Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace: Five things we learned as the Toffees come from behind to draw

Here are five things we learned from Everton's draw against Crystal Palace, after Romelu Lukaku's late equaliser secured a 1-1 draw, following Scott Dann's opener.

Everton were unlucky in this game

It was an unlucky game for the Toffees, as they had multiple chances to take the lead and should have done so. Romelu Lukaku had his header clang off the post in the first half and then had his volley strike the underside of the crossbar in the second half. Everton also had a free kick take a wicked defelction off Conor Wickham's head and it hit the underside of the crossbar. Roberto Martinez's men should have had at least two goals tonight but they ended up with only one. 

Crystal Palace were dangerous on the counterattack

Everton controlled much of the ball in the second half but Crystal Palace keep the Toffees honest at the back with the pace of Yannick Bolasie on the wing and Connor Wickham being able to hold up play, and be a presence in the penalty box. Dwight Gayle later came on and added pace to the wings as Bolasie was moved into a strikers role. Palace certainly made Everton worry. 

Lukaku and Deulofeu maintain their fine form

While Everton only scored one goal, Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu both had great games. The Belgian was able to net his 50th Premier goal in his 100th game. He has scored in the last five games and has hit form at the perfect moment for Everton, as they look to maintain a chase for Champions League football. Meanwhile, Deulofeu was a controlling force on the right side in the second half as he possessed the ball a lot and found himself in numerous one on one situations. It was his quickness that allowed him to send in a dangerous cross that was put by Lukaku. They have formed a great partnership recently, and Toffees fans will be hoping it continues.

Leighton Baines failed to make an impact

Leighton Baines came on in the second half for Brendan Galloway and made his first BPL appearance since May, and looked like a man out of form. The left back barely made his presence known as he had little of the ball at his feet. He made runs up and down the pitch and some sympathy can be given considering how much Seamus Coleman and Deulofeu controlled the ball on the opposite side of the pitch, but it wasn't the return he'd have hoped for.

Crystal Palace are going places

It was another good result for Alan Pardew and Crystal Palace as they moved into sixth place in the table. They sit just three points beind Tottenham Hotspur, who are fifth, and could possibly have European qualification in their sights. It's a strange thing to think about when it comes to Crystal Palace but this season has been wacky and there could be a power shift in the Premier League, one that the Eagles play a part of.

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