Everton had 22 shots against Crystal Palace, only three of which were on target

Everton lost ground in the race for seventh place in the Premier League as they were held to a goalless draw by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Substitute Cenk Tosun’s brilliant back-heeled effort was saved by Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita in the closing stages, while winger Bernard and left-back Lucas Digne also hit the post for Everton in the second half.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin missed opportunities to put them ahead in a lively first half, but was denied by Guaita from close range and failed to hit the target from Seamus Coleman’s cross.

Palace had chances too, as Max Meyer fired wide early on and James McArthur struck the side-netting during a positive spell for the Eagles after the interval.

The result lifted Marco Silva’s Everton into eighth in the table, although they are now four points behind Wolves, who won 2-1 at Watford on Saturday.

Seventh place could still offer a spot in next season’s Europa League, should Manchester City beat Watford in the FA Cup final on 18 May.

Palace, who secured their Premier League survival with victory over Arsenal on Sunday, remain 12th.

Missed chances cost Everton

Marco Silva says Toffees ‘tried everything’ to win

A 4-0 demolition of Manchester United last weekend – Everton’s fourth win in the past five games – hauled them back into contention for a seventh-place finish.

They began with an intensity reminiscent of their Goodison Park display last Sunday, but lacked a cutting edge as they failed to score despite registering 22 shots, only three of which found the target.

Calvert-Lewin could perhaps have done better from Coleman and Richarlison’s inviting crosses, but the 22-year-old showed plenty of promise with his energy and runs in behind the Palace back-line.

Everton, who have now kept seven clean sheets in their past nine league games, looked solid once again, with Kurt Zouma bullying the Palace forwards off the ball on several occasions as his central defensive partnership with Michael Keane continues to develop.

Everton face Burnley and Tottenham in their final two games of the season and will hope Fulham and title-chasing Liverpool can play their part in dislodging Wolves from seventh.

Silva has said he is confident