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Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton

By Mandeep SangheraBBC Sport
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.

Palace squad capable of goals - Millen

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

Formation 4-3-3

  • 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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24Howard
  • 23Coleman
  • 3Baines
  • 18Barry
  • 6Jagielka
  • 15Distin
  • 11MirallasSubstituted forDeulofeuat 56'minutes
  • 16McCarthy
  • 17Lukaku
  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crystal Palace 0, Everton 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 0, Everton 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Seamus Coleman (Everton).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Stuart O'Keefe (Crystal Palace).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace).

  13. Post update

    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.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Barry Bannan.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Stuart O'Keefe (Crystal Palace).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Booking

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

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal108112291325
2Liverpool1172221101123
3Southampton116411551022
4Chelsea116321810821
5Everton115511410420
6Tottenham1062295420
7Man City1061328111719
8Man Utd105231713417
9West Brom113531212014
10Aston Villa114251112-114
11Newcastle104241416-214
12Hull11425914-514
13Cardiff11335915-612
14Swansea103251212011
15Norwich11326921-1211
16West Ham11245911-210
17Fulham113171019-910
18Stoke10235711-49
19Sunderland10118722-154
20Crystal Palace11119621-154
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