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Substitute Rondon Sent Off For Crazy Lunge After Just Four Minutes On The Field

Substitute Rondon Sent Off For Crazy Lunge After Just Four Minutes On The Field
By Colman Stanley
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Everton shot themselves in the foot today when they let a 2-1 lead slip to Brentford and went down to nine men, as they continued their battle for Premier League survival.

Brentford would go onto win the game 3-2, with goals from Yoane Wissa, Rico Henry, and an own goal from Seamus Coleman.

The main talking point were the two red cards Everton received, the first of which was given to Jarred Branthwaite for taking out Alex Iwobi when he was the last man.


The second red, given to Rondon, was particularly reckless and frustrating for Everton fans, and the Venezuelan had only been on the field four minutes when he performed his ridiculous lunge at Rico Henry.


After the game, Everton manager Frank Lampard gave his thoughts on the cards.

“It's pretty simple. We had control of the game. We looked like we would score more goals and win the game. The red card changes everything. You can't play with 10-men for 70 minutes in the Premier League and expect much more [from the players].

"Maybe Richarlison should go down more easily with the shirt pull but no complaints about the red card, it is a mistake by Jarrad [Branthwaite].

"The goal they scored from a corner is not a meant header and then they score again really quickly. The fans have given everything and we must go again on Thursday.

"Hopefully Michael Keane, who was sick overnight, comes back. We have three centre-halves out and it's very hard to sustain results like that. We will fight until the end no matter what bodies we have left.

"The first 20 minutes felt comfortable. The crowd were flying. No complaints about the players. We just have to rest a bit, stay positive, it's in our hands and we'll go again."

Despite the loss, Everton are still two points outside of the drop zone, ahead of fellow Premier League survival fighters Leeds and Burnley.

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