Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson felt they didn’t let themselves down in defeat to Everton.
Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson broke the deadlock at Goodison Park with a deflected effort a minute into the second period before striker Oumar Niasse – who was given a retrospective two-match for diving when the clubs met at Selhurst Park earlier in the season – quickly headed a second.
Tom Davies added a third and, despite Luka Milivojevic reducing the deficit from the penalty spot following Ashley Williams’ handball, Palace were unable to salvage anything, leaving them just two points above the bottom three.
Hodgson said: “In the first half we did very well but in the second we went 2-0 down fairly early on but we stayed in the game and played hard, so I’m not disappointed with the performance at all. I’m sad we didn’t get a result because I thought at half-time we were more than capable of getting one, but it’s all about goals and Everton got them and we didn’t so they win the game.
“The team did as much as I expected them to do, but it would have been better for me if the first two goals hadn’t come their way because I thought we would have been able to continue what we did in the first half and restrict their chances.”