Ever­ton miss chance to move sec­ond af­ter be­ing held by Crys­tal Palace

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Ever­ton have missed the chance to move back up to sec­ond in the Premier League ta­ble hav­ing been held to a 1-1 draw by Crys­tal Palace at Good­i­son Park yes­ter­day evening.

Romelu Lukaku opened the scor­ing for the home side in the first half, but his com­pa­triot Chris­tian Ben­teke res­cued a point for Alan Pardew's side as they made it five Premier League games with­out de­feat.

The Tof­fees went into the match look­ing to re­turn to win­ning ways af­ter back-to-back de­feats had brought an end to their un­beaten start un­der Ron­ald Koe­man, and it was they who made the quicker start against the in­form Ea­gles.

De­spite dom­i­nat­ing pos­ses­sion in the open­ing stages, though, Ever­ton were forced to set­tle for half-chances early on, with Ash­ley Wil­liams see­ing a free header hit Phil Jagielka be­fore Ross Barkley fired a long-range strike well off tar­get.

The first shot on tar­get of the night came af­ter 19 min­utes, but it was a com­fort­able one for Steve Man­danda in the Palace goal as he col­lected Lukaku's tame strike from in­side the area.

Sea­mus Cole­man then sent an ef­fort of his own wide of the tar­get be­fore the dead­lock was fi­nally bro­ken in some style by Lukaku for his fifth goal of the sea­son.

Damien De­laney was con­tro­ver­sially pun­ished for a high foot de­spite Jagielka han­dling the ball in the same chal­lenge, and Lukaku fired the re­sult­ing free kick over the wall and past a help­less Man­danda - his fourth goal in five ap­pear­ances against Palace.

It was also the Bel­gian's 65th goal in the Premier League, but the first he has scored di­rect from a free kick.

Lukaku's Bel­gium team­mate Chris­tian Ben­teke - back on Mersey­side fol­low­ing his short and un­suc­cess­ful stint with Liver­pool - strug­gled to get in­volved in the first half, but it took him just five min­utes to make his mark af­ter the in­ter­val.

The striker made the most of Palace's first chance of the match, climb­ing high­est at the back post to steer an inch-per­fect header back across goal and into the cor­ner - his fifth league goal in six meet­ings with Ever­ton.

The hosts al­most re­gained their lead im­me­di­ately when Yan­nick Bo­lasie, play­ing against his former club, streaked clear down the left chan­nel and picked out Idrissa Gu­eye in the mid­dle, but with the goal gap­ing the Ever­ton mid­fielder sent his ef­fort straight at Martin Kelly.

Palace were a dif­fer­ent prospect in the sec­ond half as they went in search of a fourth straight league win, and they thought they had taken the lead when Damien De­laney found the back of the net with his header, only for the goal to be con­tro­ver­sially chalked off for off­side.

De­spite the visi­tors' im­prove­ment, Ever­ton still car­ried a threat go­ing for­ward, and af­ter Bo­lasie had sent an ac­ro­batic bi­cy­cle kick off tar­get Gareth Barry al­most put the hosts back in front with a glanc­ing header that needed to be cleared off the line by Ja­son Pun­cheon.

Palace's main threat con­tin­ued to ar­rive from aerial balls into the box, and James Tomkins al­most put the visi­tors ahead with less than 15 min­utes re­main­ing when he nod­ded Joel Ward's header back across goal, but it was too close to Maarten Steke­len­burg.

Yes­ter­day Ever­ton-Crys­tal P . .............................. 1-1 To­day Swansea-Liver­pool ................................. Hull-Chelsea ........................................... Sun­der­land-West Brom .......................... Wat­ford-Bournemouth ........................... West Ham-Middlesbrough ..................... To­mor­row Man United-Stoke .................................. Le­ices­ter-Southampton .......................... Tot­ten­ham-Man City .............................. Burnley-Arse­nal ......................................

Cham­pi­onship

To­day Ful­ham-QPR ........................................... Birm­ing­ham-Black­burn ........................... Brent­ford-Wi­gan ..................................... Bris­tol City-Nottm For­est ........................ Bur­ton-Cardiff ......................................... Ip­swich-Hud­der­s­field .............................. Leeds-Barns­ley ....................................... Pre­ston-As­ton Villa ................................. Read­ing-Derby ........................................ Rother­ham-New­cas­tle ............................ Sh­effield W-Brighton .............................. Wolves-Nor­wich .....................................

League One

To­day Wim­ble­don-Gilling­ham .......................... Bolton-Ox­ford Utd .................................. Bury-Scun­thorpe .................................... Charl­ton-Rochdale .................................. Ch­ester­field-Brad­ford ............................. Fleet­wood-Sh­effield U ............................ Northamp­ton-Bris­tol R ........................... Old­ham-MK Dons ................................... Port Vale-Coven­try ................................. Shrews­bury-Swin­don .............................. Southend-Peter­bor­ough ......................... Wal­sall-Mill­wall ......................................

League Two

To­day Bar­net-Ley­ton Ori­ent .............................. Cam­bridge-Ac­cring­ton ............................ Carlisle-Colch­ester .................................. Chel­tenham-Lu­ton .................................. Craw­ley-Black­pool .................................. Crewe-Mans­field .................................... Grimsby-Hartle­pool ................................ New­port-Steve­nage ................................ Notts County-More­cambe ...................... Ply­mouth-Yeovil ...................................... Portsmouth-Don­caster ........................... Wy­combe-Ex­eter ....................................

SCOT­LAND

Crys­tal Palace's Joel Ward, left, and Ever­ton's Romelu Lukaku bat­tle for the ball yes­ter­day Photo: AP

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