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While Crystal Palace delighted their fans, Sylvain Distin antagonised Everton’s. After this scrappy draw, the Everton defender took particular issue with a supporter in the visitors’ end, walking over and appearing to engage in heated discussion.

Later, he clarified: “For the record, I was speaking to one single person and he knows who he is, as I spoke to him face to face. There is no confusion. He knows what I said.”

There were legitimate grounds for complaint. Everton were surprisingly careless and unimaginative in the final third. Kick-off had been delayed by 15 minutes because of local transport chaos, and it was a good deal longer than that before the visitors turned up. Romelu Lukaku, of whom so much was expected, was largely becalmed by Danny Gabbidon and Damien Delaney. More worryingly, their defence looked pretty porous at times.

Meanwhile, have Crystal Palace finally turned a corner? On the day they avoided defeat for only the second league game this season, they also announced the appointment of Iain Moody as their new sporting director.

With a new manager to be announced in the next few days, the winds of change finally appear to be blowing through Selhurst Park.

Moody masterminded Cardiff’s summer spree before being shooed aside in favour of the 23-year-old friend of the owner’s son, and his arrival addresses a flaw that cost Palace so dearly in the summer, when the club’s transfer policy strongly resembled a lottery winner blowing his entire windfall on supermarket lager.

The search for Ian Holloway’s replacement continues apace. “We’re down to three or four possibles,” said co-owner Steve Parish. “We would hope to get somebody in place for Tuesday or Wednesday.”

Moody was in the crowd to watch a much improved performance from Palace, who could well have claimed all three points. In a sense, Everton were there for the taking, and yet the final whistle was greeted with a tremendous roar from the home fans. When you have lost nine games out of 10, you take your thrills where you can get them.

Palace should have led by two at half-time. Marouane Chamakh headed over from six yards, but even that was an improvement on Kagisho Dikgacoi’s effort, which somehow came off the back of his head and went in the opposite direction. On 52 minutes, Jerome Thomas found himself clean through, but put his chip just wide.

Roberto Martinez introduced Barkley and Gerard Deulofeu in an attempt to force the pace. But despite Phil Jagielka hitting the bar, they still appeared to lack options. “Today’s game was a banana skin,” Martinez said.

“We’ll always be critical of ourselves, but many times I’ve seen a team get done on the counter-attack. I was pleased we managed to keep a clean sheet.”

Match Details

Crystal Palace (4-1-4-1): Speroni 7; Ward 7, Gabbidon 8, Delaney 7, Moxey 6; Jedinak 7; Bolasie 7, Dikgacoi 5 (O’Keefe, h-t), Bannan 6, Thomas 6 (Puncheon 84); Chamakh 5 ((Jerome 63).
Subs: Mariappa, Gayle, Kébé, Jerome, Price (g).
Booked: Jedinak.

Everton (4-2-3-1): Howard 7; Coleman 7, Jagielka 5, Distin 6, Baines 6; McCarthy 7, Barry 7; Mirallas 5 (Deulofeu 56), Osman 6 (Barkley 56), Pienaar 6; Lukaku 5.
Subs: Robles (g), Heitinga, Kelavic, Naismith, Stones.

Referee: C Pawson (South Yorkshire).

Source: Telegraph

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