Everton 3-0 Crystal Palace | Match Report By Sam Quine

Everton ran out 3-0 victors at Goodison this afternoon against a rather lacklustre Crystal Palace side. 

The match started off in scrappy fashion with neither team able to get a foothold, with passes going wayward on numerous occasions.

It was ghe Blues who took they lead after some great individual work from Calvert-Lewin. The striker showed great persistence to track back to put a tackle in before receiving on the edge, going past the defender and finishing smartly.

That goal will do Dominic the world of hood in terms of confidence after spending a long period on the sidelines due to an array of injuries.

The goal really seemed to galvanise the Toffees who were winning all the second balls which resulted in a wave of attacks to the delight of Frank Lampard who’s attack has been misfiring as of late.

The rest if the first half was quite comfortable for the Blues who faced no real threat from their opponents who were struggling to register shots on target.

The second half was much of the same for Everton who looked much more composed on the ball compared to previous games, patiently building attacks with a clear idea and route to goal. 

Everton extended their lead to gain abit of comfort after a great flowing move led to a Mykolenko shot from just outside the area. Guatia could only party the ball into the path of Gordon who tapped into an empty net for his third of the season.

The fans were in full song, creating a buzz around Goodison which seemed to have a positive effect on the players who played with a confidence and assurances that has been growing from game to game.

Proceedings got even better when substitute Dwight McNeil picked up the ball and drove at the Eagles’ defence. The summer acquisition then played a beautiful one two with man of the moment Alex Iwobi who returned the ball with an audacious back heel for the winger to stroke the ball home.

Both the result and performance could arguably be Everton’s best of the season after a run of three losses left the team in need of a bounce back result.

The return of Calvert-Lewin and his importance was welcomed today as he led the line well under the looming eye of Gareth Southgate. His holdup play was excellent, fending off the likes of Anderson and Guehi with ease as well as allowing wingers Gray and Gordon to exploit the space ahead.

The Everton defence also deserves plaudits with the whole back four looking extremely solid when keeling the likes of Zaha, Olise and Eze quite for the whole 90 minutes.

The Toffees will be hoping to use this win as motivation to go on a good run amidst a simpler run of games.