Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi was given the nod by Roy Hodgson with six minutes of the game remaining and he backed up his midweek comments by scoring an equaliser to seal a deserved point for the Eagles.
5th April 2021
Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace
Goodison Park, Goodison Road, Liverpool, L4 4EL
Behind closed doors
Referee: Kevin Friend. Assistants: Adrian Holmes, Simon Beck. Fourth official: Andy Madley. VAR: Graham Scott. Assistant VAR: Mark Scholes
BOOKINGS – Yerry Mina (15), Lucas Digne (33)
RED CARD – none
James Rodriguez (56), Michy Batshuayi (86)
TEB MAN OF THE MATCH
A first game for the Eagles in what seemed like quite some time but it was a pleasing performance against a side with hopes of qualifying for Europe. There were a few dodgy moments defensively but going forward Palace were always a threat. The change in tactics and personnel worked to secure a point but there does need to be a little more composure when in possession in advanced areas to try and earn more than a point in tight games such as this one.
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BOB’S POINT OF VIEW
Bob White was a coach at Palace under the tenure of Steve Coppell and Alan Smith and will be sharing his point of view each week in our review article.
“Against a team who are competing for a top six position, 54% possession and 13 attempts on goal by Palace certainly told part of the match story.
Everton had the opportunities to put the game to bed through a combination of self inflicted errors and being more open defensively. However, some weak finishing and outstanding keeping by Guaita ensured we stayed in the game until the final stages, ultimately gaining a well deserved equaliser by Batshuayi after a fine pass by Schlupp.
We played with more attacking intent and our substitutions confirmed this approach, maybe now because the relegation shackles have finally been removed. It’s a fine balance to achieve between playing with a more open tactical set up whilst still remaining solid defensively. Arguably we got it about right. Our attacks looked even more threatening during the final period of the game with Zaha wide, Eze in a deeper role and Schlupp providing pace and drive centrally. They make a very effective trio with their strengths complementing each other.
Overall a fine ‘respect the point’ performance . Although much to applaud in our attacking play, my man of the match goes to the outstanding Guaita.
Up the Palace!”
31 VICENTE GUAITA (8 – TEB MAN OF THE MATCH!) – Pulled out all the stops to ensure the team had every chance in this match.
2 JOEL WARD (7) – Solid game for the full back who found himself stretched at times.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6) – Was guilty of giving away a few silly fouls but kept his composure throughout.
24 GARY CAHILL (7) – Won a number of key headers along with one or two blocks in an all action performance.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6) – Probably the one weak link in the side but his offensive threat was on show as he linked up well the attack.
44 JAIRO RIEDEWALD (6) – Played his part in the midfield battle with a number of important challenges and interceptions. Replaced by 15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (7 – ASSIST!) on 68 minutes who provided a little more energy in the middle of the park and pushed up enough to provide the assist for the equaliser.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7) – An early slip could well have led to an early goal for the hosts but he stuck to his game and got stuck in to the game without earning a booking.
9 JORDAN AYEW (7) – Another energetic display from the Ghanaian international once again, always providing an outlet going forward. Replaced by 23 MICHY BASTHUAYI (7 – GOAL!) on 84 minutes who back up his words while on international duty by coming on and scoring the equaliser to secure a point.
25 EBERECHI EZE (7) – Looked free to play his own game and it paid off with some slick moves and one great chance which he fired straight at the keeper.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (7) – A constant threat to the hosts and while it was not his best game in a Palace shirt, his growing influence in the game was crucial.
20 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE (6) – Played well as the focal point in the attack continually linking up with those in support. Replaced by 14 JEAN-PHILLIPE MATETA (7) on 77 minutes who played his part in the late push for an equaliser.
1 Jack Butland, 6 Scott Dann, 10 Andros Townsend, 14 Jean-Philippe Mateta, 15 Jeffrey Schlupp, 23 Michy Batshuayi, 27 Tyrick Mitchell, 34 Martin Kelly, 38 Reece Hannan
33 Olsen, 4 Holgate, 13 Mina, 5 Keane, 23 Coleman, 26 Davies, 21 Andre Gomes, 12 Digne, 19 Rodriguez, 9 Calvert-Lewin, 7 Richarlison
SUBSTITUTES – 10 Sigurdsson (replaced Andre Gomes on 31 mins), 11 King, 18 Nkounkou, 22 Godfrey (replaced Coleman on 76 mins), 25 Gbamin (replaced Rodriguez on 79 mins), 31 Neves Virginia, 34 Broadhead, 48 John, 53 Tyrer
POST GAME QUOTES
ROY HODGSON – “I thought it was a good team performance, we were dangerous, our passing was good. It would have been tough had we not got something from it, although our goalkeeper did have to make some good saves. Michy’s attitude has been very good, he has been very lively, shown he wants to be a part of it and has been rewarded by scoring a goal.”
CARLOS ANCHELOTTI – “This is the game. We had a lot of chances. We were not clinical in front of goal. We could deserve to win but this is football. We were better of course, James put more quality up front. Our strikers are usually clinical in front of goal, they were not and this is the reason for the point. We hope next game they will be more clinical. We lost two points and that could be important for the fight for Europe. There is a lot of competition in front of us. We improved for sure, we had better quality.”
MICHY BATSHUAYI – “It is a really hard game – Everton had a lot of chances. We stayed focused and concentrated. We had an opportunity and I scored so I am happy. It is a great finish but I thought I might be offside. I am happy. It is better to win but we are happy. Normally, Everton should win today. It is a good performance for us and a good point. Every point is important. We keep working and we want to win. We don’t train for nothing and we want more points.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Vicente Guaita (7.8) while the most shots were from Richarlison (6). The most tackles were by Luka Milivojevic and Jordan Ayew (3) while Wilfried Zaha (4) had the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.75 – 6.65
- Total shots: 15 – 13
- Shots on target: 7 – 6
- Possession: 46.9% – 53.1%
- Pass success: 80% – 83%
- Passes: 446 – 510
- Dribbles: 4 – 8
- Aerials won: 17 – 10
- Tackles: 15 – 17
- Fouls: 10 – 10
- Corners: 3 – 4
- Saves: 5 – 6
- Dispossessed: 9 – 7
POSITION IN THE TABLE
At the final whistle Palace were 12th in the Premier League with 38 points from 30 games played, 2 points ahead of Southampton in 13th and 4 behind Leeds United in 11th
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