Frank Lampard checks Leeds United name as he outlines Everton’s approach to relegation battle

Everton boss Frank Lampard believes Burnley’s recent results have put Leeds United back in the fight to beat the drop. The Toffees fell into the bottom three yesterday following Burnley’s 1-0 win over Wolves and their 2-0 loss in the Merseyside derby.

Under caretaker boss Mike Jackson, the Clarets have picked up seven points from their last three games and are now just two points clear of Leeds ahead of their current fixture at Crystal Palace tonight. Everton suffered an eighth successive league defeat away at Anfield on Sunday and their poor form on the road is what dragged them into battle.

Speaking in his post-match press conference After yesterday’s clash with Liverpool, Lampard insisted his side must not allow themselves to be ‘taken up’ by what the teams around them were doing, while claiming Leeds were now in the midst of a fight .

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He said: “It doesn’t change anything for me, I expected them (Burnley) to get a result today. We have six games against five, to try to win as many points as possible.

“It’s us and Burnley, but maybe you can bring Leeds into the equation because of the position they’re in now, they’re playing tomorrow. We can’t get caught up in the game of what all the world does, we absolutely have to focus on ourselves now for these six games.

Since Leeds’ last game at Watford 16 days ago, the Premier League table has looked very different and tonight’s clash with Palace is now of significant importance for Jesse Marsch’s side. A win for Los Blancos would put them seven points clear of the bottom three.

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Edward L. Robinett