Everton scored twice in the second half to claim a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on Saturday and move up to seventh on the Premier League table.
Although Palace began promisingly, with Patrick van Aanholt’s scruffy shot hitting the post, Everton went ahead after 18 minutes when Theo Walcott created space to deliver a perfect cross for Bernard’s controlled volley.
That was Walcott’s last meaningful contribution as he soon departed with a jarred knee to be replaced by Djibril Sidibe but only after a curious episode which saw the Frenchman briefly disappear down the tunnel, apparently in search of a second sock.
The visitor, which has not won since Boxing Day, struggled to deal with Richarlison’s movement and power but forced its way back into contention. Everton keeper Jordan Pickford somehow allowed Benteke’s shot to roll under his body in the 51st minute to end a goal drought that had lasted 1,476 minutes.
Seven minutes later, Richarlison scored while Pickford saved point-blank from Benteke, who also hit the post. Calvert-Lewin put the game beyond Palace in the 88th minute as the striker reacted quickest to net after Richarlison’s header hit the bar.