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Written by Martin Graham | April 21, 2022
Everton manager Frank Lampard has expressed optimism about the rest of the season after Richarlison’s stoppage-time goal against Leicester City.
Tovez fell with a goal in the fifth minute of the match after Leicester striker Harvey Barnes hit a loose ball in the penalty area after Kelechi Iheanacho’s shot topped the goal.
The match became a burden for Everton for the rest of the first half as they were unable to muster enough to attack the visiting Leicester defense.
They did better in the second half but it was a story of misplaced passes and missed chances. Goodison Park came back to life in the 92nd minute when Richarlison, who had already turned down a number of chances, finished off a pass from Salomon Rondon to steal a point for the hosts.
The result now puts Everton 17th, four points behind 18th-placed Burnley, who host 13th-placed Southampton on Thursday.
Lampard, who has struggled in his second stint as manager in the Premier League, has chosen to focus on the positives from the game, stating that anything can happen as long as his side continues to show the kind of fight they’ve fought against the Foxes in the remainder. Season matches.
“A late goal that gives you a draw looks really positive,” the former Chelsea boss told reporters after the match.
“That’s something we want to change. Because chances were coming and going towards the end of the game – Seamus (Coleman) had a good chance, Richie (Richardison) had a good chance – you’re worried.”
Lampard supports the players and says they do not lack the will
The former Chelsea boss has also supported his players while giving an honest assessment of his time on Merseyside thus far.
“Something we haven’t been able to do well in my time here is tie games when we don’t play as we should – I think that was the case in the first half but not in the second half – and other games recently against West Ham and Burnley where the performances were good and we didn’t get anything. “.
“As long as we stay in the matches and keep fighting in the matches, anything is possible. It’s a short period but it’s a bounce from getting a good result against Manchester United to getting another point on the board.
“It can be easy to look at players who lack spirit or desire and they certainly don’t. We are not in time for pretty patterns and an idea of our philosophy for the next two or three years, phase one is can we fight or show character to stay in this league and may Show that tonight.”
Lampard praises Dele Alli’s impact on the match
Richarlison scored his 50th goal for Everton in his 146th appearance for the club, but Lampard praised the impact of substitutes Rondon and Dele Alli.
Lampard paid special tribute to the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, who has yet to start a game since moving to Goodison Park in January. However, his lead in the 58th minute saw some changes in the Everton match.
The Toffees became more cohesive and expressive in attack, which helped turn the match on top of Leicester’s head.
Lampard said in his post-match comments that Alli deserved his chance in the team after being “completely in place” in training the past two weeks.
“It’s not easy to ask players who don’t play much to come and show your manager that you deserve a chance, but he did,” Lampard said.
“I was really pleased [the part he played in the goal] Hopefully that will be a great starting point for him.
“I don’t think the story will ever be simple with Dele. We all know the situation when it comes to how the last two or three seasons have looked, and that high and high level of players that he has been at for so long at Spurs.
“So I don’t think it’s about things being simple and sometimes you have to work and fight through things and we’re in the process with him.”
Everton have now gone two games unbeaten for the first time since October. However, they could return to the bottom three on Sunday as Burnley face Southampton on Thursday and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend.