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Everton vs Crystal Palace: The Blues overturned a two goal deficit to stay up in the Prem next season

Everton vs Crystal Palace
Premier League
Goodison Park

Everton headed into Goodison, knowing a win would keep them in the Premier League next season. However, the visitors gained a two goal lead in the 1st half through goals from Mateta and Ayew.

Just when Championship football looked likely for the Toffees. They came back in a spectacular manner against a lethargic and uninspired Palace team. Scoring thrice and securing the three points to survive relegation.

Player ratings

Everton: Pickford (6), Mykolenko (6), Coleman (6), Keane (7), Holgate (6), Iwobi (6), Gomes (4), Doucoure (6), Gordon (6), Richarlison (7), Calvert-Lewin (8).

Subs: Gray (7), Alli (8), Kenny (n/a).

Crystal Palace: Butland (6), Clyne (6), Guehi (6), Andersen (6), Mitchell (7), Schlupp (6), Hughes (6), Eze (8), Ayew (7), Zaha (7), Mateta (7).

Subs: Milivojevic (6), Benteke (n/a), Gallagher (6).

Man of the match: Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

Everton vs Crystal Palace: Managers’ reaction

Everton boss Frank Lampard: “If you’re honest you have to fake it, act a bit. Not show your feelings. You have to turn people and inspire them. Dele Alli came on and was amazing.

“If we don’t get that first goal, it’s difficult to win. I expected Burnley to get something. That goal was crucial, once it went in you felt the players, and the night, there was something special there. The crowd reacted, we created a special night in Everton’s history.”

Crystal Palace boss Vieira: “What changed is that we didn’t respect the game as we did in the first half. We’ve been losing too many simple balls and we were inviting too much pressure.

“We allowed them to build a momentum and confidence. It’s about managing the game at 2-0 but we gave them hope. We invited pressure which woke up the crowd and then they made it difficult for us.

“These are the types of games which will help us learn a lot. We started to showboat a little bit instead of playing simple. That comes with maturity.”