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Goodison Park (ATT 39,333) 16th April 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Everton Everton vs Crystal Palace C Palace

Everton 2

S Naismith (61)
K Mirallas (86)

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C Palace 3

J Puncheon (23)
S Dann (49)
C Jerome (73)

Premier League: Crystal Palace shock Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park

Last Updated: 17/04/14 8:33am

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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.

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.

Best of the Match

  • Man of the match: Yannick Bolasie. Ran Everton ragged.
  • Goal of the match: Kevin Mirallas' goal. Ross Barkley played a great ball to Mirallas who took it past Julian Speroni before slotting home.
  • Shot of the match: Bolasie hit a great long range effort which hit the post in the first period.
  • Save of the match: Speroni stuck out his leg to deny Barkley late on.
  • Moment of the match: Cameron Jerome's third goal for Palace. Took the visitors too far ahead and Everton could not claw it back.
  • Talking point: Palace are now surely safe - what a job Tony Pulis has done! Everton have handed the advantage back to Arsenal in the race for Champions League football.

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.

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1 Chelsea 26 60
2 Manchester City 27 55
3 Arsenal 27 51
4 Manchester United 27 50
5 Liverpool 27 48
6 Southampton 27 46
7 Tottenham Hotspur 26 44
8 Swansea City 27 40
9 West Ham United 27 39
10 Stoke City 27 39
11 Newcastle United 27 35
12 Crystal Palace 27 30
13 West Bromwich Albion 27 30
14 Everton 27 28
15 Hull City 27 26
16 Sunderland 27 25
17 Queens Park Rangers 26 22
18 Burnley 27 22
19 Aston Villa 27 22
20 Leicester City 26 18

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