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‘Everything is challenging,’ says Frank Lampard after mistakes gift Burnley big win

Frank Lampard Burnley Everton 2022

Frank Lampard believes his Everton side are making too many mistakes, but he refused to solely blame his defence after Wednesday’s damaging 3-2 defeat at Burnley.

Lampard has now lost all five of his Premier League away games in charge of Everton. And he is the first manager to do that since Jan Siewert at Huddersfield Town in 2019, who lost his first seven.

Maxwel Cornet struck five minutes from time to give Burnley a potentially vital win over relegation rivals Everton in a frantic match which swung from end to end.

Burnley had taken an early lead through Nathan Collins’ first goal for the club but then fell behind as Richarlison twice scored from the penalty spot before the break.

And the game swung again in the second half as Jay Rodriguez levelled in the 56th minute before Cornet’s first goal since his return from the Africa Cup of Nations in January gave Burnley their first win in six games, moving them to within a point of Everton in 17th place.

A soaked and dejected Lampard trudged off the pitch at full-time.

Lampard said: “We were in a position to win the game. At half-time you’re pretty happy. We settled into counter-attacks, didn’t take advantage, and then we made mistakes.

“All the teams around us in the table have similar issues, that’s the reality of where we are. Everything is challenging, we’ve got nine games to stay in the league.

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“Mistakes are mistakes. Generally in football, the critical errors are in your own box and the opposition box. We’re also not doing enough in he final third. I’m not singling it out at the back end of the pitch.

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“The effort is there, belief will always be tested. You can see the players are disappointed at the end. There are realities in football, if you make mistakes you’ll concede.

“Today it was clear, we made mistakes and we weren’t clinical enough.

“I didn’t dislike our start too much. We were slightly off, particularly for the goal, but the reaction was good. We controlled the first half, got our two goals, and in the second half we had opportunities.

“The only talking we can do is on the pitch. We’ve got nine games to play for. I will give everything for these nine games.

“Manchester United will be a completely different game, with an understanding of the pressure that’s now on it. We can’t pretend tonight didn’t happen, we have to be on a good edge against United.

“I don’t need picking up, I’m the one that needs to be picking people up. As much as it feels not great tonight, tomorrow you’ve got to focus on Saturday.”

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