Frank Lampard warns tougher tests ahead after winning start to Everton’s reign

New Everton manager Frank Lampard is not swayed by a win on his debut as he knows much tougher tests lie ahead.

They start six-point relegation at Newcastle on Tuesday and the former Chelsea manager knows the 4-1 FA Cup win over Premier League side Brentford proves little.

Goodison Park no doubt warmed to their new manager ‘Super Frankie Lampard’ at the end and the former England international responded by clapping from all four sides of the pitch.

He admits he’s allowed the excitement of the day to get the best of him, but insists he’s going straight back to work on Sunday.

“I have to put some perspective and calm on yesterday,” he said after watching goals from substitutes Yerry Mina and Andros Townsend, goals from Richarlison and Mason Holgate.

“It was a good performance and we went through to the next round, but we have a lot of work to do, we need to get results within that process because it is very important for our position in the league.

“When we go to training I will say, ‘Well done, here are the positives, but we have to improve.’

“We want to play and make more passes and support each other better in possession.

Mason Holgate (centre) celebrates Everton’s third goal in their 4-1 FA Cup win over Brentford at Goodison Park (Peter Byrne/PA Images)

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“We are an Everton team, we need to be aggressive and run and shoot down when the ball is there to win.

“And those things were there in abundance, which makes me very happy.”

Everton won with 56 per cent of possession and 14 shots, considerably more than they ever enjoyed under predecessor Rafael Benítez’s more defensive football.

And that is something Lampard wants to encourage and improve upon, while capitalizing on the spirit shown by academy graduate Anthony Gordon, who is enjoying a breakout season in the first team.

“I would like to think that it is visible from the outside. We want to play, we want to give more passes, we need to support each other more in possession and that’s how I want to train my team”, he added.

Richarlison (left) celebrates Everton’s 2-0 win over Brentford (Peter Byrne/PA Images).

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“First of all, we are an Everton team and we must be aggressive, we must make tackles when the ball is there to win.

“It was there in abundance and that’s the foundation and it made me very happy to see that.”

Of Gordon, Lampard, who is hoping to have striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin back for the trip to St James’ Park, said: “I’m very excited. I’ve been watching Anthony this season as an outsider, a neutral, and I love the things about his game.

“When you come to see someone you try not to make too many judgements, but I have seen him first hand and he loves this club and he has a great attitude and all the attributes to do what he wants in this game.

“I won’t give him a problem living up to something after a game, but the attitude he showed and the love for the club he showed is something to work on and something for me to build on.”

Anthony Gordon impressed new Everton boss Frank Lampard during the 4-1 FA Cup win over Brentford (Peter Byrne/PA Images)

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While Everton have received a significant boost following Lampard’s arrival, Brentford counterpart Thomas Frank has to find a way for his side to get a result after a fifth successive loss.

However, his next stop is at defending champions Manchester City and he is not so optimistic about his chances, although his only hope remains the form of Ivan Toney, who scored for the third game in a row after going eight games without scoring.

“I am very aware that we have to win again, but I know that going to the Etihad is relatively difficult if you are a club in the bottom 14,” he said.

“It is rare for clubs to score points. We go there with the belief that we can score points, but aware that it is one of the most difficult games of the season”.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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