Everton 3-0 Crystal Palace: Toffees end three-game losing run with victory over Eagles

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In his playing career, Frank Lampard only got the better of Patrick Vieira once in 13 attempts. Already in the space of five months, Lampard has two wins over Vieira as a manager as Everton proved too good for Crystal Palace with a superb all-round display.

On his first home start of the season, Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave Everton the lead in front of the onlooking Gareth Southgate with a wonderfully taken goal before Anthony Gordon tapped in and Dwight McNeil wrapped up the three points late on to take the Toffees up to 11th and above Palace.

‘No (It couldn’t have got any better). It was a great performance and a big win,’ said Lampard. ‘From minute one, we were on it. We engaged the fans – we had an energy about us. We were organised and the pressing brought us the first goal.’

Dominic Calvert-Lewin put Everton in the lead early in the match against Crystal Palace

Calvert-Lewin's goal was his first of the season as he has struggled with injuries this campaign

Calvert-Lewin’s goal was his first of the season as he has struggled with injuries this campaign

This wasn’t quite all or nothing as it was when these two sides met in May when Everton pulled off a remarkable comeback to secure their Premier League status. Nevertheless the pressure was on Lampard, going into the game on the back of three consecutive defeats and surprisingly yet courageously, the Everton boss opted for an unchanged side from their midweek defeat at Newcastle.

Lampard had called for managers to be given more time following the sacking of Steven Gerrard, lauding Mikel Arteta’s job at Arsenal as an example and in his programme notes asked for his side to improve on their cutting edge after a poor showing at St James’ Park. That, they certainly did in front of their jubilant home support – with their three goals as many as they’d managed in their previous five home games.

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Everton failed to get a shot on target in their last two outings but they raced out of the blocks here, playing with intent and a tempo that Vieira’s Palace simply couldn’t handle. Just eleven minutes in, Calvert-Lewin slotted home after an aggressive Everton press led by their No 9 himself.

Anthony Gordon doubled Everton's advantage after VAR judged him to be onside to tap home

Anthony Gordon doubled Everton’s advantage after VAR judged him to be onside to tap home

MATCH FACTS 

Everton (4-3-3): Pickford 7, Coleman 7, Coady 7, Tarkowski 7, Mykolenko 7, Gueye 7 (Davies 86), Iwobi 8, Onana 7 (Garner 78), Gordon 8 (Doucoure 86), Gray 7 (McNeil 72, 6), Calvert-Lewin 7 (Maupay 78)

Subs unused: Begovic, Holgate, Keane, Rondon

Manager: Frank Lampard 8 

Goals: Calvert-Lewin 11, Gordon 63, McNeil 84

Booked: Tarkowski 68′, Gray 70′

Crystal Palace (4-3-3): Guaita 5, Ward 5, Andersen 5, Guehi 5, Mitchell 5, Milivojevic 5 (Schlupp 62,?), Eze 6, Olise 5 (Mateta 62, 5), Ayew 5 (Ebiowei 75), Zaha 6, Edouard 5

Subs unused: Tomkins, Hughes, Johnstone, Balmer, Riedewald, Phillips

Manager: Patrick Vieira 6 

Booked: Zaha 68′, Guehi 68′, Schlupp 68′

Referee: Simon Hooper 6

Attendance: 38,939

Luka Milivojevic lost the ball under pressure from Calvert-Lewin and Amadou Onana found Alex Iwobi, who played the ball to Calvert-Lewin on the edge of the box. His first touch was too good for Marc Guehi as he glided past the Palace defender and with his second, he finished past Vicente Guaita into the bottom corner for his first goal since his header against Palace last season – at the same Gwladys Street end – that kept Everton up.

The celebrations that followed weren’t quite as dramatic as they were that night but this was another reminder to the home faithful and to Southgate of what he is capable of when fit and firing. His presence adds an extra dimension to this Everton side, with his hold-up play and his willingness to run in behind.

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‘I’m delighted for him. Today, you saw a fit and sharp number nine that’s got all the attributes that we know. There’s so many parts to his game,’ said Lampard.

And with the England manager in attendance, Calvert-Lewin did himself no harm with an impressive performance.

‘Gareth knows him really well already. It will just be seeing if Dominic is fit and firing, which today he was. If he can sustain that for the next few games, then maybe Dominic puts himself in the frame,’ added Lampard.

As much as the attention was on their frontman, Everton were impressive in all departments. Conor Coady and James Tarkowski were solid at the back. Seamus Coleman and Vitali Mykolenko were relentless in cutting off any threat from Wilfried Zaha and Michael Olise on the flanks. Idrissa Gana Gueye, Onana and Iwobi dictated the tempo from midfield with Iwobi in particular, constantly winning back possession.

There was a melee between the teams after a hard tackle from Wilfried Zaha on Gordon

There was a melee between the teams after a hard tackle from Wilfried Zaha on Gordon

Three Crystal Palace players and Everton's James Tarkowski were all booked for their actions

Three Crystal Palace players and Everton’s James Tarkowski were all booked for their actions

Palace had come back from going a goal down to win three times already in the league this season and started the second half stronger but were denied by a superbly timed challenge by Coleman on Zaha in the penalty area.

At the hour mark, Vieira made a double substitution bringing on Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jeffrey Schlupp but instead it was Everton who doubled their lead with a brilliant team move from defence to attack. Guaita could only parry Mykolenko’s strike to Gordon, who tapped in only for his celebrations to be cut short by the linesman’s flag. Replays showed Gordon was onside and VAR confirmed that the goal should stand.

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The fans celebrated and by now, every challenge was cheered like a goal. Zaha’s foul on Gordon prompted a melee with Zaha, Tarkowski, Schlupp and Guehi all getting booked. Somehow it stayed 11 v 11 and Demarai Gray was booked for a late challenge on Guehi, before he was taken off by Lampard for McNeil.

And it was the replacement who put the icing on the cake, starting and finishing off another quality move, driving at the Palace defence and playing it to Iwobi, whose delightful back-heel put it on a plate for McNeil to fire in. It was Iwobi’s 5th league assist of the season – a tally only bettered by Kevin De Bruyne – and capped off a man-of-the-match display from the Nigerian.

Dwight McNeil made an impact from the bench as he scored Everton's third goal of the game

Dwight McNeil made an impact from the bench as he scored Everton’s third goal of the game

‘Everything went wrong. We were second-best in every department of the game. In the end we got what we deserved,’ said Vieira. For Lampard and Everton, it was a massive win and no doubt, a deserved one too.

By now, the home faithful were celebrating every challenge like a goal and Zaha’s foul on Gordon prompted a kick-off with Zaha getting booked, alongside James Tarkowsi, Schlupp and Guehi. Somehow, it stayed 11 v 11 and Demarai Gray was booked for a late challenge on Guehi, before he was taken off by Lampard for Dwight McNeil.

And it was McNeil who sealed the win starting and finishing off another quality team move, driving at the Palace defence and playing it to Iwobi, whose backheel put it on a plate for McNeil to finish. A massive win for Frank Lampard and no doubt, a deserved one too.

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