Palace dent Everton's hopes

Everton's hopes of securing UEFA Champions League football suffered a big blow with a surprise 3-2 home defeat by Crystal Palace, who reached 40 points for the season.

Last Updated: 17/04/14 at 08:33 Post Comment

Jason Puncheon: Celebrates his goal at Goodison Park

Jason Puncheon: Celebrates his goal at Goodison Park

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Jason Puncheon put the Eagles ahead on 23 minutes after good work from Yannick Bolasie, who got around Leighton Baines before crossing from the right into the centre. Tim Howard could only parry the ball and Marouane Chamakh laid it off to Puncheon to slot home.

Bolasie also hit the woodwork in the first half while Julian Speroni got down well to deny Romelu Lukaku at the other end.

Four minutes after the restart, Scott Dann headed Palace two up from Bolasie's corner but Everton substitute Steven Naismith pulled one back on 61 minutes from Baines' header.

However, Cameron Jerome restored Palace's advantage with a low shot on 73 minutes from Puncheon's assist.

Speroni made a good save to deny Ross Barkley but Kevin Mirallas scored with four minutes remaining to set up a nervy finish.

However, Palace held on to win and surely make themselves safe, while denting the Toffees' hopes of Champions League football.

Everton had been looking to take the opportunity to leapfrog Arsenal into fourth but instead they remain fifth - a point behind the Gunners, with both clubs having four more games to go - after they were undone by a Palace side who were worthy victors of an absorbing contest.

The result, Everton's first home loss since Boxing Day and only their second all season, brought their seven-match top-flight winning streak to an end.

Palace's own run of victories, meanwhile, extended to four games as they moved up to 11th, on to 40 points - the total widely regarded as a guarantee of safety - and 10 points clear of the drop zone, with four more fixtures left.

Probe

Everton looked to probe in the early stages, with Aiden McGeady firing over from distance.

As well as doing their job at the back, Palace started to cause some problems going forward and broke the deadlock when Bolasie burst forward, got the better of Baines and delivered a cross that Howard could only push to Chamakh, whose tee-up was turned in by Puncheon.

Five minutes later Mirallas flashed an effort just over, before Bolasie shrugged off Seamus Coleman and cracked a shot against the post from outside the box, with Jerome putting the rebound wide.

Everton came close to levelling with five minutes of the first half to go when Barkley did well to keep the ball in and fashioned a cut-back which Lukaku met with a swivel shot that Speroni got down to palm around the post.

Palace's response in the remaining time before the interval came through their danger man Bolasie, who cut in from the left and lashed an effort over the bar.

Toffees boss Roberto Martinez threw on Naismith for Gerard Deulofeu at the break, but Palace were soon in the ascendancy again and Joe Ledley brought a save out of Howard.

Seconds later it was 2-0 as Bolasie's corner was met by the unmarked Dann, who gleefully nodded the ball in.

Everton sought a quick reply, and they pulled a goal back when Baines met a Mirallas cross with his head and sent the ball to Naismith, who prodded it over the line.

Everton kept up the tempo and Mirallas put a shot over, before Speroni tipped an effort from sub Leon Osman onto the bar.

But the home fans were stunned into silence as Jerome extended Palace's advantage, collecting the ball from Puncheon, getting away from John Stones and slotting in.

Everton pushed forward again and Speroni pulled off a decent save to deny Barkley, before Baines' effort was blocked and Osman struck wide.

The pressure paid off as Mirallas latched on to a through-ball from Barkley - which took a deflection off a Palace man - and beat Speroni.

The Toffees then desperately pushed for an equaliser, but they could not find one, with Mirallas spurning a great-looking opportunity in stoppage time.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Monday, 15 September 2014
20:00
Hull City 2-2 West Ham Report
Sunday, 14 September 2014
16:00
Man Utd 4-0 QPR Report
Saturday, 13 September 2014
17:30
Liverpool 0-1 A Villa Report
15:00
Chelsea 4-2 Swansea Report
C Palace 0-0 Burnley Report
Southampton 4-0 Newcastle Report
Stoke 0-1 Leicester Report
Sunderland 2-2 Tottenham Report
West Brom 0-2 Everton Report
12:45
Arsenal 2-2 Man City Report

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 4 9 12
2 A Villa 4 3 10
3 Swansea 4 3 9
4 Southampton 4 5 7
5 Man City 4 3 7
6 Tottenham 4 2 7
7 Arsenal 4 1 6
8 Liverpool 4 1 6
9 Man Utd 4 3 5
10 Hull City 4 0 5
11 Everton 4 -1 5
12 Leicester 4 -1 5
13 West Ham 4 -1 4
14 Stoke 4 -1 4
15 Sunderland 4 -1 3
16 QPR 4 -8 3
17 C Palace 4 -3 2
18 Burnley 4 -3 2
19 West Brom 4 -5 2
20 Newcastle 4 -6 2

Updated Wed, 17 Sep 2014

Footer 365

Premier League: Burnley boss Sean Dyche happy to stick to underdog status

Burnley boss Sean Dyche accepts that the Clarets will be regarded as underdogs in the Premier League this season.

England move up FIFA world rankings after Switzerland victory

England, Northern Ireland and Wales move up the latest FIFA world rankings after recent wins in European qualifiers.

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba calls for patience after Schalke draw

Didier Drogba has asked for patience as he bids to rediscover the form that made him a Chelsea legend.

Mail Box

Could Arsenal Benefit From Top Four Exit?

That's one idea in the morning mailbox as the Arsene Wenger debate rumbles on. Plus, comparing Welbeck to Gervinho and some advice for Greg Dyke and the FA...

I've Given It Some Thought: He's Got To Go

There is some more considered reaction to Arsenal and Liverpool's results, plus a big get well soon message for Jonas Gutierrez. And an apology to Merse...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property