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Frank Lampard hails ‘aggressive’ Everton for ‘sticking to game plan’ in Merseyside derby draw

Frank Lampard Everton v Liverpool

Frank Lampard hailed his side’s aggressive approach and their ability to ‘stick to a game plan’ in the 0-0 Merseyside derby draw with Liverpool on Saturday.

In a game that swung from end to end, Tom Davies hit the woodwork for the home side, while Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz suffered a similar fate for Liverpool at Goodison Park.

Everton keeper Jordan Pickford turned Nunez’s shot on to the bar brilliantly and also denied Liverpool substitute Roberto Firmino on three separate occasions, while Mohamed Salah hit the post again in the final seconds after another Pickford save.

Former Liverpool defender Conor Coady thought he had broken the deadlock against his former club when he turned in debutant Neal Maupay’s shot but the goal was disallowed after a lengthy VAR intervention.

Speaking to BBC Match of the Day, Lampard said: “An amazing game – very intense, good quality, lots of chances for both teams and incredible performances from both goalkeepers.

“It’s my first experience of a derby day at Goodison and the atmosphere was brilliant and the spirit and work of our players. Liverpool are a great team and we are at the beginning of the process, we’re working hard, spirit, hard work and quality and we’re playing better, we will get better.

Lampard happy with a point 

“We wanted to be more aggressive in our approach off the ball, we didn’t want to succumb to their pressure and I thought we did that well but they will always pin you back at times. But we stuck to the game plan, the desire to stay in the game and create our own chances.

“I’m happy with a point because of the chances they had but I’m very happy with the team and how we’re going.

“Jordan [Pickford] gets fingertips on a few bits today which a lot of keepers don’t get and Allison the same, two top class keepers. I’ve relied on Jordan a lot he’s an amazing keeper and we’re fortunate to have a player of this level.

“I think we can want more because of the performances, they have deserved more, there’s no point harping on about things though the positive side is the way we’re going and the new players – we’re going to get better. You can’t always affect the result because of certain situations but you can affect your performance.”

Pickford happy with point gained

Meanwhile, the impressive Pickford admits it’s another point gained for the Toffees and something they can build on.

The England stopper told BT Sport: “Another unfortunate goal disallowed for VAR but it has very tight – we’re building, we’ve got that character and the team spirit is pushing us on. We haven’t got a win yet but we’ve been tough to beat.

“I thought I had a good game today – I helped the lads and you need lots of leaders on the pitch and I think we’ve got that. We didn’t get three points but we got a draw and we can keep building.

“They were good – Allison made some wonderful saves as well but that’s our job, to help the team when we’re needed. It’s my first clean sheet of the season and that’s where we have to keep building and get better and better.

“Four draws but it’s hard work and commitment – if we keep building and get stronger then we’ll get the wins.”