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‘Everything is going against us’ – Lampard tries to take positives despite defeat for Everton

Frank Lampard managing Everton

Frank Lampard thinks “everything is going against” Everton at present, after feeling a 2-1 loss to West Ham could easily have gone in their favour instead only to see it heighten their woes.

Everton remain one place outside the relegation zone after suffering defeat upon their return from the international break. Mason Holgate had cancelled out Aaron Cresswell’s opener, but a goal from Jarrod Bowen then ensured the full share of the points remained in the capital.

Lampard, however, did not think that was the deserved outcome for his men. He believed the game was balanced when the score was level, only for things to swing away from their favour.

The manager told Sky Sports: “Disappointment because we deserved at least a point from the game.

“At 1-1 I fancied us to score a second. There’s a mistake and they break away and score. It drops to them. The first goal is a free-kick in the top corner.

“The reality is that we are in that kind of moment where everything is going against us – decisions, moments in games, red cards. I can’t fault the players, their character, play generally. The performance was really positive and we have 10 games to perform like that again and more.

“We weren’t so good at [Crystal] Palace but passion and desire has been there. Not many teams do it every week. The reason we are in this position is that we want to get better. Today it was there and this is a tough place to come.

“They are organised and have quality. But two or three seasons ago they were fighting relegation. Now look at them and where they are now. That is the reality of football.

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“The curve moves quickly and you need to make that work in your favour. It is not going our way at the moment, but we have to keep working. It is not easy to take positives from no points but we have to take positives from the performance.”

Lampard not happy with disciplinary decisions

One of the negative aspects for Lampard to deal with was a sending off for Michael Keane. It continued a recent theme of red cards for the team.

However, the ex-Chelsea boss is adamant the decisions have been wrong. What’s more, he is pleased with the response from those who have remained on the pitch.

Lampard said: “The red card changes plans. It is the third game in a row.

“Two of those sendings off are yellows you can be frustrated with. One is not a sending off. Allan against Newcastle should be overturned but people want to save face.

“It is difficult with 10 men. We kept going and the spirit and resilience in the team was really good.”

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