everton Coach Frank Lampard questioned his players’ mental resilience after their defeat crystal palace the FA Cup quarter-finals at Selhurst Park and wondered if some of them aren’t shying away from the relegation battle that stretches beyond the final 11 games of the season.
Verton started strong but fell apart after Palace opened the scoring after 25 minutes.
And while Lampard lamented the scheduling of the game so soon after Thursday’s crucial Premier League win over Newcastle United, as well as the failure to lift Allan’s suspension, he reserved his most scathing judgment for his own players and their mentality. “It’s challenging because the problem was here long before I came here,” he said.
“If you see a lack of consistency and a resilient team on Thursday and less today, it’s not possible to get into the minds and change that with a switch.
“As frustrating as it is for me and the 4,000 fans who have come, we have to fight against it. There’s only so much time you can keep buttering someone up to give them confidence.
“You play at the top of football here. This is a quarter-final today to get to Wembley and if you don’t have the confidence to play you can quickly turn it around and say, ‘Got that assholes play?’ Sorry, but that’s football reality.
“We didn’t play that badly and Palace didn’t play that well and we lost 4-0. For lack of confidence and for lack of what I just said. It wasn’t a tactic.
“If you allow people to saunter into your box, they’ll finish with ease. Real basics. We played over 70 percent the whole game and that’s not good enough.”
Patrick Vieira, the Palace’s manager, had no such concerns after his side’s strong attacking display, although he admitted Everton had outpaced the early substitution. “We went through a really difficult period, especially the first 20 minutes,” he said.
“We managed to stick together and we showed a lot of experience, that wasn’t our strength this season.”
Marc Guehi celebrated his call-up for England by taking the lead after 25 minutes from a poorly defended corner.
Jean-Philippe Mateta doubled their lead before the break, Wilfried Zaha added a third eleven minutes from time and substitute Will Hughes struck late in fourth.
But the stars of the Palace show were Michael Olise and Ebereche Eze, whose energy and skill were too much for Everton and whose rise has brought a new attacking dimension to Vieira’s side.
When Palace took the lead in the 25th minute, Palace had only made one serious attempt on goal and Olise was the key player.
First he was chasing what looked hopeless to win a corner. Next, he nearly caught Jordan Pickford with an inward swing of the flag that the England goalkeeper had to smash over his own bar. He then curved the next one further out, leaving Guehi unforgivably unmarked to go inside.
“The first goal from a set piece was huge because we didn’t create much,” said Vieira.
“After that we mastered the game superbly. It’s a big week for him, the national team call and the goal.
“We needed that goal and that’s Marc. He is calm, collected and doing really well.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/frank-lampard-rounds-on-his-everton-players-after-fa-cup-capitulation-at-crystal-palace-41468947.html Frank Lampard rounds up his Everton players after the FA Cup surrender at Crystal Palace