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Everton: Ben Godfrey let down Lampard against Manchester United

Everton have been knocked out of the FA Cup for 2023 after losing 3-1 to Manchester United at Old Trafford, and Frank Lampard will certainly be feeling the pressure after another defeat.

The Toffees are currently 18th in the Premier League and facing another difficult relegation scrap, while also being knocked out of both domestic cups at an early juncture.

Although Everton have suffered another setback in their campaign, they definitely brought a game to their northwest rivals, with 42% possession and five shots on target while also recording more tackles, clearances and successful duels than their hosts over the course of the night in an end-to-end display.

In the first half, United took the lead early on when Antony was assisted by Marcus Rashford in the fourth minute, although it was quickly followed up with an equaliser from Conor Coady after an epic goalkeeping blunder sent De Gea searching for the ball.

In the second half, the two teams came out with aggression and a fight to finish off the clash in their own favour. Coady found the net again but unfortunately it was at the wrong end as Marcus Rashford tried his luck against the Everton defence, giving United the lead.

Although Dominic Calvert-Lewin thought he had equalised in the 74th minute in a seemingly well-worked attacking play between the striker and Demarai Gray, it was stricken off by VAR due to the latter running offside when making his run into the final third.

The game was eventually put to bed when Rashford converted the hosts’ third and final goal after Alejandro Garnacho was brought down in the penalty box, ending the game with another disappointing defeat but a lot for Lampard to reflect upon as the players put up a fight throughout to stay in contention.

One player who let his manager down badly on the night, though, was defender Ben Godfrey, who failed to replicate the heroics he displayed against Erling Haaland in the Premier League last weekend.

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The centre-back played the full 90 minutes at Old Trafford and was at fault for two of the three goals, whilst also showing some poor touches in possession.

He allowed Rashford to breeze past him with ease for the opening goal and failed to catch up with the winger in time to block the cross, which ended up at Antony’s feet for a tap-in. The former Norwich man then tripped Garnacho in the 96th minute and allowed United to kill off the game with the third and final goal from the penalty spot.

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As per Sofascore, he lost five of his eight individual duels (63%), and this suggests that he was off the pace as the opposition forwards were able to get the better of him more often than not.

Godfrey also struggled on the ball as he gifted possession back to the hosts 12 times from 44 touches – the same number of touches as Jordan Pickford on the night – and only completed 77% of his attempted passes, as per Sofascore.

Therefore, the 24-year-old let Lampard down badly as he put in a weak performance at the back which ultimately cost his side a place in the FA Cup fourth round.