Everton support at Selhurst Park use Liverpool past to take aim at Benitez


How the Everton support at Selhurst Park used Liverpool past to take aim at Rafael BenitezHow the Everton support at Selhurst Park used Liverpool past to take aim at Rafael Benitez

 

The increasingly tense atmosphere at Everton continued to sour on Sunday, after the club’s supporters in attendance at their meeting with Crystal Palace took aim at manager Rafael Benitez in ruthless fashion.

Gallagher at the double

The under-fire Benitez of course guided his side back into action a short time ago.

On the back of a timely downing of Arsenal earlier this week, a result which marked the club’s first 3-point haul since all the way back in September, Everton made the trip to Selhurst Park, hoping to build further momentum in a Premier League meeting with the aforementioned Palace.

When all was said and done, however, the Toffees, instead, were brought firmly back down to earth.

Another altogether underwhelming performance ultimately saw the visitors put to the sword by three goals to one in south London.

After substitute Salomon Rondon pulled Everton within touching distance of their hosts twenty minutes from time, on-loan Chelsea talent Conor Gallagher killed the clash off once and for all deep into stoppage time, courtesy of a stunning right-footed effort from distance:

‘Red and white…’

And, as alluded to above, the fallout amongst the Everton faithful to a hefty 8th defeat of the Premier League campaign has since proven as swift as it has ruthless.

Fans of the Blues have made use of every platform at their disposal to take aim at their club, with one man in particular – in the form of boss Benitez – having come in for the brunt of the backlash.

This comes on the back of not only Everton’s dismal form of late as a whole, but one particularly baffling decision made by the Spaniard early in the 2nd-half at Selhurst Park.

Bizarrely, with his side trailing by a goal to nil, Benitez opted to haul star attacker Richarlison from the field of play, leaving the Brazilian understandably livid.

And Richarlison himself wasn’t the only one to have made his frustrations with his manager clear in the immediate aftermath of the call, with the travelling support in south London having been keen to highlight Benitez’s Liverpool past courtesy of a series of less-than-PG chants:

 

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This article was edited by
Josh Barker.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 16 24 38
2 Liverpool FC 16 33 37
3 Chelsea FC 16 27 36
4 West Ham United 15 9 27
5 Manchester United 16 2 27
6 Arsenal FC 16 -1 26
7 Tottenham Hotspur 14 -1 25
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 16 -2 21
9 Brentford FC 16 -1 20
10 Brighton & Hove Albion 15 -2 20
11 Leicester City 15 -4 19
12 Aston Villa 16 -4 19
13 Everton FC 15 -6 18
14 Crystal Palace 15 -2 16
15 Leeds United 16 -8 16
16 Southampton FC 16 -10 16
17 Watford FC 16 -10 13
18 Burnley FC 14 -7 10
19 Newcastle United 15 -13 10
20 Norwich City 16 -24 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 14
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 7
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Raphinha Leeds United 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 6
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 5
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 5
Pukki, Teemu Norwich City 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5



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