Everton winger Alex Iwobi saw his shirt thrown back at him by an enraged supporter as tempers flared after the Toffees were comprehensively beaten by Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon. Goals from Marcus Tavernier, Kieffer Moore and Jaidon Anthony gave Bournemouth their second victory over Everton in just five days after their Carabao Cup triumph in midweek, with the result condemning the Merseyside outfit to their sixth defeat in eight matches.
Everton were a long way off their best over the course of Saturday’s game at the Vitality Stadium and deserved to lose in all honesty, with Bournemouth running riot to continue their impressive start to the Premier League campaign and give themselves a positive result before the World Cup break. The travelling supporters were left furious with their team after the final whistle and made their feelings known when Everton’s players trudged over to applaud them, with some unsavoury scenes unfolding in the away end as several police officers and matchday stewards rushed to calm things down.
The fans in attendance were quick to relay their frustrations and Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford seen remonstrating with a number of supporters at the side of the pitch before turning his back and walking away from the situation. Iwobi went on to throw his shirt into the crowd but promptly saw it lobbed straight back in his direction, with Everton’s fans in no mood to sympathise with the Toffees squad after yet another hugely disappointing result.
Everton boss Frank Lampard attempted to pacify those in the stands by making a ‘sorry’ gesture but it did little to calm the fury that was clear to see from the visiting supporters that had made the long trip down to Bournemouth to watch a shambolic effort from their players. The result is likely to have ramped up the growing pressure on Lampard’s shoulders to turn things around as a matter of priority, with the 44-year-old now seemingly on thin ice after winning just three games in the Premier League since the beginning of the campaign.
The Toffees have also picked up the lowest number of away points in the division over the last two seasons after only winning three of their 27 games on the road. It remains to be seen whether Lampard will pay the price by losing his job over the coming days and weeks, with Premier League football set to pause until Boxing Day as a result of the World Cup starting in Qatar next weekend.
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