Frank Lampard last night accepted his job is on the line after Everton were humiliated by Brighton.
The under-fire Toffees boss is feeling the heat after they were thrashed 4-1 by the Seagulls at Goodison Park. Lampard’s side were booed off the pitch after their seventh defeat in 10 Premier League games and there were calls for the board to be sacked.
He said: “Since I have been here we have been in this situation of a relegation battle last year and through this season.
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“It is not a case of fear [about his job], it is a case of keep working. I cannot control the talk or the decisions when you are around this area of the table. This is what happens.
“When you lose a game like this, I absolutely understand any reaction. I don’t listen to too much of it because if you do it becomes your focus point.
“I am very confident in myself and will work to turn it round. I cannot predict the future. We have to try and win games.”
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The players were booed off as the atmosphere turned toxic when Brighton raced clear. Lampard added: “It is difficult we have to understand it is maybe human nature. It is what it is.” Everton have won just three times all season which has left them firmly in a relegation scrap. Owner Farhad Moshiri could now be looking to appoint his seventh manager in his six-year reign at the club.
Kaoru Mitoma scored an early opener before three second-half goals in the space of six minutes from Evan Ferguson, Solly March and Pascal Gross sealed the win for Brighton. Demarai Gray scored a stoppage-time penalty for the Toffees.
Brighton boss Roberto De Zerbi hailed 18-year-old Irish striker Ferguson for his display. He said: "He can become a great striker. He has a big potential – physical and technical.”
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