Frank Lampard was left disappointed that Everton failed to turn a strong first-half display into three points as the Toffees drew 1-1 at Brentford on Saturday.
Substitute Vitaly Janelt scored a late equaliser as the home side denied Lampard’s men a first Premier League win of the season after Anthony Gordon had put the Toffees on course for a much-needed victory after 24 minutes.
Brentford struggled to breach the visitors’ staunch defence, hitting the woodwork on three occasions on a frustrating afternoon.
But Janelt popped up with the equaliser six minutes from time. He converted from close range after Keane Lewis-Potter’s near-post flick-on from a corner.
And speaking after the game, Lampard said: “It was a tough game. This is always a hard place to come. I thought we played really well in the first half and scored a really good goal.
“I’m disappointed we didn’t hold out. It’s a fair point. There is a great spirit in the team and we will only get better.”
No change over Gordon stance
On Gordon’s goal and the speculation surrounding his future: “A player at his level should react positively and I thought he did that.”
There has been talk of a £60m bid from Chelsea for Gordon, while Tottenham are also keen, but Lampard added: “It’s not happened. Nothing has changed.”
The Toffees could have a new man leading the line when they take on Leeds on Tuesday night.
Neal Maupay arrived from Brighton on Friday, with Lampard adding: “He’s a No 9 who can hold the ball up and be dangerous in the box.
“He has a good spirit and he’s a good player. We need options up front. We are playing right now without mainline strikers.
“As players come back from injury and Neal comes in, we will be better for it.”
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