NATHAN PATTERSON was left out of the Everton squad for tonight's clash against Tottenham.

The former Rangers full-back made his first appearance for his new club last week in the FA Cup win over Boreham Wood.

He was handed his debut but was then subbed off at the break by Lampard. However, the Toffees boss insisted Patterson will feel the support of the backroom staff despite the disappointing debut.

But, Patterson has been left out tonight as he wasn't named in the starting XI or bench for the Premier League clash.

Speaking after Patterson's debut, Lampard said: "In my role unfortunately you have to make decisions. Sometimes they're not emotional, they're practical and it was absolutely practical to have to change - and Nathan was the choice.

"I thought he did OK in the game. I was pleased for him to have his debut. We brought him in for a reason and what Nathan will feel from myself and the staff is a real engagement and desire to work with him.

"He's a young player, who's a developing player still, and he will feel our support of how we want him to play and how we want him to develop.

"Things like that happen at that stage of your career, whoever you are. As a younger player you have to take something like this on the chin and understand that this is high-level, and keep working and that's all he has to do."