By Joe Ellis

12th May, 2022 | 8:30pm

Everton backed to survive Premier League relegation by Jose Enrique

Everton edged one point further away from the drop zone on Wednesday (11 May) as they battled to a goalless draw away at already-relegated Watford.

In a fairly drab affair, the Toffees could not find a way to score that crucial goal that would have turned one point into three but they still moved away from the relegation zone after Leeds United lost 3-0 at home to Chelsea.

Frank Lampard’s side still have a game in hand on the Whites, as do Burnley who sit above them on goal difference alone, and with a two-point gap, they could end all worries fairly soon if they keep up their recent form.

Two wins and a draw in their last three games has suddenly changed the mood around Goodison Park and even former Liverpool defender Jose Enrique believes that the Blue half of Merseyside will survive the drop this season.

“I believe Everton is staying now is between Burnley and Leeds,” Enrique said via his personal Twitter account.

Everton and Burnley play their game in hand next midweek by which time they could have already secured their Premier League status for another year.

Nearly there

Suddenly, Everton are looking like a side that is unified and they can do little wrong when it matters but we can’t get ahead of ourselves just yet.

There was a hint of complacency at Vicarage Road on Wednesday which might give a reason why we couldn’t find a way past Ben Foster in the Hornets’ goal and they had to settle for just one point.

They might have their heads above water right now but they know better than anyone how quickly that can change and Leeds do have perhaps the most favourable end of season run-in of the trio fighting the drop.

Lampard now needs to get his players grounded again after the epic back-to-back wins against Chelsea and Leicester City and keep that forward momentum going, not letting the Watford speed bump derail the progress he and his coaching staff have made at Goodison Park after a troublesome start to life on Merseyside.

In other Everton news, Sean Dyche has spoken for the first time since being sacked by Burnley and he has moved to clarify his comments after the Clarets’ 3-2 win against the Toffees.

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