Everton struggles to draw with last-place Crystal Palace

Everton struggles to draw with last-place Crystal Palace

Everton struggles to draw with last-place Crystal Palace

But Hodgson, whose Crystal Palace side remain bottom of the Premier League, claimed his side should have come away with victory against their fellow strugglers.

Gylfi Siggurdsson played in striker Oumar Niasse after a mistake from Scott Dann, and he punished them with a calm finish. It feels like a game lost to me to be honest, but we will take a point.

"The only reason it was a penalty is because the referee gave it, so we could discuss it until the cows come home, but they scored it and that is the end of it, " said Hodgson in his post-match press conference.

"I work to get performances and make sure that the team understands it job, and that we go out on the field and give good performances, and certainly on this occasion we were far better than our opponents, " continued the 70-year-old.

"We've definitely got character in the team and fighting spirit". Picking up points every game is going to be a big thing for us.

The Toffees have been without a manager since they parted ways with Ronald Koeman following their 5-2 Premier League defeat against Arsenal last month. The target was to get a second win in a row but we're getting closer to where we should be. If good performances are the key to getting results, then we'll get them. It feels like the confidence is coming back.

"We won the last game and drew today so it's definitely better than how we were doing before". We've had an terrible lot of games in a short space of time and not enough training sessions as I would have wanted.

"He's not just brought the fight, he's got us organised and he gets that across really well".

"You need people who know how to do the job", he added.

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