Having had a decent start to the campaign, it seems as though Everton's season is quickly heading into a tailspin.
Heading into this afternoon's fixture against Bournemouth, the club had won only one of their last seven fixtures in all competitions, including a 4-1 loss to today's opponents in midweek in the Carabao Cup.
They didn't fare much better on this occasion.
Everton would find themselves two goals down inside the opening 25 minutes at the Vitality Stadium, with Jaidon Anthony adding a third in the second half. In the end, the away side hardly laid a glove on the opposition over the course of the 90 minutes.
It was a shocking performance, one that led to some tense scenes after the final whistle.
Everton fans turn on team after Bournemouth loss
Everton fans had been firmly behind Frank Lampard up to this point in his tenure, and while that may well still be the case, they are quickly losing patience with the players on the pitch.
The squad made their way over to the way end after the game to salute the travelling support. It didn't quite go as they would have expected.
Alex Iwobi would give his jersey to someone in the stands, only for it to be soon thrown back at him.
— Lewis Rowe (@iamlewisrowe) November 12, 2022
In all, it was quite a tense few moment.
Lampard soon made his way over, asking the players to walk away. Seamus Coleman attempted to act as peacemaker in the situation, looking to calm down the fans. It didn't really work.
Everton fans are NOT happy 😳 pic.twitter.com/3nYqP35WMd
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 12, 2022
Everton now head into the World Cup break in 17th position, one point above the relegation places.
Speaking after the game, their manager admitted that the opposition 'wanted it more' on this occasion.
🗣️ “They were sharper than us, more aggressive. That’s the responsibility of the players…and mine. I can’t run on the pitch but I can talk to them but they have to show the action on the pitch.”
Frank Lampard says Bournemouth ‘wanted it more’ than his Everton side today. pic.twitter.com/6VdueiBSvV
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) November 12, 2022
The half to the season probably came at the right time for Frank Lampard as he attempts to turn their form around, although things are unlikely to get much easier for the side. They will face the likes of Manchester City, Brighton, Arsenal, and Liverpool in the six weeks after the return to domestic action.
In other words, this is unlikely to be the only occasion that we see their fans look this unhappy in the weeks ahead.