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Frank Lampard rails at decisions as Everton left to sweat on safety

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Everton's Salomon Rondon walks past manager Frank Lampard after being shown a red card during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Photo: PA Wire

Everton's Salomon Rondon walks past manager Frank Lampard after being shown a red card during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Photo: PA Wire

Everton's Salomon Rondon walks past manager Frank Lampard after being shown a red card during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Photo: PA Wire

If Everton are to stay up this season, and extend their top-flight status into a 69th consecutive year, then they seem determined to do it the hard way.

This was an afternoon that, in many respects, encapsulated their season, a game they started so well in front of an electric crowd only for a litany of familiar failings to take root and ensure that, by the end, Goodison Park was as flat as a pancake and left to sweat for another few days at least.

Victory at home to Crystal Palace on Thursday will be enough to avert relegation but Everton will take some picking up after this.

Frank Lampard could not have asked for better beginnings when Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored early on but Everton’s fortunes were turned upside down just eight minutes later when Jarrad Branthwaite was sent off.

After Brentford equalised, Everton again took the lead thanks to Richarlison’s penalty in first-half stoppage time and they were unfortunate that Mads Bech Sorensen was not sent off.

Still, Everton were half an hour from survival only for their afternoon, and potentially their season, to come crashing down in the space of 121 seconds when Brentford scored twice to lead 3-2.

Salomon Rondon’s red card, just four minutes after coming on a substitute, compounded Everton’s misery late on. Brentford took advantage of Everton’s familiar failings for all their goals.

Everton should have cleared the ball long before it found its way to Yoane Wissa to cross and Seamus Coleman headed past his own goalkeeper for the first. Brentford’s second, from a corner by the imperious Christian Eriksen, saw Wissa stoop in front of Richarlison and loop home a header. It was the 17th goal Everton have shipped from set pieces this season. And, then, for the third, Rico Henry rose above Anthony Taylor to head home Christian Norgaard’s cross.

Brentford, by contrast, are flying. This was their seventh win in their past 10 league games and, since Eriksen’s first start for the club in early March, only Spurs, Liverpool and Manchester City have won more points in the Premier League.

Lampard claimed a refereeing mistake cost Everton the chance to securing their Premier League status..

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Richarlison appealed for a penalty, claiming his shirt was pulled by Kristoffer Ajer, but Michael Oliver waved play on, Brentford went long, and Ivan Toney got goal side of Jarrad Branthwaite and forced the 19-year-old into a challenge which brought a red card.

“The reality is we’re on the wrong end of a lot of bad decisions this season,” he said.

“That’s hard. I have to represent the club, represent the fans that come here, and those small margins can affect our position and I do believe that penalty on the shirt pull means maybe 2-0 and 11 men and I think we all know how that game goes.” 

Telegraph Media Group Limited [2022]


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