By George Overhill

19th May, 2022 | 10:40pm

Chris Sutton gets into Twitter spat with journalist after Everton win over Crystal Palace

Chris Sutton got into an online spat with a journalist after he reacted to Everton beating Crystal Palace to secure Premier League survival.

The Toffees came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 and cement safety on a wild night at Goodison Park, and Sutton posted his congratulations on Twitter after the final whistle.

He posted on his page: “Frank Lampard took on a difficult job at Everton. Big achievement keeping them up with the mess they were in”.

That drew a sarcastic response from New York Times reporter Rory Smith who called it “transformative” for the club to be 16th and in the same position they were when the former Chelsea boss arrived.

Sutton wrote in response: “Bit disrespectful Rory this… what have you got against Frank?”

Smith said it was “incoherent logic” that was his problem and then responded to a Toffees fan saying: “I’m not sticking the boot into Everton, I’m sticking the boot into Chris, which should really only add to your enjoyment.”

Sutton then replied again and wrote: “This is clearly you putting the boot in on Everton and Frank… you’re so much better than this…”


It was a highly emotional night inside the ground, as fans invaded the pitch after the winner and the final whistle and Lampard stayed pitch-side to celebrate.

But it was apparently an emotional night in front of certain keyboards too as the unexpected disagreement developed.

Sutton, often the source of antagonising output towards opposing teams, particularly Old Firm rivals Rangers, will no doubt be surprised that it was a genuine message of support and congratulations that sparked it.

The Toffees boss still has plenty to learn as a manager, and it is likely true that he has been given opportunities that those without his star power as a player would have got.

Up until the defeat to Burnley the jury was very much out on his abilities tactically, and with managing the squad.

But it can’t be argued that in recent weeks he has done an excellent job, as his switch in set up made the team harder to beat and got some key results.

And from 2-0 down in the game that clinched it, the massive difference from one half to the next suggests he gave an impressive team talk at the break.

His introduction of first Dele Alli and then Demarai Gray were both crucial to the final result as well, so on the night safety was claimed he deserves congratulations, while the overall assessment will no doubt come over the summer.

In other Everton news, Gary Lineker’s deliberately misspelt reaction to the result showed how huge the turnaround was.

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