Dejected Richarlison and Sean Dyche’s claims Everton ‘don’t know how to win a game’ show just how bad things are for Frank Lampard’s men April 7, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer
“I said to the lads at half time ‘I’m not sure these lot know how to win a game.’”
You know things are bad when this is what your opponents think of you. But this is just how things are at Everton.
The Toffees were 2-1 up and firmly on top against the Clarets at Turf Moor but some slack defending saw them blow that lead and end up losing 3-2.
The result sees Everton remain 17th, however, they’re just a point above Burnley in 18th and Toffees fans will be worried they could be about to see the club’s first relegation from the top flight since 1951.
Richarlison’s reaction at full-time summed up just how fans are feeling right now, the Brazilian falling to the floor in anguish as his side suffered yet another defeat.
But Frank Lampard’s post-match interview sent fans a reminder that the current reality is a grim picture.
He told Sky Sports: “The reality is what it is. We’re no different to Burnley, Watford, Norwich or Leeds or other teams around us, that’s just where we’re at as a football club.
“Players don’t need to listen, read or get involved in anything other than turning up tomorrow and getting right for Saturday and get the right results to keep us in this league.”
That vulnerability was sensed by Burnley, revealed Dyche in a very telling post-match interview.
Dyche told Sky Sports: “I’ve been down there, I know it’s hard, I know what it’s like. Every season there have been tough matches for us.
“I said to these lads at half time ‘I’m not sure these lot know how to win a game’ away from home particularly.
“I said ‘We’ve got to play on that, we’ve got to play on that mentality, we do it by playing forwards, by playing forwards, by playing forwards with better quality and by being more aggressive and passing…”
Manchester United (H) 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 (H) May 19
Arsenal (A) May 22
The fixtures don’t look kindly on Everton in the relegation run-in – Frank Lampard’s men have still got 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 thinking to yourself ‘They’ve got to go on and hold this, if you can’t win it, don’t lose it’ and then they concede two goals second half.
“I’ve been saying I think Everton will stay up, I fear [for them].”
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