Everton beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday as the Toffees climbed away from relegation danger.
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The only goal of the game arrived inside the first two minutes as Romelu Lukaku slotted home from close range after good work from Steven Naismith. After that Palace pressed the Toffees and Phil Jagielka had to hack an effort off his own line but try as they might, the Eagles could not find a way through.
After a composed display, Everton clinched their first win in seven PL matches to move on to 26 points and remained in 12th place. Palace are in 13th and are four points above the bottom three.
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The Toffees had an incredible start as Lukaku opened the scoring within the first minute. A run and cross down the right from Steven Naismith found Lukaku and the Belgian slotted home from close-range. 1-0 to Everton.
Palace then had a shot cleared off the line as Dwight Gayle’s effort was hacked away by Jagielka. The Eagles piled on the pressure early on to try and equalize in a frantic start to proceedings in south London.
Following that crazy opening there was then a lengthy delay with Seamus Coleman and Marouane Chamakh coliding. The latter had to be carried off the pitch with a head injury, as Palace lost a key attacking player.
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Everton then dominated the game until half time as the Toffees sat back and controlled possession to limit chances for Palace.
In the second half Everton soaked up the pressure from Palace who were lackluster in attack. Late on Aiden McGeady almost finished things off for the away side as he cut in and sent a great effort towards the top corner but Julian Speroni made a terrific save.
Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Delaney, Dann, Kelly (Zaha, 65′), McArthur, Ledley, Puncheon, Chamakh (Mutch, 25′), Sanogo (Murray, 71′), Gayle
Everton: Joel, Coleman, Jagielka, Stones, Baines, Barry, Besic, McGeady, Naismith, Mirallas (Oviedo, 68′), Lukaku (Kone, 90+2′)
Goal: Lukaku (2′)