Merseyside outfit, Everton showed a lot of mental strength and resolve to draw 2-2 away at Selhurst Park after twice coming back from a goal deficit to draw the game. The 1995 FA Cup winners, managed by caretaker boss, David Unsworth were shell-shocked after James McArthur put the Eagles in front just 51 seconds into the game.
It was their second fastest in Premier League history as Chelsea loanee, Ruben Loftus-Cheek who was still basking in the exploits of his England debut in midweek. He got a shot, which the Everton shotstopper, Jordan Pickford could only palm to McArthur, who made no mistake from that range. Everton however leveled the game after Leighton Baines scored what was a controversial goal.
Scott Dann was penalized for a foul on Senegal international, though replays showed there was minimal contact. Palace however got back in front ad talisman, Wilfred Zaha scored after good work from Joel Ward. Niasse however wasted a chance to level the scoreline going into the break after he failed to capitalize on a mix-up between Julian Speroni and Scott Dann. Loftus-Cheek was brilliant, consistently offering quality on the ball and making incursions into the Everton defence.
Just when it appeared Palace would see out the half in front, Speroni opted to play the ball short to Dann, allowing Idrissa Gueye to execute a fine tackle and Gylfi Sigurdsson played the first-time ball into Niasse’s path for the striker to level with a cool finish.. The result sees Everton continue their woeful defensive run, as they have now failed to keep a clean sheet since the opening day of the season.
Unsworth, who has been the caretaker manager since Ronald Koeman was sacked would have been impressed with the fighting spirt his side showed while Palace boss, Hodgson was dejected not to see his side take all 3 points. Despite the draw, Crystal Palace find themselves rooted to the bottom of the league