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Lampard confident he can correct Everton´s form after Brighton pile on the misery

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 4 Jan 2023

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Frank Lampard believes he can get Everton back on track, as the pressure grew on the former Chelsea boss following a dismal 4-1 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Everton were no match for Brighton on Tuesday at Goodison Park, as they were condemned to a fourth Premier League defeat in five games.

Having stayed up by the skin of their teeth last season, Everton sit 16th with 15 points from 18 matches.

Everton might well be in the bottom three by the time they face fellow strugglers Southampton on January 14, but Lampard believes he can turn their fortunes around.

“Since I have been in here we have been in this situation, so it’s not a case of fear, it’s a case of just keep working,” Lampard told reporters when asked if he feared for his future.

“I can’t control the talk or the decisions, when you are around this area of the table this is what happens.

“You lose a game like this, I absolutely understand any reaction. I don’t listen to too much of it because if you do then it becomes your focal point, so I don’t focus on it.

“I’m very confident in myself and will work to turn it around. I can’t predict the future. We have to try and win games — it’s all we can look at.”

Lampard was appointed as Rafael Benitez’s successor in January 2022. Of the 36 league games he has overseen, Everton have won just nine (25 per cent), losing 19.

Three days prior to Tuesday’s defeat, Everton had frustrated Manchester City to claim a 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium, and Alex Iwobi believes a lack of consistency is the main issue.

“I don’t think confidence is the issue,” Iwobi told Sky Sports. “We showed how we can play against Man City.

“We can’t be one minute good one minute bad. We’ve got to be consistent. The way we discussed in the changing room now is we all want to fix it.

“I’m confident we can get ourselves out of this.”

Everton’s hierarchy also faced ire from the fans that remained at Goodison Park on Tuesday, with chants of “sack the board” aimed at the directors’ box.

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