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‘It has to be the start’; Lampard names three reasons why Everton pulled off ‘something special’

Frank Lampard, Everton manager

Frank Lampard admitted his relief and picked out key aspects of the performance after watching Everton win their first league match under his guidance.

The former Chelsea chief saw his charges crash 3-1 to Newcastle in his first top-flight game at the helm. They did beat Brentford 4-1 in the FA Cup but he has now broken his Premier League duck with the Toffees. And it was a resounding 3-0 victory over fellow strugglers Leeds United.

Seamus Coleman gave the hosts the perfect start with the opener on 10 minutes. Michael Keane doubled the advantage 13 minutes later before Gordon added a third in the 78th minute.

The former England midfielder was delighted with the result and felt it showcased the best aspects of his side.

“It was nice. An incredible afternoon. What we did today was something special in terms of the performance,” he told BBC Sport.

“It showed an attitude, aggression and work rate. The fans, when they see what the players are putting into the game. What they give us. It has to be the start.

Michael Keane, Dominic Calvert-Lewin Everton v Leeds February 2022

“I can see the talent. Individually you go through the team and there’s ability in there.”

And the 43-year-old reserved praise for the way his men bounced back from a dreadful run of results.

“It was about being a strong unit and fighting for the fans. You have to be solid against Leeds,” he added. “It was a great reaction, the fans would have enjoyed it – I certainly did. We need to use it for a base for where we want to go in the league.”

Lampard hails winter signings

Everton are still embroiled in a relegation fight as they sit five points above the bottom three. The north-west outfit brought in some fresh faces last month in a bid to kick-start their campaign.

And Lampard namechecked a couple of players who, he felt, made a significant contribution.

“Relief is three points and the table looks slightly better this week but I’m just so proud of the performance. That has made me really happy. We need to built,” he continued.

“I thought Donny van de Beek was great. To play like that at home – his calmness, work rate and intelligence was great.

Seamus Coleman, Richarlison, Jonjoe Kenny Everton v Leeds February 2022


“Dele Alli was active when he came on. There will be more from them both. They are great additions and I believe they will get better.

“I’ve had a lot of support since I came to this club. It’s humbling for me to have the fans supporting me so well.”

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