Coleman seals a fantastic win for Everton

By Michael Kenrick 21/01/2017  170 Comments  [Jump to last]

Leighton Baines starts despite a slight doubt over a rib injury
Crystal Palace 0 - 1 Everton
Everton travel to the Capital with an unchanged starting line-up looking to build on last Sunday's big win over Manchester City when they take on the Eagles.

New signings Morgan Schneiderlin and Ademola Lookman are on the bench, along with Bryan Oviedo.

The home side kicked off and put the visitors under some pressure, a soft free-kick awarded against Barkley failing to threaten. But Palace continued to press forward and not let Everton settle. Mirallas swung in an early free-kick that Benteke headed away. Ominously, Remy had played in two good undefended crosses from the Everton left. From the other side, McArthur put a great cross in for Benteke that smacked the bar behind Robles.

With 10 minutes gone, Everton started to see more of the play, but it was stop-start. Barkley got some time on the ball but found no space for a forward ball. Williams fired a long ball forward that Coleman headed back cleverly for Lukaku and Mirallas coming on was sandwiched but no spot-kick awarded.

Barkley had a tremendous little run and lashed in a good shot that was deflected over for a corner, taken by short by Barry, that eventually fell for Mirallas who put in a great shot that Hennessy somehow parried away.

The Yellows were taking greater control and some neat play saw Barkley fire in another tasty shot, though curling toward Hennessy. Funes Mori tried to man-handle Remy, and Everton attacked again with some impressive football that won a third corner but they weren't really threatening.

With a quarter of the game gone, Everton were now dictating the play, and moving the ball around well enough in midfield. But Holgate got caught a little and was booked for a loose challenge, giving away a dangerous chance but Cabaye's ball in was cleared.

Everton's midfield pressing was pretty much absent when the ball was turned over, allowing the home side a little too much space. Funes Mori got forward and put in a decent ball for Lukaku but a foul was called.

Remy put Baines under pressure to win Palace's first corner, then a second and a third, with lots of head-tennis until Barkley broke forward, Lukaku hit the post but Barkley clearly offside when he tapped in the rebound.

Good work by Coleman won another Everton corner, Mirallas putting it in the mix and Funes Mori lashing a brilliant shot goalward that Hennessy superbly palmed behind when it seemed a certain goal. Palace threatened at the other end, Remy almost sneaking in.

Barry committed a silly foul on Benteke, and Puncheon whipped in a great ball that Holgate or Funes Mori put behind. Barkley was fouled, giving Mirallas a set-piece chance but Palace broke fast and Everton recovered well from the advanced position.

Remy and Funes Mori were having a fair old tussle with the Argentinian most likely to see a yellow card but the whistle for half-time came with no time added by Referee Taylor.

Everton restarted and were bright, with Mirallas getting a chance but not connecting, then Davies playing in a great ball for Barkley whose cross was Deulofeu-esque, with Lukaku as usual too far back for the tap-in.

Palace tried to respond with a break of their own but the Everton defence was firm. The passing forward less-so, with lack of movement limiting the options, and too many balls played backwards.

Barkley tried the same move off a short corner but could not get it past Hennessy this time. Schlupp made a good run into the Everton area for a Palace corner that threatened but play was son back at the Palace end, Coleman firing in on goal from too far out.

Another tremendous run from Barkley, his shot across goal running wide with Lukaku not quite there to profit, another chance gone begging. Coleman crossed well for Lukaku who headed over. Morgan Schneiderlin replaced Gareth Barry just before the hour mark.

Davies won a free-kick with some determined pay wide right, Mirallas swinging in the free-kick but not to a yellow shirt. Perhaps it was time for Lookman to torment his former paymasters? Not yet, said Koeman, as he watched his players moving the ball backwards again.

Some fine probing and a good passing sequence ended with Barkley firing in on Hennessey as the minutes ticked away. A great ball from Lukaku set Davies free but his cross/pass was very disappointing. Ademola Lookman finally replaced Kevin Mirallas on 72 minutes. His first touch was to drive into the Palace area and fire on Hennessey. Great determination. The boy definitely has some great ball skills

Some great play saw Coleman cross for Baines or Lukaku but neither could convert at the far post. Schneiderlin was called for wrestling McArthur, giving Palace a chance to advance, Puncheon lashing over.

Coleman looked to have got past Schlupp but a superb tackle gave Everton the corner, another poor one, this time by Barkley. But Palace broke and Baines fouled McArthur. Dann headed in off Puncheon's superb delivery only for Robles to pull off a brilliant save low to his right.

Into the final 10 minutes and the knowledge that one goal would be enough to win this seemed to spur the intensity with tiredness leading to mistakes, Holgate mis-kicking and giving away the foul but Everton looked to break from it; however, it was too scrappy.

With Schlupp off the field, Everton continued to probe patiently, Holgate firing in fiercely and it was defended away but it came back around for Coleman, off a brilliant pass from Davies, and he drove in, firing high into the Palace net — an absolutely priceless goal for Everton, celebrated with a vivid blue flare on the pitch, as Palace bitched about Schlupp's predicament.

Townsend was thrown on to inspire a late surge by Palace, winning a corner with a difficult cross, parried behind by Robles, who was out strongly to gather the corner. Barkley gave away the ball again, but the Yellows defence covered well to protect their precious lead into 4 mins of added time. Jagielka replaced Barkley.

Palace attacked again, winning a corner that was once again claimed well by Robles with the last touch of the game, a very fine win for Everton.

Crystal Palace: Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Tomkins, Schlupp (87' Townsend) ; Cabaye (68' Ledley), McArthur; Puncheon, Benteke, Remy (61' Lee).
Subs not Used: Speroni, Flamini, KaiKai, Kelly.

Everton: Robles; Coleman, Holgate [Y:26'], Williams, Funes Mori, Baines; Davies, Barry (59' Schneiderlin); Barkley (92' Jagielka), Mirallas (72' Lookman), Lukaku.
Subs not Used: Stekelenburg, McCarthy, Valencia, Oviedo.

Referee: Anthony Taylor

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