- Crystal Palace vs Everton

Saturday 9 November 2013 | Selhurst Park | Referee: Craig Pawson | Attendance 25,231

Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace
0 - 0
Everton
Everton

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Crystal Palace avoided defeat for just the second time this season as they played out a goalless draw with Everton on Saturday.

Both teams had chances to take maximum points at Selhurst Park, with Kagisho Dikgacoi and Jerome Thomas squandering opportunities for the hosts, while Phil Jagielka hit the crossbar for Everton. Despite probably seeing the result as two points dropped, Everton have now gone five and a half hours without conceding and have lost just one of their opening 11 Barclays Premier League fixtures.

Keith Millen made one enforced change to the Palace side who lost 2-0 at West Bromwich Albion last weekend, with Yannick Bolasie coming in for the injured Adlene Guedioura. Roberto Martinez, meanwhile, decided to stick with the starting line-up who played out a goalless draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

After traffic around the stadium caused kick-off to be delayed, a defensive lapse in the fourth minute allowed Marouane Chamakh to charge down a Jagielka clearance, but Tim Howard rushed off his line to ensure the Moroccan could not capitalise. Leon Osman then went close to breaking the deadlock for the visitors in the 12th minute as he got a boot to a Leighton Baines cut-back, guiding the ball narrowly wide of the target.

Dikgacoi had a glorious opportunity to put Palace ahead 10 minutes before the break, but the South African applied a dreadful header to a fantastic Jerome Thomas cross from the left. As Palace ramped up the pressure on Everton, Thomas forced Howard into an acrobatic save with a curling effort from 20 yards out two minutes later. Osman tried his luck from distance on the stroke of half-time, but a Julian Speroni save ensured the teams remained gridlocked at the interval.

Thomas beat the offside trap to find himself through one-on-one with Howard eight minutes into the second half, but the winger sent his chip wide of the American's left post. The 30-year-old continued to look most likely to open the scoring as he was flagged for offside in the 67th minute after being sent clear on Howard again.

Palace substitute Cameron Jerome created an angle for himself on the edge of the penalty area six minutes later, but skewed his effort well wide of Howard’s left post. Everton centre-back Jagielka had the crossbar shaking after 77 minutes as his diving header from a corner came agonisingly close to giving Martinez’s men the lead.

The visitors pushed hard for a winner in the closing stages, but were forced to settle for a draw as Palace collected just their fourth point of the season.

Crystal Palace caretaker manager Keith Millen: "The 11 that started, the subs that came on, and even the subs that didn't get involved were behind the players, so I'm very proud of them. It's nice to come in here with a smile on my face having actually some points from the game and, if we're being greedy, when you look at the clear-cut chances, we should have won the game.

"We got in some good areas and there's two or three I've seen on the replays that if you're going to be critical, we have to start taking those chances. We've had that in a few games now and they're the key moments that we're not taking, but on the flipside, keeping a clean sheet will give everyone a big boost and I'm so pleased for the players.

"We've worked hard on our shape - we know Everton were a good passing team so we tried to block it up essentially and I thought we did that in general. But also we counter-attacked and we opened them up, and we have got to start taking those chances because the lads deserve that."

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "You are always looking for perfection, you are always looking for the three points. It is frustrating when you go into a football game and the ball takes so long to come back in and there is a lot of stop and start.

"In those sort of games you need to focus and keep concentration and make sure you don't get punished on the counter attack or from dead balls and we did that.

"You want to take the long spells that we had in possession and make them into chances. Sometimes we relied to much on the bounce of the ball. Our quality in attacking play is much better than we showed today, but we will learn from this situation. Fair play to Crystal Palace, they were resilient and showed a lot of spirit."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Julian Speroni 5.5 5.44
2. Joel Ward 6.67 5.08
19. Daniel Gabbidon 7.33 4.68
27. Damien Delaney 8.33 4.57
21. Dean Moxey 5.33 4.73
15. Mile Jedinak 8.0 5.52
46. Barry Bannan 8.0 4.47
8. Kagisho Dikgacoi 7.67 4.43
14. Jerome Thomas 6.25 3.91
7. Yannick Bolasie 6.25 4.95
29. Marouane Chamakh 8.0 5.72
Substitutes All Fans BFR
16. Dwight Gayle - 5.27
12. Stuart O'Keefe 7.0 4.46
30. Cameron Jerome 6.0 4.22
28. Jimmy Kébé - 3.48
34. Lewis Price - 2.46
13. Jason Puncheon 6.0 5.24
3. Adrian Mariappa - 4.16
Line-up All Fans BFR
24. Tim Howard 7.88 6.18
15. Sylvain Distin 7.17 5.7
3. Leighton Baines 7.33 6.41
23. Seamus Coleman 7.71 6.78
6. Phil Jagielka 7.14 5.83
18. Gareth Barry 5.5 6.1
16. James McCarthy 6.67 5.78
21. Leon Osman 6.5 5.47
11. Kevin Mirallas 6.86 6.16
22. Steven Pienaar 6.33 5.74
17. Romelu Lukaku 7.57 7.28
Substitutes All Fans BFR
26. John Stones 5.0 4.84
10. Gerard Deulofeu 7.0 6.18
5. Johnny Heitinga 6.0 4.47
20. Ross Barkley 7.67 6.78
1. Joel Robles 4.0 3.6
14. Steven Naismith 5.0 5.41
7. Nikica Jelavic 3.0 5.21

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