Frank Lampard’s Everton have recently been on fire in the bottom flight of the Premier League. Everton were ahead of Thursday night’s away match with Crystal Palace on safe ground in the table, but with a narrow margin down to the relegation line.
The Liverpool team needed a victory for a secured Premier League contract, but instead went on a nightmare start at Goodison Park.
In the 21st minute, Jean-Philippe Mateta nodded in 1-0, and 15 minutes later Jordan Ayew scored the evening’s second goal to make it 2-0. Just two minutes earlier, Ayew was also involved in a brawl after shearing Anthony Gordon, but got away with a yellow card. At stoppage time in the first half, Everton called for a penalty after the ball bounced up on one of Jeffrey Schlupp’s arms, but the referee chose not to point to the penalty spot.
Thus, Everton were at a disadvantage at half time, but the team would turn the tables.
At the start of the second half, Michael Keane reduced, and then Richarlison set the equalizer. With just over five minutes left of full time, Dominic Calvert-Lewin finally arranged 3-2, and then the joy was total among the home supporters.
– It was very special. We ended up in a 2-0 deficit, and there was a lot of pressure on us, but then we came back to 2-2, and I got the feeling that I would nod in it. “It’s incredible,” Calvert-Lewin told Sky Sports.
After the goal, over 50 supporters stormed the pitch to celebrate the goal, which caused the match to be broken for a short while before it started again with seven minutes of extra time.
Everton then held off, winning 3-2 and securing a new contract in the Premier League. At the final whistle, even more supporters stormed the pitch to celebrate with the players.
Ahead of the final round, Lampard’s Everton are in 16th place with four points down to Leeds United in the relegation zone in the Premier League.