Everton fights back to draw 2-2 at last-place Crystal Palace

November 18, 2017

Everton's Leighton Baines, left, celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match Crystal Palace versus Everton at Selhurst Park, London, Saturday Nov. 18, 2017. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)

LONDON (AP) — Crystal Palace was denied a crucial English Premier League victory after a controversial penalty earned Everton a 2-2 draw on Saturday.

Roy Hodgson’s Palace twice took the lead at Selhurst Park with goals from James McArthur and Wilfried Zaha, but the hosts were frustrated when they felt Oumar Niasse dived to earn a penalty and then scored Everton’s second goal by halftime.

The visitors showed little, beyond resilience, to strengthen caretaker manager David Unsworth’s bid to be appointed on a permanent basis amid the expectation Everton will again approach Watford for Marco Silva in the coming week.

For last-place Palace, a wider concern will be dropping two further points after again impressing.

Everton is 16th in the 20-team standings.

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