Everton players have been a ‘disgrace’ and Newcastle game is club’s biggest for 20 years, says Jamie Carragher | Soccer News

Jamie Carragher called the Everton players a ‘disgrace’ and said Thursday’s game against Newcastle was the club’s most important in over 20 years as they battle relegation.

Frank Lampard’s side suffered a fourth consecutive Premier League loss to Wolves on Sunday, leaving them level on points with Watford in 17th place but three games less.

The first of those ongoing matches is against a resurgent Newcastle side on Thursday night at Goodison Park and Carragher feels they desperately need a result to stop their slide.

“We built those two home games for Everton,” he said on Monday night footballreferring to Sunday’s clash with Wolves and Thursday’s encounter with Newcastle.

“I felt Goodison, and playing at home, was the only way for them to stay up.

“But because they’ve now lost the first, Newcastle’s almost looks like their biggest game for 20 years, when they were left standing on the final day against Coventry in 1998.

Everton’s last matches in the Premier League

  • Newcastle (H), March 17
  • West Ham (A), April 3 – live on Sky Sports
  • Burnley (ex.), April 6
  • Man Utd (H), April 9
  • Leicester (H), April 20
  • Liverpool (A), April 24 – live on Sky Sports
  • Chelsea (M), May 1 – live on Sky Sports
  • Leicester (A), May 7
  • Brentford (D), May 15
  • Arsenal (A), May 22
  • Watford (A), not yet arranged
  • Crystal Palace (H), not yet arranged

“It almost feels like that type of game because I don’t think the Evertonians actually believe they’re going to stand, and if they don’t win at home they have no faith in getting anything. it’s far from home.

“Everton matches are horrible, certainly the last five or six, and that’s why playing Newcastle on Thursday is absolutely huge for the football club.”

Gary Neville added: “I think I put them in the same boat as Leeds. They look so flaky and the pressure is huge.

“It’s a huge club but I know a few Everton fans who think, ‘We’re done.

“Obviously there’s a long way to go, but they’re desperate right now. How do they turn things around? And who’s in that locker room that’s going to lift them up?”

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Carra: Players to blame, not managers

Lampard has lost five of his six Premier League games in charge since taking over from Rafael Benitez at the end of January, but Carragher believes the blame for their current situation lies with the players.

“The problem with Everton is that the players have been an absolute disgrace,” he said.

“You can talk about Frank coming in and you can talk about Rafa.

“They are two completely different managers in terms of style.

Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard has lost five of his six Premier League games in charge of Everton

“You have Rafa Benitez and you can think he’s defensive, he’s been absent from teams and allowed other teams to play, but Frank is completely the opposite.

“You looked at Rafa thinking it was boring, it was boring, and he didn’t create an atmosphere at Goodison, while Frank in home games tackled teams, pressed teams and tried to play from the back, yet they’re still getting terrible results.

“They had Carlo Ancelotti, they had Rafa Benitez, they had Ronald Koeman, they had Marco Silva… they tried every manager you can think of.

“It’s probably similar to the Man United situation where whatever manager you choose, it doesn’t work.

“The players are an absolute disgrace at Everton, they really are.”

Merson: Everton matches are atrocious – they go down

Everton’s ‘excruciating’ fixture list could see its long spell in the Premier League come to an end, Sky Sports’ Paul Merson predicted.

“Everton have to go and win against Newcastle now – a draw is not good. They’ve had injuries in key places. They need Dominic Calvert-Lewin to shoot, but they’re kind of in that situation where it’s It’s Everton, never been relegated, so they go out and try to play entertaining and attacking football.

Everton manager Frank Lampard looks frustrated during the Premier League game at St James'  Park

“Frank Lampard, when he was at Chelsea, always tried to play on the front foot and try. I don’t know if Everton think they are too good to go for a point somewhere, because points are accumulate.

“At the moment they’re chasing their tails. Wolves at home wasn’t a good day at the office so just get a point – you have to start a run somewhere. I’m watching Everton matches and the way who they play and I think they’re in big trouble. I think they’re the ones who need to go now. You just have to watch their matches – they’re atrocious. I just don’t see how they stay in high.

“They have games in hand but where are they getting points? You are watching the Brentford game but it might be too late.”