Allardyce's Everton beats Hodgson's Palace in EPL

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND captain Seamus Coleman was taken off at half-time today during Everton's 3-1 win against Crystal Palace today. "It's unrelated to his broken leg".

The 29-year-old departed with the score at 0-0 this afternoon before the home side struck twice in the space of six minutes through Gylfi Sigurdsson and Oumar Niasse to take control early in the second half.

Palace pulled one goal back through Luka Milivojevic from the penalty spot in the final stages.

Tottenham climbed to third after Harry Kane scored a second-half victor to settle the north London derby against Arsenal.

Palace keenly felt the absence of injured star Wilfried Zaha, as debutant Alexander Sorloth worked hard but struggled to make an impact in attack following his arrival from Midtjylland.

"Rhino" took temporary charge of first-team affairs in October after the sacking of Ronald Koeman and stated his desire to secure the job on a full-time basis, only for a awful run as caretaker that saw Everton win only two of eight matches to scupper those hopes.

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There was also late drama at the Liberty Stadium where Ki Sung-yueng struck the victor as Swansea continued their resurgence under Carlos Carvalhal by beating out-of-form Burnley 1-0.

We played the game really well, defensively very solid and from a taking the chances point of view we finally found the right way to take those in the second-half.

The visitors had taken a first-half lead through a classy goal by Jose Izquierdo on 32 minutes, but Xherdan Shaqiri equalised for much-improved Stoke midway through the second half.

And with the points sealed, Sam Allardyce drafted on his French midfielder for the remaining 10 minutes though to the frustration of the home fans who booed his introduction.

At the London Stadium, Watford failed to replicate their big win against Chelsea as they were humbled 2-0 by West Ham United.

  • Lawrence Cooper