The Toffees snapped out of a four-match losing streak to beat Newcastle United 1-0 on Thursday in the Premier League.
Everton manager Frank Lampard broke his hand celebrating his side’s 1-0 win over Newcastle.
Alex Iwobi’s 99th-minute goal handed Everton a first Premier League win since February 12 and ended a four-match losing run, moving the club three points clear of the drop zone in 17th in the standings.
The victory has ignited Everton’s survival hopes and, given Allan’s 83rd-minute sending-off, proved to be a huge relief for Lampard – even with a broken hand.
‘They can take one every game if they want’
The Englishman, who replaced Rafael Benitez at Goodison Park in January, has endured a mixed start. But if it meant more victories, he would be happy to break more bones for the cause.
“I don’t know, I did it in the celebrations for the goal. I think I just connected with something somehow and I realized two minutes later my hand was shaking and going a bit achy – but I’ll take it for the three points,” the Toffees boss said in a post-match press conference.
Asked how many more broken bones he was prepared to take until the season ends, he added: “They can take one every game if they want. This game is special, and it hasn’t felt so special for us in the last few weeks.”
What next for Everton?
The downside to Allan’s red card means Lampard will be without the midfielder for three matches.
Everton will next turn their attention to Sunday’s trip to Selhurst Park for an FA Cup quarter-final clash with Crystal Palace. At the time of writing, Bet365 has them priced at 4.00 for the win. This equates to a 25% chance of progressing to the semi-finals.