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2021-22 English Premier League
  • Conor Gallagher (41', 90'+3')
  • James Tomkins (62')
  • Salomón Rondón (70')

Crystal Palace beat Everton 3-1 to heap pressure back on Benitez

Conor Gallagher scored twice and James Tomkins was also on target as Crystal Palace stopped a run of three defeats by beating Everton 3-1 at Selhurst Park on Sunday to renew pressure on visiting manager Rafael Benitez.

Gallagher fired home four minutes before halftime as Palace took advantage of a defensive error and Tomkins hit home from a corner midway through the second half.

Salomon Rondon pulled one back for Everton with 20 minutes left before Gallagher whipped a stunning curling shot from outside the area into the top of the net to ensure the home win in stoppage time.

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The result lifted Palace above Everton in the Premier League standings as they moved up two places to 12th.

It also heaped pressure back on under-fire Benitez, who had earned some respite on Monday when Everton came from behind to beat Arsenal, but whose side have now won only one of their last 10 matches.

Gallagher's opening goal came after an errant back pass from Everton's Demarai Gray was intercepted by Jordan Ayew, who then passed from the left into Gallagher's path for a polished finish.

Everton's defence allowed Will Hughes' 62nd-minute corner to evade them and find Tomkins unmarked at the back post, where the Palace defender had ample time to recover from an initial poor first touch to hit home and double the lead.

There was a further sign of potential discord at Everton when striker Richarlison provided a petulant response to being substituted, but it was his replacement who reduced the deficit in the 70th minute to offer the possibility of a comeback.

Rondon set up a shot for Abdoulaye Doucoure and then reacted quickest when his effort was blocked, sliding home the rebound.

Five minutes later Everton went close to an equaliser when Rondon passed back for Andros Townsend, after a storming run down the right from Ben Godfrey, but the effort was blocked.

Substitute Anthony Gordon was free on goal in the 85th minute but his shot was saved by Vicente Guaita as Everton squandered another opportunity to equalise.

But Gallagher ensured the win as he disposed Seamus Coleman and then struck home a superb effort to underline his promise.

The win ended a run of 13 matches without success for Palace against Everton and halted a streak of recent losses to Aston Villa, Leeds United and Manchester United.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 37 +72 90
2 Liverpool 37 +66 89
3 Chelsea 37 +42 71
4 Tottenham Hotspur 37 +24 68
5 Arsenal 37 +9 66
6 Manchester United 37 +1 58
7 West Ham United 37 +11 56
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 37 -3 51
9 Leicester City 37 0 49
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 37 -4 48
11 Brentford 37 -7 46
12 Newcastle United 37 -19 46
13 Crystal Palace 37 +3 45
14 Aston Villa 37 -1 45
15 Southampton 37 -21 40
16 Everton 37 -19 39
17 Burnley 37 -18 35
18 Leeds United 37 -38 35
19 Watford 37 -42 23
20 Norwich City 37 -56 22