(Everton-Crystal Palace 1-1) Everton had the opportunity to approach a Champions League place, so Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson threw in a joker on the butt.
Mitchy Batshuayi was given a chance to change things around. Two minutes and 16 seconds later he did everything himself and put in the equalizer. It was another substitute, Jeffrey Schlupp, who facilitated Batshuayi.
During the national team break, the Belgian was quoted as saying that the manager did not believe in him. Therefore, many thought that the 27-year-old had spoken out of the team. At least he used the chance when he got a few minutes against Everton.
It looked like Everton would take three important points for a long time. James Rodrigues has not been on the pitch since February 20. The 29-year-old suffered a muscle injury in the victory against Liverpool on 20 February. Tonight he was finally back – and in battle. Technically fine-tuned, as always, and with perfect passes to the east and west in a fairly free role behind the two strikers of Everton.
After Everton and Richarlison had squandered their chances against Crystal Palace, Rodriguez was effective when he was given the opportunity in the 56th minute. Then he found the opening with his right foot and put the ball in goal via the post after being served by Seamus Coleman.
That was the score Everton needed to take part in the battle for a Champions League place. Then Mitchy Batshuayi let go of Jordan Ayew. The change helped Roy Hodgson to decorate the away statistics a bit.
The London team had three away losses in a row and Hodgson’s away statistics against Everton got a little better tonight with two draws and eight losses in ten attempts.
PS! Batshuayi is on loan at Crystal Palace from Chelsea.
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