Apr 16, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Goodison Park
Everton
2-3
Crystal Palace
Naismith (61'), Mirallas (86')
Baines (65')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Puncheon (23'), Dann (50'), Jerome (73')
Delaney (44'), Puncheon (90')

Everton boss Roberto Martinez praises Crystal Palace resilience

Everton boss Roberto Martinez believes that Crystal Palace are the best defensive side in the Premier League.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has claimed that Crystal Palace are the best defensive side in the Premier League.

The Toffees, who are fourth in the table, will continue their bid to secure Champions League qualification when they host Palace at Goodison Park on Wednesday evening.

However, Martinez has conceded that Palace boss Tony Pulis will make his side difficult to beat.

"We know how difficult it's going to be. The mind is very much set on the two big challenges that we have - two away games and three massive home games," Martinez told Sky Sports News.

"Those home games start on Wednesday against Crystal Palace. You look at Palace and in my eyes they are the best defensive set-up in this league, especially when Tony Pulis arrived at the club.

"They don't concede many goals, if any, and they are on their best run of the year with three consecutive wins. So we're well aware at Everton that we need to create a special atmosphere under the floodlights and help the players face a very difficult fixture."

Palace held Everton to a goalless draw when the sides last met at Selhurst Park in November.

Roberto Martinez the manager of Everton looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Everton at Stadium of Light on April 12, 2014
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City23202167175062
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd23155348163250
3Liverpool23138254282647
4Chelsea23145441162547
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
6Arsenal23116641301139
7Burnley239771920-134
8Leicester CityLeicester238783432231
9Everton2376102538-1327
10Watford2375113342-926
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2367102941-1225
12Crystal Palace2367102133-1225
13Bournemouth2366112435-1124
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2366111939-2024
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2365122131-1023
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2358101729-1223
17Southampton2349102334-1121
18Stoke CityStoke2355132350-2720
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom23310101830-1219
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
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