By George Overhill

21st Jan, 2023 | 2:30pm

Frank Lampard speaks to Everton fans ahead of crucial West Ham clash

Frank Lampard has spoken to some Everton fans ahead of the Premier League game with West Ham and thanked them for their support.

The two sides are level on 15 points and are both inside the relegation zone so the match has a great deal of pressure riding on it.

After much media coverage focusing negatively on Everton fans following the defeat to Southampton (14 January), Lampard bumped into a few prior to the Hammers clash who gave him their full support in a positive interaction.

A clip posted on EFC Daily’s Twitter account prior to the game on Saturday (21 January) shows the Toffees boss shaking hands with and thanking some supporters who were expressing their solidarity to the under pressure man.

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An entire fanbase can never be fully represented by a relatively small group, and while the negative attention the club got around the Southampton game got headlines, there remains numerous supporters who back the manager and his players.

The relationship with the board and the fans has been broken for a long time, and after the briefing about the apparent headlock on Denise Barrett-Baxendale that has come under scrutiny that is even more so.

The safety of the board clearly should never be put under threat, but the timing of the information coming out of the club on those matters has raised suspicions, and certainly painted the support in a bad light in general.

Regardless of the situation around the hierarchy, the fans know that their backing was crucial to the team staying up last season, and with the current campaign heading in a similar direction they might have a big role to play yet.

There aren’t many sets of supporters in England who can claim to be more committed to the club than Everton’s and while the ongoing turmoil on and off the pitch will be testing that to its limit at times currently a few good results could galvanise everyone.

Three points at the London Stadium would be an excellent way to start that, with the Hammers one of the few teams in as big of a mess as the Toffees, so taking advantage of the pressure they will be under is going to be key.