Frank Lampard believes Everton’s 4-1 defeat to Bournemouth in the Carabao Cup proves why fringe players are not getting more game time.
Everton made 11 changes for the trip to the Vitality stadium, though his side slumped to their fifth defeat in seven games.
Lampard said: “The fans have travelled down and had to endure a poor performance, no doubt. They spend their money, spend their time, to come to support the team. For the players to perform as they did, then you have to hold your hands up and say it’s not good enough.”
Everton went behind after just seven minutes following Jamal Lowe’s opener. Later in the half, Tom Davies and Anthony Gordon both missed golden opportunities to equalise.
Two minutes into the second-half, Junior Stanislas made it 2-0 from close range. Demarai Gray halved the deficit with a curler into the top corner, though his effort failed to spark a comeback.
Instead, Bournemouth killed the game with Emiliano Marcondes and Jaidon Anthony getting on the scoresheet.
“We were poor,” added Lampard. “I made a lot of changes, but the reality of my job is that we want to win every game we play.
“When you go through a season and are not getting many minutes, some players are not happy and want to knock on your door, others want to train well and wait for a chance.
“You have to make the most of your opportunities when you get a chance.
“We treated the game with absolute respect and there was a lot of experience in that side but I learned a lot from the performance, particularly with the manner of the goals we conceded.
“I have to protect players who are playing regularly and we had quite a few players out with knocks. We are going to have a really busy schedule after the World Cup break.
“When players train and ask you to put them in the team and they are paid well by Everton, well come in then and show us what you can do. That was the story of tonight.
“You can only train and repeat but you cannot recreate actual moments that happen in a game, at both ends of the pitch.
“If you make those mistakes repetitively, then the answer is simple and that is probably why you don’t play so much.”
The Toffees will return to the Vitality stadium on Saturday for their final Premier League fixture before the World Cup break.
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