Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew savoured his aspect gatecrashing the Premier League’s most sensible six after a thrilling draw towards sharpshooters Everton at Goodison Park remaining night time.
In-form striker Romelu Lukaku secured a percentage of the spoils for the hosts within the ultimate 10 mins by way of cancelling out Scott Dann’s headed opener, as Palace dropped issues from a profitable place for the primary time this season.
Lukaku’s strike used to be his 50th for the Merseyside membership whilst the 22-year-old, who additionally struck the woodwork two times, become the primary Everton participant to attain in 5 successive Premier League fits.
Palace have now chalked up 31 issues at the street since Pardew’s appointment in January – most effective Arsenal have extra within the most sensible flight – and moved 6th within the desk, as Everton, with handiest two wins of their final 8 league fits, jumped to 9th.
“We pass 6th and that used to be the prize for us and that’s what we’ve gained and we deserved it. It tells me we’ve got a whole lot of qualities within the staff,” stated Pardew.
“This staff have produced a decent show which they all the time do. I by no means query their dedication. Little bits of high quality may have been higher however general it used to be a cracking recreation.
“It used to be an even end result as a result of we confirmed all our qualities clear of house: self-discipline, doggedness and high quality at the spoil. We got here throughout a workforce that used to be in most sensible, most sensible sort and we nonetheless virtually gained.”
Palace had triumphed on 3 in their ultimate 4 visits to Goodison Park, profitable the former two encounters Three-2, and threatened within the 16th minute as Connor Wickham’s diving header used to be repelled via Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard.
The Toffees, who had notched seven objectives of their remaining two league video games, got here closest to scoring all through an enterprising first-half as Lukaku thumped a left-footed effort towards Palace stopper Wayne Hennessey’s submit.
Flying winger Yannick Bolasie used to be denied by way of the outstretched leg of Howard 10 mins after the restart, whilst the open nature of the competition endured right through the second one duration.
Wickham inadvertently headed towards his personal crossbar from Ross Barkley’s inswinging free-kick in a while ahead of the hour mark, and moments later Hennessey tipped over a ferocious volley from Tom Cleverley.
Howard palmed at the back of a Jason Puncheon force, just for the winger’s next nook to be powered house via Dann, who towered above Gareth Barry, whilst moments later Lukaku volleyed towards the crossbar.
The Belgian had his purpose moments later as he tapped house Gerard Deulofeu’s measured move, which used to be touched by way of Barry as he tried a dummy, from within the six-yard field.
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