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Frank Lampard left with mixed feelings after Everton secured the first point

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Frank Lampard had mixed feelings after Everton clinched their first Premier League point of the season with a late equalizer against Nottingham Forest.

Demarai Gray snatched a long ball from Jordan Pickford after 88 minutes at Goodison Park on Saturday to salvage a 1-1 draw for the Merseysiders, just after Brennan Johnson put newly promoted Forest ahead.

The equalizer was greeted with great relief by the raucous Toffees fans, but based on his side’s overall performance, Lampard felt his side should have celebrated a first win.

The Everton manager said: “We had a lot of chances throughout the game – 19 shots – then they take a chance.

“It’s hard to keep that confidence when you have a lot of chances and a bit of control, but it was a good spirit to come back from 0-1 and take a point.

“The frustration is that when you have 19 shots at home you generally expect to score more than one goal.

“We wanted to win the game and I thought we deserved to win the game but I understand the bigger picture.”

Lampard, who played Salomon Rondon up front with Gray and Anthony Gordon in support, admitted his side lacked the edge.

He said: “If we had scored in the first 20 minutes – we had enough chances – I think the game looks very different.

“Being more clinical means finding those moments and being ruthless. Some players have this naturally, some not so much.

“When you have a moment where the ball is flying around in the penalty area, you just need someone with that composure in that moment to be clinical.

“To be fair, Demarai showed that for goal.”

Lampard said he was still hoping for more signings before the transfer window closes.

“There is still business that we want to do,” said Lampard, who is still without Dominic Calvert-Lewin due to injury.

“Ideally we would have a few more points on the board but we just have to keep working on what we have now and how we can strengthen the squad.”

Forest’s draw took the newly promoted team’s points tally from three games to a respectable four, but manager Steve Cooper felt they deserved more.

“We should have won,” Cooper said. “I thought we were the better team.

“We had a good 1-0 lead, so it’s disappointing to concede like that.

“It’s a disappointed dressing room, we feel like it’s a missed opportunity.

“But let’s not lose sight of all the good things we’ve done. It’s a first away point and our team looked good.”

On the other side for Forest, Cooper confirmed Moussa Niakhate, who missed the game with a hamstring injury, will be out “a couple of months”.

“We had to do another scan later in the week and it didn’t come back too well,” Cooper said. “It’s a blow to him and a blow to us.”

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