Monday 21 May 2018

Boo boys leave Big Sam stunned

Everton 3 Crystal Palace 1

Gylfi Sigurdsson was on target for Everton. Photo: PA Wire
Gylfi Sigurdsson was on target for Everton. Photo: PA Wire

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Everton manager Sam Allardyce defended under-fire Morgan Schneiderlin after the midfielder was booed by his own fans during the win over Crystal Palace.

The Frenchman has endured a difficult first 12 months at the club after arriving from Manchester United for £20million in January 2017.

"Surprised, very surprised. I've not heard it before," Allardyce said.

"He is a very important part of the squad this year.

"Lots of players haven't played to the potential they have."

In addition to Idrissa Gueye's minor injury, Allardyce lost on-loan Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala to a knee problem just before the break and right-back Seamus Coleman, in only his second match back after a 10-month absence with a double fracture of his leg, was replaced for the start of the season half with a thigh issue.

"Seamus will go for a scan tomorrow. It is more his muscle than to do with his (broken) leg," added Allardyce, whose side registered only their second win in 10 matches to ease the pressure.

The game only came to life in the second half with Gylfi Sigurdsson opening the scoring just 50 seconds after the break.

Oumar Niasse then headed in a Cuco Martina cross in the 51st minute and Tom Davies sealed the victory with 15 minutes remaining.

Luka Milivojevic converted a late penalty for Palace but it was no more than a consolation.

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