Everton struggled in the first three weeks of the season before notching their first win of the campaign against West Bromwich Albion last weekend. A thumping 4-1 win over Wolfsburg in the Europa League followed in midweek, leading many fans and pundits to believe they would do the same to Crystal Palace today.
However, despite Romelu Lukaku opening the scoring after only nine minutes, it went downhill from there as Mile Jedinak converted a penalty, Frazier Campbell beat Tim Howard to a cross to head the ball home and give Palace the lead, and Palace pounced on a loose pass to find Yannick Bolasie, who slotted Palace into a two goal lead.
Leighton Baines pulled one back from the penalty spot, but it was a dismal day for Everton. Here are the ratings for Roberto Martinez's side.
Tim Howard 4 - whilst the American kept Wolfsburg at bay in midweek, Howard had a nightmare afternoon today, first conceding a penalty and then getting caught out by a hanging cross for Frazier Campbell.
John Stones 5 - still doesn't seem as good at right back as he is at centre back, and struggled to handle the pace of Yannick Bolasie before being hauled off for Kevin Mirallas.
Phil Jagielka 5 - seemed well off the pace again as Frazier Campbell's movement caused problems. The pairing of Jagielka and Distin is now well past its sell-by-date.
Sylvain Distin 4 - too slow again and Martinez must now be ruing restoring the Jagielka-Distin partnership which has now leaked 13 goals in the four games they've played with each other.
Leighton Baines 6 - got stuck into tackles well and converted a late penalty but his delivery from wide areas wasn't as good as usual.
Gareth Barry 6 - gave the ball away more than usual, but touched the ball a staggering 129 times as he tried to get Everton back into the game, even playing at centre back at one point.
James McCarthy 7 - kept things simple in midfield and kept going until the final whistle - which led to him winning a penalty to bring Everton back into the game.
Leon Osman 4 - offered very little in the game and was guilty of giving the ball away for Bolasie's goal. Much like Jagielka and Distin, his age showed today.
Christian Atsu 5 - displayed direct running and pace but his end product was wildly inconsistent, though he did grow into the game before being substituted.
Samuel Eto'o 5 - was pushed out wide and struggled to impose himself on the game from there, failing to really trouble Julian Speroni in the Palace goal.
Romelu Lukaku 6 - took the opening goal well but was often ponderous in possession and couldn't generate any other opportunities.
Darron Gibson n/a - came on with just five minutes left and touched the ball only ten times.
Kevin Mirallas 5 - came on with half an hour to play but couldn't drag Everton back into the game.
Steven Naismith 5 - came on alongside Mirallas but much like the Belgian, couldn't change the game.