Troubled Crystal Palace striker Michy Batshuayi powerfully made his point to manager Roy Hodgson as Everton’s Goodison Park blues continued to derail their European ambitions.
Batshuayi, who said on international duty that he felt more ‘confidence’ from his Belgian boss Roberto Martinez than Hodgson, was given only six minutes as a late substitute to try to save Palace, and only needed two when he got Jeffrey’s pass. Schlupp coolly converted. in the corner.
While a draw pretty much guarantees another season of Premier League football in South London, it meant another terrible home result for Everton, who had been advanced by returning James Rodriguez and saw other opportunities wasted by failed forwards Dominic Calvert- Lewin and Richarlison.
Michy Batshuayi came off the bench to save a point for Crystal Palace against Everton
The striker came in the 84th minute and scored in the 86th with his first attempt on goal
The result means that Everton has dropped more points in the race to qualify for a spot in Europe
The Toffees had taken the lead via James Rodriguez in the 56th minute of the game
The midfielder provided a stylish finish on his return to the side after recovering from an injury
Everton (3-5-1-2): Olsen, Coleman (Godfrey 76), Mina, Keane, Holgate, Digne, Gomes (Sigurdsson 31), Davies, Rodriguez (Gbamin 79), Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
Subs not used: Virginia, Nkounkou, John, Tyrer, Broadhead, King
Booked: Digne, Mina
Scorer: Rodriguez 56
Crystal Palace (4-4-2): Guaita, Ward, Kouyate, Cahill, Van Aanholt, Riedewald (Schlupp 68), Milivojevic, Eze, Ayew (Batshuayi 84), Zaha, Benteke (Mateta 77)
Subs not used: Butland, Mitchell, Hannam, Kelly, Dann, Townsend
Scorer: Batshuayi 86
Carlo Ancelotti’s dream of taking Everton to the Europa League or even possibly the Champions League is nullified by the results at Goodison, after losing four of their previous ones.
‘If you earn to win, you have to win. We should have killed the game, ”said the despondent Everton manager.
Everton was boosted for the first time since February with the return of former Real Madrid galactico Rodriguez after a calf injury and Swedish goalkeeper Robin Olsen (belly).
The Colombian added class and calm to Everton’s central operation.
The only problem was his teammates’ finish with Calvert-Lewin, which extended his run to three goals in 15 games after a blistering start to the season.
The English forward missed a one-on-one against the pink-clad Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita, while Richarlison was unable to finish after six goal attempts.
A free kick was wastedly fired over particularly disaffected specialist-taker Gylfi Sigurdsson who had wanted to try himself.
Hodgson had never won at Goodison Park and must have feared the worst after 56 minutes when Lucas Digne was the source of Everton’s breakthrough after a one-two with Richarlison in the box.
The French left back beat Sigurdsson and although his shot was parried by Guaita, the rebound fell kindly to Seamus Coleman. The Everton skipper spotted Rodriguez and cleverly sent a low finish through a group of players for his 100th goal in European club football.
Calvert-Lewin missed another chance to make it 2-0 and Palace slowly felt that something was at stake for them.
Vicente Guaita made some important saves to keep Palace in play for the entire 90 minutes
Richarlison was thwarted a number of times by the Eagles goalkeeper
Olsen had to make saves from Jordan Ayew, Eberichi Eze and Wilfried Zaha – once coveted by Everton – and Hodgson made the changes late, sending Schlupp, Jean-Philippe Mateta and finally, at 84 minutes, Batshuayi.
Six of the Belgian’s seven previous goals this season had come for his country instead of the club, where he is on loan from Chelsea.
But natural finishers rarely lose their prowess and he hit a solid finish over Olsen set up by Schlupp.
Hodgson was annoyed by the Batshuayi’s comments on the recent international assignment when the player said, “I get a sigh of renewed energy when I get into the national team because it’s very difficult for me at my club.”
But Monday night, the 73-year-old Palace boss was a little more conciliatory.
“It’s part of football,” Hodgson said. We have all seen such quotes during international weeks.
“Since he got back, he’s been contributing to the training and giving me the confidence to put him on, and luckily he’s paid that little bit back. It’s good for me to know that we have him on board and that he still has goals in him. ‘
Jean-Philippe Gbamin made his long-awaited return after an injury after coming off the bench
Guaita made another great save to deny Richarlison while Everton was still leading 1-0
Robin Olsen also made a decent stop to deny Wilfried Zaha for Palace’s equalizer
There was grumpiness at the final whistle with Zaha and Ben Godfrey facing each other and other players around them to avoid further ‘handbags’. ‘Of no importance. A small problem, ”Hodgson snapped when asked about it.
Shortly before the equalizing goal, Ancelotti was asked about his decision to withdraw Rodriguez. “He had played a fantastic game, but he was tired,” said the Italian.
Midfielder Andre Gomes was eliminated after 31 minutes with a hamstring injury and he will be assessed to see if he can play a role in reviving Everton’s feeble European hopes.