Everton boss Frank Lampard took few positives from the humiliating defeat at Tottenham, but stressed he is ready for the challenge of a relegation battle.
Harry Kane scored twice as Spurs ran riot in north London, winning 5-0 to condemn Everton to their 14th defeat in their last 18 Premier League games.
Everton sit 17th on 22 points with 13 games remaining. It is their lowest points tally at this stage of a top-flight season in the club’s history.
While Lampard was not able to take anything upbeat from his team’s display on Monday, he emphasised the importance of staying united and positive heading into crucial home games against Wolves and Newcastle United. Indeed, Everton need to make the most of their home matches, considering they are now winless in 11 successive away games in the league.
“We have to think of the bigger picture, [there are] 13 games to go, for us, eight of those at home,” Lampard told Sky Sports. “Teams around us are having difficulties but that’s where we’re at.
“Before I came in there were issues and they are becoming clearer, but it’s important the positivity stays, but not stupid positivity, there’s nothing positive about tonight apart from maybe Anthony Gordon.
“I have no problem with the challenge, I knew what it was, the general feeling has been very good and we can’t lose that because people will throw things at us for one bad game.
“I had 20 years as a player. I had 50, 100 periods like this. Everything is relative. It is important you stick together and work hard.
“I am confident, [but] that doesn’t mean anything. I didn’t walk into the building with a magic wand.
“The feeling at this club when I came here was we could be going down, it was clear around the club and city, it was up to me to change that and I thought we had changed that, but this is a test of that.
“I can’t wait for the next two games at Goodison. I will be ready for them, the players will be ready for them, they have to be ready for them.”
Everton’s main issues came in defence, with Michael Keane and Seamus Coleman particularly poor. However, they failed to create a meaningful chance or have a shot on target, finishing the match with an expected goals (xG) of 0.26.
2/3 – Everton have failed to direct a single shot on target in two of their last three Premier League games, something they hadn’t done in any of their previous 80 games before this run. Concerning. pic.twitter.com/IuXxdnkgMS
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 7, 2022
Tottenham, meanwhile, have moved to within three points of a Champions League spot, and Antonio Conte, while pleased with the display, wants continuos improvement from his side as they push for a top-four finish.
“I’m pleased for my players. The hard work we are doing is starting to pay [off]. This team is improving a lot. [But] we have a lot of space to continue to improve,” he told Sky Sports.
“It’s not enough. The players and I want to try to be competitive and to fight for position at the top of the table.
“We have to take this responsibility, the players and I, in the last 12 games, to give everything.
“Since my arrival at Tottenham I didn’t know if it [a challenge for the top four] could be realistic. Now my expectations have become higher.”Follow us on Social Media