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Frank Lampard Enjoys Dream Debut As Everton Thrash Brentford In FA Cup

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Frank Lampard enjoyed a dream start as Everton manager when his new side defeated Brentford 4-1 to easily advance to the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday. The mood at Goodison Park was transformed after the last few months of desperation as the former England midfielder was warmly welcomed, along with new signings Dele Alli and Donny van de Beek, who paraded at half time. Everton fed off that positivity to record just a second win over Premier League opposition in 15 games. One of the Toffees’ weaknesses this season turned into a strength when Yerry Mina and Mason Holgate scored from set pieces, while Richarlison and Andros Townsend also scored.

Brentford big name Christian Eriksen’s deadline day was not included in Thomas Frank’s squad as he prepares to return to football after suffering cardiac arrest at Euro 2020.

The Bees’ only response came via an Ivan Toney penalty early in the second half to cut the deficit to 2-1 at that point.

But Brentford can now focus on keeping the likes of Everton at bay at the bottom of the Premier League table to ensure they stick to their first top-flight season in 74 years.

Lampard received an enthusiastic reception before kick-off, in stark contrast to the unpopular appointment of his predecessor Rafael Benítez, who had spent six years in charge of rival Liverpool.

Mina’s injury problems have exacerbated Everton’s defensive problems and his return is timely for Lampard ahead of major league games against Newcastle and Leeds next week.

The Colombian climbed higher into power on a Demarai Gray corner for the opening goal in the 31st minute.

Richarlison should have extended that lead before halftime, but he made no mistake with a fine finish from Allan’s pass three minutes into the second half.

Brentford were given a lifeline when Jordan Pickford ran over Toney inside the box five minutes later and the striker converted from the spot.

However, Holgate’s header quickly restored Everton’s two-goal cushion before Townsend finished off a fine result in stoppage time.

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