‘It’s going to be special’: Frank Lampard urges Everton to ‘tap into the atmosphere’ at Goodison Park and pull themselves clear of relegation in their last home game against Crystal Palace
- Frank Lampard has encouraged Everton players to feed off the crowd’s energy
- The Toffees host Crystal Palace on Thursday in their final game of the campaign
- Lampard is desperate for his side to pull themselves clear of the relegation zone
Frank Lampard has called on Everton players to use the Goodison Park atmosphere to help boost them clear of the relegation zone against Crystal Palace on Thursday.
Lampard’s side host the Eagles in their penultimate match of the season, knowing if they win they will definitely stay up.
And the former Chelsea boss urged the fans to create an intimidating cauldron of noise to galvanise the players.
Frank Lampard has called on Everton to use their home atmosphere to help avoid relegation
He said: ‘If we can put in the right performance, get some things to go our way, tap into the atmosphere, which is going to be special on the night.
‘Our fans are going to turn up in huge numbers to support the players. If we can tap into that, we know we have a huge opportunity to get where we want to be’.
Relegation-threatened Everton have centre-back Michael Keane and midfielder Donny van de Beek available for their crucial final home match of the season against Crystal Palace.
The ex-Chelsea boss urged fans to create a cauldron of noise to galvanise the Toffees players
Manager Frank Lampard is also hopeful defender Ben Godfrey, out for a month with a thigh problem, could also rejoin the squad.
‘Keane has recovered (from illness) and is fit to start,’ said Lampard. ‘Ben may be in the squad and that’s just testament to him for striving to get fit. He’s in the squad and I’ll take a decision on whether he is involved at all.’
Lampard is still without midfielder Fabian Delph and defender Yerry Mina, and the suspended Jarrad Branthwaite and Salomon Rondon.
Last time Everton played against Crystal Palace they were beaten 4-0 at Selhurst Park in March
A win would secure Everton’s top-flight status and avoid a nervous final day away at top four-chasing Arsenal, particularly with the Toffees’ record on the road being so bad.
But Lampard, who said the mood in the camp was ‘determined, focused’ insists they cannot pin all their hopes on this one game.
He added: ‘If you approach it as ‘all or nothing’ and then we don’t get the right result, do you then try to rekindle the fact you have a game to come? It is the reality. We have to approach it as a game at Goodison… we all understand what it is.’
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