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Everton Move Out of Relegation Zone with 1-1 Draw Against Crystal Palace

by: EdwardB


In a crucial Premier League clash at Goodison Park on February 19th, Everton fought back from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace. The result moved Everton out of the relegation zone, while Palace remained comfortably clear of the drop.

Match Highlights

Everton started the match brightly and had the first chance through Demarai Gray, but his shot was saved by Vicente Guaita. Crystal Palace gradually grew into the game and took the lead in the 66th minute. A long ball from Marc Guehi found Jordan Ayew in space, and the Ghanaian forward fired a low shot into the far corner of the net.

Everton responded well to going behind and equalized just five minutes later. A corner kick from Dwight McNeil was met by the head of Amadou Onana, who powered the ball past Guaita. The Toffees continued to press for a winning goal, but they were unable to find a way through a resolute Palace defense.

Post-Match Reactions

Speaking after the match, Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen praised his team’s performance: “We knew it was going to be difficult up here, but we fought hard to get what we could. We defended well and created a few good chances. It’s a good point away from home.”

Everton manager Sean Dyche acknowledged the impact of Palace’s new manager, Oliver Glasner, who watched from the stands: “Fair play to Palace, they had a sharpness and an edge about them with their new manager watching. They scored a goal out of nothing but I thought we reacted well to that. We did a lot of good things in the second half and created chances, especially from set-pieces and got our goal.”

Statistical Highlights

Everton draw moved them out of the bottom three and into 17th place in the Premier League standings. They now have 20 points from 25 games, level with Luton Town but with a game in hand. Crystal Palace remained in 15th place, five points clear of the relegation zone.


Everton performance was a mixed bag, as they extended their winless streak to eight Premier League games but gained a valuable point in their fight against relegation. Crystal Palace showed resilience despite the departure of manager Roy Hodgson, and they will be hoping that new boss Glasner can bring a fresh perspective to the team.

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