Romelu Lakaku’s 9th goal of the season, bundled into the net in only the second minute of the game, was enough to hand Eagles manage Alan Pardew’s first defeat in charge of the London side as Everton look to rebuild their season and crawl away from the relegation threat. The win was only Everton’s second in 14 games across all competitions and only their 4th clean sheet in the league this season. Crystal Palace were unlucky when Dwight Gayle saw an effort not long after the goal that was cleared off the line by Everton’s Phil Jagielka. In the end there will be concern for both sides. Everton found it hard to move the ball effectively enough in the final third, landing only 2 shots on target and only gaining 1 corner while Palace striker Marouane Chamakh had to be taken off in the first half with a head injury. Chamakh was a featured regular in the side that climbed from the bottom of the table to 11th last season. Everton still lack their quality in terms of what they do with their possession, let alone keeping it, and it could keep them planted in the mid-table they find themselves in now. They will however be happy to be putting distance between themselves and the relegation dog-fight, now 7 points clear of Hull in 18th.