London - Seamus
Coleman's late strike gave Everton a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on
Saturday to leave the losers without a win under Sam Allardyce in five
Premier League matches and third from bottom of the table.
The Irish international's goal four minutes from time was no more
than the visitors deserved - recording wins in their first three league
matches in a calendar year for the first time since 2008 - having
peppered the Palace goal with 16 shots prior to that.
Palace, with just one win in their last seven league matches and only
one clean sheet in their last 22, dropped into the bottom three when
Swansea pulled off a thrilling 3-2 win over Liverpool earlier on
Things look even bleaker for Palace and Allardyce as their run-in
will see them play the present top five in their last nine games.
Palace pressed early on, Christian Benteke going close with his glancing header clipping the crossbar.
Palace's bright start, though, petered out and Everton's Belgian
international midfielder Kevin Mirallas - who had had a penalty appeal
turned down - then forced Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey into a
The Welsh international goalkeeper, though, could do nothing about
Romelu Lukaku's shot from 12 yards out - after receving a perfectly
threaded pass from Gareth Barry - but it rebounded off the post.
Ross Barkley went close early in the second-half, although he could
have done better by squaring it to Lukaku who was better-placed.
Everton then went close again through Barkley after Coleman's curled
effort was palmed away by Hennessey and fell to the England
Barkley kept on battering away at the Palace goal but the results
didn't improve as he went one-on-one with Hennessey but missed again.
Palace barely managed to get out of their own half.
However, they went close to stealing the three points but Joel Robles pulled off a smart save from Benteke's header.
The visitors, though, were not to be denied and all their pressure
paid off with Coleman deftly lifting the ball over Hennessey to break
the deadlock four minutes from time after being found by Tom Davies.
Palace players and Allardyce were furious as they had a player down
at the time of the move and Everton didn't put the ball out whilst the
referee allowed play to carry on.