‘Not nice’ - why Nathan Patterson was hooked at half-time on Everton debut explained by Frank Lampard

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Nathan Patterson signed for Everton from Glasgow Rangers for a fee of up to £16 million in January but was brought off after just 45 minutes against Boreham Wood.

Frank Lampard has explained why he hooked Nathan Patterson off at half-time on his Everton debut.

The right-back was finally handed his Toffees bow in last night’s FA Cup fifth-round tie against Boreham Wood.

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It arrived two months after joining from Rangers in the January transfer window for a fee of up to £16 million.

Patterson’s maiden outing was brought to a premature end, however.

The Scotland international was substituted at the interval and replaced by Richarlison.

A change of formation and personnel yielded Everton a 2-0 victory, with Salomon Rondon netting twice after the break.

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Lampard felt Patterson did ‘OK’ but wanted more from him attacking-wise.

The boss told Everton TV: “We played too slow first half. Boreham Wood came here with an idea to stop up playing and if you play slow, they can stop it.

“I didn’t enjoy that, but a good little viewing for me to see those things and change at half-time

“Generally the whole team had a different tempo in the second half and were comfortable in the second half.

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“(We wanted) an extra player up the pitch who could give them problems, receive the ball and cause them problems.

“It wasn’t necessarily a slam on Nathan Patterson, it’s not nice on a debut; I thought he did ok.

“But from the way we were playing with our wing-backs I wanted him to break that line and he wasn’t, it allowed them to sit back, so the formation change helped us.”

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