Everton manager Frank Lampard described Everton’s 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace on Thursday night as “one of the greatest moments of his career”.
The Toffees’ hopes of surviving in the Premier League seemed to be set ablaze at crowded Goodison Park after Palace scored twice to advance 2-0 in the first half, but a lively second-half fight left the hosts turning the game upside down. after. Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the winning goal, five minutes from the end.
The win, which sparked huge celebrations, confirmed Everton’s place in the Premier League for the 2022/23 season while keeping a game in place.
“It’s one of the greatest moments of my footballing life and career,” the Everton boss said. “I’ve been very fortunate to have great times, especially at Chelsea as a player and coach. But when you feel the emotion and despair of what relegation brings to the table, it’s different. You need to look. You lose games, you fight to do one thing and then you lose another. People think That you have to fly over the table and it’s never that way.
“I came here three and a half months ago with my amazing staff, positive people who work very hard, trying to influence things and get a reaction from the players, from the fans and the feeling of loneliness when it seemed divided. This club is special and I’m proud to be Everton manager tonight. .
“I am full of thanks tonight; thanks to the fans for taking me to the board, to the board for taking me through a difficult time when we seemed to be going in the wrong direction, and to the players. It was because of the players.”
The match was paused after fans stormed the field after Calvert Lewin’s goal, staying behind long after the final whistle in celebration of their survival.
The Toffees’ last game of the season will be away at Arsenal, who are chasing a place in the Champions League.
Lampard’s team has a chance of finishing 15th, above Southampton, if they win at the Emirates.