Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton: Eagles fail to break down 10-man Toffees

Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images
3 Comments
  • McCarthy sent off in 52nd
  • Robles holds Palace out
  • Everton 12th, Palace 16th

Joel Robles and the Everton defense held firm despite playing a man down for 38 minutes, as the Toffees took a point from Selhurst Park in a 0-0 draw between the two FA Cup semifinalists.

Palace remains in 16th place, now with 38 points, while Everton pulls into 12th with 40.

[ MORE: Watch full PL match replays ]

A Ross Barkley giveaway saw Palace with a lightning quick response, but Dwight Gayle sliding attempt off a Wilfried Zaha through ball went wide of the goal.

Everton had a great chance off a side-to-side cross from Leighton Baines that Seamus Coleman failed to put on target.

While the Toffees had most of the possession and danger for about 15-20 minutes, it was Gayle who’s dangerous chance missed the frame again. Still 0-0.

[ MORE: Latest Premier League standings ]

The second half saw both sides looking lively, and Ross Barkley crushed a longer shot off the crossbar four minutes into the frame.

But the game changed in the 52nd minute with McCarthy’s second yellow card. His obstruction of Yannick Bolasie left little choice for anything but a second yellow, and Everton faced 40 minutes down a man.

[ MORE: Full lineups, stats, box score ]

Yet the Toffees threatened more than the Eagles, at least right away. Palace had decent chances from Mile Jedinak and Yannick Bolasie, but Joel Robles kept the sheet clean.

Jason Puncheon and Emmanuel Adebayor were threats for Palace, but the Eagles simply haven’t scored enough under manager Alan Pardew.