Palace Blow Half Time Lead As Everton Fightback Guarantees Safety

This was a bitter pill to swallow as a very good first half performance was followed up by a poor one as the Eagles served up a defeat when victory and a top ten finish was very much on the cards.


19th May 2022


Everton 3-2 Crystal Palace


Goodison Park, Goodison Road, Liverpool L4 4EL


Referee: Anthony Taylor. Assistants: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn. Fourth official: Kevin Friend. VAR: Mike Dean. Assistant VAR: Eddie Smart


BOOKINGS – Will Hughes (32), Jordan Ayew (34), Michael Keane (67), Wilfried Zaha (69)

RED CARD – none


Jean-Philippe Mateta (21), Jordan Ayew (36), Michael Keane (54), Richarlison (75), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (85)


Eberechi Eze (21), Mason Holgate (54), Demarai Gray (85)


All the hard work was done in the first half of this encounter to go in two goals to the good but could not have been any more different if we tried as a poor second half saw the Eagles succumb to the needs of the hosts. For all the excellent work this season, this one was hard to take but let’s face it, Palace went to Merseyside with little to play for after a long intense season. However, there should be no excuses as the visitors should have been heading home with the points. Patrick Vieira was clearly seething on the touchline the longer the second half went on, but he has addressed a number of things this season, and he has not been without fault, but many thought we would be involved in this relegation scrap this season, and the fact we are not says a lot about the season that we have had. Frustrating result, yes, but should not detract from the progress that has been made both on and off the pitch.


1 Jack Butland (6), 17 Nathaniel Clyne (6), 16 Joachim Andersen (6), 6 Marc Guéhi (6), 3 Tyrick Mitchell (7), 12 Will Hughes (6), 15 Jeffrey Schlupp (7), 10 Eberechi Eze (7), 9 Jordan Ayew (7), 14 Jean-Philippe Mateta (7), 11 Wilfried Zaha (6)

SUBSTITUTES – 13 Vicente Guaita, 2 Joel Ward, 4 Luka Milivojevic (6 – replaced Hughes on 57 mins), 8 Cheikhou Kouyaté, 23 Conor Gallagher (6 – replaced Schlupp on 74 mins), 22 Odsonne Edouard, 20 Christian Benteke (6 – replaced Mateta on 81 mins), 34 Martin Kelly, 49 Jesrun Rak-Sakyi


1 Pickford, 4 Holgate, 5 Keane, 7 Richarlison, 9 Calvert-Lewin, 16 Doucoure, 17 Iwobi, 19 Mykolenko, 21 Gomes, 23 Coleman, 24 Gordon

SUBSTITUTES – 15 Begovic, 2 Kenny, 6 Allan, 11 Gray, 22 Godfrey, 26 Davies, 30 van de Beek, 36 Dele, 64 Welch


PATRICK VIEIRA – “We allowed them to build a momentum and confidence. It’s about managing the game at 2-0 but we gave them hope. We invited pressure which woke up the crowd and then they made it difficult for us.”

“When were 2-0 up, we had the chance to score a third which would’ve been game over. But the discipline we had in possession in the first half we didn’t show in the second. We lost control of the game.”

“These are the types of games which will help us learn a lot. We started to showboat a little bit instead of playing simple. That comes with maturity.”

FRANK LAMPARD – “It is one of the greatest moments of my football life and career. I have been very fortunate to have amazing times, especially at Chelsea as a player and a coach. But when you feel the feelings and desperation of what relegation brings to the table, it is different. You need to dig in. You lose games, you fight to do something and then you lose another game. People think you should fly up the table and it is never that way.”

“Coming in here three and a half months ago with my amazing staff, positive people who work so hard, and trying to affect things and getting a reaction from the players, from the fans and feeling unity when it looked split. This club is special and I am proud to be manager of Everton on this night.”


The Who Scored man of the match was Dominic Calvert-Lewin (8.4) while Richarlison (5) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Mason Holgate and Abdoulaye Doucoure (5) as the most dribbles were by Alexander Iwobi and Wilfried Zaha (3)

  • Team rating: 6.98 – 6.48
  • Total shots: 12 – 7
  • Shots on target: 6 – 5
  • Possession: 43.1% – 56.9%
  • Pass success: 70% – 78%
  • Passes: 340 – 460
  • Dribbles: 6 – 5
  • Aerials won: 33 – 22
  • Tackles: 26 – 20
  • Fouls: 9 – 13
  • Corners: 4 – 5
  • Saves: 3 – 3
  • Dispossessed: 9 – 20


At the final whistle, Palace were 13th in the Premier League with 45 points from 37 games played, a point behind Newcastle in 12th and level on points with Villa in 14th.


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