Lampard Urging United Goodison

Frank Lampard is calling for Everton’s players and supporters to unite in a monumental collective effort when Wolverhampton Wanderers visit Goodison Park on Sunday.

Manager Lampard has harnessed the energising effect of a pumped-up Goodison in his opening month in the job and Everton will target a fourth home win from five matches this weekend.

The problematic away form continued at Tottenham Hotspur on Monday, with Lampard vowing to get to the bottom of that issue over time.

Nothing, however, will distract the former Chelsea boss from successive home fixtures – Everton host Newcastle United four days after facing Wolves – that have the potential to release pressure for the season run-in.

And, says Lampard, the onus is on his team to recreate the energy and urgency of recent Goodison encounters to light the fuse on another rocking afternoon in L4.

“We have two home games and absolutely have to get ourselves right for those,” Lampard told evertontv.

"We will have the full backing of the crowd… we really need the fans to get behind us but we have to be the catalyst for that – and it starts on Sunday.

“For the fans who travelled down to Tottenham, we have to hold up our hands and say that was not good enough.

Frank Lampard
We really need the fans to get behind us but we have to be the catalyst for that – and it starts on Sunday.

“But it makes my job slightly clearer, in a way. We can see there is something missing when we go away and something missing when a game turns against us.

“It is not an easy thing to change, it happens with hard work and the players and Club getting together and understanding this is a tough time.

“We have 13 games to go – things have to be said and dealt with behind the scenes in terms of correcting [Tottenham performance], but it is three points lost.

“We go into the future games knowing our position, which is the most important thing, and we must remain positive.”

Lampard oversaw a convincing victory over Leeds United in his first Premier League home fixture last month, seven days after beginning his reign with a comprehensive Goodison FA Cup success against Brentford.

Events conspired against Everton in the meeting with league leaders Manchester City 11 days ago when, by common consent, a forceful performance merited some form of tangible reward.

The flip side to the prevailing positivity on home ground is the run of barren away days, the latest this week’s heavy loss at Spurs.

Lampard reserved praise for 21-year-old Anthony Gordon following the game in the capital, where Everton welcomed back striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin following a two-game layoff.

There could be returns this weekend, too, for forward Demarai Gray, who is recovering from illness, and Ben Godfrey, the defender out since sustaining a hamstring injury in the Brentford Cup tie.

“Anthony was a standout [against Spurs] and has been in terms of playing and training since I came to the Club,” said Lampard.

“I want people to give Dominic time, he is a big player for us and it was a difficult game for him on Monday.

“Once it went against us there wasn’t much space for him to get behind and we weren’t crossing a lot of balls for him.

“He needs to push himself and we need to keep pushing him, because it’s been a difficult time.”

The injuries at centre-back – Yerry Mina is also missing – have been “tough”, concedes Lampard.

“They are high-level players and it affects the systems I can play,” he added.

“When big players come back it is a boost for the whole group. The way we’ve played at Goodison and the feeling with the fans has been very positive and we need that going into these next games."