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Frank Lampard at fault for Everton defeat, according to Graeme Souness

Frank Lampard Everton May 2022

Frank Lampard must take the blame for Everton’s damaging 3-2 defeat to Brentford on Sunday, according to Graeme Souness.

The Toffees started quickly against the Bees and deservedly went ahead through Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s deflected strike. The joy did not last for long though as Jared Branthwaite was caught the wrong side of Ivan Toney and was duly sent off for bringing the striker down.

The visitors equalised through a Seamus Coleman own goal before Richarlison scored from the spot to put the 10-men ahead again. But two quick-fire second-half goals from Frank Wissa and Rico Henry handed the Bees the victory,

And sub Salomon Rondon was then red carded for a two-footed lunge just minutes after coming on.

It was a game in which Everton were well on top initially.

Lampard told the BBC: “The first 20 minutes felt comfortable. The crowd were flying. No complaints about the players. We just have to rest a bit, stay positive, it’s in our hands and we’ll go again.”

But the former Chelsea man did portion some of the blame on the referee and thought his side should have had another spot-kick.

“I thought it was a penalty,” Lampard said. “It’s a shirt pull, a clear shirt pull, it’s a foul in the box. If you’re asking Richarlison to go down then you’re asking people to fall on the floor.”

Sky Sports pundit Souness though laid the Lampard’s door and says his side were asked to play too deep.

 

“Everton are under pressure. I thought they’d do well today and win today. They’ve put themselves back into a difficult situation,” Souness told Sky.

Branthwaite ‘unlucky’

“They can’t complain. You feel for Branthwaite getting sent off. He was unlucky because it happened so quickly he had a chance to step back and let Toney in on goal. It is a sending off by the letter of the law.

“The other sending off is so unavoidable. Everton were doing okay. This isn’t a criticism, half-time comes, Frank sits them down and goes over how they’re going to play. They just sat three or four yards deeper because of what the manager said, there’s nothing wrong with what they’ve said.

“But psychologically for the players, they were on the back foot, where in the first half, even with 10 men, they were more adventurous. During the first half, when they were down to 10 men, they were doing well. You have to say, what they said would be correct, but it plants a negative seed in the players’ head.”

Everton, who are 16th, could have ensured their Premier League survival with a win. Instead they sit two points above the drop zone with two games remaining.

The Toffees face Crystal Palace on Thursday before travelling to the Emirates Stadium for a final-day showdown at Arsenal.

Burnley remain in the drop zone with 34 points, but have two games to go, while Leeds have 35 points and face Brentford on the final day.

Lampard’s men are still not safe, but they could quite feasibly stay up even if they lost their final two games.