What The Papers Say - 17 May

The views on this page are taken from the local and national media and do not necessarily reflect the views of Everton.

Quotes from Sky Sports' Monday Night Football programme feature in Tuesday's media, including reaction to Everton's defeat to Brentford on Sunday.

Former Premier League defender Gary Neville believes the referee should have given a penalty for a foul on Richarlison prior to Jarrad Branthwaite's sending off.

Speaking to fellow pundit Jamie Carragher, Neville said: “I just thought he held on to it for so long. I know it’s slow motion but it’s protracted like you wouldn’t believe.

“That first angle that you’ve shown there, I’m struggling with the amount of time and then the distance he keeps on pulling his shirt. He doesn’t just pull it once, he has another go again.

“There’s no way that’s being overturned if he gives it a penalty, no way in a million years.

“So for me, I can see why Everton are annoyed, and you’ve always said, ‘You’ve got to know when to let go’.

“We’ve all grabbed shirts, you don’t pull, and pull, and pull.

"I think he’s just held on too long. I think they can be aggrieved.”

Looking ahead to Thursday evening's final home game of the season, former Everton defender Michael Ball has called on fans to remain optimistic and get "Goodison rocking" to spur on Frank Lampard's side.

"I’m very nervous but you’ve always got to feel optimistic at Goodison," he wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.

"It’s going to be about our ability to be brave enough to receive the ball to go and do our jobs. We need to be aggressive.

"Most importantly we need Goodison rocking. 40,000 people, booing every time they (Crystal Palace) touch the ball and cheering every time we get it.

"We’ve got to have the possession to dominate the game but also have that desire to win the ball back and hopefully we can break down the opposition and get the result we need."

Sticking with the Echo, the local outlet publishes quotes from Brentford manager Thomas Frank, as the Dane insisted his side will go all-out to win their final game of the season against Leeds United.

Frank told the press: "We will put our very best team out there - it's so important to understand we need to do our very best to win.

“It is nothing about Everton, Burnley or Leeds.

“Everyone will do our best to try and win on Sunday.

"For us, every game is a cup final.”

Finally, Everton Academy Graduate Ellis Simms claims it would be the perfect end to the season if he were to lift silverware and see the Blues retain their Premier League status.

The 21-year-old is currently on loan with Heart of Midlothian as they prepare for this weekend's Scottish Cup final against Europa League finalists Rangers.

“Winning the cup and seeing Everton stay up would be brilliant, 100 per cent," he told the Daily Record.

"The boys are working hard down there to make the fans happy and stay up but for me the focus is all on playing in this final.

“This will be a big game for me - the biggest game of my career so far."