The away side held a two-goal advantage at half-time thanks to goals from Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jordan Ayew, which stunned Goodison Park and put Everton’s Premier League status in doubt heading into the final weekend.
However, Michael Keane halved the deficit ten minutes into the second half, and with 15 minutes to go, Richarlison scored a via a deflected effort off Conor Gallagher as momentum swung in the home side’s favour.
A thumping header from Dominic Calvert Lewin sparked wild and sadly unsavoury scenes as some fans invaded the pitch with five minutes left to play.
A victory keeps Everton’s top-flight status secure for another year, but there is no doubt that they must improve massively next season. Keeping the exit-linked 25-year-old predator at the club must be a priority, especially after his heroic performance against Palace.
The striker also contributed defensively by making two tackles and one clearance, doing his bit to ensure that Everton grabbed the crucial three points.
It remains to be seen whether or not Lampard will still be in charge next season following his poor spell thus far, but Calvert-Lewin must be kept at all costs.
Richarlison described the England international as a “nightmare” to play against, and despite an injury-plagued season in which he has only netted five goals, he is arguably coming into the prime of his career.
If Everton had been relegated this season, it would have likely meant that the 25-year-old and a host of other big names would have potentially left the club.
Hopefully Lampard can use this as a learning curve and rejig the squad ahead of a crucial summer transfer window. After last night, the manager knows that Calvert-Lewin must be kept at all costs, for the striker proved to be the Toffees’ hero on a night when they badly needed one.