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Everton score twice in last three minutes to beat Palace


Dominic Calvert-Lewin heads in

Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored 12 goals in all competitions since the start of last season, more than any other Everton player

Everton scored twice in the last three minutes to snatch a dramatic victory over Crystal Palace in a tight Premier League game at Goodison Park.

Tactical changes by Toffees boss Marco Silva decided the game, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin heading in fellow substitute Ademola Lookman’s cross.

Moments later, substitute Cenk Tosun fired in the second.

Earlier in the second half, Everton keeper Jordan Pickford saved Luka Milivojevic’s penalty with his feet.

Everton’s third victory in a row lifted them to eighth in the table, while Palace stay in 15th, two points above the relegation zone with only two wins this season.

Silva strikes gold with substitutes

For most of the afternoon a rather drab encounter looked destined to finish goalless as both sides struggled to create clear chances.

What swung the game in Everton’s favour was Silva’s decision to make a bold attacking double change, bringing on forwards Calvert-Lewin and Lookman with eight minutes left.

The home side effectively switched to a 4-2-4 formation, having earlier introduced striker Tosun for attacking midfielder Bernard.

Lookman clipped in a precise, curling ball from the left which was met by a Calvert-Lewin header from close range.

As Palace belatedly tried to respond, Tosun latched on to a long punt clear by defender Michael Keane to fire through Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey’s legs one minute 44 seconds later.

“It came down to which manager was brave enough to make the big changes – and it was Marco Silva,” former Scotland winger Pat Nevin said on BBC Radio 5 live.

“Luck favoured the brave. I don’t think you will see too many better substitutions this season.”

This was the first time since August 2017 that three substitutes were directly involved in goals in a Premier League game.

Pickford lets his feet do the talking… again

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Jordan Pickford saved his second penalty in the Premier League, having also stopped one against West Ham in November 2017

England international Pickford, 24, attracted plaudits during the international break after his distribution helped set up two goals in the surprise 3-2 Nations League win over Spain on Monday.

Again he produced a moment of quality with his feet, albeit in a rather different manner after Seamus Coleman tripped Wilfried Zaha to concede the penalty.

Diving to his left, Pickford stuck out his right boot to stop Milivojevic’s spot-kick down the middle and prevent Palace from taking the lead with only their second shot on target.

It was only Milivojevic’s second penalty miss in his past 11 attempts.

“It was a good save from the goalkeeper,” Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson said. “If Luka had scored it might have been a different story.”

Wickham returns after two-year absence

One positive for Palace was the return of striker Connor Wickham after a two-year absence because of a serious knee injury and subsequent problems.

The 25-year-old made his first appearance since November 2016 when he came him on seconds after Tosun’s 89th-minute goal, but had little time to make an impact.

“He has worked so very hard to get into that position where he is deemed fit enough to get on the bench,” Hodgson said.

“We would not have risked him for a long period of the game. I’m sure he will be pleased to have got on the field for Palace in a Premier League game and hopefully it will give him hope and heart.

“He has still got a lot of hard work to do on the training field.”

Man of the match – Jordan Pickford (Everton)

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Although tempting to pick Everton boss Marco Silva as man of the match, his substitutions may have proved fruitless had Pickford not saved Milivojevic’s penalty. The Everton keeper also produced a good stop from the Palace skipper’s first-half free-kick and looked assured throughout

Hodgson must hate going to Goodison – the stats

  • Everton have won three straight Premier League matches for the first time since January 2017
  • Crystal Palace are now without a win in four league matches, drawing one and losing three
  • Palace manager Roy Hodgson has not won on his past eight Premier League visits to Goodison Park, losing seven and drawing one
  • Everton have scored more headed goals in the Premier League this season than any other side
  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun are the first two Everton substitutes to score in the same Premier League game since March 2014, when Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith netted against Fulham
  • Since the beginning of last season, only Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling (six), has won more Premier League penalties than Crystal Palace’s Wifried Zaha (five)

What next?

Everton look to continue their winning run when they visit Manchester United on 28 October at 16:00 GMT, knowing victory will push them above their hosts.

Palace begin a tough run of fixtures when they host Arsenal at Selhurst Park on the same day (13:30).

Live Text

Match ends, Everton 2, Crystal Palace 0.

Second Half ends, Everton 2, Crystal Palace 0.

Attempt blocked. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cenk Tosun.

Attempt missed. Cenk Tosun (Everton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lucas Digne.

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

Foul by Cheikhou Kouyaté (Crystal Palace).

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Connor Wickham replaces James McArthur.

Goal! Everton 2, Crystal Palace 0. Cenk Tosun (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Keane following a fast break.

Goal! Everton 1, Crystal Palace 0. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ademola Lookman with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Cenk Tosun (Everton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Ademola Lookman (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace).

Lucas Digne (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Substitution, Everton. Ademola Lookman replaces Theo Walcott.

Substitution, Everton. Dominic Calvert-Lewin replaces André Gomes.

Seamus Coleman (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Seamus Coleman (Everton).

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

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by James Tomkins.

Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Theo Walcott.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match James Tomkins (Crystal Palace) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. André Gomes (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Theo Walcott.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Kurt Zouma.

Attempt missed. Michael Keane (Everton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lucas Digne with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Idrissa Gueye (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace).

Lucas Digne (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McArthur (Crystal Palace).

Substitution, Everton. Cenk Tosun replaces Bernard.

Attempt saved. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Theo Walcott (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Offside, Everton. Gylfi Sigurdsson tries a through ball, but Richarlison is caught offside.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Michael Keane.

Penalty saved! Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

Penalty conceded by Seamus Coleman (Everton) after a foul in the penalty area.