Allardyce admits Everton get homesick

"Surprised, very surprised. I've not heard it before", Allardyce said. We got 3-0 up and the pressure was off. "An Arsenal team as good as that punishes a lot of teams and punishes a lot of teams on their soil".

Shaqiri then levelled the score with a wonderful individual effort from range, while Charlie Adam failed to convert a penalty in the first minute of second-half stoppage time.

Allardyce defended his on-loan centre-half Eliaquim Mangala after his hard debut at the heart of the defence against Arsenal.

"There wasn't anything wrong with his performance in the second half".

Allardyce confirmed the trip will be after Tuesday night's EitC event at St George's Hall, saying: "Normally we would go after the game but the Gala Dinner is so important to the club and Everton in the Community, they do a fantastic job".

The former Bolton and Blackburn boss also discussed circumventing Football Association transfer regulations, prompting him to step down from his role as England coach, having taken charge of just one match after being appointed as Hodgson's successor.

With top-four rivals Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea not playing until Sunday or Monday, Spurs took full advantage as top-scorer Kane nodded in his 32nd goal of the season from Ben Davies' cross to secure a deserved 1-0 Wembley victory.

The win took Everton to ninth on 34 points while Palace are 14th on 27 points, just two points above the relegation zone. "It's unrelated to his broken leg".

We played the game really well, defensively very solid and from a taking the chances point of view we finally found the right way to take those in the second-half.

He said: "At home, we're absolutely different class but away we must get better. Our home form is very good".

  • Stacy Allen