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Everton boss Frank Lampard defiant after Brighton battering.


Everton manager Frank Lampard said his focus is on preparing the side for Friday’s FA Cup tie against Manchester United after another crushing defeat left his job seemingly hanging by a thread.

Tuesday’s 4-1 loss at home to Brighton, where the Toffees conceded three goals in six second-half minutes, meant the Merseysiders had accrued just five points from their last 10 Premier League matches.

A relegation battle for a second successive season is now assured, with Lampard saying it’s up to him and his players to raise their game.

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“It’s not time to go into dressing-room talk after a result like that,” he said. “I’ve been there before and it’s about taking personal responsibility — every player and myself.

“We’re all in it together, it’s not a question of anger. We’re all disappointed, we all want to win games.


“That’s for us to get right. Manchester United comes in a few days.”

The former Derby and Chelsea manager added: “It’s about, ‘What can I do better?’ and as long as you do that and don’t look left or right at anyone else, that’s the only reaction you can have.

“The first half (against Brighton) I didn’t hate but obviously the six minutes (in the second half) is not good enough from us and if you are going to perform like that and defensively then you are going to lose games.

“We have to fight for consistency, for sure.”

The omens for Lampard’s future at Goodison Park are far from encouraging given owner Farhad Moshiri has sacked five managers in almost seven years since becoming Everton’s majority shareholder.

Lampard has a worse record than all those predecessors — Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman, Sam Allardyce, Marco Silva and, most recently, Rafael Benitez — averaging just 0.97 points per game.

He has won nine and lost 19 of the 36 Premier League matches for which he has been in charge since taking over last January.




Wayne Rooney praised by Derby as players agree to wage deferral


Derby have confirmed all first-team staff, management, executives and non-furloughed staff have agreed to defer their wages to help the club during the coronavirus pandemic.


The club say Wayne Rooney and the rest of the Derby squad have agreed a “substantial deferral that is considerably more than has been reported in the media”.

Derby singled out Rooney and Curtis Davies for praise for the role they played in the negotiations. It was reported by some outlets last week that talks with the players were problematic.

A statement read: “Derby County Football Club has today confirmed that all first team players, football management, executives and non-furloughed staff have agreed to take wage deferrals as part of the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“First team players have voluntarily agreed a substantial deferral that is considerably more than has been reported in the media, while Phillip Cocu and his coaching team, and Chief Executive Officer Stephen Pearce and his staff have also agreed significant deferrals.”

“Talks across the club have been held in the spirit of unity and co-operation, and everyone has been fully committed to help and play their part.


“The club would specifically like to thank Wayne Rooney, the team captain, and Curtis Davies, the Professional Footballers Association’s club representative, for their help and support.”

Last month, Rooney criticised Health Secretary Matt Hancock for singling out footballers in the wider response to the coronavirus crisis but made clear his willingness to contribute financially to the NHS or his club.

Derby have confirmed that players, coaches and staff have also made financial donations to the club’s Stay Safe. Stay Fit. Stay Connected campaign, and that non-playing club staff have been volunteering to help operate a food hub set up at Pride Park.



Inter 4-2 AC Milan: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Nerazzurri Stage Epic Comeback in Derby Classic

Inter mounted a heroic second-half comeback to topple AC Milan 4-2 in the Derby dello Madonnina on Sunday night, returning to the top of Serie A in the process.

The Rossoneri seemed to stun the hosts early on with their suffocating intensity out of possession, and they went close to taking the lead through Hakan Calhanoglu – whose effort from distance cannoned off the post.

Despite Milan’s superiority, Inter started to threaten Gianluigi Donnarumma’s goal as Diego Godin and Matias Vecino went close.

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