Crystal Palace player ratings vs Everton: Adam Wharton already looks like an immaculate signing

Crystal Palace player ratings vs Everton: Adam Wharton already looks like an immaculate signing

Crystal Palace remain just five points above the relegation zone after a 1-1 draw with Everton at Goodison Park moved the Toffees out of the bottom three on goal difference at Luton’s expense.

After a scrappy first half, it was Palace who took the lead with incoming manager Oliver Glasner watching on.

Jordan Ayew put them ahead through a thunderous second-half strike but Everton pushed hard as the match approached its end, and substitute Amadou Onana’s header earned Everton a precious point six minutes from time.

Dom Smith was at Goodison Park to rate the Crystal Palace performances…

Sam Johnstone 7

Picked in favour of Dean Henderson and made a succession of good saves in the second half.

Daniel Munoz 7

One of Palace’s better players on the night. Attacking comes more natural to him than tracking back, but was effective at both.

Joel Ward 6

Decent return from the defender after injury. Slotted into a back-three well.

Joachim Andersen 6

Steady performance by one of Palace’s most experienced players.

Chris Richards 5

Asked to return to centre-back after a stint in central midfield in recent matches owing to injuries in the middle of the park. Did OK.

Tyrick Mitchell 6

Is having a much better season than last term. Was well balanced in an unfamiliar left wing-back position.

Jefferson Lerma 5

Not the Colombian’s best performance in a Palace shirt. Played too many speculative passes that didn’t come off.

Adam Wharton 8

Palace’s best player by a country mile. Looked calm and composed on the ball and was eager to win it back for his team. Already looks an astute signing.

Jordan Ayew 7

Has so often stepped up when Palace have needed him to in recent years. Netted a stunner.

Jean-Philippe Mateta 6

Held the ball up well, engaging in tireless if undesirable work, as always.

Odsonne Edouard 7

A slow start to the game but grew into it and was sharp. Fought hard.


Naouirou Ahamada (Edouard, 72’) 5

Introduced with 18 minutes of normal time left. Struggled to make an impact.

David Ozoh (Wharton, 88’) N/A

Not used: Henderson, Tomkins, Franca, Clyne, Ahamada, Riedewald, Umeh, Raymond