Frank Lampard hailed Jordan Pickford’s attitude after his key saves helped Everton secure a point in a goalless draw at Fulham.
Fulham had 24 shots and nine on target but were unable to find the back of the net, with Aleksandar Mitrovic failing to add to his goal tally for the season despite having 10 shots during the game at Craven Cottage.
The Cottagers went into the game having scored 22 goals this season – only Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham had found the net more coming into the weekend – but they drew a rare blank against manager Marco Silva’s former club.
Everton goalkeeper Pickford earned his manager’s praise for his performance against high-flying Fulham.
“A really good performance from him. He trains well every day, he’s got a great attitude,” Lampard said.
“He’s been generally England’s number one and that’s always been Gareth (Southgate’s) choice but from my point of view to be able to work with a level of keeper – I know how important keepers are, they can make or break you as a coach or as a team.
“If we talk about expected goals and these things – then when he plays like that he wins you points, there’s no doubt.
“Last week he could put his feet up, this week we rely on him and he makes great saves.”
Fulham manager Silva believes his side, who were seventh in the table after all the games on Saturday, could have an even higher points tally than their 19 already for the season.
“I have to tell you that we could have more points because we deserved it. This is the truth, tonight (Saturday night against Everton) is a good example,” Silva said.
“We had some more games as well that we could even have more points.
“I am really pleased and I’m proud of my players, the way we played, the fans as well – a great atmosphere in our stadium.
“You have to go again, and that was a moment for us to analyse like we always do and prepare for the next one.
“Of course we are pleased with the way – not just the points that we are collecting – but more than that the way we are playing.”