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Selhurst Park | 4th August 2007 15:00 | Attendance - 10,010

Crystal Palace v Everton

Everton's final pre-season friendly of the summer has ended in a draw.

The Blues were held 0-0 by Crystal Palace in sunny south London.

Ex-Palace man Andrew Johnson was afforded a rapturous ovation when he lead out the Everton side, with both sets of supporters chanting the striker's name.

James Scowcroft burst clear of the Blues' defence inside two minutes but Tim Howard timed his dive well to avert the danger.

Clinton Morrison had a couple of efforts off target for the home side, before Phil Jagielka was millimetres away from opening his Everton account when a volley from Arteta's free kick cannoned off the underside of the Palace crossbar in the 20th minute.

Arteta had a penalty claim turned down a few minutes later and then Everton hit the bar again.

Victor Anichebe v Crystal PalaceVictor Anichebe challenges for the ball

This time it was Victor Anichebe who was the unlucky man as he turned Tony Hibbert's cross against the woodwork.

Next it was the turn of Johnson to go close as he nodded Arteta's centre over from six yards out before the Spaniard curled a cheeky free kick into the side netting moments before the break.

Everton made two changes at half time, introducing Bjarni Vidarsson and Nuno Valente in place of Arteta and Hibbert, with Jagielka switching to right back and the Portuese occupying the left side of midfield.

Phil JagielkaPhil Jagielka tries to hustle the ball off Stuart Green

Alan Stubbs fired a free kick over the bar early in the second period and then a Lee Carsley volley forced a fumble from Palace sub keeper Scott Flinders who was able to mop up the error at the second attempt.

The pace of the game slowed as time went on, with a Joseph Yobo header the closest thing to a decent chance.

AJ was afforded another round of applause when he was replaced by Lukas Jutkiewicz but he couldn't help the Toffees find the back of the net.

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