South Africans Abroad Review: Pienaar's Everton ease past Norwich

Dikagcoi's Palace slipped to 20th in the EPL standings while Pienaar's Everton went up to fourth after Saturday's victory over the Norwich City

Steven Pienaar played a pivotal role in helping Everton beat Norwich City 2-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon. The South African midfielder was substituted after 70 minutes with the Toffees already leading 2-0.

Goals from Gareth Barry and Kevin Mirallas were enough to see Everton back into the Champions League spot, as they continued their impressive form under manager Roberto Martinez.

Kagisho Dikgacoi was not part of the Crystal Palace squad that traveled to White Hart Lane on Saturday. The Eagles suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur, and they are now rooted at the bottom of the English Premier League log.

It was a bitter weekend for South African players in the Championship, as none of them managed good results.

Bongani Khumalo returned to the starting line-up for Doncaster Rovers, but he couldn't help his team as Rovers suffered yet another defeat at Blackburn Rovers. Khumalo was booked in the 66th minute of that 1-0 loss while Dean Furman played no part.

Tokelo Rantie was introduced in the 66th minute of Bournemouth's 3-0 defeat to Wigan Athletic, but it was another disappointing display from the former Malmo forward who continued to fire blanks.

In the League One division, Kgosi Ntlhe missed the action as Peterbourough United went 1-0 down to Swindon Town on Saturday. Ntlhe's Peterbourough remain inside the top six in the standings.