(Reuters) – Everton manager Frank Lampard said his team are getting more confident after they climbed out of the Premier League relegation zone with a gritty 2-1 victory at Leicester City on Sunday.
Defenders Vitalii Mykolenko and Mason Holgate scored at the King Power Stadium as Everton moved up two spots to 16th on 35 points, one point above the drop zone. They have four matches left this season, one more than all the teams below them.
“I’m proud with how the players reacted to conceding,” Lampard said. “They kept going. They were excellent. I think we’re building confidence.
“It was a tough game against a tough opponent, but I thought we deserved it. We defended well and showed great resilience and created chances to score more.”
Sunday’s win was Everton’s second league victory on the road this season, having last won an away league game in August against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Everton, who have won three of their last five league games, travel to relegated Watford on Wednesday.
“We should enjoy results like that. They’re huge,” Lampard added.
“But by the time we get home tonight, we have to move our minds onto Watford and the games that are coming. We are by no means safe yet. It’s far from done.”
Lampard said defender Yerry Mina will undergo a scan on Monday for a calf problem after he was taken off in the 17th minute, while Mykolenko had to be withdrawn in the 66th minute due to a cramp.
“Yerry had a small feeling in his calf,” Lampard said. “We don’t know (how bad it is yet). Hopefully, it isn’t a tear.
“We’re hoping it’s not a high-level injury and we can keep him involved in the next two weeks.”
(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)