Premier League
10 February 2018
Game week
0 - 0
3 - 1
Goodison Park (Liverpool)


G. Sigurðsson (G) 46' (assist by: O. Niasse)
1 - 0
O. Niasse (G) 51' (assist by: R. Martina)
2 - 0
T. Davies (G) 75'
3 - 0
3 - 1
83' L. Milivojević (PG)


Minute   Description
After last weekend's thrashing at the hands of Arsenal, Everton desperately needed to return to winning ways to stop themselves from dropping into the bottom half of the table. That's exactly what they were able to do thanks to an impressive second-half performance after a slightly lacklustre first, and it was enough to see them get the better of a struggling Palace side, who remain in a precarious position just outside of the relegation zone.
90'+2 Palace try to push forward on a late attack, but they're unable to do much with the ball and Everton easily deal with the limited danger. Davies then attempts to break away, but he's cynically dragged to the ground by Milivojevic on the halfway line and the home side are awarded a free-kick. The game is winding down, and that really should be that.
90' The fourth official has indicated that there will be three minutes of added time.
89' Despite the fact that they now have a goal under their belts, Palace are struggling to get bodies forwards and are conceding the majority of possession to Everton. It's been a largely comfortable afternoon for the Toffees, who are set to move up to ninth place in the table with a much-needed victory.
87' McArthur is dispossessed by Williams just outside of the Everton penalty area and the home side quickly counter-attack. Williams' pass down the pitch is a good one, but Tomkins darts across and deals with Niasse before he can latch onto the ball.
85' Everton quickly break away down the left wing from the restart and win themselves a free-kick in a promising position. It's sent in by Sigurdsson and looks set to find Keane at the far post, but Tomkins does well to nod the ball away from the defender and behind for a corner at the vital moment.
83' GOAL! Pickford dives the right way but can't stop Milivojevic's rocket of a shot from finding the back of the net. Game on?
82' PENALTY! The resulting corner pinballs around the box dangerously as the hosts struggle to deal with the danger. Benteke eventually unleashes an overhead kick that flies straight into the outstretched arm of Williams, leaving the referee with no choice but to point to the spot.
81' Thumping strike by Van Aanholt! A decent piece of play from Palace results in Van Aanholt shooting from the edge of the penalty area, and his well-placed effort is pushed round the post by a good save from Pickford.
80' Gueye makes his way off the pitch to be replaced by Schneiderlin, who is showered with boos by the home fans as he comes onto the pitch. They clearly aren't happy with what they've seen from the midfielder in recent weeks.
79' With a three-goal deficit to try and overturn, the Palace players look unsurprisingly bereft of ideas and confidence. They're seeing plenty of the ball at the moment but are struggling to do much with it, making life incredibly easy for the home side.
77' Palace quickly push forward from the restart as they try to find a way back into the game, but it's certainly a case of too little, too late. A clearly frustrated Van Aanholt ends up shooting from 30 yards out, and, unsurprisingly, his effort sails high over the top of the crossbar.
75' GOAL! Davies makes it 3-0! Niasse is presented with a great chance to grab his second goal of the game, but Hennessey gets down low to push his strike away at the near post. The goalkeeper then saves Sigurdsson's attempted cut-back, but the ball breaks to Davies and allows the youngster to blast in his first goal of the season.
74' A dangerous cross from Sorloth deflects across the face of goal and finds Ward, who quickly shoots but has to settle for a corner after his strike bounces behind. The set-piece is initially dealt with before Palace come back once again, but Townsend can't quite pick out a team-mate with his cross into the box.
72' Walcott makes another good run into the right-hand side of the Palace penalty area as he tries to latch onto a lofted pass, but Van Aanholt is just about able to get to the ball ahead of the former Arsenal man before Sorloth forces Davies into poking the ball out for a throw-in.
70' A poor attempted clearance from Fosu-Mensah flies behind for a corner, much to the delight of the Everton fans behind the goal. Sigurdsson's cross in is a good one, but Milivojevic is just about able to clear the danger before any Everton player can get a shot away.
68' Fosu-Mensah tries to blast the ball back up the pitch as Palace attempt to kick-start another attack, but he's cynically pulled back by Walcott before he can pull the trigger, resulting in a yellow card for the winger.
67' More good passing from Palace ends with Townsend chipping a cross into the middle of the box, where Williams gets his head on the ball in front of Sorloth and nods it behind for a corner. Sorloth comes flying in and looks set to latch onto the set-piece, but the ball ends up flying just past the Norwegian.
66' Excellent save by Pickford! A long diagonal pass flies over to the left flank and picks out Van Aanholt in acres of space. The full-back then fires a great cross right onto the head of Sorloth, who looks as if he's managed to get his side back in the game but is denied by a wonderful diving stop from Pickford.
64' Walcott is continuing to cause problems for Palace whenever he receives the ball out wide. Once again, he darts down the right wing and into a promising position, but he's cynically fouled by Milivojevic before he can pick out a team-mate and has to settle for a free-kick.
62' Sorloth and Townsend link up well again, setting up the winger to dart down the right flank and towards the edge of the Everton penalty area. He then tries to chip a cross back towards the Norwegian, but Martina is there to block the ball with his knee and bring an end to another attempted Palace attacking move.
60' Palace have struggled to find much joy going forward since the break, but they're now starting to knock the ball around a little better. Sorloth and Townsend link up nicely on the edge of the box before the latter shoots, and his thumping strike ends up sailing several yards over the top of the crossbar.
58' Space opens up for Walcott out wide as he darts down the right flank. He quickly cuts inside and fires a looping cross into the heart of the penalty area, but it's completely overhit and fails to trouble the Palace back line.
56' Inches wide by Benteke! Cabaye charges through the middle of the pitch on a great run before chipping a cross into the heart of the penalty area, where it finds Benteke. The striker gets the better of both Kenny and Pickford, but he can't hit the target with his downward header and sends it agonisingly wide of the far post.
54' Van Aanholt ended up dragging Walcott to the ground after having the ball stolen from under his nose, and after a slight delay, the full-back is eventually shown a yellow card for the cynical foul.
53' Palace quickly push forward as they try to find a way back into the game, but a heavy touch from Van Aanholt denies them the opportunity to do so and the Dutchman is easily dispossessed by Walcott near the corner flag.
51' Once again, a loose ball wasn't dealt with by the Palace defenders, allowing Everton to barge into the box. The visitors largely defended well before the break but are really struggling to keep the home side at bay.
And now it's 2-0 to Everton! Martina breaks into the left-hand side of the box and chips a deft cross into the middle of the penalty area. Van Aanholt is initially marking Niasse but for some reason peels away, allowing the Senegalese forward to send a great header into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.
50' Ward breaks down the right wing and heads towards the byline before chipping a cross over to the far post. Benteke rises high and does well to meet the ball, but he can't quite find a team-mate with his downward header and the home side are just about able to deal with the danger.
48' Sigurdsson and Niasse almost link up once again after space opens up inside the Palace half of the pitch, but Hennessey does well to rush out of his penalty area and deals with the danger with a thumping clearance back towards the halfway line.
46' It was Niasse who did well to link up with Sigurdsson, but Palace really should have done better. They were caught at sixes and sevens at the back, making life far too easy for the Everton duo.
Blimey, that didn't take long! The Palace defenders completely fall asleep at the restart, allowing Niasse to poke the ball over to Sigurdsson and set up the Icelander to fire a deflected shot straight past Hennessey from the edge of the penalty area.
Everton have made a change during the half-time break, with Coleman making way for Kenny.
We're underway once again!
The two teams are making their way back out on to the pitch ahead of the start of the second half.
It hasn't been the best of games so far, with both sides struggling to carve out too many chances on goal. Everton have arguably looked the better of the two teams, however, with Walcott impressing whenever he's able to get into space out wide. At the other end, Sorloth has made a nuisance of himself on his debut, while Benteke grew into the first period as it wore on. Both sides will have to do more inside the final third if they're to find a way in front after the break, though.
45'+2 Everton push forward down the right wing and win themselves one final free-kick before the half-time break. They're unable to make it count, however, as the referee blows his whistle as soon as the ball is blasted towards the box.
45'+1 Benteke almost opens the scoring! Sorloth, who has done well so far, twists and turns over on the left-hand side of the hosts' box before chipping a cross into the heart of the penalty area. It perfectly picks out Benteke, who sends a downward header past Pickford and narrowly wide of the far post.
45' Williams does indeed come on to take the place of Mangala, who gingerly makes way.
The fourth official has indicated that there will be two minutes of added time.
44' Mangala has gone down off the ball once again, and it looks as if the defender is going to have to make way. He hasn't been moving particularly well since initially hitting the deck, and he's set to be replaced by Williams.
42' Mangala is able to get back to his feet and the game gets underway once again. Palace immediately push forward and try to bring Benteke into the game on the edge of the Everton penalty area, but Keane beats the striker to the ball and clears the danger without too much trouble.
40' Mangala threw his body towards the ball as he tried to beat Tomkins to it, and it's left him in a heap on the floor and in serious discomfort. It looks as if he received a blow to the back of the knee from Hennessey, resulting in the defender landing awkwardly.
39' Everton immediately cause problems at the other end with a corner of their own. It's swung over to the far post by Sigurdsson and finds Niasse, who goes close to teeing up a team-mate with his deft cross but loses out to Tomkins on the edge of the six-yard box.
38' Benteke has the ball in the back of the net, but it won't count! Cabaye brings down a bouncing ball and quickly shoots, forcing Pickford into tipping his bouncing strike round the near post and behind for a corner. The cross is only cleared as far as Tomkins, who chips the ball into the middle of the box and back towards Pickford. The goalkeeper gets a hand on the ball but can't hold onto it, allowing Benteke to bundle it over the line. The linesman's flag is immediately raised, however, denying Palace the lead.
36' Almost an excellent chance for Walcott to open the scoring! The former Arsenal man makes an intelligent run into the box as he tries to latch onto a low cross fired in by Sigurdsson. It looks as if he's going to be able to, but he seems to lose sight of the ball at the vital moment and can't quite sort his feet out in time.
35' Mangala pushes deep into the Palace half of the pitch as Everton try to carve out another chance on goal, but the defender's pass up towards Davies is a poor one and completely misses the midfielder on the edge of the penalty area. It's been a strange first half for the Frenchman.
33' A clever pass from Coleman rolls down the right flank and picks out Walcott on the byline. The winger fires a low cross towards the near post that finds its way back to Davies, who shoots but can't guide his strike past the onrushing Fosu-Mensah.
31' Sorloth tries to bully his way through the middle of a sea of blue, but he's barged from behind and has to settle for a free-kick instead. It's fired into the penalty area and heads towards Benteke, who tries his hardest to latch onto the ball but can't quite manage to do so ahead of Pickford.
29' Walcott causes problems once again as he cuts inside and heads towards the edge of the Palace box, where he's clumsily fouled by Fosu-Mensah and wins his side a free-kick in a very dangerous position. Rooney steps up and shoots, but his curling effort hits the wall and loops behind for another corner.
27' What a save by Hennessey! Sigurdsson's cross in from the corner is poor, but Palace can only clear the ball as far as Gueye. The midfielder immediately unleashes a rocket of a shot that looks set to find the back of the net, but Hennessey is there to parry the ball away with an excellent diving stop.
26' Walcott, who has arguably been Everton's standout performer so far, cuts inside from the left wing and fires a bouncing cross over to the far post. It looks set to pick out Sigurdsson in front of goal, but Ward dives down low to nod the ball behind for a corner.
25' A great pass from Gueye flies over the Palace defence and over to Walcott, who does well to latch onto the ball on the byline. He quickly blasts it towards the near post, where Hennessey comfortably collects the cross-cum-shot and stops it from bouncing out of play.
23' Benteke drifts out to the right wing and picks up the ball in a promising position. He then tries to find Sorloth with a lofted pass that's blasted into the penalty area, but it's slightly overhit and can only reach the hands of Pickford.
21' More slightly sloppy play from Everton results in a corner for Palace over on the right wing, which is greeted with groans from the home fans. Townsend's cross into the penalty area is a decent one, but he can't quite pick out Sorloth and Everton are able to deal with the danger.
19' A poor pass from Keane can only find the feet of Sorloth and looks as if it's going to allow the big Norwegian to break into the box, but Keane atones for his error with a decent tackle at the vital moment.
17' Great chance for Niasse! A lovely pass from Sigurdsson flies over the top of the Palace back line and towards Niasse. The Senegalese runs onto the ball and takes on Hennessey, but he's put off by the onrushing goalkeeper and can't quite hit the target after lifting the ball over the Welshman.
15' A deflected pass from Davies bounces out to Gueye, who is immediately clattered into from behind by McArthur and wins Everton a free-kick in a promising position. It's Sigurdsson who steps up and shoots, but Tomkins gets his head on the ball to knock it behind for a corner.
13' Mangala, who has struggled defensively already, sends a great pass over to the right flank and towards Walcott. The winger quickly tries to tee up Niasse in front of goal, but he can't quite find the striker and Palace are able to hold on.
11' And now Milivojevic goes close! Sorloth muscles his way into the right-hand side of the hosts' box before sending a deflected cross over to Benteke. The Belgian knocks the ball back to Milivojevic and sets up the midfielder to shoot, and his thumping effort ends up being deflected just wide of the near post.
9' Thumping strike by Sigurdsson! The midfielder picks up the ball midway inside the Palace half of the pitch and immediately unleashes a rocket of a shot. It's well hit and causes a few problems for Hennessey, who dives down to his right and is luckily able to watch the ball bounce a few yards wide of the far post.
7' Almost a costly mistake by Mangala! The defender sends a dreadful pass back towards the edge of the Everton box, where Pickford has to rush out and clear the danger under pressure from Benteke. He can only find Cabaye, however, and the Frenchman quickly unleashes a shot from 40 yards out that gives the home fans an early scare as it sails wide of the goal.
5' Walcott sprints down the right flank and somehow manages to latch onto a lofted pass. He's in acres of space and looks set to cut into the box and shoot, but he's flagged offside just as he's about to do so. That certainly was a tight call, as it looked as if the former Arsenal man was just onside.
3' Niasse quickly bursts into the Palace penalty area and wins Everton an early corner. Sigurdsson steps up and curls a cross towards the near post, but it's slightly underhit by the Icelander and fails to cause too many problems for Benteke.
1' We're off! Everton get us underway, attacking from right to left.
The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
Meanwhile, Palace boss Roy Hodgson has made two alterations to the team that featured in their last outing, with the most notable inclusion being new signing Sorloth, who starts up front alongside Benteke and replaces the injured Wilfried Zaha. Also in the side is Ward, with Martin Kelly, who went off injured last weekend, making way.
Sam Allardyce has decided to make four changes to the Everton side that lost against Arsenal seven days ago, with Coleman, Davies, Rooney and Sigurdsson coming into the starting line-up to replace Kenny, Williams, Schneiderlin and Bolasie, respectively.
Crystal Palace substitutes: Henry, Souare, Delaney, Riedewald, Wan-Bissaka, Rakip, Lee.
Crystal Palace XI (4-4-2): Wayne Hennessey; Timothy Fosu-Mensah, James Tomkins, Joel Ward, Patrick Van Aanholt; Andros Townsend, Yohan Cabaye, Luka Milivojevic, James McArthur; Alexander Sorloth, Christian Benteke.
Everton substitutes: Joel Robles, Jonjoe Kenny, Ashley Williams, Morgan Schneiderlin, Yannick Bolasie, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Cenk Tosun.
Everton XI (4-3-3): Jordan Pickford; Seamus Coleman, Michael Keane, Eliaquim Mangala, Cuco Martina; Tom Davies, Idrissa Gueye, Wayne Rooney; Theo Walcott, Oumar Niasse, Gylfi Sigurdsson.
There’s just under 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this afternoon…
With games against Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Chelsea all coming up in their next three Premier League games, clashes like this are ones that the Eagles desperately need to be winning if they’re to avoid relegation. Just three points now separate the south London club and the bottom three, and they could find themselves on the verge of dropping into it by the end of the day if results don’t go their way.
It’s a similar situation for Palace, who have looked like a completely different side since Roy Hodgson succeeded Frank de Boer but head to Goodison Park without a win in three games. They were frustrated by fellow relegation candidates West Ham United and Newcastle United in their last two outings, and they can’t afford to slip up again this afternoon.
The dismal defeat at the Emirates has left Everton in danger of dropping back into the bottom half of the table, and it’s certainly made this afternoon’s clash a must-win one. Despite their recent struggles, Allardyce’s men have been in relatively decent form at home, where only Manchester City have managed to beat them in the league since October. Another positive performance today is desperately needed.
Everything seemed to be going to plan when Sam Allardyce took charge of Everton, who went on to enjoy a six-game unbeaten run under the former England boss. The situation has soured somewhat in recent weeks, though, and the Toffees now find themselves with just one league win from their previous eight outings after last weekend’s 5-1 thumping at the hands of Arsenal.
Good afternoon and welcome to our live text commentary of today’s Premier League game between Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park.


J. Pickford
J. Ward
P. van Aanholt
L. Milivojević
M. Keane
J. Tomkins
Y. Cabaye
A. Sørloth
W. Rooney
A. Townsend
T. Walcott
W. Hennessey
E. Mangala
R. Martina
I. Gueye
C. Benteke
J. McArthur
G. Sigurðsson
O. Niasse
S. Coleman
T. Fosu-Mensah
T. Davies

Additional info

J. Moss
E. Smart
Fourth official
P. Tierney


Match Stats

Everton Crystal Palace
42 Attacks (Dangerous) 30
8 Corners 7
13 Fouls 14
16 Free Kicks 15
7 Goal Kicks 3
2 Offsides 2
5 Shots (blocked) 2
1 Shots (off target) 6
2 Shots (on target) 3
0 Shots (woodwork) 0
24 Throw Ins 28

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