Everton slipped into the Premier League relegation zone despite their 10 men fighting to a 0-0 draw against Crystal Palace, putting an end to a run of two consecutive away head-to-head defeats.
Since Roy Hodgson’s arrival, Crystal Palace have been distancing themselves from the relegation zone, while Everton have remained dangerously close to the bottom three. The Toffees’ early performance reflected this, with their only notable chance being a tame header from the returning Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Palace, on the other hand, displayed more excitement, with Michael Olise’s free-kick and Eberechi Eze’s attempt both failing to produce a goal.
Despite their lively play, Palace struggled to create significant opportunities, while Everton’s lackluster performance was momentarily brightened when Alex Iwobi forced a fantastic save from Sam Johnstone. The visitors began to grow in confidence, but efforts from Calvert-Lewin and Dwight McNeil proved easy for Johnstone to handle.
Following a dull start to the second half, Eze’s goal was disallowed due to offside, and Pickford’s clearance almost led to a goal by Calvert-Lewin. However, Everton’s Mason Holgate received a second yellow card, leaving the Toffees with 10 men. Despite this setback, Everton managed to secure a draw, earning their first clean sheet in five matches. However, Leicester’s win against Wolves pushed Everton into the bottom three. Crystal Palace remain more comfortable, sitting nine points above the relegation zone and maintaining Hodgson’s unbeaten record since his return to Selhurst Park.
Man of the Match – #21 Sam Johnstone – Crystal Palace