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Fulham   0 - 0   Everton

Everton's Yakubu and Fulham's Aaron Hughes
Everton ended the day at the bottom of the Premier League

By John Sinnott

Everton slumped to the bottom of table after this draw, but the visitors showed plenty of spirit and adventure.

The Toffees only just shaded the first half and Mikel Arteta's deftly struck shot was well saved by Mark Schwarzer.

The Cottagers, who protected their unbeaten league record, upped the ante after the break and Everton keeper Tim Howard was drawn more into the action.

Howard beat away a Clint Dempsey effort before Schwarzer rescued Fulham as he twice saved well from Nigerian Yakubu.

Everton have won on only one of their last 11 visits to Fulham and, given Schwarzer's goalkeeping masterclass, might reasonably argue that they deserved to enjoy a rare Craven Cottage victory.

Hughes buoyed by Fulham start

Instead, with West Ham securing their first win of the season, the Merseysiders find themselves at the bottom of the Premier League after six games.

What is undeniable is that the visitors did not look like a team without a league win, with Seamus Coleman and Steven Pienaar providing plenty of width.

It was Pienaar who produced the game's first meaningful shot after Tim Cahill chested the ball down for the South Africa international, but Schwarzer safely gathered low to his left.

Coleman, who normally plays at right-back, was full of purpose on the right of midfield and he quickly adjusted to the demands of his new position as he made his first full Premier League start.

Leighton Baines then took advantage of decoy runs to break into the box and unleash a shot, which Aaron Hughes did well to block.

Fulham had less of the ball than Everton boss David Moyes's team and it took well over half an hour before Zoltan Gera produced their first shot, when Dickson Etuhu marauded into the box only to place his header straight at Howard.

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On the stroke of half-time, Schwarzer produced a wonderful one-handed save to tip away Arteta's shot that threatened to dip into the corner of the net as the Spaniard used his right boot to devastating effect.

The Cottagers came out for the second half to the sound of The Clash's London Calling and whether it was the sound of manager Mark Hughes's half-time team talk or Joe Strummer's rallying call, the home side looked a lot more lively.

Midfielder Danny Murphy started to move further forward and Gera and Carlos Salcido attempted shots, though both failed to trouble Howard.

But Howard was certainly troubled by a Dempsey shot that the Everton keeper had to beat away after the Fulham forward was teed up by Murphy's clever pass, with Damien Duff unable to convert the rebound.

Everton were now having less of the ball, though Coleman's teasing cross caused pandemonium in the the home side's area, with Yakubu coming agonisingly close to getting the decisive touch.

Fulham were soon back on the attack and Dempsey's deflected shot had Howard throwing himself to his left as the ball went past the post.

Moyes confident of Everton revival

Schwarzer then produced another superb save to push away Yakubu's diagonal shot and Chris Baird cleared the ball.

In the closing stages, Fulham striker Dempsey again went close with a shot wide of fellow American Howard after a foraging run.

But Yakubu almost won the game for Everton when he fired in a speculative shot that fizzed past the post, before the Nigerian worked himself some space but was unable to produce enough power to direct the ball past Schwarzer.


Fulham manager Mark Hughes:
"Everton showed that they're in a false position and it's clear they're a very good side.

"They're at the wrong end of the table but I don't anticipate that lasting for long.

"In most of the games I've seen of them on video and TV they've played well and had impact. They've been unlucky not to get more points.

"They probably just need a win to get them going again. I'd imagine no one in the Everton camp is too concerned."

Everton manager David Moyes:
"It's one way up now. Someone has to be bottom and it's us at this present time.

"I don't think we look like a bottom-of-the-league team but we are so we have to get out of it. It's up to us to put it right.

"We just have to keep doing what we're doing. We'll keep playing. There was no lack of confidence from us against Fulham. We tried to do the right things.

"The spirit's good. The players are all together and are all working for the cause to get a result. "My belief is that we have a really good team. That's never changed."

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Saturday, 25 September 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Fulham 0-0 Everton FT
(HT 0-0)

      Fulham

      Substitutes

      Everton

      Substitutes

      Ref: H WebbAtt: 25,598
      FULHAM
      EVERTON

      Possession

      • Fulham 48%
      • Everton 52%

      Attempts on target

      • Fulham 2
      • Everton 7

      Attempts off target

      • Fulham 10
      • Everton 8

      Corners

      • Fulham 4
      • Everton 5

      Fouls

      • Fulham 15
      • Everton 13
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+3:08 The referee ends the match.
      • 90:00+2:49 Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
      • 90:00+1:08 Ayegbeni Yakubu has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
      • 89:30 Steven Pienaar handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Baird.
      • 88:21 Clinton Dempsey has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
      • 87:40 Substitution Diniyar Bilyaletdinov joins the action as a substitute, replacing Seamus Coleman.
      • 86:38 The official flags Ayegbeni Yakubu offside. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
      • 85:38 Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
      • 85:38 Booking Damien Duff receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
      • 85:28 Foul by Damien Duff on Phil Jagielka, free kick awarded.
      • 83:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman by Dickson Etuhu. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
      • 81:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Seamus Coleman on Clinton Dempsey. Danny Murphy crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
      • 79:12 Mikel Arteta takes the direct free kick. Ayegbeni Yakubu produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
      • 79:12 Booking Booking for Carlos Salcido for unsporting behaviour.
      • 79:02 Unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman by Carlos Salcido results in a free kick.
      • 78:20 Chris Baird challenges Steven Pienaar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leighton Baines takes the direct free kick.
      • Correction - 77:36 Phil Neville fouled by Clinton Dempsey, the ref awards a free kick. Phil Neville takes the direct free kick.
      • 77:36 Unfair challenge on Phil Neville by Clinton Dempsey results in a free kick. Phil Neville takes the free kick.
      • 76:42 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the left by-line to the near post, Clinton Dempsey manages to make a clearance.
      • 76:27 Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
      • 75:11 Free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
      • 75:11 Booking Steven Pienaar goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
      • 75:08 Steven Pienaar gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff.
      • 74:03 Effort from outside the penalty box by Ayegbeni Yakubu goes wide left of the goal.
      • 72:11 Corner from the right by-line taken by Damien Duff, Leighton Baines makes a clearance.
      • 71:46 Leighton Baines gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff. Chris Baird restarts play with the free kick.
      • 70:24 Corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff, clearance made by Sylvain Distin.
      • 70:04 Substitution Diomansy Kamara is brought on as a substitute for Simon Davies.
      • 69:38 Shot from outside the penalty box by Clinton Dempsey goes wide right of the goal.
      • 69:04 Effort from deep inside the area by Simon Davies misses to the left of the goal.
      • 68:27 Shot by Mikel Arteta from outside the box goes high over the target.
      • Correction - 66:50 Inswinging corner taken by Damien Duff, Aaron Hughes has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
      • 66:50 Corner from the right by-line taken by Damien Duff, Close range header by Aaron Hughes goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 65:51 Ayegbeni Yakubu is caught offside. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
      • 64:15 Danny Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Ayegbeni Yakubu. Strike on goal comes in from Mikel Arteta from the free kick.
      • 62:44 Leon Osman takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
      • 62:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phil Neville by Simon Davies. Direct free kick taken by Phil Neville.
      • 61:13 Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
      • 61:13 Substitution Leon Osman joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tim Cahill.
      • 61:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Danny Murphy.
      • 60:40 Effort from the edge of the box by Tim Cahill goes wide of the right-hand upright.
      • 59:55 Damien Duff produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 59:40 Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
      • 58:40 Foul by Clinton Dempsey on Tim Cahill, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
      • 57:05 Unfair challenge on Damien Duff by Marouane Fellaini results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Baird.
      • 55:42 Carlos Salcido has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.
      • Correction - 55:08 Phil Jagielka concedes a free kick for a foul on Eddie Johnson. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
      • 55:08 Unfair challenge on Eddie Johnson by Phil Jagielka results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
      • 54:05 Substitution (Fulham) makes a substitution, with Eddie Johnson coming on for Zoltan Gera.
      • 53:56 Shot on goal by Zoltan Gera from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
      • 52:44 Clinton Dempsey fouled by Marouane Fellaini, the ref awards a free kick. Damien Duff delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance by Sylvain Distin.
      • 49:29 Short corner taken by Simon Davies.
      • Correction - 48:18 Clinton Dempsey is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Phil Neville.
      • 48:18 The offside flag is raised against Clinton Dempsey. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Howard.
      • 48:02 Phil Jagielka gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zoltan Gera. Free kick taken by Dickson Etuhu.
      • Correction - 45:13 Unfair challenge on Danny Murphy by Mikel Arteta results in a free kick. Chris Baird takes the direct free kick.
      • 45:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tim Cahill on Danny Murphy. Free kick taken by Chris Baird.
      • 45:01 The second half begins.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+2:00 The half-time whistle blows.
      • Correction - 45:00+0:55 The official flags Clinton Dempsey offside. Tim Howard takes the indirect free kick.
      • 45:00+0:55 Clinton Dempsey is ruled offside. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
      • 45:00+0:15 Seamus Coleman takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Murphy.
      • 44:58 Mikel Arteta takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Clinton Dempsey makes a clearance.
      • 44:38 Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a fantastic save.
      • 43:06 The assistant referee flags for offside against Ayegbeni Yakubu. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
      • 42:35 Long distance shot from Clinton Dempsey misses to the left of the net.
      • 42:00 Marouane Fellaini concedes a free kick for a foul on Dickson Etuhu. Brede Hangeland restarts play with the free kick.
      • 41:33 Dickson Etuhu takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
      • 39:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phil Jagielka by Clinton Dempsey. Free kick taken by Phil Neville.
      • 38:49 Tim Cahill challenges Aaron Hughes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aaron Hughes restarts play with the free kick.
      • 37:47 Dickson Etuhu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marouane Fellaini. Direct free kick taken by Phil Neville.
      • 36:43 The offside flag is raised against Clinton Dempsey. Free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.
      • 34:43 Zoltan Gera has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.
      • 32:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Murphy by Tim Cahill. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Brede Hangeland.
      • 32:06 Phil Jagielka concedes a free kick for a foul on Clinton Dempsey. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
      • 31:48 The assistant referee signals for offside against Ayegbeni Yakubu. Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.
      • 30:59 Shot from just outside the box by Steven Pienaar goes over the crossbar.
      • 28:35 Leighton Baines takes the outswinging corner, Danny Murphy makes a clearance.
      • 28:15 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines played to the near post, Dickson Etuhu manages to make a clearance.
      • 27:49 Substitution Chris Baird is brought on as a substitute for Stephen Kelly.
      • 27:34 Leighton Baines takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Kelly.
      • 19:45 Seamus Coleman takes a shot. Blocked by Carlos Salcido.
      • 19:24 The official flags Ayegbeni Yakubu offside. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
      • 18:21 Unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman by Simon Davies results in a free kick. Leighton Baines crosses the ball in from the free kick, Zoltan Gera manages to make a clearance.
      • 17:37 Steven Pienaar fouled by Stephen Kelly, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mikel Arteta, Carlos Salcido makes a clearance.
      • 11:55 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
      • 11:07 Damien Duff challenges Tim Cahill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
      • 10:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brede Hangeland by Tim Cahill. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
      • 5:58 Simon Davies takes a shot from a long way out clearing the bar.
      • 3:40 Phil Jagielka fouled by Clinton Dempsey, the ref awards a free kick. Phil Jagielka takes the direct free kick.
      • 0:54 Short corner worked by Mikel Arteta.
      • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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      Premier League table snapshot

      As it stood on 25 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

      Position Team P GD PTS
      1 Chelsea 6 19 15
      2 Arsenal 6 9 11
      3 Man Utd 5 7 11
      4 Man City 6 5 11
      5 West Brom 6 -3 10
      6 Fulham 6 1 8
      7 Tottenham 6 1 8
      8 Blackburn 6 0 8
      9 Newcastle 5 2 7
      10 Sunderland 6 0 7
      11 Birmingham 6 -1 7
      12 Aston Villa 5 -3 7
      13 Blackpool 6 -5 7
      14 Bolton 5 -1 6
      15 Liverpool 6 -3 6
      16 Wolves 5 -2 5
      17 Wigan 6 -11 5
      18 Stoke 5 -3 4
      19 West Ham 6 -9 4
      20 Everton 6 -3 3

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