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Crystal Palace 1-2 Everton: Toffees maintain perfect start at Selhurst Park

By Matthew HowarthBBC Sport
Richarlison penalty, Everton, Crystal Palace
Richarlison made no mistake from the spot after Joel Ward had been penalised for handball

Dominic-Calvert Lewin believes "exciting times" lie ahead for Everton after the Toffees continued their perfect start to the season with a deserved victory against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Calvert-Lewin's fifth league goal of the season opened the scoring for the Toffees following neat build-up from James Rodriguez and Seamus Coleman.

Cheikhou Kouyate's free header drew Palace level, but Richarlison restored the visitors' lead from the penalty spot after Joel Ward was controversially adjudged to have handled Lucas Digne's knock-down.

"I thought it wasn't our best performance today but we stuck in there and got the result to keep the momentum going," said the 23-year-old striker.

"It's early days but we're looking to build on every game, the more we're training together.

"It's exciting times, but we're not getting carried away."

Everton had chances to extend their lead in the second half, but Calvert-Lewin shinned Rodriguez's corner past the post before Colombian Rodriguez had a goal-bound shot blocked by Mamadou Sakho.

Palace saw more of the ball in the closing stages but failed to trouble Jordan Pickford in the Toffees' goal.

The win lifted Carlo Ancelotti's side to the top of the Premier League.

'We didn't expect to have nine points' - Ancelotti

Fluid in attack, question marks in defence

This is the first time Everton have won their first five fixtures of a season since 1938 - and the first time they have started a top-flight campaign with three successive victories since 1993-94.

The Toffees were made to work hard against a Palace side who themselves had started the season with back-to-back league wins, but Ancelotti's team fully deserved the three points.

The visitors - unchanged from last weekend's win over West Brom - were quick to gain a stranglehold on possession and took the lead when Rodriguez's first-time pass released Coleman, whose cut-back was tucked home confidently by Calvert-Lewin.

The 23-year-old is the first Everton player to score in three consecutive matches at the start of a season since Steven Naismith did so in 2014-15.

Calvert-Lewin should have doubled his tally in the second half when he beat two Eagles defenders to a Rodriguez corner, but he failed to direct his effort on target.

Michael Keane then appeared to get in the striker's way from another Rodriguez delivery moments later, allowing Jordan Ayew to clear the danger.

Though pleased with his side's overall performance, Ancelotti will be disappointed with the manner of Palace's first-half equaliser, with Kouyate rising unmarked to nod Andros Townsend's corner past Pickford.

Ward and Palace rue their luck

Ward, who was making his 250th appearance for the south London club, was visibly aggrieved at referee Kevin Friend's decision to award Everton a 39th-minute penalty after consulting his pitch-side monitor - although the defender's arm was away from his body when it made contact with Digne's header.

The 30-year-old had survived an earlier video assistant referee check for a similar incident involving Richarlison, but Friend ruled in favour of the Palace man on that occasion.

There were positives for Roy Hodgson's team, with summer signing Eberechi Eze producing a lively performance on his full Premier League debut for the club.

Other than Kouyate's equaliser, however, the hosts failed to muster a shot on target on Pickford's goal.

The makeshift centre-back went closest to a second Palace equaliser after half-time, but failed to hit the target with his far-post header.

The result stretches the Eagles' winless home run against Everton to 10 league matches.

Toffees improving on the road

  • Crystal Palace have gone 12 Premier League games without a win against Everton, losing six and drawing six since a 3-2 win at Goodison Park in September 2014.
  • Everton have won four of their past six away games in the Premier League (L2), as many as in the previous 20 combined.
  • Excluding penalties, Everton (18) have conceded more goals from set-pieces than any other current Premier League side since the start of last season.
  • Crystal Palace's Cheikhou Kouyate scored his first Premier League goal since Boxing Day 2019 v West Ham, ending a run of 20 appearances without a goal.
  • Everton forward Richarlison's strike was his first Premier League goal from the penalty spot, and his 32nd overall in the competition. Indeed, 31 of his 32 goals in the competition have come from inside the box.
  • Only Wilfried Zaha (23) has provided more assists for Crystal Palace in the Premier League than Andros Townsend (18).
Handball rule is 'killing game of football - Hodgson

'Totally unacceptable' - what they said

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson: "I predict what will happen is players will start flicking the ball on to a hand and screaming 'handball'.

"A really good game destroyed by a decision. I do not believe in the rule. People in football find it hard to accept. The referee doesn't think it is handball either. He doesn't want to give it but has to because that's what he is told to do.

"We have lost in a way I find totally unacceptable."

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti: "I'm really pleased for the result. The first half was good, second half was more difficult because Crystal Palace put a lot of pressure on us.

We defended well but we could play better with the ball. It is good to see the spirit in the team in this moment. We have started the season well.

"We have to look only for the momentum, that is good in this moment. In a busy time with another game on Wednesday, we have to keep the motivation and ambition. The danger is behind us all the time when we do not behave properly."

What's next?

Crystal Palace travel to Chelsea in their next Premier League game on Saturday, 3 October (12:30 BST). Everton host West Ham in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Wednesday (19:45) before welcoming Brighton to Goodison Park next Saturday (15:00).

Player of the match

RodríguezJames Rodríguez

with an average of 7.97

Crystal Palace

  1. Squad number25Player nameEze
    Average rating

    6.41

  2. Squad number10Player nameTownsend
    Average rating

    6.21

  3. Squad number8Player nameKouyaté
    Average rating

    6.19

  4. Squad number22Player nameMcCarthy
    Average rating

    5.77

  5. Squad number18Player nameMcArthur
    Average rating

    5.73

  6. Squad number11Player nameZaha
    Average rating

    5.71

  7. Squad number12Player nameSakho
    Average rating

    5.67

  8. Squad number27Player nameMitchell
    Average rating

    5.63

  9. Squad number31Player nameGuaita
    Average rating

    5.39

  10. Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew
    Average rating

    5.38

  11. Squad number2Player nameWard
    Average rating

    5.27

  12. Squad number23Player nameBatshuayi
    Average rating

    5.13

  13. Squad number44Player nameRiedewald
    Average rating

    4.96

  14. Squad number20Player nameBenteke
    Average rating

    4.67

Everton

  1. Squad number19Player nameRodríguez
    Average rating

    7.97

  2. Squad number9Player nameCalvert-Lewin
    Average rating

    7.88

  3. Squad number7Player nameRicharlison
    Average rating

    7.80

  4. Squad number23Player nameColeman
    Average rating

    7.39

  5. Squad number12Player nameDigne
    Average rating

    7.27

  6. Squad number6Player nameAllan
    Average rating

    7.16

  7. Squad number16Player nameDoucouré
    Average rating

    7.00

  8. Squad number21Player nameAndré Gomes
    Average rating

    6.88

  9. Squad number5Player nameKeane
    Average rating

    6.73

  10. Squad number13Player nameMina
    Average rating

    6.54

  11. Squad number10Player nameG Sigurdsson
    Average rating

    6.47

  12. Squad number1Player namePickford
    Average rating

    5.97

  13. Squad number26Player nameDavies
    Average rating

    5.47

  14. Squad number17Player nameIwobi
    Average rating

    5.45

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

  • 31Guaita
  • 2WardBooked at 58mins
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 12Sakho
  • 27Mitchell
  • 10Townsend
  • 22McCarthy
  • 18McArthurBooked at 45minsSubstituted forRiedewaldat 88'minutes
  • 25EzeSubstituted forBatshuayiat 75'minutes
  • 9J AyewSubstituted forBentekeat 82'minutes
  • 11ZahaBooked at 22mins

Substitutes

  • 4Milivojevic
  • 7Meyer
  • 13Hennessey
  • 20Benteke
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 34Kelly
  • 44Riedewald

Everton

  • 1Pickford
  • 23Coleman
  • 13Mina
  • 5Keane
  • 12Digne
  • 16Doucouré
  • 6Allan
  • 21André GomesSubstituted forG Sigurdssonat 76'minutes
  • 19RodríguezSubstituted forIwobiat 86'minutes
  • 9Calvert-Lewin
  • 7RicharlisonBooked at 60minsSubstituted forDaviesat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kenny
  • 10G Sigurdsson
  • 17Iwobi
  • 20Bernard
  • 26Davies
  • 27Kean
  • 49Lössl
Referee:
Kevin Friend

Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home8
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Everton 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Everton 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace).

  7. Post update

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Tom Davies replaces Richarlison.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jairo Riedewald replaces James McArthur.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Allan (Everton).

  12. Post update

    Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Alex Iwobi replaces James Rodríguez.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Richarlison (Everton).

  17. Post update

    James McCarthy (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Tyrick Mitchell.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Allan (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Crystal Palace. Christian Benteke replaces Jordan Ayew.

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