In the battle of the ex-England bosses, the first time this has happened in the Premier League since 2004, Allardyce came out on top in what was a comfortable win for the Everton. Here are five things we learned.
Palace’s injuries show
The stats don’t lie and Crystal Palace without Zaha in the starting eleven have not won a game since 2016, not something you want to be taking into a tough away game.
Zaha wasn’t the only key absentee from this game. Palace also had key players such as Kelly, Loftus-Cheek, Puncheon, Dann and Sako unavailable for the trip to Goodison.
Surprisingly, since promotion to the Premier League, Palace have had no problem heading North to Goodison. Since returning to the Premier League in 2013/14 season, Palace were unbeaten in their last four games, including two wins and two draws.
Despite their record going into the game, their extensive injury took its toll, with new signing Alexander Sorloth, a 6’ 4” striker playing on the wing.
The end of the road for Schneiderlin?
In the 80th minute with Everton 3-0 up and in complete control, the Blues had one more substitution to make after two forced ones earlier with the injuries of Mangala and Coleman.
Many fans wanted to see the new £27 million-man Tosun get a run out, the perfect game to try and boost his confidence. However, once fans saw Morgan Schneiderlin ready to come on for Idrissa Gueye the questions began.
Its hard to tell whether the boos were aimed at Allardyce or Schneiderlin or both, however, the for,we Southampton and Man Utd man did not enter the pitch to a round of applause. There has been a lot of questioning of Schneiderlin’s loyalty lately after numerous awful performances, despite the obvious talent he has. The fact that it is rumoured he requested a loan move out of the club on deadline day also doesn’t help his cause.
It will be interesting to see what this controversial moment means for the future of the Frenchman. Even if the boos were not aimed at him he is still extremely unpopular with the Everton fans and needs to do a lot to win them back.
More assured from Everton
After the 5-1 battering against Arsenal away from home the week before, Everton needed to provide a response. A 3-1 win against Palace was certainly that response.
Throughout most of the game Everton didn’t look particularly troubled and, in the end, came out as deserved winners with the Blues having more shots on target and more of the possession. Even after conceding a penalty, they didn’t collapse and managed to stay in control to comfortably see the game out, unlike the Leicester game.
However, home performances haven’t really been the problem for Everton this season, the problem has come away from home. With Watford on the road up next for the blues, this will really show whether or not they have truly recovered from the hammering against Arsenal.
Benteke’s stinking season
Benteke missed numerous chances in this game and once the likes of Zaha and others return from injury, he may find his starting place under threat, especially after new signing Sorloth put in a decent performance despite playing out of position.
Benteke’s performance in this game comes after a horrid season which has seen him score just two goals in 21 games.
The recent form of Benteke will be of serious concern to Palace, not only are most of the teams’ key players out, but the team also find themselves back in the relegation battle and right now could do with experienced players such as Benteke stepping up.
Coleman injury is bad news for Blues
After the game it was confirmed that Coleman will be taken for a scan on a muscle injury he picked up during the match. The knock forced the Irishman to be substituted at half time for youngster Jonjoe Kenny.
After his impressive performance against Leicester, and then how different the team looked without him against Arsenal, the injury to Coleman will be a massive blow to both the club and the Irishman alike.
With Jonjoe Kenny not able to replicate the attacking threat that Coleman provides, and while a muscular injury will not be surprise to the club considering the length of his absence, Everton will be hoping that he will be able to return to the squad as soon as possible as his presence offers a lot more balance and attacking threat to a very unbalanced squad.