Frank Lampard has issued a warning to his Everton players that they cannot relax despite the club’s two crucial wins.
Everton stunned Leicester City on Sunday, taking 10 points from five games as they moved from the relegation zone to 16th, one point ahead of Burnley and Leeds with a game in hand.
Lampard warned his players not to “expect the worst” in terms of results from their relegated rivals.
“The only message is that we have to go now and finish the job, which is a tough job,” the former Chelsea boss said in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday.
“We have to expect the worst. Everyone else can win, but we can control ourselves so there is absolutely no way we can relax. That is the biggest message.”
“Underlining that because of Watford’s relegation would be our biggest risk. Every Premier League game is dangerous, especially when you travel far. The moment you think you’re breaking it, it becomes dangerous.”
Leicester’s win on Sunday was Everton’s first on the road in the Premier League since August, but with two more games away from home, Lampard wants to see more consistency.
“It’s a step forward,” he said. “Having one score doesn’t mean you go and get more. You have to understand why we got the score – the team was together every moment, fought for every chance, and defended hard.
“That’s what gives you good results away from home, and that’s always the big challenge.”
Everton will likely miss central defender Yerry Mina until the final day’s trip to Arsenal after the Colombia international sustained a calf injury at Leicester.