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Jarrad Branthwaite and Salomon Rondon were sent off as Everton suffer a damaging defeat at the hands of Brentford

Frank Lampard is set to hold a Zoom meeting with an independent Football Association Regulatory Commission this week to elaborate on his controversial comments following last month's Merseyside derby against Liverpool. (Author: Gardener)

Jarrad BranthwaiteAs the manager drives down Goodison Road with the Brentford team ahead of Sunday's game against Everton, the players on board are in for a surprise. Along the street adjacent to Everton stadium, thousands of local fans will wave flags, set off pyrotechnics, sing and shout. Around the pitch it will be like this: the whole neighborhood will be inundated long before kick-off with fans who are already there and cheering on their team. While such a build-up is commonplace on big game days at Anfield's Stanley Park, it has never happened at Goodison. "It's definitely not what we normally do," says Tony Scott, who hosts All Together Now, an Everton fan podcast. For the Evertonians, matchday was all about having a pint with the mates in the pub, getting seats at the last minute and booing the board when we lost. It was a complete culture change. It started when Everton faced Newcastle in March. Goodison Road had a welcoming committee for the team buses. By the time Chelsea showed up in early May, the hundreds of fans who arrived early had grown to thousands. The fans took their seats and chanted loudly and long, even as the players went through their warm-up routine. The entire stadium was packed well before kick-off. "I had regular playmates who told me they hadn't heard the Z-Cars theme [which serenades the players , when they step onto the Goodison pitch] for fifteen years before the Newcastle game," says Hana Roks, one of the organizers of the new approach, who tweets fan info under the @Hanstours moniker. “It was fashionable among our fans to be in the pub until kick-off. It will be very different on Sunday: everyone will be inside and singing well before kick-off.” What changed things was quite simple: the threat of relegation. "It was really desperation," says Roks, who has been playing Everton since she was two years old. Whatever you may think about the reasons why we haven't won anything in 27 years, however much you blame the board, it was universally clear that it was time to get behind the team. " As the possibility of demotion became more pressing, a full fan mobilization program was launched. Through word of mouth, social media and with the support of the club's Supporters Bureau, the message spread: Forget your problems with the hierarchy, support the team. " There were some who doubted it would make a difference, of course there was," says Roks. "But even people who were skeptical at first got behind it because they saw it work." She did Right: Everton's results have improved tremendously since the turnaround in fan attitudes, and a lot of the new togetherness, fans say, is down to the man in charge."It can't be overstated how great Frank Lampard is was in this," says Scott. You can tell how much he appreciates the support by the way he comes across to the fans after the final whistle. We were fed up with managers, who have not embraced our culture, especially from [Rafa] Benitez. We saw what [Jürgen] Klopp does in the park, how he combines everything there. The interesting thing is that at Leeds United too, the support was unwavering, with fans cheering the players on to the Echo even when they were being slammed. But at Everton, the upswing has clearly spread to the team. Scott reckons it's the change that made the difference. "These players, having worked under five or six managers in five years, have become used to the whining about the board, the shrug, the cynicism," he says. "All of a sudden they saw the pyros, the flags, heard the cheers. You must be like, 'This is incredible.' In a way, they realized they had nowhere to hide." According to Roks, the difference was best illustrated in the form of Alex Iwobi. A player routinely dismissed as not good enough by Everton fans has blossomed into a permanent fixture in the squad in recent weeks. "Most of us have been wondering why he's been here for the past few seasons," she says. "Now you can see him filming the greeting from the team bus and sharing it on Snapchat and loving it. Should Everton avoid relegation, can the united spirit be sustained at a club where distrust of the board remains strong? "I'd like to think the board has learned from that." says Roks. “But the fact that Benitez was ever approved as a manager shows they just don't understand the club. My feeling is that whatever happens, the entire hierarchy needs to be turned on its head.

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Frank's men complete their comeback as Toffees finishes the game with nine men

Everton could have sealed their Premier League safety with a win but were unable to get the job done... (Author: Gardener)

FrankEverton twice took the lead against Brentford but were beaten 3-2 at Goodison Park to finish the game with nine men. Leeds' draw against Brighton meant the Toffees' win would put an end to the specter of a first relegation since 1951 and that seemed the most likely outcome as Dominic Calvert-Lewin made his first start in five weeks with an opener in the 10th minute marked. Everton's fragility is revealed against Brentford to prolong Premier League relegation battle But in keeping with Everton's season, things were not to be so easy - Jarrad Branthwaite was sent off eight minutes later for a foul on Ivan Toney and Brentford equalized for a Seamus Coleman own goal. Although Richarlison restored Everton's lead just before half-time, the pressure showed in the second half as two goals in three minutes from Yoane Wissa and Rico gave Henry Brentford their first league double against Everton since 1936 and Frank Lampard's side the bottom three were still just two points ahead. It was a sobering afternoon for Everton fans, who had given their players a huge pre-match welcome, team buses barely able to reach Goodison's doors amid a haze of blue flares but who flocked before the final whistle left. Less than three minutes had elapsed when Calvert-Lewin passed the ball, Anthony Gordon broke through and, when his shot was saved, Richarlison headed just wide. When Gordon won a free-kick down the right, the academy product whipped up a low ball that found its way into the far corner of the net via a Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin combination. Richarlison called for a penalty for handball but Brentford pumped the ball long for Toney to run on goal. He got the side of goal from Branthwaite, who clipped his heels to earn a red card and handed Brentford a free-kick which Christian Eriksen fired just off the edge. Everton were forced onto the backfoot when Alex Iwobi switched to right-back and pushed Brentford up front. Mathias Jensen shot just wide after Andre Gomes blocked a clear but the pressure showed quickly - Wissa pinged a cross and captain Coleman accidentally turned the ball into his own net. It threatened to unravel for Everton there and then when Bryan Mbeumo tested Jordan Pickford from distance but Richarlison is always a threat in any situation and the Brazilian turned things around again for his side. Everton dropped deeper to defend after the break but Brentford soon found the gaps. Toney couldn't dodge a Jensen shot and received a painful punch in the face for his troubles. Pickford then awkwardly boxed an Eriksen free-kick into a crowd, grateful that Iwobi hooked him clear. Brentford equalized in the 62nd minute when Wissa hit Eriksen's corner at the near post to head home. Everton fans had barely finished venting their frustration at poor coverage when they saw worse - Henry broke free of Gordon to hit Christian Norgaard's deep ball and headed in the far post, putting Everton in the last Games against Crystal Palace and Arsenal could look to redemption. The article Everton 2-3 Brentford: Frank's men complete comeback as Toffees finish game with nine men appeared first on Football365.com.

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Toney claims his family suffered racial abuse during Brentford's win at Everton

Brentford twice came from behind to beat Everton of nine as their superb debut Premier League season continues - but the win was marred by allegations of racial abuse (Author: Gardener)

EvertonBrentford came twice from behind to beat Everton of nine as their superb debut Premier League season continues - but the win was marred by allegations of racist abuse, with Henry claiming their families were at the Goodison during Brentford's 3-2 comeback win Park was racially abused on Sunday. Toney made the claim on Twitter after the game and has vowed to do whatever it takes to ensure the man who targeted his family is punished. The Brentford striker tweeted: "And for the man who has racially abused my family I will do whatever it takes to give you the punishment you deserve." Rico Henry, who met Brentford's winner, was also disgusted and called it quits Twitter: "I never normally talk about things that don't cause me or my family physical harm, but to see my mum upset after being racially abused by a couple of Everton fans made my stomach burn!" Everton have responded to Toney and Henry's claims on Twitter, pledging to help with any police inquiries and conducting their own investigation Everton fans set off fireworks outside the team hotel Brentford in Liverpool city center at 3.30am on Sunday to cheer them on Brentford overcame this to win and boss Thomas Frank claims their performance proves they're not on the beach, they could in the survival ska mpf have a big say and meet Leeds on the final day and Frank insists they give their all in every game. "Going back, coming back, going back and coming back shows a team fighting and giving their all," said the Brentford manager. But we want to win every game we play for the Brentford fans and because we respect the league."

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Lampard left shocked at the decision not to give Everton a penalty

Frank Lampard was stunned by the decision not to grant Everton a 17th-minute penalty which he claimed would have changed the competition against Brentford. (Author: Gardener)

EvertonFrank Lampard was stunned by the decision not to grant Everton a 17th-minute penalty which he claimed would have changed the competition against Brentford. Richarlison was grabbed by Brentford defender Mads Sorensen but VAR Darren England didn't think match official Michael Oliver had overlooked a clear and obvious error. Lampard, who is facing an FA charge after comments following last month's Merseyside derby, struggled not to go too far after his side's 3-2 defeat but made it clear he is dismayed that a number of important decisions were made against Everton . Frank Lampard was stunned by the decision not to give Everton a penalty. "I don't want a double fine, you know what I mean?" Lampard said with some gallows humor. That's part of what I want to say when I talk about what happened at Anfield. It was pretty clear to me when you see that shirt pulling that's a foul anywhere on the court. That clear and obvious sentence, I don't know if it still applies, but it's nonsense. "The decision is either right or wrong and if a referee can't see them clearly or they're in the wrong position and benefiting from someone else, they don't have to tell them an advantage of the doubt. Is a shirt pull a foul? Yes. is it in the box Yes. It's a punishment. Richarlison's jersey was pulled by Mads Sorensen but the referee did not award a penalty. “I have a lot of respect for the referee and the VARs because they do one of the toughest jobs. The reality is that we've come to the wrong end of a lot of decisions this season. It's tough because I have to represent the club and the fans and those small margins can hurt our position.” Thomas Frank, meanwhile, was delighted with Brentford's efforts and promised they will do anything against Leeds to take three points – a result , which would save Everton . "If you get in the top 10, it's worth a few pounds," said the Dane.

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Everton boss says Richarlison should have been given a penalty before Jarrad Branthwaite's red card against Brentford

Everton lose 3-2 at home to Brentford after Jarrad Branthwaite was sent off in the 18th minute; Frank Lampard believes they should have gotten a penalty just before the red card for clearly pulling the Richarlisons shirt; Lampard: You wonder if players should go down because it's a penalty (Author: Gardener)

BrentfordEverton boss Frank Lampard says his side should have been awarded a penalty for a "clear pull" on Richarlison's shirt just moments before Jarrad Branthwaite was sent off in their 3-2 home defeat by Brentford. With Everton leading 1-0, Richarlison claimed a penalty for a shirt pull from Brentford defender Kristoffer Ajer, but the visitors then immediately pumped a long ball for Ivan Toney to get behind the home side's defence. The striker found the goal side from Branthwaite who cut his heels in the 18th minute to be shown a red card for a last man challenge. The sacking proved crucial as the Toffees continued to lose and missed a chance to secure their Premier League status, leaving Lampard's side just two points above the last three with two games remaining. Asked about Branthwaite's red card, Lampard told Sky Sports: "The red card completely changes the game." It was a clear move on Richarlison's shirt. They wonder if players should go down because it's a penalty. "Then it goes down the other end and it's a mistake for Jarrad to let him run behind - you have to run in early, get out and handle it lightly and we didn't do it," Lampard later added in his post-game press conference : "If you see the jersey being pulled [on Richarlison], it's a foul anywhere on the pitch." That 'clear and obvious' sentence, I don't know if it still counts, but I think it's nonsense. The decision is either right or wrong. And if a referee can't see it clearly and someone else benefits... Is a stripping a foul? Yes. It's a punishment. Lampard is still facing an FA hearing over comments made after last month's Merseyside derby ended in a 2-0 defeat at Anfield, but said his frustration was not with individuals but with the protocols that they should follow."The reality is that we are at the wrong end with a lot of bad decisions this season," he said.I have to represent the club, represent the fans who come here and those small margins can be our Affect position and I think that penalty pull on the shirt means maybe 2-0 and 11 men and I think we all know how this game goes." Everton have another chance to retain their Premier League status on Thursday when they host Crystal Palace, with Lampard hoping to be safe ahead of the final day trip to Arsenal. "It's important that we have a positive attitude towards what the next few days will be like in [the] Palace [game] because it's in our hands," he said. "To be back here at Goodison, hopefully with 11 on the pitch and going down ourselves because we've got two games left and three points left and our home game is next." The players gave it their all dripping. The fans gave every drop. It was unfortunate that the red card took the sting out of the fans and understandably so as the atmosphere was incredible and a huge circumstance in the game went against us. "It was our mistake, but the players gave their all until the end." Brentford manager Thomas Frank admitted Branthwaite's red card was the "decisive" moment in the game as his side scored twice in three minutes of the second half to record the Bees' first league double against Everton since 1936 . Asked about Branthwaite's red card, he told Sky Sports: "That was undoubtedly a pivotal moment in the game that went for us. I think it was a clear red card but they're small moments to deal with "Yeah, I think it helped us, but there are a lot of situations this season where teams went down to 10 men and the other team didn't win, and it's not that easy, so I'm very proud of us I think what tricked me was that they were very tough and physically exposed to some of my players. Everton host Crystal Palace at 7.45pm on Thursday. On the final day of the Premier League season, Everton travel to Arsenal and Brentford host Leeds United at 4pm on Sunday.

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Everton miss a chance to secure Premier League status with a self-inflicted defeat by Brentford

The Toffees finished a competitive game at Goodison Park with nine men and the pressure was on before Tuesday's clash against Crystal Palace (Author: Gardener)

EvertonNot only did they lose to Brentford on Sunday, Everton played most of the game with 10 men after sacking their young centre-back Jarrad Branthwaite. They were playing nine in the last three minutes when Salomon Rondon, one of the club's worst signings in recent seasons - a very high bar - was sacked minutes after his introduction after a horrible tackle on Rico Henry. Still, if Everton beat Crystal Palace here on Thursday night, they'll be safe. However, after Michael Oliver turned down what appeared to be a sensible penalty when Pontus Jansson held on to Richarlison in the box, the ball was slung upstairs where Ivan Toney, who had a clear goal, was fouled by Branthwaite. Football seemed like a cruel game as the 19-year-old Cumbrian walked away slowly and distraught, but the fact was Branthwaite was the last man standing and a red card was Oliver's only option. That changed the face of the game and Brentford used every inch of his advantage, with Henry rushing in from left-back and Christian Eriksen threatening from set pieces. Her reward came when Yoane Wissa drove the ball back over a crowded area. Everton clung on and desperately sought a respite half-time offered when Mads Bech Sorensen collided with Richarlison in the area. Fewer penalties had the effect that Sorensen had already been warned of the lawsuit against Jansson and probably had to reckon with a second yellow card. Instead, Oliver merely missed the penalty, which was run into the middle of David Raya's net by Richarlison. Understandably, Sorensen was not used in the second half. It was 45 minutes that Thomas Frank, whose nomination for manager of the year was well deserved, won emphatically. Of course, Eriksen broke through when he deflected his corner from Wissa's near post. Two minutes later, another ball came in from another Scandinavian – this time Christian Norgaard – and Henry overcame four defenders to give new hope to Burnley and Leeds, who meet Brentford on the final day of the season. There's a lot to be said about Everton shooting their foot again after an early lead, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin both limping down the pitch in the final minutes, figuring out who's in central defence vs Crystal Palace, roughly how big this game could be and whether the torches and street party to welcome the players could have influenced the manic decisions that followed. But we can only talk about Salomon Rondon, a man who will leave Goodison this summer and was sent on with six minutes left in regular time to try and score a crucial equaliser. If that substitution was Frank Lampard desperately (and very sensibly) rolling the dice, he probably didn't expect Rondon to throw himself into a two-footed challenge for no reason and be sent off 220 seconds after entering the field. And if that wasn't one of the moments of the season (and it was), Rondon continued to applaud the Goodison crowd and got a high-five from his manager before heading down the tunnel.

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Frank's men complete their comeback as Toffees finishes the game with nine men

Everton could have sealed their Premier League safety with a win but were unable to get the job done... (Author: Gardener)

FrankEverton twice took the lead against Brentford but were beaten 3-2 at Goodison Park to finish the game with nine men. Leeds' draw against Brighton meant the Toffees' win would put an end to the specter of a first relegation since 1951 and that seemed the most likely outcome as Dominic Calvert-Lewin made his first start in five weeks with an opener in the 10th minute marked. Everton's fragility is revealed against Brentford to prolong Premier League relegation battle But in keeping with Everton's season, things were not to be so easy - Jarrad Branthwaite was sent off eight minutes later for a foul on Ivan Toney and Brentford equalized for a Seamus Coleman own goal. Although Richarlison restored Everton's lead just before half-time, the pressure showed in the second half as two goals in three minutes from Yoane Wissa and Rico gave Henry Brentford their first league double against Everton since 1936 and Frank Lampard's side the bottom three were still just two points ahead. It was a sobering afternoon for Everton fans, who had given their players a huge pre-match welcome, team buses barely able to reach Goodison's doors amid a haze of blue flares but who flocked before the final whistle left. Less than three minutes had elapsed when Calvert-Lewin passed the ball, Anthony Gordon broke through and, when his shot was saved, Richarlison headed just wide. When Gordon won a free-kick down the right, the academy product whipped up a low ball that found its way into the far corner of the net via a Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin combination. Richarlison called for a penalty for handball but Brentford pumped the ball long for Toney to run on goal. He got the side of goal from Branthwaite, who clipped his heels to earn a red card and handed Brentford a free-kick which Christian Eriksen fired just off the edge. Everton were forced onto the backfoot when Alex Iwobi switched to right-back and pushed Brentford up front. Mathias Jensen shot just wide after Andre Gomes blocked a clear but the pressure showed quickly - Wissa pinged a cross and captain Coleman accidentally turned the ball into his own net. It threatened to unravel for Everton there and then when Bryan Mbeumo tested Jordan Pickford from distance but Richarlison is always a threat in any situation and the Brazilian turned things around again for his side. Everton dropped deeper to defend after the break but Brentford soon found the gaps. Toney couldn't dodge a Jensen shot and received a painful punch in the face for his troubles. Pickford then awkwardly boxed an Eriksen free-kick into a crowd, grateful that Iwobi hooked him clear. Brentford equalized in the 62nd minute when Wissa hit Eriksen's corner at the near post to head home. Everton fans had barely finished venting their frustration at poor coverage when they saw worse - Henry broke free of Gordon to hit Christian Norgaard's deep ball and headed in the far post, putting Everton in the last Games against Crystal Palace and Arsenal could look to redemption. The article Everton 2-3 Brentford: Frank's men complete comeback as Toffees finish game with nine men appeared first on Football365.com.

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Jarrad Branthwaite and Salomon Rondon were sent off as Everton suffer a damaging defeat at the hands of Brentford

If Everton are to stay on top this season and extend their top status for a 69th straight year, then they seem determined to do it the hard way. (Author: Gardener)

EvertonAs the manager drives down Goodison Road with the Brentford team ahead of Sunday's game against Everton, the players on board are in for a surprise. Along the street adjacent to Everton stadium, thousands of local fans will wave flags, set off pyrotechnics, sing and shout. Around the pitch it will be like this: the whole neighborhood will be inundated long before kick-off with fans who are already there and cheering on their team. While such a build-up is commonplace on big game days at Anfield's Stanley Park, it has never happened at Goodison. "It's definitely not what we normally do," says Tony Scott, who hosts All Together Now, an Everton fan podcast. For the Evertonians, matchday was all about having a pint with the mates in the pub, getting seats at the last minute and booing the board when we lost. It was a complete culture change. It started when Everton faced Newcastle in March. Goodison Road had a welcoming committee for the team buses. By the time Chelsea showed up in early May, the hundreds of fans who arrived early had grown to thousands. The fans took their seats and chanted loudly and long, even as the players went through their warm-up routine. The entire stadium was packed well before kick-off. "I had regular playmates who told me they hadn't heard the Z-Cars theme [which serenades the players , when they step onto the Goodison pitch] for fifteen years before the Newcastle game," says Hana Roks, one of the organizers of the new approach, who tweets fan info under the @Hanstours moniker. “It was fashionable among our fans to be in the pub until kick-off. It will be very different on Sunday: everyone will be inside and singing well before kick-off.” What changed things was quite simple: the threat of relegation. "It was really desperation," says Roks, who has been playing Everton since she was two years old. Whatever you may think about the reasons why we haven't won anything in 27 years, however much you blame the board, it was universally clear that it was time to get behind the team. " As the possibility of demotion became more pressing, a full fan mobilization program was launched. Through word of mouth, social media and with the support of the club's Supporters Bureau, the message spread: Forget your problems with the hierarchy, support the team. " There were some who doubted it would make a difference, of course there was," says Roks. "But even people who were skeptical at first got behind it because they saw it work." She did Right: Everton's results have improved tremendously since the turnaround in fan attitudes, and a lot of the new togetherness, fans say, is down to the man in charge."It can't be overstated how great Frank Lampard is was in this," says Scott. You can tell how much he appreciates the support by the way he comes across to the fans after the final whistle. We were fed up with managers, who have not embraced our culture, especially from [Rafa] Benitez. We saw what [Jürgen] Klopp does in the park, how he combines everything there. The interesting thing is that at Leeds United too, the support was unwavering, with fans cheering the players on to the Echo even when they were being slammed. But at Everton, the upswing has clearly spread to the team. Scott reckons it's the change that made the difference. "These players, having worked under five or six managers in five years, have become used to the whining about the board, the shrug, the cynicism," he says. "All of a sudden they saw the pyros, the flags, heard the cheers. You must be like, 'This is incredible.' In a way, they realized they had nowhere to hide." According to Roks, the difference was best illustrated in the form of Alex Iwobi. A player routinely dismissed as not good enough by Everton fans has blossomed into a permanent fixture in the squad in recent weeks. "Most of us have been wondering why he's been here for the past few seasons," she says. "Now you can see him filming the greeting from the team bus and sharing it on Snapchat and loving it. Should Everton avoid relegation, can the united spirit be sustained at a club where distrust of the board remains strong? "I'd like to think the board has learned from that." says Roks. “But the fact that Benitez was ever approved as a manager shows they just don't understand the club. My feeling is that whatever happens, the entire hierarchy needs to be turned on its head.

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Minute report: Will Everton pull Brentford out of the relegation zone with a win over Thomas Franks? Join Luke McLaughlin to find out (Author: Gardener)

Will EvertonBy continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. Minute report: Will Everton pull Brentford out of the relegation zone with a win over Thomas Franks? "Assume a thrashing from Liverpool and they may have to get a final day result at Leicester (if Burnley win their midweek game at Villa)." I'm waiting for a small reaction on Sky Sports. Will Unwin was on hand at Goodison Park: See also: Everton suffer two red cards as Rico hand Henry Brentford turnaround win View the latest Premier League table here. Everton have 36 points, a point ahead of Leeds, who previously drew very late at home with Brighton. Burnley are two points behind Everton after being beaten 1-0 by Tottenham in the early kick-off today. The match report is coming soon. So frustrating from an Everton point of view to start the game on such a positive note, but the first red card was the defining moment. What do you think Everton fans? Nørgaard deflects a nice cross to the far post. Henry jumps high and nice over Gordon and plants a brilliant header into the net. Everton were in position to ensure their safety five minutes ago... Brentford's Rico Henry heads in his side's third goal to put them 3-2 ahead. Just as a substitute, the Venezuelan striker has already been substituted again. He dives into a tackle with Henry, goes off his feet and gets nothing off the ball. Neither he nor Branthwaite will play any further role in the Premier League season following their red cards today. Everton's Salomon Rondon reacts after a red card. It shouldn't be for Everton and considering they finished the match with nine men there's little surprise there ultimately. In the early stages of the game, Everton took the lead through Calvert-Lewin and everyone was looking up, but Branthwaite's red card completely changed the game. Kudos to Thomas Frank and Brentford who struggled in a hostile atmosphere but proved they are one of the Premier League's most progressive teams. Everton's defeat is great news for Burnley and Leeds, who can still hope to overtake Lampard's men before the end of the season. 90 min + 4: Pickford straps the ball down. He deflects a shot or maybe a cross that's easily collected by Raya either way. 90 min + 2: Brentford holds the ball, Everton pins back into their own half. You are awarded a free kick right at the corner flag. 89 mins: Eriksen hammers in a shot for the top corner which Holgate makes good to clear the line, Pickford batted well. 85 min: Now Everton have another bash in this end-to-end final. There is footage of Everton fans looking extremely dejected, which is only to be expected as 25 minutes ago they thought they were celebrating surviving tonight. 84 min: Gray makes a fine darting run down Everton's left side and slices the ball back. Brentford manages to intercept it. 83 min: Now Brentford is coming again. Eriksen has plenty of space to place a shot in a central position from around 20 yards. Salomon Rondon replaces Everton. 82nd Minute: Everton takes the field. Richarlison, who was his usual busy self, straps a cross to the far post. 81 min: Norgaard shoves in a nice looking pass for Toney, who is on the move trying to get behind Everton's defence. An Everton boot manages to intercept. 76 min: Mads Roerslev comes out for Brentford, Wissa. Everton rarely get the ball and therefore struggle to cause any problems for Brentford in defence. However, Roerslev fouls Richarlison near the touchline and the set piece is pumped to the far post, to Doucoure attempting a header down. Brentford clears the corner but Mykolenko launches a long throw seconds later. 75 min: Brentford had more than 70% possession. Mbeumo tries a left-footed shot that goes over the bar. 71 min: Lampard turns to the bench. Gordon and Gomes go for Everton, Demarai Gray and Jonjoe Kenny come on. Min.58: VAR is now looking at a flare up between Mykolenko and Toney...they pushed at the far post when that free-kick came in. Josh Dasilva is for Brentford in place of Ajer. 69 min: The home fans are understandably louder and more nervous than they were 10 minutes ago. Brentford nearly got into a muddle at the back but then rushed forward again, forcing Everton onto the back foot again and demanding more strenuous defensive duties from Lampard's men. Henry has half a chance and hits a volley from an angle inside the area he wears down badly and Pickford easily claims it. Brentford has a corner. Wissa at the near post gets in front of his marker Richarlison and flicks a header that flies unerringly into the far corner of the net. Great delivery, great header but the last thing Everton fans wanted to see. Brentford's Yoane Wissa scores her second goal. Richarlison pauses before his penalty... Everton back in front! Everton's Richarlison scores his side's second goal from the penalty spot. 60 min: The good news for Everton is that it looks like they are staying up. Richarlison is brought down when a bouncing ball enters the box. It was Sorensen who caught the Brazilian after a wholly speculative ball hoisted into Brentford's area. Everton's Richarlison (second right) is brought down in the penalty area by Brentford's Mads Bech Sorensen (right). Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Photo: Peter Byrne/PA 56 min: Brentford continue to dominate possession. Eriksen whips a free kick over from the left side of the Bees. It comes through a sea of ​​bodies and Pickford makes a very good low save after being unseen. It was a cross from Eriksen and it could easily have stripped a striker or a defender and equalized... 54 min: Ajer and Jansson connect near the Everton box. Brentford keep pushing forward... Toney sniffs at the far post after Eriksen swings a ball over but he's penalized for a foul on his marker. 46 mins: "I was wondering what Frank Lampard's behavior on the touchline reminded me of and now I think I know what it is," writes Allan via email. "When the movie 'Staying Up: Frank Lampard's Everton Journey' is done, now he's done with Ozark, Jason Bateman is the obvious choice for the lead role." 51min: Brentford back on the front foot. Everton's two lines of defenders - five behind, then four up front - are working overtime. Eriksen bends a dangerous ball into the penalty area. Pickford does well to hit it clear, but there's an offside flag nonetheless. 48 min: After good work from Iwobi, Richarlison drives towards the touchline on Everton's left and cracks a good cross in search of Calvert-Lewin. The England striker dives towards it and tries to get something on it, even his chest (which he has already scored with today), but the ball dodges him. Vitaly Janelt came in for Brentford in place of Mads Sørensen. Related: Manchester City hold on to West Ham after Riyad Mahrez fails from the penalty spot Jensen plays an excellent angled ball to Toney behind Everton's defence. Toney sends a similarly good cross over the six-yard box. He hits a shot from an angle that ricochets off Coleman's head and goes into the net! Brentford are flat! To be fair, Brentford have dominated the ball since being sent off. Brentford's Yoane Wissa celebrates scoring her first goal. Photo: Craig Brough/Reuters Everton started like a house on fire, went in front, sent off a man, Brentford brought them back to 1-1 and now Everton are leading time again thanks to a cool penalty converted by Richarlison in injury time. It looks like Everton stay up, but Eriksen shows some nice moves in midfield and the hosts will have to do a lot of defensive work after the break. I can't take much more of it and I'm not even an Everton fan. 41 minutes: Brentford sweeps the ball around and takes full advantage of his one-man advantage. Everton's defenders and midfielders look overworked and one has to assume more space will open up for the visitors as the game progresses. Eriksen pings a nice pass over the top to Toney, who sweeps it in for the first time but Pickford holds. Shortly before, Mykolenko had launched a spirited run from defence, but Brentford halted his progress as he approached the penalty area. Everton claim penalty for Ajer shirt pull on Richarlison The ball is hopefully honked to the other end immediately and Branthwaite hits the wrong side of Toney as the ball bounces on goal. The young Everton defender bundles the striker just outside the box and he's gone. It all started so well for Everton but now they are fighting back. Brentford's Ivan Toney (below) battles for the ball with Everton's Jarrad Branthwaite. Photo: Jon Super/AP 35 mins: Everton steps up in midfield... Gomes hits a brilliant left footed shot from 30 yards that's destined for the top corner , but Raya comfortably plucks him out of thin air. "I've often complained over the years that Everton are a mediocre midfield team," writes Mary Waltz via email. "If we survive the sheer hell of this season I'll never say that phrase again." 33 mins: "Toney had a five yard lead on Branthwaite so he could get the wrong side of him," emails Andy. "It's criminal that Everton's backline had positioned himself every 10 yards inside Brentford's half so Toney could get behind them all without being flagged for offside." No arguments from me, it was definitely bad positioning from Branthwaite in particular to expose himself in this way. Brentford immediately switched defense to attack with a hopeful punt down and it paid off. Lampard said before the match he had faith in Branthwaite, but it's hard to imagine Michael Keane falling into a similar mess. 30 mins: Henry runs down the left Brentford at lightning speed and slices a low ball into danger. Everton appear to be able to deal with that, with Andre Gomes in position to intercept, although he only manages to deflect the ball to Jensen, who misses a shot from close range. Danger for Everton. 28 min: Alex Iwobi runs back and pulls off an important block, Brentford pulls dangerously into the Everton penalty area. The ball whizzes up and over the near post and to safety. 26 mins: Brentford sweeps the ball around in midfield before working it forward to Wissa. Doucoure does well to dispossess him and place him in midfield and is then fouled by Norgaard, who goes into the book after a great sneer from the home fans. 23 min: After an insane, frenetic start, the game settles down again, just slightly... Everton have built up a narrow lead but have shrunk to 10 men. If so, it will be a long afternoon against a Brentford side looking for it. 20 min: Eriksen slams the resulting free kick just past the post! But of course Everton doesn't care. A low free kick comes in from Anthony Gordon's right wing and hits the near post. Regardless, Richarlison is there to get fleeting contact with the ball... which squeaks in at the far post, possibly from a Calvert-Lewin touch. Scruffy but potentially so important to Everton. Poor defensive end from Brentford, who might struggle to withstand that electric atmosphere, not to mention the way Everton are targeting in attack. 15 min: The game has settled down a little and Calvert-Lewin has actually been credited with Everton's opening goal. The ball lightly touched his chest as it snaked into the net. You take them however they come at this stage of the season and when you are in Everton's position in the league. 7 min: Everton attack again, this time down the right wing. Brentford have to deal with a low cut-back from the touchline and then make another push into the hosts' half. This is end-to-end, it's all happening, both teams are trying - and Brentford are certainly not on the beach just yet. 5 min: Now it's Brentford's turn. Eriksen lashes a set piece from the Bees' right. Ivan Toney shoots a header just over the bar. Everton rush to the other end and Richarlison pounces on a hesitation in the Brentford defense to narrowly miss a try... 3 min: So close for Everton! Calvert-Lewin flicks a ball from deep. Anthony Gordon slips over the edge of the box with an excellent diagonal run and pushes an attempted shot into the goal, which Raya parries. As a result, Richarlison is there with a close-range header and he should have scored but sent the ball wide! 1 min: Everton starts the match on the front foot. Andre Gomes, with a decent piece of work just outside the box, plays on the left for Vitalii Mykolenko. He wins a corner with an attempted low cross. Nothing will come of the corner. But Everton, as expected, roared from the traps. Brentford manager Thomas Frank told Sky Sports he is determined to continue to produce good results and bring momentum into next season. He says he wants Brentford to show a strong, courageous performance in a difficult atmosphere. Everton fans light blue flares as they greet their team bus. Photo: Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images Photo: Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images Everton fans are barking for Brentford's scalp - and the knowledge that they will be playing in the Premier League next season. Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford stands thoughtfully behind Séamus Coleman and listens to the roar coming from outside the stadium. Nervous Everton fans? Here you have time to read our match preview: Michael Keane is out for Everton due to illness. Frank Lampard tells Sky Sports the centre-back's illness struck overnight but he has faith in Jarrad Branthwaite, who is enjoying his third start of the Premier League season. Yerry Mina remains injured while Dominic Calvert-Lewin starts for the hosts. Brentford, on the other hand, are unchanged. Safety is in sight for Everton. Seven points from games against Chelsea, Leicester and Watford have calmed the nerves of fans considerably, not to mention manager Frank Lampard and his players. The feeling, judging by the number of fans thronging ahead of Thomas Frank's Brentford visit to Goodison Park, is that today is the day they ensure their survival in the Premier League after the 1-1 Leed v Brighton draw at Elland Road. Brentford may already be thinking about next season as they are sure to be in midfield, but they will certainly pose a major attacking threat with Christian Eriksen pulling the strings in midfield. Can Goodison Park's famous roar carry Everton and Lampard to safety? Team news and more to come.

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Sam Kerr double helps the Blues win the Women's FA Cup final

Sam Kerr's header gave Chelsea the lead in the first half; a stunning Lauren Hemp strike equalized for Man City; Erin Cuthbert's long-range shot put the Blues ahead, but Hayley Raso equalized for City in the 89th minute; Kerr's goal in extra time sealed victory for Chelsea (Author: Gardener)

Sam KerrSam Kerr was once again the heroine of Chelsea as her double helped the Blues to a 3-2 win in extra time in the Women's FA Cup final against Manchester City to earn their Women's Super League title last weekend contributed. The striker scored two stunning goals on Sunday to seal a third straight WSL win for Chelsea and made another appearance at Wembley to guide her side to victory. Kerr opened the scoring against the flow of play in the 33rd minute and nodded home from the right after a cross from Millie Bright. The defender's delivery looked on target, but Kerr was there to help him on his way. City twice came from behind to force extra time, the first from a superb Lauren Hemp goal. The winger punched Bright down the left side of the box before rolling an excellent effort into the far corner. It was another smash, this time from Chelsea's Erin Cuthbert, that put the Blues back in front. Chelsea were minutes away from defending their title but Hayley Raso fired again at City level. But Kerr was the match-winner in the 99th minute, driving from midfield into the box before her shot was deflected into the net by Greenwood. It's a game that Chelsea won despite being second-best for much of the game. City dominated possession and shots - at 23 to Chelsea's nine - but were thwarted by an inspired Berger, particularly in the second half. Sunday's defeat also marks the first time Man City have lost an FA Cup final, winning in their opening three appearances. The result was also a touch of revenge for Chelsea, who lost 3-1 to City in the League Cup final in March. They add a second trophy to their cabinet this season and have successfully defended their title from the 2020/21 season. They have conceded four goals in back-to-back games where the pressure was on to win - they have conceded just one in their career up to the FA Cup final and ten in total this season in WSL. "It might be a touch of nervousness or confronting teams with talented attacking skills, but the Blues hardly took it easy on Sunday. As they did against Manchester United, Chelsea ended the game with four centre-backs on the pitch to try and stem City's relentless flow of attacks. "Man City have to deserve credit too. It's not easy to fall behind twice in a game, let alone a final at Wembley, but they showed the incredible determination and cohesion that has helped them, a far from easy one season to get through."But to end the campaign with Champions League football and win the League Cup, plus an appearance in the FA Cup final, can certainly be counted as an achievement."But Hayes' mentality monsters won again and theirs Ability to win in the big moments - even when they might not be their best - is unparalleled."It's the Blues' fourth domestic double as they progress to four FA Cup titles. "Chelsea played at a level a little below what they are capable of, but they know how to take difficult moments and turn them into an advantage. They spent most of the game without the ball and were in almost every department behind Man City, apart from the goal line." City's game plan was clear and they executed it well, but Chelsea's edge was lacking. This is how trophies are won and lost. "Of City's 23 attempted shots, four were on target and two were converted. Of Chelsea's nine offers, four hit the bullseye and three went in. Emma Hayes' side don't need many chances to win a game - they have them about a striker who hits the net more than anyone Sam Kerr had scored 14 goals in her last 12 games - including 16 in 13. In what was an unusually quiet afternoon for the Australia international, she scored her two most important goals - the first and the crucial.Moreover, she has now scored in each of Chelsea's last three domestic cup finals."The numbers favored City's performance but the result was thanks to Chelsea's ruthlessness. That's why they've won the WSL title three seasons in a row - they almost playing with an air of inevitability, you either face the pressure or cave in under it and when When it comes to crucial moments, it's usually the Chelsea players who grab the big opportunity."

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