By Daniel Feliciano

10th Nov, 2022 | 6:40am

Tim Sherwood details 'embarrassing' Everton scenes he saw on Sky Sports News v Bournemouth

Tim Sherwood has shared the embarrassment that the Everton players went through after their 4-1 defeat to Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup.

The Toffees were thrashed and booted out of the cup on Tuesday night (8 November) after Lampard made 11 changes to his side and was rewarded with a poor performance.

And speaking on Sky Sports News (8 November, 22:06) after the game, Sherwood revealed that the players were booed after the game apologised to a near empty away section after fans had left early in anger at the result and performance.

“Well the players have to look at themselves,” he said. “They’ve probably been knocking on the manager’s door saying we need an opportunity to play.

“He’s given them an opportunity today, albeit 11 changes which is an awful amount really.

“I think they should prioritise the cups, I really do. Give the fans something to cheer about.

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“Because they’re not going to get relegated out of this league, they’re really not. They’re not going to finish in the Europa League [places], so you might as well go for an FA Cup or a Carabao Cup.

“They had an opportunity. You win there now, it takes you through to the last 16 and to make that many changes.. I can understand Bournemouth making 9 changes because they’re fighting for their lives to stay in the Premier League.

“That’s their priority. But Frank, this Everton side, with the squad they have, they shouldn’t be worried about relegation.

“Their squad tells me they stay up. We saw the celebrations last year when they stayed up. It was more relief than anything else.

“But their squad of players shouldn’t be anywhere near, shouldn’t be anywhere near relegation, and I think come the end of the season they won’t be. But this doesn’t help.

“I think Frank’s made a rod for his own back here. Because huge travelling support there, very disgruntled at the end of the game and throughout the game.

“It was embarrassing at the end it really was. They walked over to their supporters, large contingent had already gone home and they got roundly booed.

“Demarai Gray was apologising to the fans. It wasn’t good enough and I’m sure Frank would admit that it wasn’t good enough.

“But as I say he’s given them boys an opportunity to prove that they’re worthy of a start in the Premier League and they didn’t perform tonight, so obviously the manager takes responsibility because he’s the manager, that’s part and parcel of the job.”


The best thing that could have happened after that result on Tuesday is that the players were hurt and embarrassed, because that is how the fans felt.

Thousands had given up their day to make the long trip to the coast for the game, and were handed a truly awful performance by a second-string side.

Lampard has rightly been criticised for his team selection, but those players still represent Everton Football Club and need to act like they want to be here. Players like Gordon don’t look like they want to be.

The performance simply wasn’t good enough and should send shivers down the spine of Lampard and fans if any of the first-team regulars are unable to play for whatever reason, because the back-up is shoddy at best.

Hopefully that feeling of embarrassment sticks with the players for a while and they can put it right in the rematch this weekend in the Premier League.