‘Tomorrow I’m just expecting EVERYONE together fighting’: Frank Lampard calls on his Everton stars to play ‘at a level of passion that engages the fans’ against Newcastle in bid to lift mood around relegation-threatened side
- Everton go into Thursday’s match in 17th place in the Premier League table
- Frank Lampard has won only one league match during his six weeks in charge
- The threat of relegation has become ever more real at Goodison Park recently
- But the former Chelsea boss has urged the fans to get behind the players
Frank Lampard has urged every member of his Everton team to ‘fight together’ and help get the crowd going with a passionate display against Newcastle.
Everton go into Thursday’s match in 17th place in the Premier League table, above Watford on goal difference alone, albeit with three games in hand on the Hornets.
Lampard has won only one league match during his six weeks in charge as the threat of relegation becomes ever more real and a mood of pessimism pervades around Goodison Park, but he urged the fans to get behind the players.
Frank Lampard has urged his Everton team to ‘fight together’ against Newcastle
Relegation-threatened Everton go into the match in 17th place in the Premier League table
‘The players have to play at a level of passion that engages the fans,’ he said. ‘Tomorrow I’m just expecting everyone together fighting.
‘Every game is so important. There are 12 of them left, that’s massive, and at Goodison we want to be together. We have to engage the fans. When we do that together we’re a force.’
The Toffees boss however is still waiting to discover whether Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be fit to face Newcastle on Thursday night.
Calvert-Lewin has made only nine appearances in an injury-hit season for the Toffees, and missed Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Wolves through illness.
Lampard insisted his players have to play at a level of passion that engages the fans
‘Dominic trained lightly yesterday off the back of not feeling great,’ Lampard added. ‘We’ll see how he is this afternoon looking ahead to tomorrow’s squad.
‘It’s frustrating because he’s a top player and a really good lad.
‘He wants to play and get back to the form he’s been at over the last couple of seasons, when he’s been prolific in the Premier League. It’s not easy with injuries, coming back and then there’s another one.
‘I walked into that situation. So my main thing with Dominic is, help him in that sense because he wants to do it, and also practically on the pitch because he wants to get fitter and stronger because he’s had these setbacks.
Lampard is yet to discover whether Dominic Calvert-Lewin will be available on Thursday
‘That’s so important to us because the way we want to play, and what we demand off a striker is a lot. It’s not just goals, it’s everything with and without the ball.
‘He’ll need that little period of time getting fit, but we haven’t got loads of time. We need him soon.’
The England forward has scored just three goals this season as a result of his troubles, the last of which came in August against Brighton.
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