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Everton WILL play in the Premier League next season

And breathe.

Now there is no need to worry.

There is no longer a need for the sickening nerves that go into every week and every weekend when there is a game because you know that the Premier League status hangs in the balance.

Whether you think Frank Lampard has done a good job or not he has galvanised the fanbase at a time when it seemed like all the negativity in the world was surrounding the famous old club.

He changed the attitude around the club in the most desperate of times and managed to orchestrate the fans to his players aid when they needed it most.

It wouldn’t be too much of an overstatement to say that the fans have well and truly fallen for Lampard whilst the former Chelsea legend has well and truly fallen for the Goodison faithful.

Whilst it has been a very bumpy ride everyone has seen potential and the fact that Lampard has made the fanbase fight for their club again is something to be very proud off considering how toxic the atmosphere has been over the last few seasons.

They welcomed the club coach in with the flares soaking the city in blue as Everton only needed a victory to secure their safety, it was the exact same state of play that was before the Brentford game.

And we all know how badly that went.

At half-time it looked like this result and performance would be a whole lot worse as The Blues found themselves two goals down.

Jean-Phillipe Mateta and Jordan Ayew got the goals with the latter very lucky to escape a red card after a reckless challenge on Anthony Gordon.

Wilfried Zaha and Ebere Eze looked like they were back on the playground due to how much fun the pair were having with the ball.

So Goodison was deflated and angry, under past managers those emotions would have been made very clear to the players however under Lampard the fans use that to energise the players with their passion.

In the second half it only took ten minutes for quite literally everything to change as Michael Keane flung a volley past Jack Butland to give Goodison Park exactly what it needed.

Every boy, girl, man, woman, Nan, Grandad and dog started fighting for every ball, every tackle, every decision.

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There was much more than 11 Everton players now as thousands sucked in an equalising goal into the Gwladys street end.

A scruffy finish from Richarlison but no one cared as Goodison went ballistic.

That of course wasn’t job done yet, up step the misfiring Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Demarai Gray stood over a free-kick which Zaha had stupidly given away and he whipped in an absolute peach of a ball right onto Calvert-Lewin’s head as he placed it past Butland.

Meltdown, Goodison Park went into an utter meltdown of pure relief.

A premature pitch invasion followed which led to seven excruciating nail-biting unwatchable added on minutes.

Every second felt like a week, every minute felt like a month.

Time had never felt slower yet when it was over you wanted it to go so slow, to savour every drop of the raw feeling of pure joy as Everton had finally made sure of no relegation.

Fans piled onto the pitch with flare after flare, all the Evertonians came together as one.

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If there ever was a image that could symbolise what Lampard has done in a short space of time, it was one of strangers all becoming friends because of their love for a club that has struggled to bring them joy for a long time.

Now what is needed is from every fan, player, coaching staff and Lampard is to bottle that feeling up until next season so the positivity can carry on.

Surving by the skin of their teeth is not what Everton should be doing however it may be what is needed to make sure nothing like it can ever happen again.

The Toffees are NOT going anywhere, don’t worry about a thing.

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