Frank Lampard makes perfect start to Everton tenure as Toffees beat Brentford 4-1 in FA Cup

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Frank Lampard makes a perfect start to his Goodison Park tenure as the Toffees score FOUR with Mina, Richarlison, Holgate and Townsend on target to send them into the fifth round of the FA Cup

  • Everton beat Brentford 4-1 in FA Cup fourth round in Frank Lampard’s debut 

  • Lampard was appointed in place of Rafael Benitez earlier this week 
  • Yerri Mina, Richarlison, Mason Holgate and Andros Townsend on target for hosts
  • Ivan Toney pulled one back from Brentford from the spot in the second half 


Yerry Mina scored the first goal of the Frank Lampard era as Everton welcomed their new manager with an entertaining FA Cup fourth round win at bouncing Goodison.

Mina, an early substitute, headed his side into a half-time lead with Richarlison, Mason Holgate and Andros Townsend adding further goals in the second half as Ivan Toney replied for Brentford from the penalty spot.

Home fans chanted “Super Frankie Lampard” as the feelgood factor returned after a difficult period under Rafa Benitez which ended in his sacking a fortnight ago.

Frank Lampard enjoyed the perfect start to his tenure as Everton manager

Frank Lampard enjoyed the perfect start to his tenure as Everton manager 

Lampard received a huge ovation as he was introduced to Goodison before kick-off but was missing deadline day signings Donny van de Beek and Dele Alli – both cup-tied – and injured pair Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Abdoulaye Doucoure.

For Brentford, there was a welcome comeback for goalkeeper David Raya after being out since October.

Everton’s early momentum, fuelled by a partisan crowd, was temporarily quietened when Ben Godfrey had to limp off after 14 minutes with what appeared a hamstring injury.

Yerry Mina (centre) scored the first goal of the Frank Lampard era as Everton manager

Yerry Mina (centre) scored the first goal of the Frank Lampard era as Everton manager

Before Richarlison added a second shortly after the restart with a smart finish

Before Richarlison added a second shortly after the restart with a smart finish

MATCH FACTS AND PLAYERS RATINGS 

Everton (3-4-3): Pickford 6.5: Holgate 6.5, Keane 6, Godfrey 6 (Mina 14 7); Coleman 6, Allan 7, Gomes 7, Mykolenko 6.5 (Kenny 72 6); Gordon 7 (Townsend 72 6.5), Richarlison 7 (Tosun 88), Gray 7.5 (Iwobi 88)

Subs not used: Begovic (Gk), Patterson, Gbamin, Branthwaite

Goal: Mina 31, Richarlison 48, Holgate 62, Townsend 90

Booked: Gomes, Gordon

Brentford (5-3-2): Raya 5.5: Roerslev 5.5 (Dasilva 72 6), Ajer 7, Jansson 6, Sorensen 6, Henry 6.5 (Stevens 83); Janelt 6 (Baptiste 63 6), Norgaard 6, Jenson 6; Canos 6.5 (Ghoddos 72 6), Toney 7

Subs not used: Lossl (Gk), Llorente, Onyeka, Oyegoke, Young-Coombes

Goal: Toney pen 54

Booked: Roerslev

Referee: Michael Oliver 7

Attendance: 30,310

Mina came on so Lampard could stick with his 3-4-3 and the game burst into life after half-an-hour.

Everton’s first shot on target saw Raya unconvincingly scramble an Andre Gomes strike away for a corner.

From the set-piece, Demarai Gray delivered a beauty and Mina was left unmarked to rise high and power in a header.

Lampard, who reached the final in his previous FA Cup campaign with Chelsea, punched the air in delight. 

It was Mina’s first goal since last year’s fourth round tie against Sheffield Wednesday

Everton wanted to kill off the game quickly and Gray released Richarlison whose acrobatic finish sailed over.

Brentford’s only first-half attempt saw Jordan Pickford dive well to keep out a rising shot by Sergi Canos.

Everton fans had just returned to their seats when Lampard was able to celebrate a second goal, jumping into the arms of coach Joe Edward.

Allan was the supplier with a pass to the right edge of the penalty area where Richarlison finished emphatically.

It could have killed off Brentford but instead they started to raise their game.

The previously-quiet Toney left Mina in a heap with a neat swivel and cross. 

The striker’s next forward run saw him upended in the box by Pickford.

Toney finished the job by slotting home the penalty and then got caught up in a brief scuffle with Pickford as he tried to retrieve the ball quickly to restart.

Mason Holgate scored Everton's third goal and his first since December 2020

Mason Holgate scored Everton’s third goal and his first since December 2020

Andros Townsend added a fourth for the hosts with a curling effort in injury time

Andros Townsend added a fourth for the hosts with a curling effort in injury time

Ivan Toney had brought Brentford back in the game with a second-half penalty

Ivan Toney had brought Brentford back in the game with a second-half penalty

Everton responded with Gordon setting up Gray whose shot was blocked by Kristoffer Ajer as it headed for a third.

They only had seconds to wait however as Mina again leapt well to connect with the resulting corner and Holgate steered the ball in with his head. 

It was the defender’s first goal since December 2020.

Local lad Gordon got a standing ovation when he was replaced amidst a flurry of substitutions from both sides 18 minutes from the end.

To underline Everton’s strength in depth, Gordon’s replacement Townsend struck a late fourth in injury-time to keep alive Everton’s dream of a first trophy since 1995. As importantly, the players will now take confidence into their important midweek Premier League trip to Newcastle.

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