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‘I have to admit’ – talkSPORT pundit apologises to Lampard after Everton beat West Ham

Praise and an apology was forthcoming from talkSPORT pundits after Everton got their first win of the season over West Ham on Sunday, writes the Goodison News.

After a rough start to the season had levelled out into a run of draws for Frank Lampard’s side, three points were finally taken in a 1-0 victory over the Hammers at Goodison Park (18 September), with summer signing Neal Maupay scoring the only goal.

That led self-confessed Liverpool fan and former Wycombe striker Adebayo Akinfenwa to praise the “togetherness” between the fans and manager on the blue half of Merseyside, while presenter Alex Crook was impressed enough to apologise for expecting the club to go down this year.

Speaking live on talkSPORT in a video posted on YouTube on Sunday night (18 September, 20 secs), Akinfenwa said: “I think the fans have seen what Lampard was trying to implement. And listen, I’m a Liverpool fan so you know I’m not trying to big up the Evertonians but you see once you harness that power, that togetherness, it can only be a strength.”

Then, while taking a call from a Toffees fan Crook said: “I have to admit I maybe owe Frank Lampard a little bit of an apology because I had Everton down as relegation candidates this season, but I think you had a really good transfer window.

“I really like [Amadou] Onana in midfield, Maupay probably won’t get 20 goals this season, but he might get 10 and he’s a real handful.”