Roy Hodgson admitted that Crystal Palace’s performance warranted more than defeat by Everton. The Toffees earned a 1-0 victory at Goodison Park in the FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday night. The tie was a far cry from a thriller, although Andre Gomes’ magnificent 42nd-minute free-kick was a worthy winner of any match. Palace had chances in the game, though, with Jeffrey Schlupp denied a stoppage-time equaliser by Everton goalkeeper Joao Virginia.
Hodgson controversially substituted Eagles talisman Eberechi Eze in the 64th minute, which irked the travelling supporters. However, with the Selhurst Park outfit back in action against Arsenal in Saturday’s Premier League lunchtime kick-off, Hodgson confessed that fixture was at the back of his mind.