Everton manager Frank Lampard says he cannot afford to look at the crucial win over Chelsea as a pivotal moment in the fight against relegation until he sees more consistency from his side.
The 1-0 win at a rough Goodison Park kept the Toffees from falling five points to 18th, albeit with a game in hand but five games remaining to secure a 67-year premiership stay is far from over.
While Everton have picked up 10 points from a possible 12 at home, their form on the road, which hosts three of their last five games, remains sad with their only win way back in August.
Lampard said now is not the time to bask in the glory of another great Goodison result.
“I don’t think we’ve shown enough consistency to say it’s crucial,” he said after the win, which has Leeds on goal difference a lot smaller and Burnley just two points clear in sight.
“We had moments – Leeds, Manchester United, Newcastle (all home wins) and we didn’t go on and now it’s crucial that we go on.
“I think it would be naïve to think that this is a defining moment. What’s clear, if we can keep going with the same spirit and quality and desire, we can make it a defining moment.
“It’s the application for the job that will get us over the line. The basics are the same: we need to run more, show more determination, push harder than the competition.”
Where Lampard has found some consistency is in Richarlison’s goalscoring form, and not ahead of time.
With Dominic Calvert-Lewin making just 13 Premier League appearances this season through injury, the Brazil international is usually the de facto centre-forward.
He has now scored as many goals (four) in his last five league games as in his first 21 of the season.
“I thought it was top notch and it had to be,” said Lampard of the Brazilian’s performance against Chelsea.
“I was cheering Richy on before the game because he always tries so hard but it has to be directed in the right direction in terms of energy and performance to put pressure on people.
“For the level of a forward he can be he has to be clinical and he was and he won us the game with that.”
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has his own consistency problems as they have taken just four points from their last four games and kept a clean sheet once.
That has led them to see a three-way battle for two Champions League spots.
They’ve scored just four goals in that run, two of them in a defeat by Arsenal, but the German, who benched former Everton striker Romelu Lukaku at Goodison Park, believes the problems lie at the back rather than the front.
“If there’s anything I can do, I’ll try, but if I had known about it, I would have done something sooner,” he said.
“The key is to concede a goal. It was a different game to Manchester United which was more open and fluid and when we finally scored late we conceded straight away.
“The problem is we don’t concede enough goals, that’s the problem.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/frank-lampard-warns-everton-consistency-is-key-to-survival-after-chelsea-win-41606720.html Frank Lampard warns Everton consistency is key to survival after Chelsea win