If for some reason you have so far been unable to see any highlights from yesterday’s clash with Everton, don’t fret as there are video highlights lasting a little over two minutes attached via the link below.
It was a game in which almost every sane Palace fan would have happily taken a point prior to kick-off, given the fantastic start the Toffees have enjoyed to life under Ronald Koeman. That being said, Jon Moss’ final whistle brought about a twang of frustration for many South Londoners, who were still stinging slightly from seeing Damien Delaney denied a match winning goal on his 600th league appearance as a professional after a questionable offside call.
On a night when plenty of pundits were talking up the talents of former Palace man Yannick Bolasie, we saw him struggle somewhat when matched up against Joel Ward who, perhaps as a consequence of training with him for years, coped remarkably well with the wide man’s flailing arms and legs for the entirety of the evening’s events.
The true story arose from the battle of the two Belgian frontmen who, to their credit, both ended the game with a goal to their name. Everton’s Lukaku took advantage of an incorrectly given direct free-kick in the latter stages of the first-half, whipping a shot over a wall that intentionally stayed grounded and into the back of Steve Mandanda’s goal.
You could have been forgiven for thinking that the hosts would kick on from that point, but in the 50th minute, Christian Benteke rose above Seamus Coleman from just inside the penalty area to produce one of the finest headers you’ll see for many a year. Expertly directing the ball into the far right-hand corner of the net, Christian left Stekelenburg completely flat-footed, reestablishing a foothold in the game for Palace that they would not surrender again.
It was a genuinely entertaining game under the lights at Goodison Park with a draw probably looked upon as a fair result by both sets of supporters once the dust has fully settled.
Enjoy the highlights.