Everton news: Pundit issues 'brilliant' Frank Lampard claim after manager aims dig
Everton have proved they have the credentials to survive after hitting back at Sean Dyche with a 1-0 win over Man United on Saturday (9 April), according to Noel Whelan.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Toffees showed “more heart and more determination” than Ralf Rangnick’s side.
Anthony Gordon’s deflected first-half strike gave Everton all three points on Saturday (9 April), lifting them four points above Burnley after they fell 2-0 against Norwich.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the Clarets’ 3-2 win over the Goodison Park side on Wednesday (6 April), Dyche revealed he told his players Everton “don’t know how to win” during his half-time team talk.
Whelan revealed he too was questioning the Toffees’ chances of survival prior to Saturday’s game.
When asked if Lampard will have used Dyche’s comments to motivate his players, he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “Absolutely.
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“That was exactly the sort of brilliant reaction Frank Lampard will have been looking for. That fight, that grit, the energy, and real steeliness about the players.
“I questioned them before this game. Are they up for the fight? Are they up for the challenge? Are they strong enough mentally to get Everton out of this?
“It wasn’t a pretty win, but they proved they have some of the credentials you need to turn this situation around.
“It was by no means a spectacular win, but they showed more heart and more determination than Man United – and they also had that little bit of luck you need.”
Everton face Leicester next week, before back-to-back tests against Liverpool and Chelsea.
Lampard has won three of his 10 Premier League games in charge of the Toffees thus far.