- Match Analysis
Toffees defeated Crystal Palace 3-1 in the Premier League to bounce back from their embarrassing defeat at the hands of Arsenal last week at the Emirates.
Crystal Palace team were without Wilfried Zaha and clearly were unable to lock down their rapid fall as Everton returned to winning ways at Goodison Park.
The home side struck twice in the space of six minutes through Gylfi Sigurdsson and Oumar Niasse to take control early in the second half at against the away side. Later Tom Davies’ 75th-minute strike put the seal on the victory. Milivojevic struck from the spot with seven minutes to go following a handball inside the area from Jonjoe Kenny
Palace clearly felt the absence of injured star winger Wilfried Zaha, as debutant Alexander Sorloth worked hard but struggled to make an impact in attack following his arrival from Midtjylland.
Having enjoyed a sharp upturn in form following Hodgson’s arrival in September, Palace are now win-less in their last four league games and, in the absence of Wilfried Zaha for up to a month due to a knee injury, remain at risk of being dragged back into a battle against relegation.
Crystal Palace are now 14th in the table and just two points clear of the drop zone. They face a tough assignment at home to Tottenham in their next league match, while Everton play Watford.