Frank Lampard Reacts on the Appointment of Stuart Attwell as Referee for Everton’s Clash against Crystal Palace on Sunday

 Frank Lampard Reacts on the Appointment of Stuart Attwell as Referee for Everton’s Clash against Crystal Palace on Sunday

Everton manager, Frank Lampard has reacted to the appointment of Stuart Attwell as referee for Everton clash against the Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.

Frank Lampard has spoken out about Stuart Attwell’s appointment as referee for Everton’s match against Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.

The official was on VAR duty for the Blues’ match against Newcastle United on Thursday, during which fans were enraged by a number of rulings that went against them. Allan received a red card for bringing down Allan Saint-Maximin, which was at the top of the list.

On-field official Craig Pawson initially issued a yellow card for the Brazilian’s tackle, but after Attwell advised him to check his pitch-side monitor, the referee issued a red card. Everton’s requests to have their player’s sentence overturned or reduced were both denied on Friday.

Lampard, on the other hand, is unconcerned about Attwell. The manager understands how difficult the job is for referees, and all he wants is for the official to make the right judgments on Sunday.

The Everton boss said: “It’s not a Stuart Attwell question, it’s not an individual question. It’s just a feeling, and a strong feeling on our end, that two huge decisions have gone against us. It didn’t affect the game last night (Thursday) fortunately, but it will do going forward and Man City affected us intangibly, we probably get a point if we score the penalty.

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“But I respect the referees and the roles they play. The job they have is so, so difficult but I just feel we’ve been let down in consistency and been on the wrong end of decisions personally. But that’s not a slant on Stuart Attwell at all, I just hope he gets decisions right on Sunday!”

For the first time since their triumph against Leeds United in February, the Blues were able to retain a clean sheet against Newcastle. Lampard was happy with this, and he decided to concentrate on the efforts of two defenders in particular.

He added: “All of them (the defenders) were great, with Begovic behind them as well. Ben Godfrey, to see the strength that he brings to playing slightly out of position – I know he’s played there before – but his strength has been a big plus for us in the last few games. There’s no doubt we missed him a great deal.

“But the lads centrally Michael Keane and Mason Holgate, it’s very easy in the modern day to absolutely hone in on individuals when you concede goals at the back of the pitch. The sort of lads they both are, they’ll hold their hands up about goals where they made mistakes, and that’s one thing I love.

“When you work with people that’s the one thing you want – can I get better? Show me how to get better. You can work together on that.

“So we’ve had chats, they’re open to that. The way they defended the box, their commitment and positioning, was brilliant – and it’s a template for us to keep clean sheets and we have to do that and go from there.”