Everton handed the initiative back to Arsenal in the race for fourth as their seven-match winning streak ended with a damaging defeat to Crystal Palace.

Jason Puncheon's half-volley and Scott Dann's header put Palace in control before Steven Naismith's tap-in.

Cameron Jerome added a third for the Eagles before Kevin Mirallas reduced the deficit from close range.

Roberto Martinez on 'hurtful' defeat

Defeat for the Toffees mean they remain fifth, a point behind the Gunners, with four matches remaining.

Palace, who go 11th, have reached the 40-point mark often seen as a benchmark for top-flight safety with a fourth successive win.

Manager Tony Pulis appears to have accomplished the mission of Premier League survival he took on when he accepted the job in November with the club bottom of the table.

But Everton boss Roberto Martinez now needs a response from his side when predecessor David Moyes returns to Goodison Park with Manchester United on Sunday.

It was an unusually lacklustre display from Martinez's side as they paid the price for defensive lapses against a speedy and strong Palace side who were good value for their victory.

Everton supporters join their scarves with Liverpool FC scarves to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster before the game.

Everton supporters join their scarves with Liverpool FC scarves to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster before the game.

Restored to the starting line-up, Ross Barkley provided another glimpse of his exciting talent when he beat two men with a jinking run on the edge of the box before going down inside the penalty area too easily.

Then Aiden McGeady saw a long-range curler flash over after he had neatly stepped inside Mile Jedinak.

However, it was the visitors who took the lead.

Keeper Tim Howard could only palm Yannick Bolasie's cross back into the danger zone and Marouane Chamakh's intelligent lay-off to Puncheon was clinically dispatched with a left-footed half-volley inside the post.

Pulis's team almost doubled their advantage via Bolasie, whose pace and power posed persistent problems for the home side.

The winger controlled a Julian Speroni goal kick before outmuscling Seamus Coleman and driving a 20-yard effort against the foot of a post.

Tony Pulis believes Palace are safe

McGeady saw another curler fly narrowly wide, while Speroni saved superbly at his near post to thwart Romelu Lukaku.

Everton's job got even harder when Dann took advantage of some slack marking to nod home his first Eagles goal four minutes after the restart.

However, the deficit was halved with 12 minutes left when a deep cross from Mirallas was headed back across goal by Leighton Baines for substitute Naismith to bundle the ball home.

Osman, another substitute, came close to pulling Everton level when a flicked effort with the outside of his boot was kept out by Speroni.

But Puncheon teed up Jerome for Palace's third, the former Stoke man lashing a low shot inside the post.

Mirallas ensured a tense finish when he lifted the ball over Speroni for Everton's second, but the visitors took all three points.

Prior to the game, which was attended by Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, the home club had paid tribute to the 96 who died in the Hillsborough disaster, with supporters holding a line of Everton and Liverpool scarves tied together along the pitch.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Everton

  • 24 Howard
  • 23 Coleman
  • 03 Baines Booked
  • 18 Barry (Osman - 59' )
  • 26 Stones
  • 15 Distin
  • 10 Deulofeu (Naismith - 45' )
  • 20 Barkley
  • 17 Lukaku
  • 11 Mirallas
  • 07 McGeady (McCarthy - 59' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Robles
  • 02 Hibbert
  • 14 Naismith
  • 16 McCarthy
  • 21 Osman
  • 29 Garbutt
  • 32 Alcaraz

Crystal Palace

  • 01 Speroni
  • 03 Mariappa (Parr - 68' )
  • 02 Ward
  • 28 Ledley
  • 06 Dann
  • 27 Delaney Booked
  • 13 Puncheon Booked
  • 15 Jedinak
  • 30 Jerome (O'Keefe - 76' )
  • 29 Chamakh (Murray - 80' )
  • 07 Bolasie

Substitutes

  • 04 Parr
  • 05 McCarthy
  • 11 Ince
  • 12 O'Keefe
  • 16 Gayle
  • 17 Murray
  • 26 Hennessey
Ref: Andre Marriner
Att: 39,333

Match Stats

Shots

17 7

On target

5 4

Corners

13 3

Fouls

6 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Everton 2, Crystal Palace 3.

90:00 +6:47 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Everton 2, Crystal Palace 3.

90:00 +4:53

James McCarthy (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +4:53

Foul by Stuart O'Keefe (Crystal Palace).

90:00 +2:54 Booking

Booking Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +2:45

Offside, Crystal Palace. Jason Puncheon tries a through ball, but Yannick Bolasie is caught offside.

90:00 +2:14

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Sylvain Distin.

87:28

Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

87:28

Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:40

Attempt missed. Ross Barkley (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Seamus Coleman.

85:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Everton 2, Crystal Palace 3. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

84:12

Foul by Steven Naismith (Everton).

84:12

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:20

Attempt missed. Leon Osman (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

82:18

Attempt blocked. Leighton Baines (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas with a cross.

82:13

James McCarthy (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:13

Foul by Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace).

81:51

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Jonathan Parr.

80:58

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Julian Speroni.

80:57

Attempt saved. Ross Barkley (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James McCarthy.

80:28

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Mile Jedinak.

79:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Glenn Murray replaces Marouane Chamakh.

79:27

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Mile Jedinak.

75:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Stuart O'Keefe replaces Cameron Jerome.

72:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Everton 1, Crystal Palace 3. Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jason Puncheon.

70:17

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Julian Speroni.

70:15

Attempt saved. Leon Osman (Everton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Leighton Baines.

68:24

Foul by Steven Naismith (Everton).

68:24

Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:59

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Joel Ward.

67:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jonathan Parr replaces Adrian Mariappa because of an injury.

66:59

Attempt missed. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross.

65:53

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

64:02 Booking

Booking Leighton Baines (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

64:01

Delay in match Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace) because of an injury.

63:42

Foul by Leighton Baines (Everton).

63:42

Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:10

Attempt blocked. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leon Osman.

62:18

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

61:18

Delay in match Julian Speroni (Crystal Palace) because of an injury.

60:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Everton 1, Crystal Palace 2. Steven Naismith (Everton) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a headed pass.

58:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Leon Osman replaces Gareth Barry.

58:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. James McCarthy replaces Aiden McGeady.

57:34

Attempt blocked. Ross Barkley (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Stones.

56:42

Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:42

Foul by Adrian Mariappa (Crystal Palace).

55:19

Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross following a set piece situation.

54:40

Romelu Lukaku (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:40

Foul by Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace).

53:44

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by John Stones.

53:11

Seamus Coleman (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:11

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace).

51:25

Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

48:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Everton 0, Crystal Palace 2. Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Yannick Bolasie with a cross following a corner.

48:02

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Tim Howard.

47:58

Attempt saved. Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

45:00

Second Half begins Everton 0, Crystal Palace 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Steven Naismith replaces Gerard Deulofeu.

45:00 +1:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Everton 0, Crystal Palace 1.

45:00 +1:00

Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:00

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace).

44:50

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Joel Ward.

43:36 Booking

Booking Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

43:29

Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:29

Foul by Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace).

42:42

Attempt missed. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Cameron Jerome.

40:10

Foul by Leighton Baines (Everton).

40:10

Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:13

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Julian Speroni.

39:12

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

37:50

Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

37:23

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Mile Jedinak.

34:59

John Stones (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:59

Foul by Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace).

34:22

Attempt missed. Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

34:20

Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Julian Speroni.

33:45

Attempt missed. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high.

28:21

Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).

28:21

Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Everton 0, Crystal Palace 1. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marouane Chamakh.

20:34

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Damien Delaney.

19:29

Offside, Crystal Palace. Joe Ledley tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.

14:43

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Joel Ward.

12:46

Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Gareth Barry.

10:20

Aiden McGeady (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

10:20

Foul by Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace).

7:52

Romelu Lukaku (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

7:52

Foul by Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace).

2:52

Offside, Crystal Palace. Yannick Bolasie tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.

2:11

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Jason Puncheon.

1:15

Attempt missed. Gareth Barry (Everton) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Aiden McGeady with a cross following a corner.

0:51

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Jason Puncheon.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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