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Benteke satisfied despite disallowed goal

Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace

By Phil Medlicott

Crystal Palace had a goal controversially disallowed as their Premier League winning streak came to an end with a 1-1 draw at Everton.

Palace were left questioning the call from referee Jon Moss after his assistant's flag went up when Damien Delaney converted a second-half header and, following a discussion between the two officials, it was decided the effort should not stand.

That was shortly after Christian Benteke had equalised with a superb header of his own, cancelling out Romelu Lukaku's excellent 35th-minute free-kick.

Palace goalscorer Benteke said: "I think it is a fair result. It was a great performance from the lads. We fought hard and came back in the game.

"They (his Palace team-mates) try to look where I am on the pitch. We try to do our job and hopefully we will keep it up.

"It is never easy to play Everton, especially at home, but we showed great team spirit."

Everton boss Ronald Koeman said: "It's a good point in the end. We defended set plays and second balls well against a difficult team.

"The team performance was outstanding, although we'd like to create more opportunities.

"We've had a good start to the season. We need to improve, but we're doing a good job."

Toffees defender Phil Jagielka added: "I have chased the ball and put my head in (for the free-kick that led to Everton's goal).

"I got a bit scared and tried to protect myself and ended up handballing it. It is a natural reaction to a high boot. The ref knew that. It was his decision. I'm sure they are not happy but we are glad Rom (Lukaku) put it in.

"We are still a work in process. We need to put a bit more in over 90 minutes and see out some more games."

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