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Everton 2-0 Crystal Palace: Hosts score twice in last three minutes

Dominic Calvert-Lewin heads in
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored 12 goals in all competitions since the start of last season, more than any other Everton player

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson said it was "hard to stand here as a loser again" after Everton scored twice in the last three minutes to snatch a dramatic Premier League victory.

Tactical changes by Toffees boss Marco Silva decided the game, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin heading in fellow substitute Ademola Lookman's cross.

Moments later a third substitute, Cenk Tosun, hit the winner at Goodison Park.

"Had we won or drawn no-one would have begrudged us that," Hodgson said.

Earlier in the second half, Everton keeper Jordan Pickford saved Luka Milivojevic's penalty with his feet.

Everton's third victory in a row lifted them to eighth in the table, while Palace stay 15th, two points above the relegation zone with only two wins this season.

Hodgson's team, who have only scored five goals this term, face a tough run of fixtures over the next month, starting with next Sunday's home game against fifth-placed Arsenal.

Palace then go to Chelsea the following weekend and host Tottenham on 10 November, before returning after the international break with a trip to Manchester United.

"Football does not give you what you deserve, it is a question of results. All you can do is hope the team played well enough to get a result," Hodgson said.

"Every game in the Premier League is a tough assignment. Obviously the top teams have very good quality players and have more resources than some of teams we play against.

"But the bottom line is have to play all the teams in the league. Everton have qualities and we were prepared to try and nullify them. We will do same against Arsenal."

Silva strikes gold with substitutes

For most of the afternoon a rather drab encounter looked destined to finish goalless as both sides struggled to create clear chances.

What swung the game in Everton's favour was Silva's decision to make a bold attacking double change, bringing on forwards Calvert-Lewin and Lookman with eight minutes left.

The home side effectively switched to a 4-2-4 formation, having earlier introduced striker Tosun for attacking midfielder Bernard.

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Lookman clipped in a precise, curling ball from the left which was met by a Calvert-Lewin header from close range.

As Palace belatedly tried to respond, Tosun latched on to a long punt clear by defender Michael Keane to fire through Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey's legs one minute 44 seconds later.

"It came down to which manager was brave enough to make the big changes - and it was Marco Silva," former Scotland winger Pat Nevin said on BBC Radio 5 live.

"Luck favoured the brave. I don't think you will see too many better substitutions this season."

This was the first time since August 2017 that three substitutes were directly involved in goals in a Premier League game.

"We, the staff, are here to make decisions, it is not just the starting 11," Silva said.

"The three players who came on were aggressive, it is really good and I'm very happy for them."

Pickford lets his feet do the talking... again

Everton keeper Jordan Pickford saves Palace penalty
Jordan Pickford saved his second penalty in the Premier League, having also stopped one against West Ham in November 2017

England international Pickford, 24, attracted plaudits during the international break after his distribution helped set up two goals in the surprise 3-2 Nations League win over Spain on Monday.

Again he produced a moment of quality with his feet, albeit in a rather different manner after Seamus Coleman tripped Wilfried Zaha to concede the penalty.

Diving to his left, Pickford stuck out his right boot to stop Milivojevic's spot-kick down the middle and prevent Palace from taking the lead with only their second shot on target.

It was only Milivojevic's second penalty miss in his past 11 attempts.

"It was a good save from the goalkeeper," Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson said. "If Luka had scored it might have been a different story."

Wickham returns after two-year absence

One positive for Palace was the return of striker Connor Wickham after a two-year absence because of a serious knee injury and subsequent problems.

The 25-year-old made his first appearance since November 2016 when he came him on seconds after Tosun's 89th-minute goal, but had little time to make an impact.

"He has worked so very hard to get into that position where he is deemed fit enough to get on the bench," Hodgson said.

"We would not have risked him for a long period of the game. I'm sure he will be pleased to have got on the field for Palace in a Premier League game and hopefully it will give him hope and heart.

"He has still got a lot of hard work to do on the training field."

Man of the match - Jordan Pickford (Everton)

Jordan Pickford
Although tempting to pick Everton boss Marco Silva as man of the match, his substitutions may have proved fruitless had Pickford not saved Milivojevic's penalty. The Everton keeper also produced a good stop from the Palace skipper's first-half free-kick and looked assured throughout.

Hodgson must hate going to Goodison - the stats

  • Everton have won three straight Premier League matches for the first time since January 2017
  • Crystal Palace are now without a win in four league matches, drawing one and losing three
  • Palace manager Roy Hodgson has not won on his past eight Premier League visits to Goodison Park, losing seven and drawing one
  • Everton have scored more headed goals in the Premier League this season than any other side
  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun are the first two Everton substitutes to score in the same Premier League game since March 2014, when Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith netted against Fulham
  • Since the beginning of last season, only Manchester City's Raheem Sterling (six), has won more Premier League penalties than Crystal Palace's Wifried Zaha (five)

What next?

Everton look to continue their winning run when they visit Manchester United on 28 October at 16:00 GMT.

Palace begin a tough run of fixtures when they host Arsenal at Selhurst Park on the same day (13:30).



  • 1Pickford
  • 23ColemanBooked at 80mins
  • 4Keane
  • 5Zouma
  • 12Digne
  • 8André GomesSubstituted forCalvert-Lewinat 82'minutes
  • 17GueyeBooked at 29mins
  • 11WalcottSubstituted forLookmanat 82'minutes
  • 10G Sigurdsson
  • 20BernardSubstituted forTosunat 67'minutes
  • 30Richarlison


  • 3Baines
  • 13Mina
  • 14Tosun
  • 22Stekelenburg
  • 26Davies
  • 29Calvert-Lewin
  • 31Lookman

Crystal Palace

  • 13Hennessey
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 5Tomkins
  • 12Sakho
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 18McArthurSubstituted forWickhamat 89'minutes
  • 4MilivojevicBooked at 51mins
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 15Schlupp
  • 10Townsend
  • 11Zaha


  • 14J Ayew
  • 21Wickham
  • 25Kaikai
  • 31Guaita
  • 34Kelly
  • 42Puncheon
  • 44Riedewald
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Match Stats

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Match ends, Everton 2, Crystal Palace 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Everton 2, Crystal Palace 0.

Attempt blocked. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cenk Tosun.

Attempt missed. Cenk Tosun (Everton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lucas Digne.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace).


Substitution, Crystal Palace. Connor Wickham replaces James McArthur.


Goal! Everton 2, Crystal Palace 0. Cenk Tosun (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Keane following a fast break.


Goal! Everton 1, Crystal Palace 0. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ademola Lookman with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Cenk Tosun (Everton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Ademola Lookman (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace).

Lucas Digne (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.


Substitution, Everton. Ademola Lookman replaces Theo Walcott.


Substitution, Everton. Dominic Calvert-Lewin replaces André Gomes.


Seamus Coleman (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Seamus Coleman (Everton).

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by James Tomkins.

Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Theo Walcott.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match James Tomkins (Crystal Palace) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. André Gomes (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Theo Walcott.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Kurt Zouma.

Attempt missed. Michael Keane (Everton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lucas Digne with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Idrissa Gueye (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace).

Lucas Digne (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McArthur (Crystal Palace).


Substitution, Everton. Cenk Tosun replaces Bernard.

Attempt saved. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Theo Walcott (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a through ball.

Offside, Everton. Gylfi Sigurdsson tries a through ball, but Richarlison is caught offside.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Michael Keane.

Penalty saved! Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

Penalty conceded by Seamus Coleman (Everton) after a foul in the penalty area.


As It Stood

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10Man Utd94231516-114
14West Ham9216814-67
15Crystal Palace9216511-67
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