Everton Held By Palace

Romelu Lukaku secured a point for Everton as they drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace in the English Premier League after a thrilling finale at Goodison Park on Monday.  Scott Dann opened the scoring for the away side as late as the 76th minute,  Palace had resisted a number of Toffees attacks after the break, with Lukaku hitting the woodwork either side of the interval for the hosts.

In the 81st minute, the Belgium striker did eventually trouble the scorers, tapping in Gerard Deulofeu’s cutback just five minutes after the visitors took the lead.  However, before the two second half goals, it was a goalless first stanza on Merseyside.  It was the away side that dominated the game, keeping the home defence busy.

The Eagles made the brighter start and were almost rewarded for their early dominance in the 15th minute, but home goalkeeper Tim Howard was equal to Connor Wickham’s near-post header from Yannick Bolasie’s cross.  Shortly after Bolasie’s cross, Lukaku went close to clinching the lead.  The Belgian striker turning into space just outside of the 18-yard box, only to see his low effort derail off the inside of the left post.

Alan Pardew’s men came back even stronger in the second stanza.  Their defence withstood the hosts’ pressure before Dann broke the deadlock with the header.  With the point secured from this game, Pardew’s players move up to sixth place in the table while Roberto Martinez’s men are behind them in ninth place.