Friday 22 September 2017

Coleman's goal shatters Palace

Crystal Palace 0 Everton 1

Seamus Coleman celebrates with Mason Holgate after scoring Everton's winning goal . Photo: John Sibley/Reuters
Seamus Coleman celebrates with Mason Holgate after scoring Everton's winning goal . Photo: John Sibley/Reuters
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Everton earned a third win in four when Seamus Coleman's 87th-minute goal gave them a deserved victory at Selhurst Park.

Victory strengthens Everton's grip on seventh place, and leaves Palace in the bottom three, but Sam Allardyce's influence is beginning to be felt. Handing £12m recruit Jeffrey Schlupp his debut, the new manager also started with three at the back, in a 3-5-2 formation.

Crystal Palace's Jeffrey Schlupp controls the ball during the match at Selhurst Park. Photo: John Walton/PA
Crystal Palace's Jeffrey Schlupp controls the ball during the match at Selhurst Park. Photo: John Walton/PA

Everton named the same XI which last week outclassed Manchester City 4-0 last week and they were the better team here too.

Though Christian Benteke headed against the crossbar in the game's first notable attack, Everton fought back and when the impressive Ross Barkley sent a left-footed shot just high and wide - he set the tone for every other chance thereafter. Kevin Mirallas threatened again for Everton before Barkley had the ball in the net only to be ruled offside.

And when Ramiro Funes Mori forced a reaction save from Wayne Hennessey with another close-range shot, the impression was of a team getting closer to perhaps the only goal they would need to win, even if Palace were displaying an improved resilience and the first half concluded without one.

Amid the growing pressure, Allardyce replaced Loic Remy with Chung-yong Lee to add a further number to his midfield, and Yohan Cabaye with Joe Ledley, while Everton's Ronald Koeman brought on Ademola Lookman for Mirallas in pursuit of the elusive goal.

Everton's Leighton Baines in action with Crystal Palace's Joel Ward. Photo: John Sibley/Reuters
Everton's Leighton Baines in action with Crystal Palace's Joel Ward. Photo: John Sibley/Reuters

The goal that had long been coming, and which Everton had earned, finally arrived in the 87th minute when Tom Davies played a through-ball into the area towards Ireland captain Coleman, who fired home powerfully into the near top corner.

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