Premier League: Onana's header lifts Everton out of relegation zone

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Onanas header lifts Everton out of relegation zone in a Premier League clash against Crystal Palace. — AFP
Onana's header lifts Everton out of relegation zone in a Premier League clash against Crystal Palace. — AFP

Everton fought tooth and nail against Crystal Palace At Goodison Park on Monday, managing to secure a crucial point in their quest to avoid relegation. 

The match, overshadowed by the recent managerial change at Crystal Palace, witnessed a dramatic turn of events that unfolded under the watchful eyes of new boss Oliver Glasner.

The encounter took a significant turn in the second half when Jordan Ayew, seizing the opportunity just hours after Roy Hodgson's departure, showcased his skill with a well-taken shot that found the far corner of Everton's net. The goal added an extra layer of intensity to the clash, leaving Everton with a mountain to climb.

Joachim Andersen, Palace's resilient defender, shared insights after the match, saying, "We knew it was going to be difficult up here, but we fought hard to get what we could." 

Despite the challenges, Everton exhibited resilience, and their persistence paid off in the dying moments of the game. Amadou Onana, rising above the defensive line, executed a flawless header from a corner, securing the equaliser and providing a lifeline for Sean Dyche's struggling side.

Palace's assistant manager, Paddy McCarthy, took charge from the dugout, steering the team through a challenging encounter with a press that made it uncomfortable for Everton throughout the evening. "Fair play to Palace, they had a sharpness and an edge about them with their new manager watching," acknowledged Dyche.

The draw, while a point gained for Palace, felt like two dropped for Everton, who extended their winless streak to eight Premier League games. The challenge for Everton now lies in converting this hard-fought draw into a momentum-shifting victory in the games to come.

In reflection, Dyche noted, "We did a lot of good things in the second half and created chances, especially from set-pieces and got our goal." Everton's ability to capitalize on set-pieces, a recurring theme this season, once again proved pivotal as Onana's header found the back of the net.