four goals, one assist) in his last six Premier League starts at Goodison Park, while he has scored (four) or assisted (one) five of seven Last home goals for the Toffees. in the competition

The other good news for any dissenting voices is that they are unlikely to be troubled by his presence for long, because if Ten Hag is the good judge the experts say he is, many feet won’t be touching. not the floor when leaving Old. Anyway, Trafford.

In a larger context, however, this day was more about Everton winning than United losing, no matter how shocking Ralf Rangnick’s side were.

Everton did not produce high quality moments, although match winner Anthony Gordon and Richarlison fully deserved the applause and affection they received from an exultant Goodison Park, but what they had was this are the qualities Lampard has assured an increasingly panicked fan base.

They fought for every challenge, launched into the 50-50s and were ready to put their heads and bodies on the line. finals, when the suggestion that they were “chasing” an equalizer flatters their approach.

Lampard has brought back the experience of influential but injury-plagued Fabian Delph, his issues underscored by the statistic that his last three league starts have come in 2020, 2021 and 2022.

He received a standing ovation when fatigue got the better of him, while Allan’s return from suspension added steel.

Frank Lampard celebrates
Everton have won three of their five Premier League home games under Frank Lampard and secured back-to-back Premier League victories at Goodison Park for the first time since September.

“In these situations, I’m the biggest defender for youngsters and young players, but the balance of the team is important,” Lampard said. “Experienced players make the big difference. They went around the block. Fabian brought it to us with his positional game. Jordan Pickford also made a save at the end – that’s why he’s the number one from England.”

Everton fans moaned as the table rose during five minutes of stoppage time, and there was a moment that could have changed everything when Cristiano Ronaldo had a chance but the exceptional Pickford made a block crucial designated by his manager.

It would have been tough on Everton as their determination alone made them worthy winners. United deserved nothing and got nothing.

Everton supporters scanned a Test fixture list with growing anxiety after this loss to Turf Moor, and it’s clear Goodison Park will be a key factor in their survival hopes, with fans dragging the players down.

To underscore that fact, the result means Everton have gained 22 of their 28 Premier League points this season from games at Goodison, the highest home ratio (79%) in the competition.

They pulled off a late win over Newcastle United here and those three points could be invaluable at the end of the season.

Lampard has, for all early flaws, weaponized Goodison’s power and it’s clear the vast majority of fans are behind him in a way that never applied to his divisive predecessor Rafael Benitez.

And the feeling is mutual as Lampard made his way to Gwladys Street End, heart pounding with Everton support, after the final whistle in full fist mode, this after breaking his hand celebrating the winner of the ‘Alex Iwobi versus Newcastle.

“It’s really good – big win, big day,” Lampard said. “The reality of our position is clear. You can feel it in the stadium. The fighting spirit and the qualities that we have shown are important to us. We have to continue. We have to replicate that and if we do that we are confident. . .

“The fans are huge for us. One of the reasons we’re good here is because of them. A few moans are normal. What the fans relate to is the reaction. When they see that, we see this joint thing at this point. We have to replicate that somehow.

Contrary to Everton’s joy, the United players bowed out after 90 extra minutes unworthy of the shirt they were wearing.

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Even those hardy souls huddled in a corner of Goodison Park looked weary of the view they gazed upon at the end, with only halfhearted cries of “we want the Glazers out” aimed at the club owners, followed by a whisper of ‘go down’ to Everton fans as they waited for the final whistle.

Everton won’t fall if they face opposition as docile as Manchester United in their remaining fixtures. Chances are they won’t, and Lampard knows better than anyone that there’s still a lot of work to do.

He’s suffered in recent weeks trying to find a way with a side that’s let down a succession of managers, but here’s the pattern of what Everton will have to repeat in their last eight games.

So much rests on them and Everton will always be watching every result down the table – but the scenes of jubilation and deafening noise that swept through Goodison Park at the final whistle illustrated just how much it meant.

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