South Western Railway: The people hit by Waterloo delays

South Western Railway: The people hit by Waterloo delays

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Hundreds of trains were cancelled between Surbiton and Waterloo

Rail commuters explain how major disruption has affected them after engineering works overran.

South Western Railway services between Surbiton and London Waterloo, the UK’s busiest station, began running at around 10:00 GMT Monday morning.

With these cancellations coming as a surprise, one person told the BBC that their son has missed a “critical” hospital appointment, while another is at risk of missing her British citizenship ceremony.

Meanwhile, one person explains why the cancellations have “left him smiling”.

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Ed Higgins saw overcrowding in Clapham Junction

Helen Cleaves is based in New Malden. Her son missed a “critical” hospital appointment which can only be rescheduled in February due to the disruption.

“My son’s had type 1 diabetes for around a year,” she told the BBC. “He’s under the University College London hospital where he has a quarterly consultant review meeting.

“It was today at 9:05. There were no trains until 10am – so he missed his appointment.

“We’ve had a really bad weekend in terms of his diabetes kit, meaning that none of us have had any sleep for three days. That meeting felt critical.

“When I contacted the hospital this morning, the next meeting we could get with that consultant is February.

“I hold South Western Railway responsible for this. We pay an awful lot of money for travel.”

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This was a typical sight for commuters using the National Rail website on Monday

Veronica from Aldershot was due to become a British citizen at a ceremony in Surbiton, taking place at 2pm. She was left worried that she would miss the ceremony.

“What I expected to be a straight 30-minute train journey has become more and more uncertain,” she said. “I need to be at County Hall in Kingston at 2pm.

“My partner and best friend, attending my ceremony as guests, also only commute via train, and they’re stuck in the same boat as me.

“We have no clear way to get to where we need to go.

“I don’t know what we’re going to do.”

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Marc Miller saw the large queue for a bus outside Raynes Park station as passengers sought alternative travel

But not everyone is having a tough time. David Olding is based in Guildford. After getting fed up with the trains and their constant disruption, he took the final step to beat the commute – and bought a car.

“I commute in on a daily basis,” David said. “I originally decided to ‘go green’ and commute by train.

“But with the trains being so disruptive, attempting to plan anything was difficult. The overcrowding was bad and the journey itself really wasn’t a pleasant experience.

“With the continuation of train strikes and the general disruption, I bought a car yesterday.

“The fact that South Western have [faced cancellations] has made me smile to myself.

“What would traditionally be an hour and 15 minute commute, my drive in was about 35 to 40 minutes. So I have to admit, I’ve been smiling to myself.”

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Matthew Smith faced the long coach journey from Portsmouth to London

Though the roads may have proven the perfect solution for David, not everyone would agree.

Matthew Smith’s train from Portsmouth to London was cancelled, so he was forced to take a coach as an alternative.

“This is the only alternative at the moment due to the disruptions,” he said. “Traffic is inching along, the disruption from the train cancellations has already caused a significant impact on the roads.

“For the last five weeks, I have experienced delays or cancellations by up to 45 minutes every day. There is always some issue on the network.

“Today I am resorting to catching a bus from Portsmouth as the only viable alternative.”

And finally, this commuter overheard an announcement suggesting a wait so long he would have time to watch all three films in the original Star Wars trilogy – and still have 20 minutes to spare before his train.

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Four million millennials can get new railcard

Four million millennials can get new railcard

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The new 26-30 railcard will go on sale before the end of the year – and this time it will be available to all four million eligible passengers, the rail industry has announced.

During a trial in the spring, only 20,000 people were allowed to buy one.

The ticket website crashed because of overwhelming demand from thousands of young people.

The launch of the “millennial” railcard was originally announced by the chancellor in the autumn 2017 Budget.

For the first time, the 26-30 railcard will be “digital only”, meaning that passengers will need a smartphone to download it.

What will the card offer?

For a £30 fee, the new railcard will offer one-third off most leisure fares for 12 months.

However, anyone travelling before 10am on a weekday will have to pay a minimum fare of £12. This is the same restriction as on the 16-25 railcard.

But unlike the card for younger passengers, that minimum fare will also apply on weekdays throughout July and August.

Most of those with a 16-25 railcard are students, so journeys in the summer holidays count as leisure travel.

There will be no fare reductions on sleeper trains, first-class and season tickets or Eurostar services.

Full details – and a savings calculator – are available on the railcard website.

What if I don’t have a smartphone?

If you do not have a phone, or if your phone has run out of battery power, you will be allowed to download your card on someone else’s phone.

However, there will be no paper version of the card.

The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) told the BBC a digital card was safer than having a physical version, as that was easier to lose.

When will the card become available?

No firm date has yet been announced, although the RDG says it will launch before the end of 2018.

How much can I save?

During the trials in the spring, it was found that passengers took an average of six leisure journeys a month, covering an average of 400 miles in total.

On this basis, cardholders could expect to save £125 a year. Allowing for the £30 cost of the card, the saving would be £95.

Students of collapsed dive centre fear financial losses

Students of collapsed dive centre fear financial losses

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Rosalinda Abeytia Sánchez was one of 10 students on a course cancelled at Fort William’s The Underwater Centre

Students of a dive training facility that has gone into administration fear they have lost thousands of pounds on a course they just started last week.

Administrators have been appointed following the collapse of The Underwater Centre in Fort William.

Rosalinda Abeytia Sánchez spent three years working in the offshore industry to help her save the £16,000 she needed to attend the course.

James MacFarlane worked a year and half without a day off to pay his fee.

Rosalinda and James were among 10 students who were told during a class last Wednesday morning that the centre was going into administration, and they would have to go home.

The 10 had only just completed two full days of their course. They had still to go into the water at the centre.

Rosalinda and James have not been given any information on the future of the business, or if they will get a refund.

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Rosalinda had hoped to gain a qualification in commercial diving

Rosalinda, a 33-year-old marine biologist from Mexico, said: “I have been diving for 15 years for work and for fun.

“Diving is my passion.”

‘My dream’

Rosalinda, who now lives in Estonia, said gaining a qualification in commercial diving was the next step in her career.

She said: “To spend my life on water, that is my dream.

“The training I started was to help increase my knowledge of diving.”

Rosalinda spent three years working in the offshore oil and gas industry to help her raise the £14,700 course fee, and £2,000 accommodation costs.

She said she found it hard working away from friends and family for long periods of time on ships equipped for work searching for oil. But she did so with the knowledge she would eventually gain an important qualification.

After being told on Wednesday that their course had been cancelled and they would have to leave for home, Rosalinda said: “I cried.”

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Rosalinda said diving is her passion

James, a 23-year-old carpenter from Oban, decided to go on the course to improve his career prospects.

He spent a year-and-a-half working in carpentry and joinery to help him raise funds towards his £15,000 course costs. James also took out a five-year bank loan.

The course offered him the chance to gain the tickets he needed for dive work, and also access to further training opportunities.

‘No money and unemployed’

James said that on last Wednesday morning he and his course-mates were taken into a classroom with a group remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) students when a boss walked in and broke the news about the situation the business was in.

He said: “To the Underwater Centre’s credit, they did pay for the students’ travel costs home. There was Rosalinda trying to get home, and also another student going back to Trinidad and Tobago and one back to Malta.”

But he added: “I don’t know if I will see the money I and the others have spent.

“I would imagine the companies the centre owes money to will get what they are owed first.

“There is another place I could gain the qualification, but right now I have no money and unemployed.”

Administrators Johnston Carmichael said it would “explore the options” for the Underwater Centre in Fort William.

Donald McNaught, restructuring partner at Johnston Carmichael, said: “The administrators can confirm a course, which was due to commence immediately post administration, had to be cancelled.

“Every effort will be made by the administrators to explore avenues for those courses to be continued via new ownership however it is too early to establish whether that will be possible.”

Celtic: Record defeats in Barcelona, rare clean sheets and leaky defences

Celtic: Record defeats in Barcelona, rare clean sheets and leaky defences

Four wins and just five clean sheets in 19 away games – Brendan Rodgers’ European record as Celtic manager does not make for good reading.

The Scottish champions lost on their continental travels again on Thursday, haphazard defending costing them as RB Leipzig won 2-0 in the Europa League.

That has been a familiar flaw for Celtic under Rodgers, but what do the statistics say? And what do the pundits think?

Travel with trepidation

In the three seasons Rodgers has been in charge, he has led Celtic in two Champions League group campaigns, and the Europa League this season.

As well as losing an eye-watering number of goals in those 19 away games, his side have won just four times, with the 3-0 win in Anderlecht last year the sole occasion they triumphed in the group stage.

Under Rodgers, Celtic have not won a European game on the road when they have conceded. Mind you, that record stretches back before his tenure – only one clean sheet has been kept in the club’s last 27 away European ties excluding qualifiers.

Bruised in Barcelona & pounded in Paris

The defeat in Leipzig did little to change Celtic’s averages over the past three seasons. A total of 38 goals have been shipped outside Glasgow at a rate of two per game.

This season has been slightly better at 1.3 goals per game, but that is in the notionally weaker Europa League.

The Champions League has proved much more bruising. In Rodgers’ first group game in the competition in September 2016, his team were taken apart 7-0 by Barcelona in the Nou Camp – the club’s heaviest ever European defeat.

The following season, Paris St-Germain also put seven past them after Moussa Dembele gave Celtic an early lead. Bayern Munich and Zenit St Petersburg have also scored three against Rodgers’ side.

And then there was the abject defeat in Athens that ended their Champions League hopes this term. The reason? Conceding poor goals.

‘They’re losing to lesser opposition now’ – analysis

Celtic players look dejected as Leipzig make it two

BBC Scotland’s chief sportswriter Tom English

Under Rodgers in the group stages, Celtic have won two from 15. When you’re playing against Barcelona or PSG or Bayern Munich, that’s fair enough. But now they’re losing to lesser opposition and that’s got to be worrying. There are too many weaknesses in European competition, where the standard is higher and Celtic have to figure out what they want to be.

Former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner on Sportsound

Coming to a Bundesliga ground and trying to get a result is never easy, so I will hold my judgement until I see them at home [against RB Leipzig and Salzburg]. They really have to compete at Europa level. Europe is part of their make-up, their DNA, their history and going into a Europa group stage I would expect them to compete. Are they better than last year? I’m not so sure.

Scottish Gossip: Celtic, Scott Brown, Murrayfield, League Cup, Aberdeen, Rangers, Gerrard, Hearts, St Mirren

Scottish Gossip: Celtic, Scott Brown, Murrayfield, League Cup, Aberdeen, Rangers, Gerrard, Hearts, St Mirren


Celtic were hit with the bombshell news last night that skipper Scott Brown could be sidelined for up to a month. (Daily Record)

Celtic have been rocked by the news that crocked Scott Brown could miss three crucial games. The Hoops skipper is facing 10 days out injured and won’t travel with Brendan Rodgers’ squad for Thursday’s Europa League clash with Bundesliga cracks RB Leipzig. (Scottish Sun)

Murrayfield is on course to stage Scotland’s biggest attended football match in 29 years when Hearts and Celtic battle it out in Sunday’s Betfred Cup semi-final. (Daily Record)

Andrew Considine wants more League Cup glory this season — as it could be his last with Aberdeen. (Scottish Sun)

Craig Levein expects Hearts to enter Sunday’s Betfred Cup semi-final with Celtic brimming with confidence after stretching their lead atop the Premiership to six points. (Edinburgh Evening News)

Former Rangers assistant manager Jimmy Nicholl says current captain James Tavernier “isn’t a kick in the backside away from being a really top player”. (Scotsman)

Former Aberdeen favourite Dean Windass says his life has been left in tatters by the tax avoidance scandal which has embroiled hundreds of celebrities. (Daily Record)

Barrie McKay hopes Rangers can continue to harness the Ibrox feel-good factor created by boss Steven Gerrard this season. (Herald)

Celtic wonderkid Karamoko Dembele scored on his reserves debut at the age of 15 as they beat Partick Thistle 6-0. There is a battle between Scotland and England over the teenager as he is able to play for both. (Scottish Daily Mail)

St Mirren are hoping the introduction of boxing sessions will help them finally land another knock-out blow on their Premiership opponents. (Herald)

Former Hibs captain Ian Murray has revealed why he turned his back on an extended stay in Norway to move back to Scotland with Airdrie. (Edinburgh Evening News)

Ross County co-manager Stuart Kettlewell says the Staggies’ shortage of defensive options could present teenager Tom Grivosti with a start in Saturday’s Championship game against Morton. (Press and Journal)

Edinburgh to Boston route to launch in May

Edinburgh to Boston route to launch in May

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Delta has scheduled a 163-seat Boeing 757-200ER aircraft between Edinburgh and Boston

A new flight route between Edinburgh and Boston is to be launched next summer.

The flights will link Edinburgh Airport and Boston’s Logan International Airport from 24 May.

The seasonal route will be operated by US airline Delta, alongside its existing service to New York, in conjunction with Virgin Atlantic.

The Scottish government has welcomed the announcement.

Transport Secretary Michael Matheson highlighted the “important role” that direct air links between the US and Scotland had in the Scottish economy.

He said: “Not only will this give Scottish businesses a direct route into important North American markets, but it will also give inbound visitors more options when it comes to getting a taste of the world-class tourism experience on offer in Scotland.”

‘Opportunities for tourism industry’

There will be two flights every day on the new route during peak summer months.

Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland, also welcomed the strengthened links with the US market.

He said: “It is exciting that this new service from Boston to Edinburgh will open up opportunities for the Scottish tourism industry to engage with a new area of the USA”.

Roberto Ioriatti, Delta’s vice president – transatlantic, said: “Boston is our fastest-growing international hub and a daily service from Edinburgh responds to increased demand for travel to the US and provides greater choice when it comes to planning trips for business or pleasure.”

The announcement comes in the same week that Edinburgh Airport announced it had its busiest ever September, after a record-breaking July and August.

Gordon Dewar, chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport said: “North America has been one of our biggest growth markets and there has been exceptional demand for those services this summer, so to add Boston with Delta is fantastic news.”

More than half a million American tourists visited Scotland in 2017, and the new route will add a further 2,000 seats per week between the US and Scotland.

‘Sleeping’ driver admits early-hours motorway death

‘Sleeping’ driver admits early-hours motorway death

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Jamie Andrews admitted causing death by dangerous driving at the High Court in Glasgow

A driver who killed another motorist after falling asleep at the wheel has been jailed for almost four years.

Jamie Andrews veered across three lanes before striking Michael O’Donnell’s vehicle on the hard shoulder of the A74(M) in Dumfriesshire.

Andrews had gone without any proper sleep to travel through the night to buy parts for a car.

Mr O’Donnell, 58 – a project manager. from Rosyth in Fife – never recovered from the accident in June last year.

The High Court in Glasgow was told Andrews, 36, was so tired he even nodded off when quizzed shortly after the crash.

A judge told him it was clear he had been in an “extreme state of tiredness” that morning.

Andrews, who had previous driving convictions, was given a jail sentence of three years and 11 months after he pled guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

‘Shaking and in shock’

He was also banned from the road for seven years and 10 months.

The crash occurred as Mr O’Donnell was travelling to his work from the family home in Fife.

The hearing was told he ended up stopping his Ford Kuga in the hard shoulder of the A74(M) near Ecclefechan.

Andrews was meantime spotted driving his BMW on the same motorway shortly before the crash.

After the impact, prosecutor Greg Farrell said Andrews appeared to be “shaking and in shock” when he got out of his BMW.

Witnesses meantime raced to help an unconscious Mr O’Donnell.

But the father died later from chest and neck injuries.

Andrews was described as appearing “sleepy” and “mumbling” responses to questions.

‘Tremendously sorry’

Matt Jackson, defending, said Andrews, now of Bolton, Lancs, had been driving in the early hours “to source parts for a car”.

The lawyer added: “He does not remember being asleep…but accepts that he must have.”

Mr Jackson said Andrews was “tremendously sorry” and had wanted to write to apologise to Mr O’Donnell’s family.

Lord Burns told Andrews: “It is clear that you were considerably sleep deprived.

“There is no explanation why you found it so urgent to drive at four or five in the morning.

“You were plainly in an extreme state of tiredness.

“The only explanation can be you fell asleep, drifted across three lanes onto the hard shoulder taking no evasive action.”

The judge said Mr O’Donnell was a “clearly devoted” as well as “much loved” husband and father.

Scottish Gossip: John Fleck, Leigh Griffiths, Scotland v Albania

Scottish Gossip: John Fleck, Leigh Griffiths, Scotland v Albania


Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck was last night drafted into the Scotland squad but ordered to arrive on Sunday to prepare for Tuesday’s meeting with Israel, missing Saturday’s game in Albania. (Daily Record)

Rangers are refusing to back down in their battle with the SFA over the Daniel Candeias red card saga and will continue to fight for a change to the rules which currently mean they have no right to appeal the second of the player’s two bookings. (Daily Record)

Rangers have made a formal complaint against referee Willie Collum and say he did not see Daniel Candeias blowing kisses to taunt St Mirren defender Anton Ferdinand. (Sun)

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has returned to full training after being sidelined by a knee injury for more than a month. (Daily Express)

Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor is confident he can continue performing the Scott Brown role for his country as successfully as he has done for his club in recent weeks. (Scotsman)

Manchester United’s Scott McTominay can be Scotland’s midfield enforcer for next decade, says former Scotland Under-21 boss and now Manchester United Under-23 coach Ricky Sbragia. (Sun)

Ex-Rangers defender David Bates is ready to make the step up to the senior Scotland team, insists Under-21 manager Scot Gemmill. (Sun)

Albania winger Eros Grezda warns Rangers team-mate Allan McGregor he will be going all out to sink Scotland tomorrow evening. (Herald, subscription required)

“One of them is going to have to learn to kick with their right. It’s as simple as that.” Celtic legend Danny McGrain tells Scotland what they must do to solve the Kieran Tierney and Andy Robertson dilemma. (Daily Record)

With the Czech winter break starting on December 14, FK Teplice striker David Vanecek will decide whether to travel to Edinburgh early and prepare to begin his Hearts career, which begins on 1 January. (Edinburgh Evening News)

Right-wing activist Tommy Robinson promises to attend Tynecastle soon after posting a picture of a group of men wearing masks in his image standing in front of a Hearts flag commemorating McCrae’s Battalion. (Scotsman)

I’m the first black boss in Scottish football for 15 years. If that happened in any other industry there would be an outcry, says Albion Rovers’ Kevin Harper.(Daily Mail)

Long-serving striker Kris Doolan says Partick Thistle won’t be dragged into relegation dogfight after starting the season with title aspirations. (Herald, subscription required)

Ross County defender Liam Fontaine could miss the rest of the season after scans revealed he has ruptured his achilles. (Press & Journal)

Lion Air crash: Jakarta Boeing 737 ‘had prior instrument error’

Lion Air crash: Jakarta Boeing 737 ‘had prior instrument error’

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The Indonesian jet which crashed shortly after take-off had suffered instrument problems the day before, according to a technical log obtained by the BBC.

A technical log from a flight from Bali to Jakarta on Sunday said an instrument was “unreliable” and the pilot had to hand over to the first officer.

The Boeing 737 airliner crashed into the sea with 189 people on board.

It went down after taking off from Jakarta. There is no sign of survivors.

The BBC has so far been unable to reach Lion Air, the low-cost airline which owns the plane, for comment.

Flight JT 610 was headed for the western city of Pangkal Pinang on Monday when it came down. Rescuers have recovered some bodies and personal items, including baby shoes. Families are being told to go to a hospital to identify the dead.

The incident is reported to be the first major accident involving a Boeing 737 Max – an updated version of the 737.

What was the instrument problem?

A technical log obtained by the BBC from the plane’s previous flight suggests that the airspeed reading on the captain’s instrument was unreliable, and the altitude readings differed on the captain’s and first officer’s instruments.

“Identified that CAPT [captain’s] instrument was unreliable and handover control to FO [first officer],” the log reads. “Continue NNC of Airspeed Unreliable and ALT disagree.”

The crew decided to continue their flight and landed safely at Jakarta.

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Belongings – including a handbag – and debris are being recovered from the suspected crash site

Earlier Lion Air Chief Executive Edward Sirait said the plane had had an unspecified “technical issue” when flying from Denpasar in Bali to Jakarta, but he added that this had been “resolved”.

“If the plane was broken, it would have been impossible to clear the plane to fly from Denpasar,” he said. “When we received the flight crew’s report, we immediately fixed the problem.”

The airline operates 11 Boeing 737 Max 8 planes but the others have not had a similar technical problem and there is no plan to ground the fleet, he added.

What happened to the plane?

Flight JT 610 took off from Jakarta at 06:20 on Monday (23:30 GMT on Sunday).

It was due to arrive at Depati Amir airport in Pangkal Pinang an hour later but 13 minutes into the flight, authorities lost contact.

The pilot had asked to return to Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta airport, officials say.

The head of Indonesia’s disaster agency, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, has tweeted images of debris and personal belongings that came from the aircraft and had been found floating in the sea.

What do we know about those on board?

Lion Air said in a statement that the pilot and co-pilot had had more than 11,000 flight hours between them.

Three of the crew on board were trainee flight attendants and one was a technician.

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Relatives of the passengers arrive at the crisis centre at Jakarta airport

Twenty employees from Indonesia’s finance ministry were also on board, the BBC has learned.

A ministry spokesperson said they had worked at the finance ministry offices in Pangkal Pinang but had been in Jakarta for the weekend.

What do we know about this aircraft?

The 737 Max series are the fastest-selling planes in Boeing’s history and there are four models – the Max 7, Max 8, Max 9 and Max 10.

The Boeing 737 Max 8 has been in commercial use since 2016.

The aircraft involved in the crash was made in 2018. It is a single-aisle plane used for short-haul travel.

In a statement, Boeing expressed sympathy for the victims and families and said it stood “ready to provide technical assistance to the accident investigation”.

Australia told government workers and contractors to stop using the airline until the findings of the investigation were out.

How is Indonesia’s air safety record?

Indonesia, a vast archipelago, is heavily reliant on air travel but many of its airlines have a poor safety record.

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This Lion Air plane landed in the sea off Bali in 2013, but all passengers and crew survived

Established in 1999, Lion Air operates domestic flights as well as international routes to South East Asia, Australia and the Middle East.

It has had issues of safety and poor management in the past and was banned from flying into European airspace until 2016.

In 2013, Lion Air flight 904 crashed into the sea on landing at Bali’s International Airport. All 108 people on board survived. In 2004, flight 538 from Jakarta crashed and broke up on landing at Solo City, killing 25 people.

In 2011 and 2012 a number of pilots were found in possession of methamphetamines, in one incident hours before a flight.

Additional reporting by Stephen Fottrell

Everton v Crystal Palace

Everton v Crystal Palace
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored 12 goals in all competitions since the start of last season, more than any other Everton player

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson said it was “hard to stand here as a loser again” after Everton scored twice in the last three minutes to snatch a dramatic Premier League victory.

Tactical changes by Toffees boss Marco Silva decided the game, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin heading in fellow substitute Ademola Lookman’s cross.

Moments later a third substitute, Cenk Tosun, hit the winner at Goodison Park.

“Had we won or drawn no-one would have begrudged us that,” Hodgson said.

Earlier in the second half, Everton keeper Jordan Pickford saved Luka Milivojevic’s penalty with his feet.

Everton’s third victory in a row lifted them to eighth in the table, while Palace stay 15th, two points above the relegation zone with only two wins this season.

Hodgson’s team, who have only scored five goals this term, face a tough run of fixtures over the next month, starting with next Sunday’s home game against fifth-placed Arsenal.

Palace then go to Chelsea the following weekend and host Tottenham on 10 November, before returning after the international break with a trip to Manchester United.

“Football does not give you what you deserve, it is a question of results. All you can do is hope the team played well enough to get a result,” Hodgson said.

“Every game in the Premier League is a tough assignment. Obviously the top teams have very good quality players and have more resources than some of teams we play against.

“But the bottom line is have to play all the teams in the league. Everton have qualities and we were prepared to try and nullify them. We will do same against Arsenal.”

Silva strikes gold with substitutes

For most of the afternoon a rather drab encounter looked destined to finish goalless as both sides struggled to create clear chances.

What swung the game in Everton’s favour was Silva’s decision to make a bold attacking double change, bringing on forwards Calvert-Lewin and Lookman with eight minutes left.

The home side effectively switched to a 4-2-4 formation, having earlier introduced striker Tosun for attacking midfielder Bernard.

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Match of the Day 2: Jordan Pickford admits ‘forgetting’ to do penalty research

Lookman clipped in a precise, curling ball from the left which was met by a Calvert-Lewin header from close range.

As Palace belatedly tried to respond, Tosun latched on to a long punt clear by defender Michael Keane to fire through Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey’s legs one minute 44 seconds later.

“It came down to which manager was brave enough to make the big changes – and it was Marco Silva,” former Scotland winger Pat Nevin said on BBC Radio 5 live.

“Luck favoured the brave. I don’t think you will see too many better substitutions this season.”

This was the first time since August 2017 that three substitutes were directly involved in goals in a Premier League game.

“We, the staff, are here to make decisions, it is not just the starting 11,” Silva said.

“The three players who came on were aggressive, it is really good and I’m very happy for them.”

Pickford lets his feet do the talking… again

Jordan Pickford saved his second penalty in the Premier League, having also stopped one against West Ham in November 2017

England international Pickford, 24, attracted plaudits during the international break after his distribution helped set up two goals in the surprise 3-2 Nations League win over Spain on Monday.

Again he produced a moment of quality with his feet, albeit in a rather different manner after Seamus Coleman tripped Wilfried Zaha to concede the penalty.

Diving to his left, Pickford stuck out his right boot to stop Milivojevic’s spot-kick down the middle and prevent Palace from taking the lead with only their second shot on target.

It was only Milivojevic’s second penalty miss in his past 11 attempts.

“It was a good save from the goalkeeper,” Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson said. “If Luka had scored it might have been a different story.”

Wickham returns after two-year absence

One positive for Palace was the return of striker Connor Wickham after a two-year absence because of a serious knee injury and subsequent problems.

The 25-year-old made his first appearance since November 2016 when he came him on seconds after Tosun’s 89th-minute goal, but had little time to make an impact.

“He has worked so very hard to get into that position where he is deemed fit enough to get on the bench,” Hodgson said.

“We would not have risked him for a long period of the game. I’m sure he will be pleased to have got on the field for Palace in a Premier League game and hopefully it will give him hope and heart.

“He has still got a lot of hard work to do on the training field.”

Man of the match – Jordan Pickford (Everton)

Although tempting to pick Everton boss Marco Silva as man of the match, his substitutions may have proved fruitless had Pickford not saved Milivojevic’s penalty. The Everton keeper also produced a good stop from the Palace skipper’s first-half free-kick and looked assured throughout.

Hodgson must hate going to Goodison – the stats

  • Everton have won three straight Premier League matches for the first time since January 2017
  • Crystal Palace are now without a win in four league matches, drawing one and losing three
  • Palace manager Roy Hodgson has not won on his past eight Premier League visits to Goodison Park, losing seven and drawing one
  • Everton have scored more headed goals in the Premier League this season than any other side
  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun are the first two Everton substitutes to score in the same Premier League game since March 2014, when Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith netted against Fulham
  • Since the beginning of last season, only Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling (six), has won more Premier League penalties than Crystal Palace’s Wifried Zaha (five)

What next?

Everton look to continue their winning run when they visit Manchester United on 28 October at 16:00 GMT.

Palace begin a tough run of fixtures when they host Arsenal at Selhurst Park on the same day (13:30).