Everton 2 Crystal Palace 3 – Eagles stun Toffees at Goodison Park
Tony Pulis’ team have reached the magic 40-point mark with four games to spare, with Palace scoring three times against Everton
April 16th, 2014
There was a big shock at Goodison Park on Wednesday night as Crystal Palace forgot to read the script and beat an in-form Everton side to claim their fourth consecutive victory.
The Eagles served it up to their opponents rather than sit back and defend, with Jason Puncheon breaking the deadlock, while goals from Scott Dann and Cameron Jerome ensured that the visitors left with a maximum haul.
Palace came into this game after beating Chelsea, Cardiff and Aston Villa, although they were big outsiders against their Merseyside opponents who had recently triumphed against Arsenal and Sunderland.
However, the Eagles never looked back after breaking the deadlock in the 23rd minute and they were further ahead in the 49th minute when Scott Dann nodded the ball into the ground before it found the net past Tim Howard.
The Everton comeback looked like it was on in the 61st minute when Steven Naismith poked home from close range to seemingly set up a grandstand finish, although Cameron Jerome got the better of John Stones ten minutes later to restore Palace’s two goal advantage.
Good work from Ross Barkley ensured that Kevin Mirallas was able to once again reduce the arrears although Palace held firm and Tony Pulis won’t be able to now deny that his team are safe, with Palace still to host Liverpool and dent another Merseyside team’s dreams.