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Everton game postponed

12 February 2014 20:16

Everton's Premier League clash against Crystal Palace was postponed on Wednesday as bad weather led to safety concerns.

The Goodison Park fixture became the second victim of the day's top-flight programme, after Manchester City's clash with Sunderland was called off around an hour before kick-off, as high winds battered the UK.

A statement from Everton confirmed: "Tonight's game against Crystal Palace has been called off due to building damage which has led to safety concerns."

The club later added: "Everton officials will speak to the Premier League on Thursday morning to open discussions on when the rearranged game with Crystal Palace can take place.

"The game was postponed on Wednesday evening due to damage sustained to buildings surrounding the stadium and safety concerns for spectators visiting Goodison Park."

Fans who had braved the elements to travel to the game found out just after 19:00 (local time) that damage to buildings on Goodison Road, adjacent to the stadium, had led to the game being postponed on police advice.

Both clubs had already named their line-ups.

The late call-off was a blow to both managers, with each keen to get back on the park after contrasting results at the weekend.

Roberto Martinez saw his sixth-placed Everton side lose 1-0 to Tottenham in the battle for European places, although the postponement will allow key striker Romelu Lukaku more recovery time, with the nine-goal forward believed to be close to regaining fitness as he battles an ankle injury.

Tony Pulis has seen his Crystal Palace side win three of their last four league games leaving them 15th and two points clear of the relegation zone.

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