EPL: Lampard Bemoans Everton Reds, Burnley Boss Slams Penalty Decision

EPL: Lampard Bemoans Everton Reds, Burnley Boss Slams Penalty Decision Photo: TT
Home of Everton Football Club. Liverpool UK. — Photo by illu

Everton manager Frank Lampard blamed his side’s two red cards, while Burnley boss Michael Jackson bemoaned the penalty decision as both suffered defeats in their bids to avoid the drop.

Leeds United scored a last-gasp equalizer from Pascal Struijk’s close-range header to clinch a 1-1 home draw with Brighton & Hove Albion to move out of the bottom three.

Everton were reduced to nine men as they lost 3-2 at home to Brentford, while Burnley went down 1-0 at Champions League hopefuls Tottenham with Harry Kane’s penalty the difference.

The results mean that Everton are 16th on 36 points from 36 games, with Leeds in 17th on 35 points from 37 and Burnley down in 18th on 34 points from 36. Crucially, Burnley have superior goal difference to the Whites.

But Jackson insisted the decisive penalty wasnt there, with referee Kevin Friend consulting the VAR before awarding it for a handball.

I watched it back and I dont think its a penalty,” he said. Youve got to look at the context of whats happened before that ball has even come in.

“Its an 18-yard box with bodies in it, people competing. Ashley (Barnes) is trying to keep his balance, the ball comes in and how he can get out of the way of it, I dont know.

“You dont stand in an 18-yard box with your arms by your side. You dont do that. I dont know if the referee has played football before but your arms are up, your arms are there to protect you and help you to move and give you strength so, I dont get it. No-one has even appealed for a penalty.”

Meanwhile, Lampard lamented red cards to Jarrad Branthwaite (18th minute) for a last-man foul and substitute Salomon Rondon for a two-footed 88th minute challenge.

Everton had led early from Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s strike before Richarlison made it 2-1 from the penalty spot.

“It’s pretty simple. We had control of the game,” he said.

“We looked like we would score more goals and win the game. The red card changes everything. You can’t play with 10-men for 70 minutes in the Premier League and expect much more (from the players).”

Leeds went into their home game with Brighton wanting three points but had to settle for one, which manager Jesse Marsch found the positive in.

“Our goal was to get three points today but we knew that any points and Burnley not getting any would shift the pressure a bit the other way,” he said.

Leeds face Brentford away on the final day. Everton host Crystal Palace in midweek before going to Arsenal. Burnley go to Aston Villa in midweek before hosting Newcastle on the final day.

Ben somerford
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