Everton manager Frank Lampard is confident his Everton side can avoid relegation from the Premier League, despite poor recent form and a slim gap separating the Toffees from the drop.
Everton sits just three points above the bottom three with 10 games left to play after losing 2-1 to West Ham on Sunday.
Lampard’s team has a massive relegation six-pointer against 19th-placed Burnley on Wednesday, and the coach has faith his side can get out of danger if they keep playing the way they did against West Ham.
While Everton have put in some ugly performances, even after Lampard was brought in, the Toffees do seem to be showing signs of slight improvement. Still, they will now need to find a result over the next bit without defender Michael Keane who was sent off against West Ham.
What did Lampard say about Everton’s relegation chances?
“Ten games is a lot. If our luck turns and we keep on the path we showed today and against Newcastle I have a real strong belief we will be OK,” he said to BBC Sport after the West Ham loss. “Saying that now here means nothing. We just have to focus on ourselves. The next game is huge because it is Burnley but also because it is our next game. After that we move on to Manchester United.
“You want to win games. Today isn’t so enjoyable. It is not if you don’t turn up and get opened up as a team. It has happened a couple of times since I have been here but not much. But that comes with the territory of where we are at.
“Look at West Ham. Today they are very strong but two or three years ago they are facing relegation. And then they build, stick together and recruit and they move on. Everton has huge history and a fanbase.
“At the moment we are working to get through this moment. Myself and the players are giving everything. The fans can know if we keep doing that over 10 games we will be OK.”
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What’s next for Everton?
Everton face fellow relegation candidates Burnley at Turf Moor on Wednesday. Sean Dyche’s team are second-bottom of the table and four points behind the Toffees.
After that, Everton will take on Manchester United, Leicester, Liverpool and Chelsea.
Other relegation candidates have a similarly difficult run of fixtures. Leeds United has Chelsea, Man City, and Arsenal still on the list, Watford has Liverpool, Man City, and Leicester City remaining, and Burnley sees Wolves and Tottenham in its final stretch.