Everton and Crystal Palace fought to a stalemate at Goodison Park in the Friday night feature game of the Premier League.
The hosts started the brighter of the two squads and jumped into the lead from a Romelu Lukaku freekick that flew just over a strangely-static wall midway through the first half. However Palace worked their way back into the game before the half.
It was the visitors who looked better in the second though and scored early. A Christian Benteke header came off a mismatch with the giant striker being marked by Seamus Coleman with two bigger central defenders in Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams standing by.
Then just minutes later it looked like the Eagles had soared into the lead with a Damien Delaney header beating Maarten Stekelenburg. However an eagle-eyed referee’s assistant had seen James MacArthur in an offside position and adjudged him to have obscured the goalie’s vision. We’ve seen calls like this go the other way, so we’ll take it for what it was.
In the end, a non-threatening Everton side were lucky to hold on to a point as Palace pressed them hard in the last quarter of the game.
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