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Everton: Demarai Gray failed Frank Lampard’s big test vs Palace

Everton finally ended their three-match losing streak this afternoon, as the Toffees pummelled Crystal Palace at Goodison Park.

Before the game, it seemed like it would be a quiet affair between two sides that occupied areas of the table with little worry, yet from kick-off, it was clear that it would be nothing of the sort.

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The Toffees came out firing, and despite having just 47% of the ball they cruised to a 3-0 win.

Whilst there were plenty of stars throughout the game, there was one standout villain for Frank Lampard who he must be considering dropping given how his replacement starred. 

Demarai Gray was the only player on the starting side that achieved a SofaScore rating of under 7.1, as he was handed just a 6.4 before being dragged off after 73 minutes.

The winger clearly had a game plan which focused on the returning Dominic Calvert-Lewin up front.

Every time he was handed the chance he would look to deliver, and yet only completed one of his eight crosses.

His England international striker would have been furious with the service.

Despite his 49 touches, he struggled to exert his influence on the game despite being arguably their shining light throughout the three disappointing results prior.

The 26-year-old was bullied by Joel Ward, who he really should have been able to trouble all game. Instead, he was unsuccessful in both of his attempted dribbles and completed just 19 passes.

Had he at least performed defensively, his disappointing day at the office could have been chalked up to misfortune.

However, with just three duels won out of his 11 – a failure rate of 88% – he was clearly not quite there today. 

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Everton's Richarlison celebrates scoring their first goal

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What will make Gray even more worried is that, during his 17-minute cameo, Dwight McNeil managed to score a goal with one of his just 11 touches.

This performance will likely not trouble Lampard much given the all-around performance, but it is something that should it continue he will need to rectify quickly.

With a favourable run of fixtures now to play, the trickster will hope that he still has plenty of opportunities to amend for today’s display, as, if the Palace meeting was Lampard’s big test for the winger to keep his place ahead of McNeil, it is one the 26-year-old failed.

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