Everton news: Frank Lampard satisfied with Watford draw but sends his thanks to Chelsea star

Frank Lampard happy to keep fate in own hands as Everton edge nearer to Premier League safety.

Frank Lampard dismissed any suggestion that Everton had missed an opportunity by drawing with Watford, describing it as a point gained.

Everton came into the game on the back of back-to-back wins, and Leeds home defeat to Chelsea means they could have all but secured their Premier League survival had they found a breakthrough at Vicarage Road.

However, despite Watford already being relegated, Everton could not edge ahead in the game, and eventually had to settle for a goalless draw.

That leaves them just two points above Leeds in the Premier League table, although they do have a game in hand.

Lampard, though, said he was ultimately happy to take something from the game and they will now look to push on again.

"I wouldn't say I'm frustrated," Lampard said. "I think if you can't win, you don't lose, and we were more than secure in the game.

"If you ask me, I'd much rather be the team that's got it in your hands and a point or two more on the board and maybe a game more than someone as well, so I think that probably in that situation that's what you want, but the pressure is huge anyway.

"For all the talk about pressure, more or less, it's only actions at this point. It's how we act and how we perform in these games."

Lampard also sent a message of thanks to his former protege Mason Mount, who scored for Chelsea to sink Leeds at Elland Road and do Everton a big favour in the process.

"I'll send him [Mason Mount] a message later of thanks," he said.

"Those things are out of your hands but Mason's a fantastic player and I'm pleased for him that he's getting those numbers because he is a player of such a high level and those numbers reflect it.

"It's brilliant for him and Chelsea did us a favour getting that result, but we have to make sure we do our own thing to get this over the line.

"There is work to be done but if you look at our recent results we have put ourselves in a decent position.

"There were not enough clear chances. But if you are not at your best you need to make sure you pick up a point. That is not something we've done often enough this season.

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