By Joe Ellis

24th Oct, 2022 | 10:10pm

Everton duo Conor Coady and James Tarkowski delight pundit with pride

Everton were able to stop their rot against Crystal Palace with a stunning 3-0 win that saw Goodison Park become a party atmosphere.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin finally got himself on the scoresheet for the first time this season to get the ball rolling before Anthony Gordon and Dwight McNeil made the game safe in the second half.

But despite the three goals scored at one end, pundit Michael Ball was mightily impressed with the central defensive partnership of Conor Coady and James Tarkowski.

“What we want is for Everton to play on the front foot and show a bit of desire – they did that in abundance against Crystal Palace,” Ball said to the Liverpool Echo.

“The whole performance from start to finish was absolutely spot on. We dominated, we bullied Palace – and they’re a dangerous side, they’ve got players who can really hurt you.

“They had their moments but what we did was nullify them. Jordan Pickford – besides one shot in the first half – didn’t have a shot to save because we put our bodies on the line. We’ve shown pride that we didn’t want to concede a goal, James Tarkowski and Conor Coady were fantastic.”

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Up and down

The 2022-23 season seems to be one where the momentum really does shift extremely quickly for the Toffees and it is something Frank Lampard will need to try and manage as much as possible.

Everton came into the game against the Eagles off the back of three successive defeats and weaker teams would have buckled once again given the creativity in attack that Palace possesses.

But Lampard has instilled a belief into this squad that they can turn any game or lack of form around in their favour and the experience of Tarkowski and Coady is massively helping that.

They are both England internationals who have been Premier League players for years and that confidence they give the rest of the team can’t have a price put on it.

Without those two at the heart of the team, Everton would find themselves in a world of pain so it is now paramount that they both stay fit and suspension free.