Everton manager Frank Lampard suffers broken hand celebrating Iwobi’s dramatic winner against Newcastle

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Everton boss Frank Lampard said he broke his hand celebrating his side’s stoppage-time victory over Newcastle – but admitted he would suffer one every week if it meant similar results.

Alex Iwobi’s winner came in the 99th minute after team-mate Allan was sent off on 83 minutes in a game delayed by a second-half protest.

“I did it in celebration for the goal,” Lampard said as his side moved three points clear of the relegation zone.

“I just connected with something”

He added: “I didn’t punch anything, but I realized two minutes later my hand was shaking and aching. I will take it for the three points.”

The win was only Everton’s second in 13 matches but came after a controversial sending-off for Allan, which saw referee Craig Pawson overturn his decision after he initially awarded a yellow card.

Lampard said he was “frustrated” with the decision, especially after his team was denied a handball during a 1-0 defeat by Manchester City last month, which led to an apology from referee’s chief Mike Riley.

“We now lose Allan for three games, let’s hope the Referees’ Association can say we got that wrong [too],” said Lampard.

But he said was pleased by what he called “a night of togetherness and fight” at an emotional Goodison Park.

He also revealed that the win came after chairman Bill Kenwright delivered a “passionate” speech to the players at the training ground on Wednesday.

“I don’t think it’s my formations or cleverness that will keep us up. It’s part of the bigger picture, but it’s people and the players that will keep us up, and the fans when we get together. He said




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