Stat Attack: All you need to know about Everton 3-2 Crystal Palace

Sean Wilson
LiveScore
19/05/202220:45
Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the winning goal aganst Crystal Palace that secured Everton's safety
Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the winning goal aganst Crystal Palace that secured Everton's safety

Everton secured their Premier League status with a dramatic 3-2 comeback win over Crystal Palace at Goodison Park having trailed 2-0 at half-time. 

The visitors opened the scoring through Jean-Philippe Mateta in the 21st minute before Jordan Ayew latched onto a rebound and tapped in from close range to double their lead. 

The hosts pulled one back as Mason Holgate nodded down for Michael Keane to take a touch and fire home. 

Everton restored parity in the 75th minute when Richarlison lashed in after Dele Alli's shot was deflected into his path. 

With just five minutes remaining, Dominic Calvert-Lewin powered a diving header in at the near post to complete a remarkable turnaround.

Everton goalscorer Keane described the feeling in the aftermath as "special".

He said: "We always spoke about keeping that belief. We have come back from 2-0 before. If we got that early goal our fans would take us there. 

"Our fans were unbelievable and I've never heard anything like it. 

"[It is] pure relief, it has been a hard season but so proud how the club has come together the last six weeks and a platform we need to build on and make sure it never happens again. 

"I am buzzing for Dom [Calvert-Lewin], it has been a tough period but he has shown his commitment and his quality. 

"We know this is something we never want to happen again. But you can't help but get caught up in the emotion. A special moment."

Calvert-Lewin described the experience as "incredible" and "a rollercoaster".

He said: "Unbelievably special. The amount of pressure on us, going 2-0 down. To get to 2-2, I just had the feeling we could nick one. I just had to make sure I was in the right area. An incredible experience. 

"What a rollercoaster football is sometimes. It is why we love the game and why the fans love it. Ideally we wouldn't be in the situation we have been but when it produces moments like that, to go from low to high, I'm not sure I'll sleep tonight. 

"The way they have been welcoming us into the ground is unbelievable. Blue flares everywhere. They have made the difference. When we got the first goal they made the difference. 

"Some fans have questioned my commitment to the club but I always give 100% and I hope my goal and how I worked showed that."

Everton produced a much better showing after half-time, while Crystal Palace were better before the break
Everton produced a much better showing after half-time, while Crystal Palace were better before the break

Did you know?

Everton will start next season in the top flight for a 69th consecutive campaign, with only Arsenal currently on a longer unbroken run in the highest division (97 from next season).

The Toffees have won a Premier League match in which they trailed by two or more goals at half-time for the first time at the 75th attempt (D5 L69). 

This is the first time Palace suffered defeat in the competition despite leading by two or more at the break.

Everton have gained 15 points from losing positions in the league this season. Only Liverpool (17) have recovered more. 

Palace found the net nine times against the Toffees this season in all competitions — the most they’ve scored against an opponent in a single campaign since also putting nine past Sheffield Wednesday in 2001-02.

Richarlison has scored 10 or more goals in a Premier League season for a third time (2018-19 and 2019-20). He is only the second player to do so for Everton after Romelu Lukaku (four).

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