Lampard praises Everton 'character' after narrow win over Fleetwood | OneFootball

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·23 August 2022

Lampard praises Everton 'character' after narrow win over Fleetwood

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Everton claimed a narrow win at League One club Fleetwood to move into the third round of the Carabao Cup.

Demarai Gray scored the decisive goal for Everton after replacing Tom Davies in the starting line-up after he was injured the warm-up.

The Englishman swept home Alex Iwobi's incisive pass to claim a 1-0 win.

The next round of the competition is scheduled to take place between 8-9 November.

Toffees boss Frank Lampard handed competitive debuts to academy graduates Lewis Warrington and Stanley Mills.

"There are parts of the performance I liked," said Lampard.

"Also, individuals got some important minutes – such as our captain [Seamus Coleman] who came in and had a great attitude – and some players grew into the game

"We can improve. I wanted a bit more intensity off the ball at times. And the quality of our play, moments when we can make a killer pass and take control of the game, I thought we were a little bit loose at times

"It was a test of character and a test of quality.

"I think we succeeded on the test of character, for sure, but we could have been better at times on the test of quality.

"Fleetwood gave us a good match. They're a physical team. In that sense it was a good challenge for us.

"In terms of our performance, it wasn't amazing, but I've played in many nights like these – and been beaten on nights like this as well – so I understand they're not easy."

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