Frank Lampard reacts to Everton full-time boos and Jonjoe Kenny’s red card in Wolves loss
Everton’s relegation woes continues with a 1-0 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
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The Toffees slipped to a fourth successive Premier League defeat at Goodison Park to heighten their relegation fears.
Connor Coady’s 48th-minute header when he met Ruben Neves’ cross proved the difference.
The result leaves 17th-place Everton above the relegation zone only because of goal difference - albeit with three games in hand on Watford.
Evertonians booed Lampard and his troops following the defeat - and Lampard expected that sort of reaction.
The Blues boss said: “In the first half, we were the stronger teams. Wolves don’t give you many opportunities, that’s why they concede so little.
“We were very solid in the first half, had the better chances and the goal, for me, changed the whole feeling of the game.
“Changed the feeling of the stadium, that’s understandable the position the clubs in and has been for a long time.
“There were a lot more positives in terms of performance. It’s disappointing because everyone feels we need points but we have got 12 games to go now.
“We can’t get stuck in a rut. We lost against a good team, in a tight game with 10 men for the last period when we really want to push.
“It certainly wasn’t the level of Tottenham (a 5-0 loss).
“I’ve played for 20 years and seen plenty of reactions from crowds.
“I can’t stand here and say: “Thanks very much for helping up play so well against Brentford, Leeds and Manchester City where we deserved more in that game.
“I do not expect fans that want the team to do well, want the team to stay up and to get wins not to have a reaction.”
Everton’s defeat was compounded by Jonjoe Kenny’s sending off.
The defender was given two yellow cards within four minutes and will now miss Thursday’s visit of Newcastle United.
Lampard thought the decision was slightly harsh but could not grumble.
“With Jonjoe, it’s harsh,” he added.
“It’s a lunge that maybe if you go back in time, he’ll wish he didn’t lunge.
“As a player who cares deeply for the club, he’s got it wrong.
“The foul looks worse than actually what it was but no qualms about it. It is what it is.”