Frank Lampard will be hoping he’s just had his own David Moyes watershed Everton moment

Everton must hope their trip to Australia helps provide the spark needed to spark their stuttering season to life as they cannot afford to go ‘Down Under’ again in May and join the Championship. After the shocks of last season when the Blues came disgustingly close to what would have been their first relegation in 71 years, loyal but long-suffering Everton supporters helped drag their underachieving side into a nerve-racking battle against relegation. With a safety finally achieved – despite what proved to be the lowest combined equalizing point total in the club’s history – via a dramatic 3–2 victory over Crystal Palace in their final home game.

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It should go without saying that club-linked NOBODY will want – or should have – to catch up on it all again in the coming months, but the fact remains that when the music stopped and the Premier League party came to the sudden winter World Cup – due to the six-week hiatus However, the Blues found themselves one point and a position above the relegation zone. In response to last season’s 66-goal charge, manager Frank Lampard has prioritized improving defensive solidity this summer, and while that has largely been a feature of the current campaign so far, the wheels fell spectacularly in a disastrous final week of action before. Qatar break.

To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, when it comes to the importance of earnestness (about Everton’s need to stay in the top flight, arguably greater than ever as their magnificent new stadium rises before our eyes on the banks of the River Mersey): one game against an opponent who jumps you might be seen as At the table it is an ordeal, and losing both seems like neglect.” Indeed, as frustrating and flat as the Blues’ 2-0 defeat at Goodison Park against Leicester City paled in comparison to the double capitulation at Bournemouth.

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As someone who’s made both journeys – traveling over a thousand miles in just four days but not at my own expense unlike those strong souls at the far end at Vitality Stadium who deserved so much better – this reporter can attest to what an utter chaos it was. These two show up when it comes to embarrassing representations of Everton Football Club. Unfortunately, Lampard’s unnecessary decision to make 11 changes to the Carabao Cup fixture set the tone for the double-header and subsequent 4-1 win for the hosts – who had lost four straight matches before the game, including conceding a 3-1 lead to a 4-3 loss. Against Leeds United in the previous round – giving them the momentum to take part in the Premier League match the following Saturday.

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We were told game two would be different but while the individuals involved were pretty much the margin of defeat it was not and after the 3-0 defeat, defender Connor Cody admitted: “We need to look at ourselves long and hard. We’ll take a break now.”

“It was shocking, and it wasn’t good enough. We have to be better in the second half of the season, we have to do better. We had a long conversation about what we need to do.”

Kwade is one of the Everton squad not to go to Australia, along with England teammate Jordan Pickford, Senegal’s Idrissa Gaye and Belgium’s Amadou Onana, all of whom were World Cup finalists. Other players such as injured duo Dominic Calvert-Lewin and James Garner, Ireland captain Seamus Coleman and Nigerian Alex Iwobi were absent during international duty.

Between them, it forms the nucleus of some of the biggest personalities within the Blues dressing room but with the majority of the group still venturing to the far side of the planet from the UK, there must be a desire to return in tangible – the benefits of the pitch plus the plentiful payday the club has been given for participating. in the Sydney Super Cup and interacting with their fans in Antipodean – scenes that contrast sharply with the ugly hotspots that followed the final whistle in Dorset two weeks ago. After the only other season in which Everton finished with a paltry 39 points, David Moyes took his players on a long jaunt that proved pivotal when it came to reviving their fortunes.

The Blues’ 2004 visit to Texas – the first of what proved to be six trips to the US side under the Scotsman with a seventh under Roberto Martinez on his watch – is seen as a watershed moment. Moyes was known as a relentless master of tasks during his early days at Goodison Park and while he and his group continued to work hard, the players were allowed to play hard too from this time on as their boss adopted a more pragmatic approach to empowering them, as a source revealed in 2020 to: “Let their hair down.”

The result was an incredible year-on-year turnaround as Everton posted a fourth-place finish in the 2004/05 season – still their highest-ever Premier League finish – and while no one would expect such sporting miracles on this occasion, perhaps the last few days can help. Lampard’s side to start moving in the right direction at least. The stalemate against Scottish champions Celtic was followed by a morale-boosting penalty shoot-out success, and while there were serious question marks over the level of opposition Western Sydney Wanderers produced in the second game – especially given the disastrous goalkeeping in front of Tom. Kanon’s goal – only you can overcome what’s in front of you.

Having been fed starvation diets to the beleaguered Blues of late, the highlights from their 5-1 team at CommBank Stadium offer at least several crumbs of relief. A hat-trick from Anthony Gordon – including an infamous back-heel finish – shows just what the home-grown talented Everton champions can produce and why so many of the Premier League’s richest outfits have been raving about him over the summer.

Another academy product Cannon was the man on the spot to follow on and tap Daniel Margosh’s butter fingers between the sticks and the teenager – whose header after he came off the bench in the Premier League match at Bournemouth was his team’s only shot on goal. Today – he will be buoyed by his first big goal. There was also a welcome return to Neil Maupay’s score sheet – thanks to a header from a cross too, suggesting he might be able to fill the void when Calvert-Lewin is unavailable – something that can only be a good thing after the critical assignment. The Frenchman had to endure plowing a single furrow in front.

Unlike Moyes of nearly 18 years ago, Lampard and his squad from the US after the spring didn’t get back in their stride with a 4-0 humiliation against Adrian Heath’s Minnesota United instead, issuing an astonishing wake-up call about just how much work is required. On speeding up this group. There may have been no American dream of Everton but at a time of year when ‘celebrities’ have returned to the UK from Australia after a series of trials, the Blues chief must crave it as much as his uncle Harry Redknapp – who was crowned ‘King of the Jungle’ On one particular ITV show – at least he’s back on top with a much rosier view of what lies ahead.

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