Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace: Battle of the Belgians ends in stalemate

The hosts wasted multiple opportunities despite enjoying most of the game and were made to pay as they dropped two points in the end

Christian Benteke struck a second-half equaliser to earn Crystal Palace a 1-1 Premier draw at Everton after Romelu Lukaku had given them the lead on Friday.

Taking charge of affairs early, the Toffees had deservedly taken the lead when red-hot Lukaku rifled home his free-kick, though his team-mates then proceeded to waste several golden chances to extend the lead.

Ronald Koeman’s men were eventually made to pay as the revitalised Benteke rose highest to power home a header past Martin Stekelenburg to seal a point for Palace.

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Rashford looking to emulate Ronaldo's path

The Red Devils youngster identified the Portuguese club icon as the example to follow as he aims for stardom at Manchester United

Manchester United sensation Marcus Rashford has identified Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo as the example he intends to follow in his quest for Old Trafford stardom.

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The United academy product burst on to the scene last term with a double against Midtjylland in the Europa League on February 25, before repeating the feat against Arsenal in the Premier League just three days later.

Rashford has since gone on to become a real threat for United and, after initially struggling to get into Jose Mourinho’s team at the start of the season, he now has four goals in his last seven appearances across all competitions.

And with the 18-year-old tipped for the top, he is aiming to follow in the footsteps of another former Old Trafford favourite.

“In recent years Ronaldo is the example,” he told Sky Sports

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“Wherever you put him in the attacking three he’s going to make an impact and the opposition are going to fear him. Being a constant threat, that’s what I need to develop.

“[Wayne] Rooney and Ronaldo were unreal [together]. In 2007/08 it was an unreal partnership, they have been huge players I have looked up to and watched how they perform to try to put into my own performance.”

Dyche: I don't understand why Wenger is questioned

The Burnley boss heaped praise on Arsenal and their French boss as Burnley aim to spring a surprise at Turf Moor on Sunday

Burnley manager Sean Dyche does not understand why Arsene Wenger, who will celebrates 20 years in charge of Arsenal, is questioned by the club’s fans.

The Clarets go into Sunday’s fixture on the back of a morale-boosting 2-0 win over Watford on Monday that propelled them to 13th in the Premier League table. 

Dyche professed his admiration for Wenger and the way his Arsenal side play ahead of what he knows will be a stern test of Burnley’s credentials.

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“Arsene is one of the top managers, certainly through the Premier League years, his team, their style and manner,” Dyche said.

“As a manager, it’s a strange one why he’s questioned at times. There is a balance to that and fans want actual success, not deemed success by me as style of play, but trophies.

“It’s a big challenge for us but it’s one we want, the players want, I want and the fans want.

“As ever, Arsenal get people questioning them but they look pretty good to me. They’ve got pace and clever movement.”

Dyche hailed the impact of midfielder Steven Defour in powering his favoured 4-4-2 formation, in tandem with fellow new recruit Jeff Hendrick. 

“I’ve always made it clear that I like 4-4-2 because I think the best line of defence is to attack, and if you’ve got two centre-forwards – productive ones – it’s a good way of playing. I don’t think 4-4-2 is old fashioned,” he added.

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“But you’ve got to be flexible with the group, and I think with Jeff Hendrick and Defour particularly, they’ve played a lot in a three and have a good understanding of how that works; when to press, when to sit in, when to get forward.

“We have to make sure we are competitive at least.

Managers given bad name by Allardyce scandal – Moyes

The fiasco surrounding Sam Allardyce’s departure from the England setup has given all managers “a bad name”, according to David Moyes.

David Moyes believes the controversy surrounding Sam Allardyce’s England exit has given football managers “a bad name”.

Allardyce was filmed by a British newspaper allegedly accepting a £400,000 deal to become an ambassador for a fictitious Far East firm that was keen to become involved in the Premier League’s billion-pound transfer market.

The former Sunderland manager also allegedly gave information on how to circumvent some of The Football Association’s regulations relating to third-party ownership and ultimately left his role by mutual consent after English football’s governing body investigated.

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And Moyes, a friend of Allardyce and his successor at the Stadium of Light, says the whole fiasco is likely to impact the standing and reputation of all managers.

Moyes told reporters: “I’m disappointed, and it’s not good for football in general what has gone on.

“Sam is a friend, and I am really disappointed for Sam that it has ended up this way because this was a job that he always wanted, and he worked his way up through the league in Ireland, Preston, Bolton, and all the clubs that he came through to get to the top.

“Eventually he got the big job, and it is over after one game. Sam has admitted to his mistake and he’ll be disappointed.

“He’ll always be a friend, and it’s just not a good time for football – football managers and coaches have got a bad name at the moment.

“I have to say, though, that in my time I don’t think this is the norm. But obviously, what has happened is wrong.”