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EPL: Victory over Southampton well deserved, says Everton boss Frank Lampard

Everton boss Frank Lampard was delighted after the victory over Southampton.

All the goals at St Mary’s came in a frantic six-minute spell at the start of the second half, with Conor Coady and Dwight McNeil on target to complete a fabulous Toffees turnaround following Joe Aribo’s opener.

“I’m delighted with the win, and I think we deserved it,” Lampard said. “Southampton is a tough place to come.

“I thought we were in control first half, but we could have been more ruthless and we could have hurt them more efficiently.

“Then we give a goal away but, to be fair to the lads, they have been tight this season and haven’t conceded many. There is a great spirit in the group to defend our own goal. We’re improving and there is a lot of work to do to get much better.

“We showed good spirit and a good reaction to come back, and I think the win shows our progression. It’s not the end of the story, we need a lot more progression to get to where we want to get.

“It is a positive we have a stronger spine about us now and an idea of how we want to play. I’m delighted for the lads to get that feeling of two wins on the bounce.

“We’re getting better and we have better strength of character [than last season].

“We’ve had a couple of good draws on the road which showed some resilience and digging in – and now we come away and get a win. That will give a feeling of confidence to the group.”

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