By George Overhill

12th Nov, 2022 | 5:30pm

Jeff Stelling reacted live on Sky Sports to “unsavoury scenes” as Everton fans directed their fury at the players following another loss at Bournemouth.

The Toffees lost 3-0 on the south coast for their second defeat at the Vitality in a week, after losing 4-1 in the Carabao Cup, with a combination of poor quality play and outrageous officiating heaping the pressure on the team heading into the World Cup break.

The travelling support were raging after the final whistle and let the players know in no uncertain terms when they went over to offer shirts and excuses, with Alex Iwobi’s hurled back and Jordan Pickford involved in a disagreement, while Frank Lampard held his hands up in appeasement.

Speaking live on Sky Sports on Saturday evening (12 November, 5.00pm) Stelling said over pictures of the anger between players and fans: “The fans are unhappy. Look at the security presence of those fans, as the players and the manager go across to them and the Everton travelling support are extremely unhappy.

“All sorts of scenes you can see there. Jordan Pickford turns his back, shirts are being flung at the players onto the pitch, these are very unsavoury scenes as far as Everton are concerned.

“The stewards are trying to control things. Frank Lampard across with his players. Jordan Pickford you can see is shrugging his shoulders but he must understand their frustration. Beaten 4-1 in midweek, back to full strength today with the exception of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, beaten 3-0 today.

“They’ve not scored in the last four away Premier League games. Listen to the jeers in the background. Everton fans are absolutely in despair, they are furious as well. Look at the faces of the players, they look shocked don’t they.

“And you can see what they [the fans] think. Arms folded, abuse thrown, they’re having their say after a 3-0 defeat has left them fourth from bottom.”


This is absolutely not the way anybody wanted to see Everton head into the World Cup break, with a toxic atmosphere raining down from the stands.

It is a long trip from Merseyside to the south coast, and fans have a right to be extremely unhappy with doing it twice in a week to witness back-to-back three-goal defeats from both the first and second choice line-ups.

Iwobi and Pickford have been two of the team’s best players this season so it is perhaps harsh that they appear to have taken the brunt of the supporter frustration, but they cannot escape blame for form that has taken a nose-dive.

The table is congested so things are still recoverable but it is now vital that Lampard galvanises this squad during the stoppage for Qatar.

It wasn’t long ago that things looked like they had grown significantly from last season, yet Saturday’s scenes during the game and after the final whistle had worrying echoes of last season as the Rafael Benitez era came towards an end.

The officials absolutely did not help at the Vitality, but errors and a lack of cutting edge, once again, gave away any chance of getting something from a very important game.

On current form the break has come at the right time, although Lampard would have been desperate to go into it on a better note, but he has the opportunity to work now without further damage in terms of results, and simply has to do so.