Fulltime Thoughts - There’s really no words to appropriately convey how poor Everton are as a team whenever they face adversity in a football game.
90+2’ - There’s the final whistle, log off and have a good Sunday Blues.
90’ - The ref will add two minutes here, no idea why.
88’ - More misery. It’s 4-0 now. Gallagher charges forward and Pickford makes a brilliant stop, but the ball falls perfectly to sub Will Hughes and he slides it in completely unmarked.
82’ - Gray with a shooting chance set up by DCL, but it’s too close to Butland.
80’ - That does end it, but what a bizarre goal. Ball comes to Olise like it did a few minutes before, he completely mishit it, and the ball loops over Pickford, comes back off the upright and Zaha reacts quickest to tuck home while Everton are standing around looking for the ball. 3-0 and game most certainly over now.
77’ - Palace giveaway and Everton push forward, Gordon finds Gray for a lovely cross into the box but Butland collects it before Richy can get there.
Zaha turns Godfrey inside out and has a chance to shoot, waits too long and Holgate blocks it, that would have ended it.
73’ - Lampard has made his third sub now, with Alex Iwobi coming on for Coleman.
Milivojevic fouls Gray on the right, freekick to the Blues.
72’ - Coleman cross into the box, but Richy was offside heading back across the goalmouth.
Palace break and the ball comes to Olise and he tries to curl one in but it’s wayward.
70’ - Olise wins another freekick on the Everton left. Taken square and they try a long ball instead that Pickford sniffs out.
67’ - Oooh! Turn and shot from Gray from distance, and it’s just wide of the far post. Caught that really well.
64’ - Good play by Coleman, cross into the box not met by a white shirt, and Olise looks to break and fouled by Gomes, who also goes into the book.
63’ - Olise breezes by Gordon who tugs him down and is now the game’s first booking.
Dangerous inswinging freekick, DCL does well to clear and then Gordon bundled over by Olise shielding the ball.
58’ - This game is not over as Palace are really not very good in possession and the Blues are seeing plenty of the ball, but aren’t doing enough to unlock their opponents. Just don’t see how the Blues will get one goal, let alone two or more.
55’ - Twitter abuzz with video of Zaha’s blatant handball in the build-up to Mateta’s goal. Frustrating that, and you have to ask, what is the point of VAR?
51’ - Zaha wins a corner on the Everton right off Godfrey who covers him well. Inswinger is cleared away.
49’ - It’s looking more like a 3-5-2 actually, with Gordon at left wingback and now Gray tucked into the middle to help the struggling midfield.
Olise wins a corner off Gordon, dangerous and Pickford punches clear.
46’ - Frank Lampard has made a change, going back to a four-man backline with Jonjoe Kenny going off and Dominic Calvert-Lewin on.
Halftime Thoughts - After a strong start to the game, Everton have reverted to type, conceding a needless goal and then folding like a soggy crepe.
45+4’ - Gray has a shot on goal but Guehi blocks it, and there’s the whistle for halftime.
45+1’ - Mateta wide open between two defenders again and this time Coleman does brilliantly to cut that out, yikes. That halftime whistle cannot come soon enough.
44’ - Gordon getting a talking-to here from the ref, the frustration is clear, and the Blues don’t need yet another red card.
42’- First Eze then Zaha find gaps on the Everton right, and the cross intot he box is delightful for Mateta to sweep home, low and just to Pickford’s left, it’s 2-0 and that should be game over now. Embarrassingly easy for the Eagles.
40’ - Coleman cuts out a diagonal and his long pass frees Richarlison, he takes his shot early and can’t lift it over Jack Butland who makes the save.
35’ - Blues corner on the right, taken long by Gray, Godfrey rises highest but well wide.
33’ - Mateta beats Keane to the touchline and his cross is low and into the box, Zaha beats Godfrey to it and Everton are lucky! Pickford was beaten as the shot goes narrowly wide. The Blues are really on the back foot now.
The commentator reminds us that Palace have not lost a game that they have gone behind in this season. Great.
31’ - Mitchell leaves a foot in and Anthony Gordon is down. He’s not hurt though, and it’s a dangerous freekick opportunity, but Mason Holgate is clearly offside.
25’ - Michael Olise beats Gomes to the touchline and wins a corner. whipped in and Pickford has to punch it away from the line for another corner. Similar corner, and goal! Michael Keane blocked off and captain Marc Guehi easily heads home, and somewhat against the run of play Everton are behind.
22’ - Andre Gomes with a high boot catching Connor Gallagher in the face, no malice, and no cards though.
Apologies was unable to watch the first twenty-odd minutes here, normal service has now resumed.
Frank Lampard has gone back to a back three with two wingbacks, with Pickford returning to the side, along with Kenny, Gomes and Townsend against his former club.
Everton finally got a win in the league, beating Newcastle in a hotly-contested affair at Goodison Park on Thursday. Now they go on the road to Crystal Palace for an FA Cup quarterfinal, looking to get Frank Lampard his first away win with the Toffees.
While Lampard could be tempted to rest a couple of players, the fact that the international break comes up next means he will likely put out the strongest side he has available to him as the Blues try to return to Wembley.
Patrick Viera and his side are in midtable safety in the league, so will be motivated to try to get to Wembley themselves.
Competition: FA Cup Quarter Final
Date and start time: Sunday, March 20th at 5:30 a.m. PT / 8:30 a.m ET / 12:30 p.m. BST
Stadium: Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace, England, United Kingdom
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The Eagles trampled all over Everton when the Blues went to London in mid-December, during the lowest points of Rafa Benitez’s tenure in a 3-1 result. The Toffees actually won 2-1 at Selhurst Park last season behind closed doors.