Pressure back on Benitez as Crystal Palace beat 3-1 to heap



On Sunday at Selhurst park, Conor Gallagher scored twice and James Tomkins was also on target as Crystal Palace took a run of three defeats by beating Everton 3-1 to renew pressure on Rafael Benitez, visiting manager.

While Palace took advantage of a defensive error, after halftime Gallagher fired four minutes home and Tomkins stabbed home from a corner midway in second half.

Just before Gallagher whipped a mesmerizing curling shot from outside the area into the top of the net, Salomon Rondon pulled one back for Everton with 20 minutes.

In the Premier League standings, the result lifted Palace above Everton as they moved up two places to 12th.

It also brought pressure back on Benitez, who had earned some respite on Monday, when Arsenal was defeated by Everton, but whose side have only won one of their last 10 matches.

Gallagher’s opening goal came after back pass from Everton’s Demarai Gray was intercepted by Jordan Ayew, who then passed from the left into Gallagher’s way for a smooth finish, Everton’s defence allowed Will Hughes’ 62nd minute corner to avoid them and search Tomkins unmarked at the back post, whereas the Palace defender had a lot of time to recover from an initial poor primary touch to stab team and double the lead.

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