Sunday 4 December 2016

McCarthy sees red in Selhurst stalemate

Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton

Published 14/04/2016 | 02:30

James McCarthy of Everton is shown a red card. Photo: Getty
James McCarthy of Everton is shown a red card. Photo: Getty

Crystal Palace and Everton both have FA Cup semi-finals to play at Wembley next weekend, and last night at Selhurst Park it showed.

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Having secured safety from relegation, despite desperately underperforming in the league, these two sides now just want to make sure they get to Wembley in as healthy a state as possible.

To that end they played out a drab 0-0 draw in which there was a touch of attacking enterprise, but very little quality.

When James McCarthy was sent off early in the second half it became a siege on Joel Robles' goal, but Palace have struggled all year for goals and that did not change.

Back at Christmas, not too long ago, Palace were fifth, Everton were ninth, and both were wondering if it might not be their time to shine as well. Since then the two teams together have played 27 Premier League games and won just four.

Irish Independent

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