Conor Gallagher scored twice and James Tomkins also hit when Crystal Palace suffered a streak of three losses from a 3-1 win over Everton at Selhurst Park on Sunday to put pressure on visiting coach Rafael Benitez. Gallagher shot home four minutes before half when Palace took advantage of a defensive error and Tomkins stabbed in from a corner midway through the second half.
Salomon Rondon pulled Everton behind with 20 minutes remaining before Gallagher whipped a stunning shot from outside the box into the top of the goal to secure the home side’s win in added time.
The result lifted Palace in the Premier League standings over Everton as they moved up two places to 12th, now having won only one of their last 10 games.
Gallagher’s opening goal came after a faulty back pass from Everton’s Demarai Gray was intercepted by Jordan Ayew, who then slipped into Gallagher’s path from the left for a polished finish.
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Everton’s defense allowed Will Hughes’ corner in the 62nd minute to dodge them and find Tomkins unmarked at the back post where the Palace defender had ample time to recover from an initially poor first touch to get home and to double the lead.
Another sign of potential disagreement came at Everton when Brazilian striker Richarlison gave an irritated reaction to his substitution, but it was his substitute who cut the gap in the 70th minute to offer the possibility of a comeback.
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Rondon set up a shot for Abdoulaye Doucoure, then reacted quickest when the Frenchman’s attempt was blocked and slid the rebound home.
Five minutes later, Everton were close to equalizing when Rondon passed back to Andros Townsend after a stormy run from Ben Godfrey’s right, but the attempt was blocked.
Substitute Anthony Gordon was free on goal 85 minutes into the match, but his shot was blocked by Vicente Guaita as Everton lost another opportunity to equalize.
But Gallagher secured victory by defeating Seamus Coleman and then putting in an excellent performance to underscore his promise. The win ended a streak of 13 unsuccessful games for Palace against Everton and halted a streak of recent losses to Aston Villa, Leeds United and Manchester United.
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