Everton was unable to secure the win they needed to move out of the relegation zone in a goalless draw against Crystal Palace. Although Everton showed the fight that their fans demanded, it was still not enough to secure a win that could have lifted them out of the relegation zone. Mason Holgate’s second yellow card saw Everton cling on at the disjointed climax to a dour encounter, and it is becoming clear that Everton’s survival may be under threat with several tough weeks to come.
Eagles hold Everton to goalless draw in crunch tie
Crystal Palace began the game playing with the confidence of a team with three straight wins behind them, who know they will escape the terrors which will continue to dog Everton between now and the end of the season. While they probed menacingly down the flanks, they did not manage to create many clear-cut chances.
Everton’s Alex Iwobi forced an excellent low stop from goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, and Calvert-Lewin offered a physical presence and a focal point for balls into the box, but not much specific threat. Roy Hodgson was left frustrated not to seal the victory, but on 37 points, it looks all but mission accomplished for the veteran manager.
It is clear that the whole team unit needs to deliver more because the league table doesn’t lie. It’s there, but the only one that Sean Dyche is bothered with is at the end of the season. Although Dyche was happy to throw Calvert-Lewin back into the battle, the returning player was not injured when he took him off just before injury time.
Concerns About Everton’s Survival in the League
Despite the disappointment of the draw, there were still positives for Everton to take away from the game. Defender James Tarkowski was always in the thick of the late rearguard action, and he pointedly demanded more from the whole team in the attempt to ensure survival. Everton will need more from their forward players, but there is still hope that they can turn things around before the end of the season.