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Substituting Idrissa Gueye was not a mistake by Frank Lampard against Wolves as Everton had to go for the win, says Kevin Campbell.
The Senegal international had one of his better games since returning to Goodison Park on Boxing Day, capitalising on sloppiness in possession from the visitors to win the ball, and laying on a golden opportunity for Anthony Gordon in the first half.
But he was removed for Abdoulaye Doucoure in the 83rd minute, meaning his ability to break up opposition attacks was absent as Wolves broke for a last-gasp winner, but BBC pundit Campbell accepts that the substitution had to be made in the circumstances.
“You’re at home and you’ve got to go for the win,” he exclusively told Goodison News.
“Gueye would probably have been in there in the midfield [as Wolves broke] but trying to do all this after the event, no.
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“Everton had to try to go for the win, they’re at home.
“It’s just one of those things, someone in the midfield has to sacrifice themselves. And that’s the issue, someone in that midfield has to do that to fit.
“It was too easy for Wolves to get out.”
In a scrappy midfield affair Gueye seemed most at home of the regular Toffees trio alongside Amadou Onana and Alex Iwobi, who was uncharacteristically quiet.
He could be excused for feeling slightly aggrieved at being the man to make way for Doucoure, himself not a renowned goal-threat, but Lampard was right to go for the win late on.
A combination of bad luck and naivety allowed the visitors to break the length of the pitch in the final minute to snatch victory, and while Gueye might have provided the veteran nouse to prevent the counter, it shouldn’t have been possible either way and likely left Lampard angry after the final whistle.