Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Palace come unstuck against Toffees

Palace come unstuck against Toffees

"Tom really applied himself well in training", the manager told Everton's official club website.

Sam Allardyce believes David Unsworth would find it hard to give up his position as Under-23s boss and director of coaching at Everton following links to the vacant senior post at Oxford United, but claims the 44-year-old will have to "take the plunge" at some stage if he wishes to become a manager. "I'm not interested. I've said what I've got to say". There's a lot of people that have worked with me who've had that same desire and gone on to be managers, gone on to be good managers.

Allardyce defended his on-loan centre-half Eliaquim Mangala after his hard debut at the heart of the defence against Arsenal.

"You have to welcome new players and they have only come in to strengthen the team", he said. "Only I would know that because it's my job to study the game".

Having enjoyed a sharp upturn in form following Hodgson's arrival in September, Palace are now winless in four league games and, in the absence of Zaha for up to a month due to a knee injury, remain at risk of being dragged back into a battle against relegation.

Becoming the first player retrospectively banned for diving in the reserve fixture this season, Niasse was booed by the visiting Crystal Palace fans throughout the game.

There was time for one more goal as Ashley Williams handled in the box, Milivojevic stepping up to beat Pickford and give the travelling contingent something to cheer, although they'll be quietly anxious about their side being winless in four and now just two points from the drop zone.

"Cenk is direct competition for me at the top of the pitch, so, hopefully, that will push us both on to do better and score goals".

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