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Everton 1 – 1 C Palace

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Oliver Glasner watched on from the stands as Crystal Palace were held to a 1-1 draw with Everton at Goodison Park after Amadou Onana scored late to cancel out Jordan Ayew’s opener.

The new Palace boss, announced ahead of kick-off as it was confirmed that Roy Hodgson was stepping down, witnessed a nervy encounter between two relegation-threatened sides, which appeared close to being settled by a moment of solo quality from Ayew.

Jean-Philippe Mateta held the ball up brilliantly for Ayew in the 66th minute, before the Ghana international rifled the ball across Jordan Pickford into the far corner. The twist came late, but importantly for the hosts, winless in eight games, it came.

Dominic Calvert-Lewis missed a pair of decent chances either side of the break, before substitute Onana made the breakthrough the Goodison crowd craved by heading Dwight McNeil’s corner home at the back post six minutes from time.

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Ayew screamer opens the scoring for Palace

Everton climb out of the bottom three as a result, but remain level on points with 18th-placed Luton Town, who have played a game less, while Palace are five points better off in 15th.

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Onana heads home equaliser for Everton

More to follow…

What’s next?

Everton are back in Premier League action on Saturday as they travel to Brighton; kick-off 3pm.

Crystal Palace also play again on February 24 as they host Burnley; kick-off 3pm.

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