Everton supervisor Frank Lampard believes the significance of workforce spirit and dedication has develop into a clearer actuality for his gamers as their league place worsens.
Last Saturday’s house match in opposition to backside facet Southampton was the membership’s greatest fixture since they escaped relegation within the penultimate sport of the 2021/22 season.
Defeat means the journey to 18th-placed West Ham, solely above Everton on objective distinction, is now the largest 90 minutes of the season up to now, and Lampard thinks final weekend could be the wake-up name his gamers want.
“The players don’t want to be in this position. The reality is we are here and there are lots of reasons for that,” he stated. “If the players in the dressing room are disappointed we lost then that is good.
“If they want to fight and be a good teammate and not think about themselves, think about the team and trying to get the result the next week and train throughout the week with great intensity, whether they are starting or not, that is all I want.
“Off the back of games like Southampton that reality has become even more clear.”
While off-field points, specifically the followers’ protests in opposition to the Everton board, have taken a number of the focus off Lampard, he’s under no circumstances protected as he approaches his first anniversary in cost.
The former Chelsea midfielder has gained simply 9 and misplaced 20 of his 37 Premier League matches and has a worse points-per-game ratio than Rafael Benitez, the person he changed.
While Lampard obtained proprietor Farhad Moshiri’s full backing final week, he wants fortunes to vary quickly.
Asked whether or not it was the largest match of his managerial profession, he added: “I don’t know, I only have to prepare for the game.
“I have played and managed in many big games with a lot of jeopardy: whether one will get you into the Champions League next year, whether one will keep you in the league, whether one will get you in the play-offs. These are all relative.
“I’m not making light of this, there are 17 games to go after this so I’m not thinking of the ifs and buts after this game.
“I came in with 18 games to go last year so we are in a similar spot. The emotions change weekly throughout those 18 games by the results.
“It was an amazing experience: not always good but the end result was good.
“I know what it takes, some of the players do, but that is all words when it is in front of us again. Now we absolutely have to act on it.”