Everton supervisor Frank Lampard says he expects a response from his ailing facet when it travels to fellow struggler West Ham United within the Premier League subsequent weekend after its residence defeat by backside facet Southampton on Saturday.
The Merseyside membership misplaced a fourth successive residence league recreation in a row because it let a first-half lead slip, bringing Lampard’s future into sharper focus after he had obtained the backing of membership proprietor Farhad Moshiri this week.
The defeat got here towards the backdrop of pre-planned fan protests inside Goodison Park on the finish of the sport, with supporters calling for the membership’s board to be sacked with Everton combating relegation for the second successive season.
Amadou Onana gave the house facet a primary half lead however James Ward-Prowse equalised after the break after which curled in a free-kick to present Saints their first victory at Everton since 1997.
“It’s obviously difficult and disappointing, especially when you go 1-0 up,” Lampard informed the BBC. “It’s a tough game, there’s a lot of tension for both teams. We deserved to be (ahead) in the first half with the passion in our game.
“It wasn’t a tactical game, it was more of a fighting game. We showed spirit and then an early goal (for Southampton) in the second half changes the tone.
“We hit the bar but then, typically at the moment, we concede a free-kick and it goes in our net. Obviously, it’s disappointing. It was a big game for us and we lost.”
The Everton board was suggested to not attend the sport as a consequence of safety fears, however Lampard mentioned the off-field troubles had no affect on the consequence.
“It’s a difficult period. There is so much passion at this club for the right reasons, everyone wants the best for the club. We’ve come in a direction where we were in a relegation battle last year and again this year.”
Lampard admits subsequent Saturday’s journey to West Ham, which can be within the backside three and degree on 15 factors with the Toffees, is one other large recreation for the membership.
“The only thing that is important is the reaction,” he mentioned. “The effort of the players, the desire of the players (against Southampton) was big.
“But, in terms of the performance, when the game changes in the second half, we know that’s not enough and I’ll be the first to take responsibility for that.”