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Crystal Palace v Everton – 9th November 2013

Crystal Palace v Everton – 9th November 2013

Crystal Palace midfielder Jerome Thomas

Managerless Crystal Palace picked up their first point in eight league games but will be left to rue a number of missed chances against Everton.

The home side went close when Kagisho Dikgacoi mis-timed a free header while Jerome Thomas had a shot tipped over.

Palace striker Marouane Chamakh headed wide when well placed before Thomas sent a chip into the side-netting when clean through on goal.

Palace squad capable of goals – Millen

Everton nearly punished Palace but Phil Jagielka’s header hit the crossbar.

Toffees defender Sylvain Distin headed the rebound wide as, despite some late pressure, Everton dropped more points following their goalless draw against Tottenham last week.

Palace, who remain bottom of the Premier League and five points from safety, had appointed Iain Moody as their sporting director before the game and co-chairman Steve Parish said the club hoped to appoint a new manager next week.

Whoever does take over will assume control of a team who are tireless in terms of their work-rate but one which needs extra quality and ruthlessness in front of goal.

Palace survived two early Everton chances when Leon Osman sidefooted wide and Kevin Mirallas had a driven shot smartly palmed around the post by keeper Julian Speroni.

However, the Eagles should have gone into the break in front but for some poor finishing. First Dikgacoi evaded his marker to meet a Thomas cross but the midfielder’s header ended up being more of a clearance than an effort on goal.

Thomas was back in the action again when his long-range shot was tipped over by goalkeeper Tim Howard at full stretch, moments before Chamakh sent a powerful header wide from Barry Bannan’s cross.

Palace’s regret at those missed chances increased when they wasted a glorious second-half chance.

Thomas was played clean through on goal – beating the Everton offside trap – but the ex-West Brom winger’s effort saw him chip Howard and find the side-netting from the edge of the box.

The home side almost paid the price for their profligacy when Eagles striker Cameron Jerome inadvertently flicked on a corner which Jagielka headed against the crossbar.

Palace had to endure some tense moments before the final whistle but managed to hold on and end a run of seven straight Premier League defeats.

Everton resilience pleases Martinez

“I’m proud of the players. Everton had a lot of possession but we created the better chances.

“If I’m being greedy we should have taken all three points but a draw gives us something to build on.

“The fans were fantastic and you could see the spirit of the players. I couldn’t ask anymore of the players apart from finishing the chances we had.

“I would be more concerned if we weren’t creating chances. Tactically we have been in a lot of games this year but key moments have cost us.”

“We couldn’t find that little bit of sharpness in the final third.

“Overall, we probably allowed ourselves to get a bit frustrated. Every time the ball went out of play it took ages to come back in.

“It was a stop-start sort of game and we couldn’t get in a position to break them down.

“They were very well organised, worked extremely hard and made it very difficult.”

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