Everton boss Lampard: We were poor for defeat at Bournemouth

Everton boss Frank Lampard admits they were “poor” for defeat at Bournemouth.

The Blues were outclassed 3-0 at Dean Court on Saturday.

Lampard said, “It was a poor performance and a poor result. It’s very clear, it’s not good enough for Everton.

“It was a mistake for our first goal. The second goal shouldn’t have stood. A defender goes down with a head injury and the game should stop. The referee got that one wrong, but it’s not one to hang on – our reaction after that wasn’t right – but it is difficult to come back in an away game from 2-0 down. It gives the fans and opposition and lot of impetus. On our part, it wasn’t good enough.

“The fans have a right to be disappointed. They have come down here twice this week and seen poor performances. Before that, we were doing okay, and then they see performances they don’t like. When they’re happy after the Palace win and we’re pleased when they give us a welcome… We have to understand they can voice their opinions – and their opinions were right today.

“I think there was a bit of a misunderstanding – Alex [Iwobi] had some friends he was concerned about up at the front – there was nothing in that.

“The players, albeit the performance wasn’t good enough, they’re not bad lads. They’re disappointed. It was important the players went over to the fans. You have to be humble about the fact the performance wasn’t good enough. We know it’s not a moment for them to clap and cheer – we’ve had those moments at other times – but it’s a moment to go over and [recognise] it wasn’t good enough.”

Lampard added: “If you have intensity – like we had against Palace – then generally that aligns itself to better results. If you’re not going to have intensity in your game, then that’s not enough. That one is on the players. I know I have to take responsibility, but there’s not a moment where I ask for less intensity. It’s actually the opposite and the players didn’t deliver that today.”