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Frank Lampard doubts his players have the right mentality to play for Everton after losing to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup quarter-final.
Everton are one position above the Premier League’s relegation zone and have only won four of their last 12 games in all competitions.
Despite a bright start at Selhurst Park, they conceded two goals each at halftime. Palace won 4-0 on Sunday.
“You can keep trying to grease someone up to give them confidence,” manager Lampard said.
“We are playing at the forefront of football here. It’s a cup quarter-final to get to Wembley and if you don’t have confidence in the game you can quickly flip it over and say do you have any bullshit to play with?
“Sorry, excuse me, but that’s the reality of football. If you find yourself somewhere in between, don’t worry about it.”
Goals from Marc Gaea and Jean-Philippe Mateta in the first half put Palace in complete control before Wilfrid Zaha and Will Hughes secured the victory.
“We didn’t play that bad today, Palace didn’t play that well and we lost 4-0 due to self-doubt and lack of what I just said,” added Lampard.
“It was not a tactic. Tactics showed that in the first 20 minutes, Palace could not get out of their own half of the field.
Everton last reached an FA Cup semi-final in 2015/16 and have not won a major trophy since winning the final in 1995.
“Maybe now is not the time for Everton or my time as Everton manager to be there. It’s Palace time. The job is to stay up and that’s the reality,” Lampard said.
“If you propose to any Evertonian, do you want to win today and go to Wembley or stay up? We know the answer. We performed at 70%, and this is not enough.”