Dramatic scene as Everton secure Premier League safety after comeback win over Crystal Palace


With fans pouring onto the pitch at the final whistle, they sang Spirit of the Blues in jubilation. It had taken spirit, mettle and tenacity for Everton to stage this remarkable comeback and seal their safety from relegation. 

Frank Lampard channelled Pat Cash and headed up to the directors box as the party got going on the Goodison Park turf. His team were two goals down at half-time and were heading towards an anxious final day of the season, yet goals from Michael Keane, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the goals that made it a memorable night on Merseyside. 

Those supporters more than played their part in the victory, willing their team to victory even when their chances looked remote. When Jean-Philippe Mateta scored for Palace, the volume increased. Optimism drained when Jordan Ayew doubled the lead, yet they sensed a famous win once Keane started the comeback. It got louder again.  

Everton are looking to move to Bramley-Moore Dock but this rickety old stadium creates a heck of a din. Fans had started the evening drinking in the roads around the ground, having a carnival for their final home game of the season. At one stage it could have been a leaving party as their Premier League status was under serious threat.  

Going to Arsenal on Sunday and needing a result looked daunting. It felt like there would be another repeat of 1994 when they survived by the skin of their teeth. At 2-0 down to a streetwise Palace side, they looked a broken team.  

Nobody could have thought that within 45 minutes there would be flares lit and the final moments of the game being played in a fog of celebratory blue smoke.