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Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace

By Aimee LewisBBC Sport
Scott Dann
Scott Dann has scored in back-to-back Premier League away appearances - against Liverpool and Everton

Romelu Lukaku scored his sixth goal in five league games to equalise with a late strike in an entertaining match against Crystal Palace.

Poor Everton defending allowed Scott Dann to head Palace in front late on as the Londoners looked on course to win.

But Lukaku - who had twice struck the woodwork - tapped in Gerard Deulofeu's low cross from two yards for a deserved point for the dominant hosts.

Palace's Jordon Mutch sent a shot wide as both sides searched for a winner.

The draw was still enough to move Palace to sixth on goal difference, though manager Alan Pardew will be disappointed that his team only held their lead for five minutes, to drop points from a winning position for the first time this season.

But Everton dominated possession and, in the second half in particular, were adventurous and easy on the eye.

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Everton's fab four shine

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has boasted he has some of the most valuable young talent in Europe at his disposal and the Spaniard's highly-prised quartet strengthened the manager's claim with their performances against Palace.

Record signing Lukaku, Ross Barkley, John Stones and Gerard Deulofeu - aged 22, 22, 21 and 21 respectively - were authoritative and influential, as they have been all season.

Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace: Martinez praises 'remarkable' Lukaku

Lukaku's power posed Palace problems, with the post denying him a first-half goal and the crossbar stopping him from equalising straight after Palace took the lead.

Barkley and Deulofeu were inventive, with the latter's sublime second-half free-kick forcing Connor Wickham to head a defensive header onto his own crossbar, while it was former Barcelona prodigy Deulofeu who again provided the assist to his ruthless team-mate.

At the back, Stones anticipated play brilliantly and, as has become routine this campaign, had the confidence and guile to glide out of defence and even pose a threat in the final third - a quick turn in the box followed up by a dangerous cross was a particular highlight.

Martinez has said a Champions League place is the club's aim this season and he certainly has four players who, on current form, would be at ease facing Europe's elite.

Man of the match - Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku has scored 11 league goals for Everton this season

Only Jamie Vardy, the Premier League's top scorer with 14, has scored more league goals than the £28m Lukaku, while he is on course to become the first Everton striker to score more than 20 league goals since Gary Lineker in 1985-86

The Belgian has consistently been a threat, missing only 39 minutes of action this campaign, and was a menace against Palace before levelling with his 50th goal in a century of Everton appearances.

Martinez describe his striker as sensational, adding: "He is always there to give us a focal point and score goals.

"It was a big moment. One hundred games is a landmark and 50 goals is a remarkable return. He is in a very good moment of his career. He is vital in everything we are trying to do."

Palace at home on the road

Palace have already picked up more points away from home than at Selhurst Park this season and, having thrashed Newcastle 5-1 at home in their previous league outing, are a team in form.

But their sporadic attacks mainly came on the counter-attack against Everton and a Wickham header at the near post, which forced a fine save from Tim Howard, was the closest they came to scoring before Dann gave his team the lead against the run of play.

Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace: Alan Pardew says draw was a fair result

It had been all Everton after the break before the defender got the better of the static Gareth Barry and Arouna Kone at a corner to score with a simple header, for his second goal at Goodison in three seasons.

But Palace must be praised for holding firm when under pressure, with such stoicism illustrating why they have been successful on the road. Since Pardew took charge in January, the Eagles have collected 31 points away from home with only Arsenal of the Premier League's clubs amassing more.

Everton score against Crystal Palace
Ross Barkley (20) and Gerard Deulofeu (19) combined before Romelu Lukaku (10) struck home from close range

Palace argued for a penalty when Barry tugged on Mile Jedinak's shirt, but Pardew believed a draw was a fair result.

"If we could have seen that five minutes out after our goal, it might have been different, but all credit to Everton - they kept coming and we are really pleased with a draw as it takes us sixth and with a home game to come," said the Eagles boss.

The stats you need to know

  • Crystal Palace have lost just one of their last five Premier League games against Everton (W2 D2 L1).
  • Crystal Palace have scored the highest proportion of goals from set-pieces this season in the Premier League (45%).
  • Belgian striker Lukaku has scored in each of his last three Premier League appearances against Crystal Palace.
  • Crystal Palace have won more points away at Everton (13) in the Premier League than they have away at any other team.
  • Scott Dann has scored in back-to-back Premier League away appearances - both coming in Merseyside (v Liverpool and Everton).

What next?

Everton, unbeaten in seven games, will be confident of extending their run should they continue to perform with such assurance against their next three opponents - Norwich (away on Saturday at 12:45 GMT), Leicester (home) and Newcastle (away). Crystal Palace, meanwhile, host Southampton on Saturday (15:00 GMT) before travelling to Stoke.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24Howard
  • 23Coleman
  • 5Stones
  • 25Funes MoriBooked at 88mins
  • 32GallowaySubstituted forBainesat 62'minutes
  • 15Cleverley
  • 18Barry
  • 19Deulofeu
  • 20Barkley
  • 9Koné
  • 10Lukaku


  • 1Robles
  • 3Baines
  • 4Gibson
  • 11Mirallas
  • 12Lennon
  • 14Naismith
  • 21Osman

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Hennessey
  • 2Ward
  • 6Dann
  • 27Delaney
  • 23Souaré
  • 18McArthurBooked at 87mins
  • 15Jedinak
  • 7CabayeSubstituted forMutchat 77'minutes
  • 10Bolasie
  • 21WickhamBooked at 53minsSubstituted forGayleat 77'minutes
  • 42Puncheon


  • 1Speroni
  • 8Bamford
  • 9Campbell
  • 16Gayle
  • 22Mutch
  • 29Chamakh
  • 34Kelly
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Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Everton 1, Crystal Palace 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Everton 1, Crystal Palace 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Arouna Koné (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cleverley.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordon Mutch (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Cleverley (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ross Barkley (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Crystal Palace. Jordon Mutch tries a through ball, but Yannick Bolasie is caught offside.

  8. Booking

    Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton).

  10. Post update

    Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Booking

    James McArthur (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Tom Cleverley (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by James McArthur (Crystal Palace).

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Crystal Palace. Pape Souaré tries a through ball, but Yannick Bolasie is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Romelu Lukaku (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Seamus Coleman (Everton).

  19. Post update

    Dwight Gayle (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Everton 1, Crystal Palace 1. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gareth Barry.

As It Stood

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4Man Utd1585220101029
6Crystal Palace157262015523
7West Ham156542521423
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