Frank Lampard stands by his comments after questioning Everton’s courage following FA Cup humiliation at Crystal Palace… but ex-Chelsea boss is adamant there are no problems with attitude in his troubled squad
- Frank Lampard was dismayed by how Everton crumbled at Crystal Palace
- He has demanded an improvement in crucial games at West Ham and Burnley
- Lampard will have key striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin back to lead the line
- He knows words are meaningless at this stage when results are required
Frank Lampard is standing by the comments he made after Everton’s FA Cup capitulation at Crystal Palace and insists there is no issue with his squad.
The Everton manager was dismayed by the way his players crumbled again away from home at Selhurst Park two weeks ago and has demanded an improvement in crucial games at West Ham and Burnley.
Lampard, who will have key striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin back to lead the line at the London Stadium, is adamant there are no problems with attitude within his squad but knows words are meaningless at this point of the season when results are required.
Frank Lampard is standing by the comments he made after Everton’s FA Cup capitulation
Lampard was dismayed by how Everton crumbled at Crystal Palace in the FA Cup and questioned whether they had the courage to play ‘cut throat’ football
He said: ‘To clarify it — and I don’t need to clarify it to the players because it is normal that I drive them in terms of character — the question I was asked was about confidence. I have pushed the players and I have done it since the first day I got here.
‘Against Palace and Tottenham, it looked very different to how it was against Manchester City and Newcastle. Some of those parts I saw against Palace were not tactical things. We did them against City and Newcastle, we didn’t do them against Palace and Tottenham.
‘I said it quite clearly. Players have to be mature enough to take it and this group are. I have come into a good group. Teams and lads now take a lot of expectation. They have the microscope on them. They are good and they want to be better.’
Lampard will have key striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin back to lead the line at West Ham
The last two weeks have been important for the players who were not on international duty, with Calvert-Lewin benefiting from unbroken training sessions and Dele Alli — who Lampard wants to see more from — getting to grips with the club.
‘Do I put pressure on Dominic? Yeah, every day,’ said Lampard. ‘I have a close relationship with him, it is a positive pressure. He knows how I feel. You want your best players — he has shown that over the last few years.
‘He just needs to know what I want from him in terms of the demands. It is a hard balance to find because he is coming back from injury. There are things we have had to work around but the last two weeks we have been able to work with him at full fitness.’