Lampard Explains His Everton Vision

Frank Lampard believes his side showed "what an Everton team must feel like" in the 3-0 win over Crystal Palace but says they must continue to improve ahead of a trip to Fulham this weekend.

The Blues ran out 3-0 winners over Palace on Saturday, courtesy of goals from the returning Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Anthony Gordon and Dwight McNeil.

It was a contest that saw Everton productively display the bravery to play through lines and slick passing manager Lampard has previously discussed, with Gordon's strike, in particular, catching the eye.

A move that started with goalkeeper Jordan Pickford saw all but one of the Toffees' players touch the ball as Gordon converted from close range.

It was that confidence, combined with variation in attack and solidity in defence that Lampard says his players must now build on.

"I think it was a good template," Lampard told evertontv. "We want to continue in the right direction - there are improvements [to be made] always.

"But when you see the solid nature of the team, the good play, the variation of our game of playing through lines like the goals or going longer and winning second balls... This is what an Everton side has to feel like, there's no doubt about it for me. 

"It's not simple but some of the basics of our game we did brilliantly [against Crystal Palace] and the crowd were engaged in it, so you get one of those special afternoons at Goodison."

Lampard was impressed with the way his side executed discussions of playing on the front foot - a feat, he emphasises, is much easier said than done in the Premier League - from the first whistle against Patrick Vieira's side.

He also reserved praise for Calvert-Lewin, who notched his first goal of the season on only his second start after a frustrating period on the sidelines.

"Saying getting on the front foot is one thing, but doing it in an organised manner - to not allow a good team to play through you and to do the right things, right movements that we talk about and work on in training - is another," added Lampard.

"We did both together and that's when you get the magic. We have to work hard, be aggressive, with a structure - the players did that and that brought us the first goal.

"Obviously, I'm delighted for Dominic to get it. We know how important he is to us.

"You saw the celebration and the relationship he has with the fans - we're delighted on all fronts on that one.

"People on the outside can cast judgement or comment on Dominic, but I see him every day - trying to do the right things to get fit when he's not right, working in the right way, being a good teammate. 

"Then you see the player he is when he's out on the pitch.

"I'm not going to get too excited with one performance, but I am excited because I know what it means to him. Now he just has to replicate that.

"It gives us such a weapon in our game to have a player of that presence that we can hit, that we can play off, that can run behind... He can do so many things for us and, obviously, score goals.

"It was really good from Dominic, then Neal [Maupay] comes on and, all of a sudden, when they're both firing you feel we have different options and we look different very quickly in a game, which is great for me."