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Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton

Crystal Palace midfielder Jerome Thomas

Managerless Crystal Palace picked up their first point in eight league games but were left to rue a number of missed chances against Everton.

The home side went close when Kagisho Dikgacoi mis-timed a free header while Jerome Thomas had a shot tipped over.

Palace striker Marouane Chamakh headed wide when well placed before Thomas sent a chip into the side-netting when clean through on goal.

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Everton nearly punished Palace but Phil Jagielka's header hit the crossbar.

Toffees defender Sylvain Distin headed the rebound wide as, despite some late pressure, Everton dropped more points following their goalless draw against Tottenham last week.

Palace, who remain bottom of the Premier League and five points from safety, had appointed Iain Moody as their sporting director before the game and co-chairman Steve Parish said the club hoped to appoint a new manager next week.

Whoever does take over will assume control of a team who are tireless in terms of their work-rate but one which needs extra quality and ruthlessness in front of goal.

Palace survived two early Everton chances when Leon Osman sidefooted wide and Kevin Mirallas had a driven shot smartly palmed around the post by keeper Julian Speroni.

However, the Eagles should have gone into the break in front but for some poor finishing.

First Dikgacoi evaded his marker to meet a Thomas cross but the midfielder's header ended up being more of a clearance than an effort on goal.

Thomas was back in the action again when his long-range shot was tipped over by goalkeeper Tim Howard at full stretch, moments before Chamakh sent a powerful header wide from Barry Bannan's cross.

Palace's regret at those missed chances increased when they wasted a glorious second-half chance.

Thomas was played clean through on goal - beating the Everton offside trap - but the ex-West Brom winger's effort saw him chip Howard and find the side-netting from the edge of the box.

The home side almost paid the price for their profligacy when Eagles striker Cameron Jerome inadvertently flicked on a corner which Jagielka headed against the crossbar.

Palace had to endure some tense moments before the final whistle but managed to hold on and end a run of seven straight Premier League defeats.

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Crystal Palace caretaker manager Keith Millen:

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"I'm proud of the players. Everton had a lot of possession but we created the better chances.

"If I'm being greedy we should have taken all three points but a draw gives us something to build on.

"The fans were fantastic and you could see the spirit of the players. I couldn't ask anymore of the players apart from finishing the chances we had.

"I would be more concerned if we weren't creating chances. Tactically we have been in a lot of games this year but key moments have cost us."

Everton manager Roberto Martinez:

"We couldn't find that little bit of sharpness in the final third.

"Overall, we probably allowed ourselves to get a bit frustrated. Every time the ball went out of play it took ages to come back in.

"It was a stop-start sort of game and we couldn't get in a position to break them down.

"They were very well organised, worked extremely hard and made it very difficult."

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

  • 1Speroni
  • 2Ward
  • 21Moxey
  • 15JedinakBooked at 87mins
  • 19Gabbidon
  • 27Delaney
  • 8DikgacoiSubstituted forO'Keefeat 45'minutes
  • 46Bannan
  • 29ChamakhSubstituted forJeromeat 63'minutes
  • 7Bolasie
  • 14ThomasSubstituted forPuncheonat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Mariappa
  • 12O'Keefe
  • 13Puncheon
  • 16Gayle
  • 28Kébé
  • 30Jerome
  • 34Price

Everton

  • 24Howard
  • 23Coleman
  • 3Baines
  • 18Barry
  • 6Jagielka
  • 15Distin
  • 11MirallasSubstituted forDeulofeuat 56'minutes
  • 16McCarthy
  • 17R Lukaku
  • 21OsmanSubstituted forBarkleyat 56'minutes
  • 22Pienaar

Substitutes

  • 1Robles
  • 5Heitinga
  • 7Jelavic
  • 10Deulofeu
  • 14Naismith
  • 20Barkley
  • 26Stones
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
25,231

Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home27%
Away73%
Shots
Home9
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Crystal Palace 0, Everton 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 0, Everton 0.

Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace) because of an injury.

Foul by Seamus Coleman (Everton).

Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Stuart O'Keefe (Crystal Palace).

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

Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace).

Attempt missed. Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) right footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Leighton Baines.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Barry Bannan.

Attempt blocked. Leighton Baines (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Pienaar.

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Stuart O'Keefe (Crystal Palace).

Attempt blocked. Leighton Baines (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

Daniel Gabbidon (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jason Puncheon replaces Jerome Thomas because of an injury.

Delay in match Jerome Thomas (Crystal Palace) because of an injury.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Barry Bannan.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Jerome Thomas.

Foul by Leighton Baines (Everton).

Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Seamus Coleman.

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace).

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

Attempt missed. Sylvain Distin (Everton) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Phil Jagielka (Everton) hits the bar with a header from the left side of the box.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Daniel Gabbidon.

Attempt blocked. Jerome Thomas (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Seamus Coleman.

Attempt blocked. Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joel Ward.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Arsenal108111325
2Liverpool117221123
3Southampton116411022
4Chelsea11632821
5Everton11551420
6Tottenham10622420
7Man City106131719
8Man Utd10523417
9West Brom11353014
10Aston Villa11425-114
11Newcastle10424-214
12Hull11425-514
13Cardiff11335-612
14Swansea10325011
15Norwich11326-1211
16West Ham11245-210
17Fulham11317-910
18Stoke10235-49
19Sunderland10118-154
20Crystal Palace11119-154
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