Gabby Agbonlahor and Jamie O'Hara rip into Everton after 'disgrace' v Bournemouth
Everton slipped all the way to 17th in the Premier League as they were comprehensively beaten by Bournemouth at the Vitality stadium.
Goals from Marcus Tavernier, Kieffer Moore and Jaidon Anthony saw the Cherries earn a comfortable and deserved 3-0 win to lift them up to 13th while Everton look nervously over their shoulder.
TalkSPORT pundits Gabby Agbonlahor and Jamie O’Hara slated Frank Lampard’s Toffees for what has been a dreadful week after losing on the south coast in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday (8 November).
“He’s coming under a bit of pressure now,” O’Hara said. “I’m a massive fan of Lampard’s and he’s right that they haven’t spent an awful lot of money but that performance today, going away to Bournemouth twice in a week and getting pumped both games is unacceptable.
“We spoke to Conor Coady on the breakfast show on Thursday or Friday,” Agbonlahor responded. “He was saying how they were also up for this game after their midweek Carabao Cup exit to Bournemouth.
“And then they go and put a performance in like that. Are they with the manager? We both respect Lampard so much as a player but today was like players were just going through the motions.
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“Players weren’t running back and they should be thinking ‘you know what, these fans have drove a 12-hour trip in midweek and we lost 4-1, this is the perfect chance to go back to the same stadium, same team’ but they put in that performance.
“It’s a disgrace,” O’Hara chimed in. “If you’re not at the races on the day, fine, but you can’t let them walk all over you. You don’t get pumped 3-0. They’re bang in trouble.”
Lampard may have done great things to keep the Toffees in the Premier League last season but it has not continued this campaign and his time on Merseyside appears limited.
The infectious fight and spirit that saw Everton come back from the dead to survive last season appear nowhere to be seen right now and that should be a major concern for the boss.
Players he has been able to count on so far this season have stopped performing to the levels and standards they set themselves and they need a good kick up the backside as a result.
But he has to look at his own tactics and how he can go to Bournemouth twice in a week and get battered on both occasions is totally unacceptable.
The pressure will really start to mount on him at Goodison Park if this poor form continues after Christmas when he’s had weeks on the training ground to sort it out.