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Frank Lampard admits Everton complacency despite ‘point gained’ in relegation fight

Frank Lampard, Mike Dean Watford v Everton

Frank Lampard hinted that Everton were a little complacent as they missed the chance to move clear of the relegation places after being held to a 0-0 draw at Watford on Wednesday night.

The visitors did have the better openings but were wasteful against relegated and injury-hit Watford, who were thankful to veteran stopper Ben Foster for earning them a point.

It was most certainly a missed opportunity for Everton, with Demarai Gray wasting their best chance by shooting inches wide while Watford keeper Ben Foster saved well from Richarlison’s deflected shot.

Everton, however, were aided in their battle to avoid the drop by Leeds United’s heavy home loss to Chelsea.

They now have home games to come against Brentford and Crystal Palace and are currently two points ahead of Leeds, who remain in the bottom three and have played a game more.

Speaking after the game, Lampard told BBC Sport: “It is a point gained – on paper that is what it is. We have taken well-deserved wins against tough opposition (in Chelsea and Leicester City). No disrespect to Watford but we maybe expected to come here and win again. But the Premier League doesn’t work that way.

“It’s typical of this stage of the season and the tense nature of the match. We played three days ago, the players put a lot into that and they need a rest tomorrow before looking ahead to Sunday.”

Everton fans playing their part

Speaking about the club’s support inside Vicarage Road, Lampard thanked the fans, adding: “They are extraordinary. They are pushing, along with the players. They will stick with us.

“It’s important the players rest now before two games on the bounce at Goodison. We have to fight. We know what we need now.”

The Toffees are next in action when they host Brentford on Sunday, before they finish up with games against Crystal Palace and Arsenal.

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