Romelu Lukaku scored his 50th Everton goal on his 100th appearance for the club to earn his side a point at home to Crystal Palace on Monday night.
The former Chelsea striker struck with an 81st-minute tap-in to cancel out Scott Dann’s simple header, which had beaten Tim Howard moments earlier.
Lukaku didn’t only hit the net. He also hit the post and the crossbar on a frustrating night for the Toffees, who miss the chance to move into the Premier League’s top six.
Everton, who dominated possession with 62%, came close to breaking the deadlock after 21 minutes when Lukaku powered through Palace’s backline, before cutting onto his left foot and bending in a low shot which nailed the inside of Wayne Hennessey’s far post.
That was the best chance of a tight first half, in which Connor Wickham forcing a simple save out of Howard was the only other highlight of note.
Wickham and Palace became very subdued in the second period, as Everton started to dictate the play.
However, Alan Pardew’s counter-attacking Eagles broke the deadlock against the run of play on 76 minutes when Dann nodded home a Jason Puncheon corner.
Merseysider Dann, who scored in a 2-1 win at Liverpool earlier this season, got away from Gareth Barry far too easily before planting his header beyond Howard.
Everton’s response to falling behind was superb.
Shortly before Lukaku levelled the scores by tapping home Gerard Deulofeu’s deflected cross, the big Belgian hammered Hennessey’s crossbar with a stunning long-range effort.
Lukaku is now the first Everton player to score in five consecutive Premier League games.
This result moves both sides up the table. Everton are now ninth, while Palace jump to sixth.
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