Carabao Cup hits and misses: Frank Lampard endures darkest night as Everton manager as familiar faults return at Bournemouth | Football news

Everton Lampard wants to leave his mark

It was up there with Farhad Moshiri’s worst performance of the era – and that’s saying something. It was so bad. Defensively absent and toothless in attack. Without Jordan Pickford, Conor Coady and James Tarkowski – the fathers of the group – there is no backbone.

What made this defeat so surprising was that Bournemouth made nine changes themselves. It was the combination of the opposition that made this the blackest night of Frank Lampard’s Everton tenure. He’s always learning about these players, but by rotating his entire starting lineup, he created a bar for his own back.

Everton had offered free coach travel and covered match tickets for those heading to the south coast, but those returning to Merseyside in the early hours of Wednesday will be shortchanged.

There was the return of Mason Holgate, Michael Keane and Yerry Mina but here was further evidence of why they are part of what Everton Lampard wants to leave behind. No quality in attacking areas, individual defensive errors and then pathetic discipline and poor body language that says zero responsibility.

Given the timing of the World Cup, it was a very early Christmas shopping window exercise for those on the fringes for the January sales, but no one in a blue shirt seized the opportunity to impress.

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Tim Sherwood has described Anthony Gordon’s tackle on Bournemouth’s Jordan Zemura as “outrageous” and believes the Everton striker was lucky to avoid a red card in the Carabao Cup.

On paper, this second string had more than enough to overcome a heavily rotated Bournemouth. The XI selected had a total of 127 caps, but Everton under Moshiri have been an exercise in bursting inflated egos.

On this evidence, it is not clear where the current biggest problem lies; at the top, 11 goals from 14 games is the third lowest in the Premier League. In defence, Everton have had 238 shots – the most of any club.

That wouldn’t ease the worry, not even when facing the statistically weakest top goalie. Mark Travers had two shots on target despite the pre-match message being clear: this lad has let in 25 goals in seven Premier League games.

Junior Stanislas doubled Bournemouth's lead
Junior Stanislas doubled Bournemouth’s lead

And then on to the FA Cup for the next chance to end Everton’s trophy drought, which is now in its 28th year.

“Since 1995” chanted the Leicester fans at Goodison Park last Saturday as they won 2-0, it was an oddity that had strangely struck a chord with the visitors outside Anfield. That FA Cup victory over Manchester United by the Dogs of War remains the last piece of silverware.

After six managerial changes already this term, there is no indication that Lampard is under immediate pressure, but the last two results have changed the mood.

He will be desperate to arrest the slide this weekend when Everton make their immediate return to the Vitality Stadium. Otherwise, it will be a long and restless World Cup for him and his success-starved supporters.
Ben Grounds

O’Neil going out on a high?

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Carabao Cup highlights between Bournemouth and Everton.

If Gary O’Neil’s time as interim manager of Bournemouth is over, he has certainly bowed out in style.

Having temporarily replaced Scott Parker at the end of August, O’Neil was the only manager with an unbeaten Premier League record before losing to local rivals Southampton last month – the first of four defeats in a row.

But if he replaces Luton’s Nathan Jones, who looks Southampton-bound, Tuesday’s impressive 4-1 win over Everton in the Carabao Cup will ensure he goes top.

When asked in his pre-match press conference if he had taken charge of Bournemouth for the last time, the 39-year-old replied: “I treat every game as if it could be my last, that’s the nature of the interim role. “

If O’Neil leaves before Everton return to the Vitality Stadium this weekend, his first taste of management can be seen as a successful one. He stopped the ship when it seemed sure to sink.
Dan Sansom

Brentford must fix domestic problems – or else

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Highlights from Brentford v Gillingham in the third round of the Carabao Cup.

Last season, Brentford were formidable at home and teams dreaded going to the tight Gtech Community Stadium as much as anyone else.

The likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool all dropped points in the top flight last season and even strolled past the sidelines in the cup too. Division 2 Oldham were beaten 7-0 by Thomas Frank’s men in this stage of the Carabao Cup last season.

But the threat of shock at Gillingham in League Two on Tuesday night means Brentford’s reputation at home is on the wane. There are three games without a win in all competitions at Gtech – against Chelsea, Wolves and now the Gills. All three of these teams have been struggling for form and goals either before or after the visit to Gtech.

Brentford have failed to win their last three home games
Brentford have failed to win their last three home games

Frank’s displeasure will go beyond failing to appease the locals in west London. The Carabao Cup has always been a competition he has taken seriously, proven by the Bees’ record semi-final and quarter-final appearances in this competition over the past two seasons. Early departure is a serious disappointment.

But if Brentford can’t sort out their home problems, it could spell trouble for the league season as they continue to concede goals away from home. Eleven of their last three to be exact, their fans last saw an away win on May 15th.

And next up is an away trip to Premier League champions Manchester City on Saturday.
Sam Blitz

Vardy gives hope that Leicester’s revival will continue

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Highlights from the third round of the Carabao Cup as Leicester take on Newport County.

Leicester have undoubtedly turned the corner in recent weeks. Their dominant win over Everton at Goodison Park acted as a watershed moment as Brendan Rodgers and his players drew a line in their early season struggles.

The victory over Newport, which secured a place in the third round of the Carabao Cup, was marred by an injury to James Justin, an incident which could have wider implications for Gareth Southgate and England if it is as serious as first thought.

But there were more positives for Leicester to pull off the performance, particularly Jamie Vardy’s continued progress. With just one goal to his name all season, his double couldn’t have come at a better time personally and for the team.

His predatory header doubled Leicester’s lead in the second half before he deftly turned Newport goalkeeper Nick Townsend and sold a defender before doubling his lead with the Foxes’ third goal.

Newport ensured this was not Leicester’s season but the sight of Vardy resembling his best form will give Rodgers confidence his side have the firepower to sustain this revival.
Jack Wilkinson

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