– Everton should be targeting Europa League football next season,
said manager Carlo Ancelotti after the Toffees renaissance continued with a 3-1
win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.

At the other end of the table, Brighton and Watford did
little to boost their chances of beating the drop in a 1-1 draw at the Amex

Goals from Bernard, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin at
Goodison lifted Everton up to seventh and within five points of the top four.

Everton have now won five and drawn two of eight league
games since Ancelotti took charge in December.

“Since I arrived the team did a fantastic job,”
Ancelotti told BT Sport. “Now we have a possibility to think about Europa

By contrast, Palace are looking over their shoulders at the
relegation zone.

Roy Hodgson’s men still have a six-point lead over the
bottom three, but have not won in eight games and just once in the league since
early December.

“I can’t fault the players’ effort, but it’s another
defeat and another we go home without points,” said Hodgson.

Bernard gave the hosts a deserved first half lead with a
thumping finish from Theo Walcott’s cross to the back post.

However, Palace were gifted a route back into the game six
minutes into the second half thanks to another error from Everton goalkeeper
Jordan Pickford.

The England number one’s place at Euro 2020 is under debate
and he let Christian Benteke’s shot slip underneath his body as the Belgian
striker scored his first goal of the season.

“Disgusting. I was disappointed with myself,” said
Pickford, who later made amends with a fine save to preserve Everton’s 2-1

– Richarlison magic –

Just as Everton were wobbling, though, a moment of magic
from Richarlison swung the game back in their favour seven minutes later.

The Brazilian stormed onto Calvert-Lewin’s flick-on to carry
the ball from just inside the Palace half and past Gary Cahill before placing
his shot into the far corner.

The same two players were involved when Everton sealed the
points two minutes from time as Richarlison’s header from a corner came off the
bar and Calvert-Lewin turned home his 13th goal of the season.

Watford remain in the bottom three after blowing a lead for
the third game in succession.

Abdoulaye Doucoure’s fine individual run and finish put the
Hornets ahead on the south coast after 19 minutes.

Brighton are without a win in 2020 and seemed short of ideas
in their search for an equaliser, but they were given a helping hand by the
visitors when Adrian Mariappa turned into his own goal 12 minutes from time.

“I’m proud of the players because we took
responsibility of the game,” said Brighton boss Graham Potter.

“They accepted the challenge because you could go under
at that point — it’s not easy to be the one that has to find the

The Seagulls move three points clear of the
relegation zone with Watford one point adrift of safety.


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