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For the first time tonight, Everton manager Frank Lampard finished as the losing manager against Burnley having had a 100% record when facing us with Chelsea.

Tonight he saw his Everton side go behind early in the game, come back to lead through two penalties before seeing Burnley score twice in the second half to beat them 3-2.

Lampard said he’d told his players that there was only one way for them to ensure safety in the Premier League season. “The players have to work and fight to get through it,” he said. “If it’s a lack of confidence, the only through that is to keep fighting and working and that’s what the players absolutely have to do because we are in a battle. If we didn’t know that before tonight, we know it now.

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“We’re still above Burnley in the table so we have to keep fighting and looking forward but obviously you’re disappointed not to win from a winning position tonight. All the teams around us are in a similar position (struggling to find consistency) and that’s why we are in the position we are in the table, because of results over a long period. It’s the same for other teams around us.

“The reality is not that you don’t often string wins together and move up the table, the Premier League doesn’t work that way. So we can’t get too caught up in words, look to the next game, and prepare absolutely spot on and give everything, because if we do make mistakes like we did tonight, we better be ready to fight.”

He added: “At 2-1, we should win the game. We should win the game by more goals, so we’re not clinical enough on the numerous chances, counter attacks, and times we were in their half and getting in good areas, and at that point you always leave the game open, and then we make mistakes for their goals.

“The reality for us comes down to winning football matches, getting through games by no matter how and tonight we just didn’t do that from the position we were in when we should have done.

“It doesn’t matter who our next games are against. One of our best performances was against Manchester City, albeit for a decision we would have got a point in that game. I wouldn’t look at the fixture list and consider too much, it’s about us and what we do.”

Sean Dyche saw the Clarets end a run of five games without a win with this result. “It’s pleasing,” he said. “The mentality was good overall, we started well, and we started  bright, we got a goal from a good set piece and then out of nowhere they get a penalty when a player gets the wrong side of us, and then we sort of lost out way with our shape and the basics, we started to get nervous and I understand that.

“Sometimes simple is best, and I had to remind them of that, and the mentality was go forward and attack them, and we scored three very good goals. The games have been tight all season. We grew into it in the second half, it was edgy, but then we started to get bodies and momentum forward. There was a feeling in the stadium that we deserved better but I think overall I was pleased with the fact the lads took it on.”

Dyche continued: “It was a tricky game going into it, but we had a very good start, energy and commitment. We spoke to the players, and we found the moments that count. The season throws up funny things, and they are the margins of football, you must score goals to get wins.

“It puts us on a platform now to perform. We now need to follow that up and keep with the mentality. We found really good moments, it’s another shift in the mentality to score three goals, but there’s a balance here and we want to improve, and we’re moving forward.

“Maxwel brings energy to the performance. I spoke to the centre forwards about scoring goals. Jay took his goal well, and Vyds came on and he was a handful and provided the assist for the winner.

“Everyone has got to want it and everyone has got to be firm. We started to grow into the game and we gave ourselves a platform. We can enjoy the result, but we want to make sure that we can control ourselves. It gets parked very quickly and it doesn’t guarantee you anything, it gets you closer and back in.

“We’re in better shape but we have to go and work for the next one, and it’s a big win to get back on track with. It’s a reminder that we have an attacking threat. It’s a big win and an important win. They deserve it, the fans deserve it, they really do, as they have stayed resolute.”

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