Lampard hails Everton fighting spirit

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It was a big turn around for Everton against Crystal Palace and Lampard has his players to praise for the victory.

Everton manager Frank Lampard hails the fighting spirit of his team following a comeback against Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

The Merseyside club were 2-0 down in the first half of the game but managed to turn things around in the second half to win 3-2 at the Goodison Park.

Goals from Keane, Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin was enough to earn three points for a club that was threatened by relegation.

The victory has now secured the club from going to relegation even as they will go head to head with Arsenal on Sunday.

Speaking about the unbelievable match Frank Lampard said: “What we’ve just seen, it’s Premier League safety, it’s not Champions League. But what it means to the club and circumstances they were given in. The character of this club, the fans, players, just got us through. The spirit of the club was immense.

“There are a lot of people who work so hard for that, the players, the board, the fans, my staff. It’s a huge night for Everton and now we want to take that forward.”

When asked what was said at half-time, Lampard added: “If you’re honest you have to fake it, act a bit. Not show your feelings. You have to turn people and inspire them. Dele Alli came on and was amazing.

“My point was it’s not the tactical change, it’s the emotions and the character. Can you energise the crowd and score an early goal? Then it’s the energy, the players deserve immense credit.

“If we don’t get that first goal, it’s difficult to win. I expected Burnley to get something. That goal was crucial, once it went in you felt the players, and the night, there was something special there. The crowd reacted, we created a special night in Everton’s history.

“We needed the fans tonight and at 2-0 it was easy to expect the worst. But they’ve been doing it for a long time, since the Chelsea game. After the Burnley defeat, it was difficult. Again, the atmosphere was another level, and it was great to see them on the pitch. We don’t condone it but it was in such good faith.

“They want success and when they see a team giving it they react instantly. Those moments were priceless. Relegation battles are tough and an experience in their own right, the support I’ve had from the owner, chairman, Denise [Barrett-Baxendale] and what the fans have brought in is hard to do.

“Everyone can see the heart and the soul of the team, that’s why we stayed up. When I arrived at the club there were cracks, now it’s time to restock and learn. There’s a reason why we’re here.”




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