“I told the guys at half time ‘I’m not sure they know how to win a game.'”
You know things are bad when that’s what your opponents think of you. But that’s how it is at Everton.
The Toffees led 2-1 and were firmly in the lead against the Clarets at Turf Moor, but loose defending saw them lose that lead and end up losing 3-2.
The result sees Everton remain 17th, however, they are just a point above Burnley in 18th and Toffees fans will fear seeing the club’s first relegation from the top flight since 1951.
Full-time Richarlison’s reaction summed up how the fans were feeling at the moment, with the Brazilian falling to the ground in anguish as his side suffered yet another defeat.
But Frank Lampard’s post-match interview reminded fans that the current reality is a grim picture.
He told Sky Sports: “Reality is what it is. We’re no different to Burnley, Watford, Norwich or Leeds or any other teams around us, that’s exactly where we are as a than a football club.
“The players don’t need to listen, read or get involved in anything other than showing up tomorrow and getting ready for Saturday and getting the right results to keep us in this league.”
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This vulnerability was detected by Burnley, Dyche revealed in a very revealing post-match interview.
Dyche told Sky Sports: “I’ve been there, I know it’s tough, I know what it’s like. Every season there have been tough games for us.
“I said to these guys at half-time ‘I’m not sure they know how to win a game’ away from home in particular.
“I said ‘We have to play on that, we have to play on that mentality, we do it by playing forward, playing forward, playing forward with better quality and being more aggressive and by the way…”
Manchester United (M) April 9
Leicester (H) April 20
Liverpool (A) April 24
Chelsea (H) May 1
Leicester (A) May 7
Watford (A) May 11
Brentford (H) May 15
Crystal Palace (M) May 19
Arsenal (A) May 22
The fixtures do not look favorable for Everton in the relegation run-in – Frank Lampard’s men have yet to face Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.
And talkSPORT’s Jason Cundy admits he’s worried about where Everton go from here.
Cundy said on The Sports Bar: “At 2-2 you were like ‘They’ve got to keep going and hold this, if you can’t win it don’t lose it’ and then they concede two goals in the second half.
“I said I think Everton will stay up I’m afraid [for them].”
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