Everton manager Frank Lampard’s hand broke celebrating a late 1-0 win over Newcastle that sparked their fight to avoid relegation, but he is willing to take more punishment if it means similar results.
Allan’s red card in the 83rd minute appeared to have ended any hopes of a victory, but Alex Iwobi seized the opportunity with an angled drive nine minutes into the extra 14 minutes, which were added on primarily due to the VAR review of the red card and a protester who tied himself to a goalpost.
Everton’s third Premier League victory since September moved them three points clear of 18th-placed Watford, who have played two more games. Lampard then attempted to explain what had happened to his hand.
“I don’t know, I did it in the celebrations for the goal. I think I just connected with something somehow and I realised two minutes later my hand was shaking and going a bit achy – but I’ll take it for the three points,” said the Toffees boss.
Asked how many more broken bones he was prepared to take until the end of the season, he added: “They can take one every game if they want. This game is special and it hasn’t felt so special for us in the last few weeks.”
Lampard happy with the win but angered with the red card decision.
He said: “It’s not a red card. Alan Shearer, Mr Newcastle himself, just said so and the frustrating thing for us is we had the most blatant one of the season against Man City (a penalty not given for handball).
“The referee gets it wrong, we get the apology, this time the referee sees it, he gives a yellow card. Did he seriously endanger the player by kicking him on the foot?
“We now lose Allan for three games. The system is not working because of decisions like tonight. VAR has gone wrong for us twice now.”
With 11 games left, Everton have ample opportunity to pull themselves clear.
“The whole evening was a big night for us. But nothing is done. We were all waiting for this, a night of togetherness and fight and spirit,” Lampard added.
“We got what we deserved, against the odds. It exploded in the technical area. A man down is difficult. Can we hang on? You take a point. Can we get one more chance or so?”
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