James and Mina keep Everton in the lead after beating Crystal Palace

Everton beat Crystal Palace 1-2 on the road and clinched the Premier League lead with nine points. A good first half was enough for the team to get their third win in line. James was key with the ball and Yerry Mina a wall.

The ball at 19. That was the message that was replicated among the Everton footballers in front of a rocky Crystal Palace. And when James has it, good things happen. The Colombian led the wide possession of the visitor at the beginning and understood the times requested by the game. He played short, long, always appeared as a download option.

He started on the right and again applied mobility in the middle of the field. He threw himself in the middle, accompanied on the left. He participated in the first goal with the start of a collective move with side Séamus Coleman. A fast pass that the Irishman extended to the center of the area and Dominic Calvert-Lewin connected with the right for the 0-1.

When he played as a midfielder he hurt. In search of his ideal shot profile, he generated a James McArthur foul on the edge of the area. It came out at 85 minutes for Iwobi.

In the second half, he adjusted to Crystal Palace’s reaction. Under pressure, Everton defended close to their area and James appeared to help with the recovery further back.

Yerry Mina was impassable on defense. He annulled Zaha, anticipated it with trade and even blocked with his head in an advance in the area of ​​the African striker. It also kept Jordan Ayew from getting him in trouble.

The schedule continues with a marathon for Everton with two home games. On Wednesday they will host West Ham for the round of 16 of the League Cup and next Saturday they will face Brighton for the fourth date of the local tournament.