Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace: Dann scores another header in Liverpool in great attacking game

Crystal Palace moved up to sixth in the Premier League with a draw at Goodison Park against Everton.

Scott Dann scored late as the Eagles seemed to be continuing their impressive return to form having thrashed Newcastle United 5-1 the previous weekend.

However, Romelu Lukaku scored his 50th goal in his 100th competitive appearance in the 82nd minute to ensure Roberto Martinez' side got a point at home.

Palace moved above West Ham United and Liverpool on goal difference and are just six points off the top four and Champions League spots after 15 games.

Palace move up to sixth with Goodison draw

Connor Wickham had an early effort saved easily by Tim Howard as Palace attacked quickly, utilising their quick wide players as usual away from home.

Ramiro Funes Mori had to be quick and strong to cut out a good cross from the right flank as Alan Pardew's side dominated early proceedings.

Lukaku and Ross Barkley combined well on the edge of the area but the former had to wait for his 50th goal, curling his shot well wide.

While Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie have impressed Palace fans with their tricks but Gerard Deulofeu was made the crowd roar with a backheel past two defenders, although Lukaku couldn't get on the end of it.

Bolasie's crosses caused danger and nerves but no real trouble of note to Howard's goal, even if Brendan Galloway would have liked a breather after facing the quick Congo man.

Off the back of a corner, Bolasie's cross did cause trouble with Wickham heading at Howard from point-blank range. The American goalkeeper produced a fine save to deny the former-Sunderland striker.

At the other end, Deulofeu continued with his tricks and flicks, moving past four players in one go. Lukaku, again, couldn't take advantage of his teammate's brilliance.

Minutes later the Belgian striker hit the post with a fierce left-footed drive before helping a good ball onto Aroune Kone, who struck wide.

Funes Mori almost gifted Palace a first half lead, giving the ball away to Wickham. The Englishman's ball to Yohan Cabaye was struck too hard and straight into Howard's gloves.

Seamus Coleman's effort was deflected for a corner, of which resulted in Deulofeu picking up the ball again. As with every other time, Pardew's defenders surrounded the nimble Spaniard in an attempt to force him to use his brilliant close control.

With just a minute until half-time, Wayne Hennessey made his first save in the Palace net, catching Gareth Barry's weak shot easily.

Everton came out of the break more inspired. Deulofeu earned a corner within a couple of minutes but his delivery, a consistent theme throughout the match, was poor.

Palace had a quiet penalty shout as Barry held onto Mike Jedinak's shirt at a corner, but Everton earned the free-kick instead because of a supposed foul on Tim Howard by Wickham.

Bolasie got in one-on-one with Howard after driving deep from midfield up against John Stones, who was as impressive as ever with the ball at his feet.

Wickham almost gave Everton the lead in a surprisingly good game for a 0-0. He headed an Everton corner against his own crossbar as the game hotted up with thirty minutes remaining.

Galloway was replaced by Leighton Baines, making his eagerly awaited return from long-term injury.

Hennessey had to produce a great save to stop Tom Cleverley's vicious strike from going in.

The pressure from Everton continued to build. Cleverley had another shot come close, this time going wide with less power. Deulofeu constantly had chances to shoot but took too long on the ball inside the Palace area.

Dwight Gayle came on for The Eagles to brighten up their ideas with Everton looking closer to scoring.

Scott Dann scores another header in Liverpool for Palace

Hugely against the run of play, Palace took the lead in the 76th minute through Scott Dann. The defender scored against Liverpool at Anfield in another famous win in the city and he grabbed another header in the same city, this time from an unmarked position from a corner.

Lukaku hit the post with another good left-footed strike, chasing his 50th competitive goal like mad to earn Everton the point.

Lukaku scores 50th goal with late equaliser

A few minutes later he got it to level things up. The star of the night Deulofeu ran to the byline and put in a cross just waiting to be hammered past Hennessey.

The Welsh goalkeeper watched it go past him as Lukaku tapped it in from inside the six-yard box.

Palace sat back in hope of holding on to a well-earned point at a tricky away ground. Pape Souare was virtually in his own area when he cleared a long ball.

Still, though, Bolasie's attacking intent shone through. And his skill. He charged forward looking for the winner and Gareth Barry had to quickly get towards him and block the run.

Jordan Mutch went down on the very edge of the area after Funes Mori blocked him, but penalty shouts were waved away quickly by the referee.

Mutch had a chance for the winner in added time, stealing the ball of Gareth Barry. He dragged it wide with a poor attempt. James McArthur, booked moments earlier, had to put in a crucial challenge on Lukaku with a moment left as he bore down on goal.

After a superb 90 minutes full of action, skills and chances on goal, the referee brought things to a close for a well-deserved, for both sides, point each.

Palace now sit in sixth place on goal difference, one point ahead of ninth-placed Everton who have 22 points after 15 games.

VAVEL Logo