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Everton   2 - 1   Fulham

Seamus Coleman nods in the opener for Everton
Schwarzer is given no chance as Coleman heads in the opening goal for Everton

By Mark Ashenden

Everton survived a nervy last half-hour to overcome Fulham and keep alive their slim hopes of a Europa Cup slot.

Leighton Baines tore the visitors open and Everton deservedly led when Seamus Coleman nodded in Leon Osman's cross.

Louis Saha's free-kick doubled the lead after the break but the Toffees were complacent and Clint Dempsey pulled a goal back with a strike from 25 yards.

Phil Jagielka almost headed Everton's third and they nearly paid for it but Bobby Zamora wasted a late chance.

The result means Fulham have now lost 18 successive league games at Goodison Park - they last claimed a point in this part of Merseyside in 1959.

Player absence led to 'dull' game - Moyes

Fulham started the day hopeful of entering the top half of the table but, instead, this loss will have manager Mark Hughes fearing a relegation fight.

Opposite number David Moyes will be pleased to see his side move into eighth spot with a third league win in four games and a chance to close a nine-point gap to get into a Europa Cup spot.

The three points did not come without its pain for Everton as striker Saha left the field on a stretcher in the 86th minute after landing awkwardly when leaping for a header.

Despite the late drama with the visitors piling forward in search of an equaliser, the game overall was a disappointing battle, with Baines providing the only bright moments from the left flank in the opening half-hour.

Fulham defender Chris Baird looked increasingly uncomfortable as he tried to contain Baines and on 27 minutes the Toffees defender's left foot created an opener but Saha wasted a headed chance from an inswinging corner.

Despite beginning the weekend sharing the second best away defence record in the league with Chelsea, the impressive Brede Hangeland and his Fulham team-mates were gradually showing signs of vulnerability facing Moyes' lively frontline.

And 10 minutes before the break, the deadlock was broken. And not surprisingly, the danger arrived from the left.

It was the boot of Osman, though, that caused the damage as his floated cross fell to Coleman, who cleverly steadied his feet before guiding the ball past keeper Mark Schwarzer.

Soon after the break the score was doubled and the mood of Hughes - who looked furious at the end of the first half - would have darkened somewhat as he witnessed the ineptitude of his defensive wall.

Jack Rodwell was felled by a clumsy tackle from Dickson Etuhu on the edge of the box and after Baines rolled the ball to Saha, the Frenchman blasted through Danny Murphy's legs for his seventh of the season.

Everton appeared to be strolling to victory, but on the hour they seemed to switch off and their sleepy defence was finally breached as Hughes' team burst into life.

Fulham ran out of time - Hughes

Soon after keeper Tim Howard was sharp enough to smother successive shots by Damien Duff and Etuhu, the American keeper was soon picking the ball out of the net.

And it was his compatriot Dempsey who fired in a belter following a sweet move begun by Duff on the right, with striker Zamora providing the crucial pass with his first touch of the game.

It was an inspired substitution by Hughes and his team forced their opponents further back, much to the frustration of the increasingly irate Moyes on the sidelines.

A day after signing a new four-year deal, Jagielka came agonisingly close with a header from Osman's corner that was goalbound before Carlos Salcido nodded the danger away.

However, Fulham had the energy and desire to strive for the second goal and Zamora had a great chance to make the headlines in the dying minutes. His header six yards out was wasteful after a beautiful cross by Gael Kakuta and it proved to be his team's final opportunity.

Everton held on and survived to claim the spoils and help extend the celebrations of Moyes, who recently completed his ninth year in the Goodison Park hotseat.

Hughes, meanwhile, has plenty to think about. His team may be in a respectable 12th spot but are only three points from the drop zone.

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Saturday, 19 March 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Everton 2-1 Fulham FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Coleman 36
  • Saha 49
  • Dempsey 62

Everton

Substitutes

Fulham

Substitutes

Ref: OliverAtt: 33,239
EVERTON
FULHAM

Possession

  • Everton 52%
  • Fulham 48%

Attempts on target

  • Everton 12
  • Fulham 6

Attempts off target

  • Everton 4
  • Fulham 6

Corners

  • Everton 7
  • Fulham 5

Fouls

  • Everton 15
  • Fulham 19
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:39 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+5:20 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Murphy from the left by-line, Phil Jagielka makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+5:10 Gael Kakuta takes a shot. Seamus Coleman gets a block in.
  • 90:00+3:51 Bobby Zamora concedes a free kick for a foul on Tony Hibbert. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+3:20 Jermaine Beckford takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 89:42 Effort on goal by Clint Dempsey from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 86:01 Danny Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Louis Saha. Johnny Heitinga produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Leon Osman. Shot from deep inside the area by Leon Osman goes over the bar.
  • 86:01 Substitution Louis Saha goes off and Jermaine Beckford comes on.
  • 84:45 Headed effort on goal by Bobby Zamora from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
  • 83:31 Leon Osman fouled by Brede Hangeland, the ref awards a free kick. Phil Jagielka takes the free kick.
  • 83:31 Substitution Andrew Johnson goes off and Eidur Gudjohnsen comes on.
  • 82:05 Phil Jagielka gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Salcido. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
  • 80:55 Leon Osman takes the outswinging corner, Phil Jagielka takes a shot. Clearance by Carlos Salcido. Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines.
  • 76:32 Shot from just outside the area by Moussa Dembele misses to the left of the target.
  • 76:32 Substitution Jack Rodwell leaves the field to be replaced by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
  • 74:13 Foul by Louis Saha on Brede Hangeland, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
  • 74:13 Substitution (Fulham) makes a substitution, with Gael Kakuta coming on for Damien Duff.
  • 73:17 Phil Neville challenges Moussa Dembele unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Danny Murphy, clearance by Sylvain Distin.
  • 71:41 Clint Dempsey takes a shot.
  • 70:50 The offside flag is raised against Bobby Zamora. Direct free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.
  • 70:13 Tony Hibbert fouled by Andrew Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.
  • 68:42 Louis Saha gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Murphy. Chris Baird takes the free kick.
  • 68:42 Substitution Johnny Heitinga comes on in place of Tim Cahill.
  • 65:50 Danny Murphy challenges Seamus Coleman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Leighton Baines.
  • 62:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tony Hibbert on Moussa Dembele. Danny Murphy delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Tim Howard. Corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff, Brede Hangeland takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard. Unfair challenge on Tim Howard by Bobby Zamora results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.
  • 62:57 Booking Tony Hibbert receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 61:56 Unfair challenge on Chris Baird by Tim Cahill results in a free kick. Aaron Hughes restarts play with the free kick.
  • 61:03 Assist on the goal came from Bobby Zamora.
  • 61:03 GOAL - Clint DempseyEverton 2 - 1 Fulham Clint Dempsey finds the back of the net with a goal from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 2-1 Fulham.
  • 59:31 Substitution Dickson Etuhu goes off and Bobby Zamora comes on.
  • 58:17 Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
  • 57:34 Effort on goal by Seamus Coleman from 25 yards. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 55:16 Damien Duff takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
  • 54:37 Foul by Leon Osman on Dickson Etuhu, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Chris Baird from right channel, Phil Jagielka manages to make a clearance. Dickson Etuhu takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Jagielka.
  • 54:37 Booking Leon Osman is booked.
  • 54:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phil Neville by Andrew Johnson. Tony Hibbert restarts play with the free kick.
  • 53:10 Unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele by Sylvain Distin results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
  • 50:33 The referee blows for offside. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
  • 48:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Rodwell by Dickson Etuhu. Direct free kick taken by Leighton Baines. The assist for the goal came from Leighton Baines.
  • 48:53 GOAL - Louis SahaEverton 2 - 0 Fulham Louis Saha grabs a goal from outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 2-0 Fulham.
  • 47:43 Louis Saha is ruled offside. Brede Hangeland takes the free kick.
  • 46:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlos Salcido on Tony Hibbert. Leighton Baines crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:07 It is the end of the first-half.
  • 45:00+0:36 Aaron Hughes challenges Louis Saha unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phil Jagielka takes the free kick.
  • 44:18 Effort on goal by Clint Dempsey from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 41:48 Free kick awarded for a foul by Damien Duff on Leighton Baines. Sylvain Distin takes the direct free kick.
  • 40:52 Leighton Baines fouled by Moussa Dembele, the ref awards a free kick. Sylvain Distin takes the direct free kick.
  • 39:11 Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Neville.
  • 38:24 Louis Saha gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff. Chris Baird takes the free kick.
  • 37:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Phil Jagielka on Clint Dempsey. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
  • 36:36 Carlos Salcido concedes a free kick for a foul on Seamus Coleman. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Leighton Baines.
  • 35:22 Leon Osman provided the assist for the goal.
  • 35:22 GOAL - Seamus ColemanEverton 1 - 0 Fulham Seamus Coleman grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Everton 1-0 Fulham.
  • 35:12 Louis Saha takes a shot. Blocked by Brede Hangeland.
  • 33:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele by Phil Neville. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
  • 30:21 Leighton Baines produces a cross, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
  • 30:09 Jack Rodwell takes a shot. Danny Murphy gets a block in.
  • 29:45 Dickson Etuhu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman. Phil Neville takes the direct free kick.
  • 28:18 Leighton Baines produces a cross, Jack Rodwell takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 26:43 Tim Cahill takes a shot. Aaron Hughes gets a block in. Corner taken by Leighton Baines, Louis Saha takes a shot. Carlos Salcido makes a clearance.
  • 25:18 Corner taken by Leon Osman played to the near post, Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.
  • 23:04 Louis Saha takes a shot. Chris Baird gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines played to the near post, clearance by Danny Murphy.
  • 21:00 Moussa Dembele gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tony Hibbert. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
  • 20:22 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Louis Saha.
  • 17:35 Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Andrew Johnson.
  • 17:14 Brede Hangeland concedes a free kick for a foul on Louis Saha. Phil Neville takes the free kick.
  • 16:42 Tim Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Baird. Direct free kick taken by Chris Baird.
  • 14:28 Phil Neville concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Johnson. Danny Murphy crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Sylvain Distin.
  • 14:01 Foul by Tim Cahill on Moussa Dembele, free kick awarded. Chris Baird takes the direct free kick.
  • 11:00 Leighton Baines takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 9:14 Corner taken by Damien Duff played to the near post, clearance by Louis Saha. Damien Duff takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Moussa Dembele gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tim Howard. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
  • 8:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Hughes on Tim Cahill. Phil Jagielka takes the direct free kick.
  • 7:42 Effort from inside the area by Leon Osman misses to the right of the goal.
  • 3:58 Sylvain Distin fouled by Moussa Dembele, the ref awards a free kick. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.
  • 3:35 Leon Osman concedes a free kick for a foul on Moussa Dembele. Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.
  • 1:36 Outswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines from the left by-line, clearance by Danny Murphy.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 19 Mar 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 30 34 63
2 Arsenal 29 30 58
3 Man City 29 20 53
4 Chelsea 28 27 51
5 Tottenham 29 7 49
6 Liverpool 29 3 42
7 Bolton 30 1 40
8 Everton 30 1 40
9 Sunderland 29 -2 38
10 Stoke 30 -2 37
11 Newcastle 30 -1 36
12 Fulham 30 0 35
13 Blackburn 30 -12 33
14 Aston Villa 30 -14 33
15 Blackpool 30 -15 33
16 West Brom 30 -15 33
17 West Ham 30 -13 32
18 Wolves 30 -14 32
19 Birmingham 29 -13 31
20 Wigan 30 -22 30

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