Late strikes from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun helped Everton secure the three points in a game where Jordan Pickford saved Luka Milivojevic’s penalty at 0-0
Late strikes from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun ensured Everton registered their third successive Premier League victory by running out 2-0 winners against Crystal Palace 2-0 at Goodison Park.
Calvert-Lewin headed in Ademola Lookman’s cross on 87 minutes before Tosun rifled home a strike two minutes later.
The game also saw Jordan Pickford make a crucial penalty save to deny Luka Milivojevic when the game was goalless.
Palace, who have scored only five goals in nine league matches this term, went close in the first half when Cheikhou Kouyate’s header hit the bar.
Everton, having built on wins over Fulham and Leicester, are now up to eighth in the table, while Palace have dropped a place to 15th after their third consecutive defeat.
The first real attempt on goal came in the 10th minute of the contest when the fit-again Seamus Coleman, back in action after missing Everton’s previous four league games, collected the ball from Bernard and fired over from the edge of the box.
The hosts then survived a scare as Kurt Zouma and Michael Keane got in a mix-up near their own goal and Andros Townsend looked to take advantage by pouncing on the loose ball before Coleman cleared.
Eight minutes later the Republic of Ireland international’s cutback was met by Gylfi Sigurdsson, whose shot brought a good save out of Wayne Hennessey at the near post.
Palace subsequently started to show more threat, and after James Tomkins headed a Townsend cross wide and Pickford turned behind Milivojevic’s free-kick, Kouyate saw his headed effort come back off the bar.
It was Everton then applying pressure again as the first half neared an end, with Richarlison heading over from a corner and Sigurdsson sending a left-footed attempt wide.
Palace were handed a golden opportunity to break the deadlock shortly after the break when Coleman brought down Wilfried Zaha in the area and referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot.
However, the visitors were unable to do so, with Milivojevic’s strike from 12 yards – sent down the middle – being kept out by the diving Pickford’s right foot.
Moments later, Everton failed to take a great chance themselves as Theo Walcott, played in one-on-one, saw his shot kept out by Hennessey’s feet.
Toffees boss Marco Silva brought on Tosun for Bernard, and after debutant Andre Gomes then curled an attempt wide, Calvert-Lewin and Lookman were also introduced.
All three substitutes then made their mark in a dramatic finale as Calvert-Lewin converted from Lookman’s cross, before Tosun then latched on to a long ball forward from Keane and drilled a low shot in.