Everton handed 'massive' pre-Chelsea boost after what I saw - pundit

By Alex McLeish

29th Apr, 2022 | 5:00pm

Everton handed 'massive' dressing room boost pre-Chelsea - pundit

Alex McLeish has insisted Everton will take “great heart” from their spirited performance against Liverpool.

The former Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the result could have been different if the Toffees made the most of some “massive chances” – and should have been awarded a second-half spot-kick.

Everton held Liverpool for 62 minutes on Sunday (24 April) before Andy Robertson opened the deadlock in an eventual 2-0 loss.

Frank Lampard’s side even carved out opportunities of their own despite having just 19% of the ball – the second-lowest total since Premier League records began.

As quoted by the BBC after the loss, Lampard insisted he was happy with the performance and proud of his players’ “work rate” during the derby clash.

McLeish suggested the former Chelsea boss will look to employ a similar approach against his old side this weekend.

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“They did see very little of the ball, but they made some massive opportunities,” he told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge.

“I think they’ll take great heart from that. They probably won’t shut up shop against every team.

“But some of the breaks they had, Anthony Gordon using his pace, Richarlison got free – they’re massive chances, and on another day they score.”

“I also thought Gordon had a real shout for a penalty.

“They’ll be looking to play on the counter from now on and trying to stay harder to beat.”

Everton are 18th in the table at present – two points behind Burnley with a game in hand.

Lampard has won just three of his 12 Premier League games since taking the Toffees job in January.

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