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Rafa Benitez looks to have edged closer to an unwanted P45 in his Christmas stocking this weekend as Everton slipped to a 3-1 defeat away at Crystal Palace.

The Blues secured their first win in nine against Arsenal last time out but his charges were outclassed in South London as the pressure continues to rise.

And with the tension focused on the visitors it was Patrick Vieira’s side that bossed the opening exchanges as Jordan Pickford repelled Jordan Ayew and Wilf Zaha.

But with Everton struggling to cope with Palace’s intensity before the break the hosts eventually edged in front.

Demarai Gray’s error was pounced on by Ayew as Conor Gallagher lashed home his square ball.

Palace looked to step up their advantage after the break as James Tomkins forced home Will Hughes’ set piece before Salomon Rondon bundled Everton back into it.

However, Everton were unable to make any more of it late on, as Gallagher latched onto a loose ball to swerve home a spectacular winner.

Full Time from Selhurst Park it’s Crystal Palace 3 Everton 1

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