Managerless Crystal Palace picked up their first point in eight league games but were left to rue a number of missed chances against Everton.

The home side went close when Kagisho Dikgacoi mis-timed a free header while Jerome Thomas had a shot tipped over.

Palace striker Marouane Chamakh headed wide when well placed before Thomas sent a chip into the side-netting when clean through on goal.

Palace squad capable of goals - Millen

Everton nearly punished Palace but Phil Jagielka's header hit the crossbar.

Toffees defender Sylvain Distin headed the rebound wide as, despite some late pressure, Everton dropped more points following their goalless draw against Tottenham last week.

Palace, who remain bottom of the Premier League and five points from safety, had appointed Iain Moody as their sporting director before the game and co-chairman Steve Parish said the club hoped to appoint a new manager next week.

Whoever does take over will assume control of a team who are tireless in terms of their work-rate but one which needs extra quality and ruthlessness in front of goal.

Palace survived two early Everton chances when Leon Osman sidefooted wide and Kevin Mirallas had a driven shot smartly palmed around the post by keeper Julian Speroni.

However, the Eagles should have gone into the break in front but for some poor finishing.

Analysis

"The threat of Romelu Lukaku was pretty well contained by Danny Gabbidon and Damien Delaney. It was a thoroughly enjoyable game. It felt like a victory for Palace. The Palace players put in a huge shift. It's at least a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel."

First Dikgacoi evaded his marker to meet a Thomas cross but the midfielder's header ended up being more of a clearance than an effort on goal.

Thomas was back in the action again when his long-range shot was tipped over by goalkeeper Tim Howard at full stretch, moments before Chamakh sent a powerful header wide from Barry Bannan's cross.

Palace's regret at those missed chances increased when they wasted a glorious second-half chance.

Thomas was played clean through on goal - beating the Everton offside trap - but the ex-West Brom winger's effort saw him chip Howard and find the side-netting from the edge of the box.

The home side almost paid the price for their profligacy when Eagles striker Cameron Jerome inadvertently flicked on a corner which Jagielka headed against the crossbar.

Palace had to endure some tense moments before the final whistle but managed to hold on and end a run of seven straight Premier League defeats.

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Crystal Palace caretaker manager Keith Millen:

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"I'm proud of the players. Everton had a lot of possession but we created the better chances.

"If I'm being greedy we should have taken all three points but a draw gives us something to build on.

"The fans were fantastic and you could see the spirit of the players. I couldn't ask anymore of the players apart from finishing the chances we had.

"I would be more concerned if we weren't creating chances. Tactically we have been in a lot of games this year but key moments have cost us."

Everton manager Roberto Martinez:

"We couldn't find that little bit of sharpness in the final third.

"Overall, we probably allowed ourselves to get a bit frustrated. Every time the ball went out of play it took ages to come back in.

"It was a stop-start sort of game and we couldn't get in a position to break them down.

"They were very well organised, worked extremely hard and made it very difficult."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Crystal Palace

  • 01 Speroni
  • 02 Ward
  • 21 Moxey
  • 15 Jedinak Booked
  • 19 Gabbidon
  • 27 Delaney
  • 08 Dikgacoi (O'Keefe - 45' )
  • 46 Bannan
  • 29 Chamakh (Jerome - 63' )
  • 07 Bolasie
  • 14 Thomas (Puncheon - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Mariappa
  • 12 O'Keefe
  • 13 Puncheon
  • 16 Gayle
  • 28 Kébé
  • 30 Jerome
  • 34 Price

Everton

  • 24 Howard
  • 23 Coleman
  • 03 Baines
  • 18 Barry
  • 06 Jagielka
  • 15 Distin
  • 11 Mirallas (Deulofeu - 56' )
  • 16 McCarthy
  • 17 Lukaku
  • 21 Osman (Barkley - 56' )
  • 22 Pienaar

Substitutes

  • 01 Robles
  • 05 Heitinga
  • 07 Jelavic
  • 10 Deulofeu
  • 14 Naismith
  • 20 Barkley
  • 26 Stones
Ref: Craig Pawson
Att: 25,231

Match Stats

Shots

9 15

On target

2 2

Corners

4 7

Fouls

16 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Crystal Palace 0, Everton 0.

90:00 +6:15 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 0, Everton 0.

90:00 +5:37

Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

90:00 +5:37

Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +5:11

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90:00 +2:59

Delay in match Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace) because of an injury.

90:00 +2:24

Foul by Seamus Coleman (Everton).

90:00 +2:24

Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:00

Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:00

Foul by Stuart O'Keefe (Crystal Palace).

90:00 +0:22

Seamus Coleman (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:22

Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace).

89:47

Attempt missed. Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) right footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Leighton Baines.

89:22

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Barry Bannan.

89:17

Attempt blocked. Leighton Baines (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Pienaar.

88:00

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

88:00

Foul by Stuart O'Keefe (Crystal Palace).

87:33

Attempt blocked. Leighton Baines (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

86:22 Booking

Booking Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

86:15

Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:15

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

84:45

Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

84:45

Daniel Gabbidon (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:27

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

84:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jason Puncheon replaces Jerome Thomas because of an injury.

83:33

Delay in match Jerome Thomas (Crystal Palace) because of an injury.

82:57

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Barry Bannan.

82:09

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Jerome Thomas.

80:44

Foul by Leighton Baines (Everton).

80:44

Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:39

Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Seamus Coleman.

79:41

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:41

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace).

77:29

Offside, Crystal Palace. Jerome Thomas tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.

76:46

Attempt missed. Sylvain Distin (Everton) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

76:44

Phil Jagielka (Everton) hits the bar with a header from the left side of the box.

76:15

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Daniel Gabbidon.

73:58

Attempt blocked. Jerome Thomas (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

73:18

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Seamus Coleman.

73:16

Attempt blocked. Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joel Ward.

71:17

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Jerome Thomas.

68:12

James McCarthy (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

68:12

Foul by Jerome Thomas (Crystal Palace).

66:02

Offside, Crystal Palace. Yannick Bolasie tries a through ball, but Jerome Thomas is caught offside.

65:14

Attempt saved. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cameron Jerome.

62:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Cameron Jerome replaces Marouane Chamakh.

61:29

Romelu Lukaku (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:29

Foul by Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace).

59:36

Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:36

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

57:08

Attempt missed. Ross Barkley (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

56:25

Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:25

Foul by Jerome Thomas (Crystal Palace).

55:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Ross Barkley replaces Leon Osman.

55:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Gerard Deulofeu replaces Kevin Mirallas.

53:46

Foul by Leighton Baines (Everton).

53:46

Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

52:52

Offside, Everton. Romelu Lukaku tries a through ball, but Kevin Mirallas is caught offside.

52:12

Attempt missed. Jerome Thomas (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Yannick Bolasie with a through ball.

51:32

Attempt missed. Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jerome Thomas.

47:15

Attempt missed. Steven Pienaar (Everton) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James McCarthy with a cross.

46:37

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:37

Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace).

45:11

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:11

Foul by Stuart O'Keefe (Crystal Palace).

45:00

Second Half begins Crystal Palace 0, Everton 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Stuart O'Keefe replaces Kagisho Dikgacoi because of an injury.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Crystal Palace 0, Everton 0.

43:18

Attempt saved. Leon Osman (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Leighton Baines.

42:07

Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

42:07

Foul by Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace).

39:15

Attempt missed. Steven Pienaar (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Leon Osman.

38:26

Attempt missed. Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross following a corner.

37:50

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Tim Howard.

37:43

Attempt saved. Jerome Thomas (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Mile Jedinak.

37:04

Foul by Seamus Coleman (Everton).

37:04

Jerome Thomas (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:00

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Damien Delaney.

34:45

Attempt missed. Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Jerome Thomas with a cross.

29:11

Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

29:11

Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace).

24:08

Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:08

Foul by Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace).

22:18

Attempt missed. James McCarthy (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Seamus Coleman.

20:46

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Julian Speroni.

20:44

Attempt saved. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leon Osman.

18:09

Attempt missed. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joel Ward following a corner.

17:28

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Leighton Baines.

15:56

Offside, Crystal Palace. Barry Bannan tries a through ball, but Marouane Chamakh is caught offside.

15:15

Attempt blocked. Seamus Coleman (Everton) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

14:15

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:15

Foul by Daniel Gabbidon (Crystal Palace).

13:46

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Leighton Baines.

11:12

Attempt missed. Leon Osman (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Leighton Baines.

8:24

Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

8:24

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:15

Offside, Crystal Palace. Yannick Bolasie tries a through ball, but Marouane Chamakh is caught offside.

5:59

Attempt missed. Leon Osman (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gareth Barry with a cross.

4:51

Seamus Coleman (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:51

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

4:20

Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

4:20

Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

1:30

Delay in match Steven Pienaar (Everton) because of an injury.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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