By Will Butcher
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has revealed that he is “happy” with his side’s draw against Premier League outfit Crystal Palace.
The Toffees secured a point at Goodison Park on Friday night, despite taking the lead against Alan Pardew’s side.
Former Southampton boss, Koeman, posted on his personal Twitter account that the 1-1 draw was a “well-deserved point” against a “strong opponent”.
— Ronald Koeman (@RonaldKoeman) September 30, 2016
Belgium international Romelu Lukaku gave the home side the lead with an inch-perfect free kick, that left Palace goalkeeper Steve Mandanda helpless to the ball meeting the net.
However, the Toffees were pegged back by former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke, who continued his good form following his move from Everton’s Merseyside rivals by scoring a well-placed header from 12 yards out.
The draw maintains Koeman’s solid start to the league that has seen his side lose just one domestic match to Bournemouth, and pick up four wins from seven games.
Despite Koeman’s praise after the draw, the result leaves the Toffees in third place after playing one more game than rivals Manchester City and Tottenham who look likely to extend the gap at the top.
Everton’s next match comes in the form of league leaders City in two weeks time, as the Premier League halts for a fortnight to allow international players to fulfil national team duty.
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