Lampard: Everton will need a quick response

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Frank Lampard wants his side to give a quick response when they meet Crystal Palace following their defeat to Brentford.

Everton manager Frank Lampard insists his side will need a quick response when they play their outstanding game against Crystal Palace on Thursday.

The Merseyside side suffered 3-2 defeat to Brentford in the Premier League yesterday despite scoring first and also going down to 9 men in the match.

Everton now have their fate in their hands to escape relegation though they are 16th on the league table with just 2 points off the dangerous zone.

Speaking after the disappointing game against Brentford Lampard claims they performed better before the red card and also claims it won’t be hard for his side to respond against Crystal Palace.

“We were brilliant for the period of 11v11 and it felt like more goals would come, we should have scored more against a really good side,” said Lampard.

“It is really hard to say anything [critical] to the players after that – playing 70 minutes in the Premier League with one man down is a really big ask.

“Brentford are a quality team and can move the ball and the effort from the players was amazing.

“It is hard for the players to react quickly, there is time for a day off tomorrow, to come away from it – because the effort was massive and they will need another massive effort on Thursday.

“They are giving everything and have been for long time… I don’t think it will be hard for them to respond, it is what they have done for the last period.

“Everyone understands the game today, if we’d been 11v11 and gone 1-0 up and lost 3-2, you could ask me why it went wrong, tactically and individually.

“I can’t say that [anything was wrong], everyone needs to understand that, then rest and go again, with the same desire – and with 11 men.”

Crystal Palace are on a four games unbeaten and they will seek to snatch three points against Everton in order to move to the top half in the Premier League.

“You respect a team of great quality in Palace,” added Lampard. They don’t have much to play for, certainly not like us, and they can perform even better [given freedom of pressure], but you have to analyse them as they are.

“If we focus and approach the game as we did today, we will give ourselves a very good chance.”



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