Double the shots, the majority of possession, a player advantage, and still Palace couldn’t find a way through a stubborn Everton defence.
In what was a frustrating goalless draw for the Eagles, there were bouts of time wasting from the away side and player tensions became frayed, but Wayne Hennessey says the team are pleased with the performance which sees the side now unbeaten in three league games.
“We’ve had a lot of pressure on our backs recently but the boys turned up tonight and done the business. We’ve been on good form but we just lacked that final product. Their goalkeeper made some good saves and on another day we’d score a couple of goals, but it keeps us in good form and we’ll keep going, the boys have done really well but the goal just didn’t come for us.”
Hennessey made several important saves when Everton did break on the counter attack, but it is two clean sheets now for the Welsh international, and he looks to have a renewed sense of confidence.
“I just want to do my job and keep the clean sheets and let the other boys do the damage down the other end. I thought we were unlucky today, Robles made a couple of good saves as well, but I did my job which is important.”
With Palace now preparing for away games against Arsenal and Manchester United in the space of a week, there is little time to dwell on what could have been another three points at home, and Hennessey says the team will take the positives from tonight into their remaining fixtures.
“The boys have done really well to get where we are but we need to keep pushing in the last few games left. We’ll have a lot of confidence behind us and hopefully we can keep a clean sheet in those games and get some goals.”