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Selhurst Park | 9th November 2013 15:00 | Attendance - 25231

Crystal Palace v Everton

Everton were forced to settle for a point after an uninspiring 0-0 draw with managerless Crystal Palace.

All the talk before the game was of a comfortable Blues win - but it didn't pan out that way against a resilient but very limited Eagles outfit.

Phil Jagielka's second half header against the crossbar was the closest either side came to stealing all three points.

Initially, proceedings were delayed by 15 minutes due to crippling traffic problems around the stadium.

Pienaar Pienaar slithers away from his marker

And before kick off there was a well-observed minute's silence to mark remembrance day.

Once play was underway it took just seven minutes for Leon Osman to drag a snapshot wide after good work down the left from Gareth Barry.

Osman was in the thick of it again five minutes later when intricate play down the left saw Baines pull the ball back for the academy graduate with Romelu Lukaku inches away from diverting his shot past Julian Speroni.

The Palace custodian was required on 21 minutes when he plunged to his right to save Kevin Mirallas' low effort from distance.

Such was the home side's inability to retain possession of the ball, it took until the 38th minute for the home side to test Tim Howard. Jerome Thomas' curling shot looked destined for the top corner only for the USA glovesman to tip the ball away.

Martinez Martinez barks out the orders

The corner was cleared but Palace recycled the ball and Marouane Chamakh headed wide when he really ought to have scored.

Just before half time Osman fired an effort in from distance though Speroni was easily equal to it.

The home side were much better in the opening exchanges of the second half as Thomas sprung the offside trap and opted to try to chip Howard - the ball drifted wide.

And just 10 minutes into the second period Roberto Martinez made a bold double change, sending on teenage pair Ross Barkley and Gerard Deulofeu.

Barkley immediately flashed an effort over the bar and Deulofeu embarked on a couple of trademark jinking runs, one of which lead to Phil Jagielka hitting the bar from a corner on 77 minutes.

Howard punchHoward punches the ball clear

His header looped back across goal and the rebound was on Sylvain Distin before he could adjust and direct the ball goalwards.

A late free kick in Leighton Baines territory had fans imagining a West Ham repeat but the strike was straight into the wall.

Everton laid siege to the Palace 18 yard box at the death but they couldn't find a goal.

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