Barely having to make a save in the opening 45 minutes, the American’s match was relatively comfortable in the first-half. Fulham were slightly more active in the second, but the goalkeeper’s afternoon remained uneventful for the most part.
The young Irishman was a very active player for Everton, racing up and down the right flank and working well with Mirallas on the overlap, especially when it came to the opening goal. The full-back speeding towards the byeline, Coleman was able to set up Pienaar waiting in the box for the South African to score easily.
A confident performance from a player that had little demand in his own area. The centre-back did was required of him.
The centre-back looked as strong as ever at the back for Everton, clearing the ball confidently and tackling decisively; not that the Fulham attackers gave the England international much trouble.
The left-back looked confident all game, and although couldn’t conjure an assist, played very well with Pienaar down the left flank to give the hosts plenty of opportunities.
Playing in a holding position in the midfield, the Belgian managed to get himself forward for Everton’s first chance of the afternoon; heading a Baines corner at Schwarzer’s feet and forcing the Australian to make an instinctive save. The Everton man had more chances in the game, but it was his strength in the middle that saw the hosts compete as well as they did.
The South African opened the scoring for the hosts, placing Coleman’s inch perfect pass into the middle of the Fulham box past Schwarzer and into the net. Pienaar played brilliantly with Baines and looked confident all game.
The midfielder was sprite from the off and helped start the move that opened the scoring for Everton, playing Coleman in to then set-up Pienaar to finish comfortably and followed it up with a decent performance all round.
A reasonable performance from the winger who partnered up well with Coleman behind him and was always keen for the overlap. The midfielder also had a great chance to get himself on the scoresheet and secure the points for Everton, but after some delightful skill, his shot was matched by a great save from Schwarzer.
Playing just off Jelavic, the powerful striker held the ball up well and had his fair share of chances, but all required a little more accuracy or luck to trouble Schwarzer.
The Croatian looked a little off the pace and the striker’s decision making was poor at times, passing when the better option was to test the Fulham ‘keeper.
The Australian goalkeeper was the first into action, saving Fellaini’s early header with a quick-thinking stop at his own feet. Pienaar was next up to test the towering shot-stopper, but this time the challenge was too great and the South African placed the ball perfectly past the Cottagers' man between the posts. The Fulham man looked more confident after the break and made a fantastic save from a powerful Mirallas shot to give the visitors a chance of points and another at the death from Barkley reflected an all-round good display.
The right-back had a hard afternoon tracking the likes of Pienaar and Baines, especially the former who broke through of the defender to open the scoring for the hosts.
The former Arsenal man was given the job of minding the powerful Anichebe and at times struggled to match the striker’s strength as the Everton man constantly held up the ball to allow his teammates to get into position.
Tasked with dealing with Kevin Mirallas, the former Sunderland man did decently with some strong challenges, but occasionally allowed the Everton attacker to pass through the line to the likes of Jelavic or Coleman on the overlap.
The Cottager’s captain had an easier time against Jelavic than his defensive partner did with Anichebe, making some timely interceptions and strong tackles.
As Karagounis’s partner in midfield, the Fulham man also failed to keep Fellaini from dominating possession and wasn’t strong enough to stop the Belgian from helping Everton going forward.
A strong presence in the middle wasn’t enough for the Greek midfielder, who struggled to keep the prowess of Fellaini and Osman at bay, allowing them to rule the battle for possession in the middle.
With a severe lack of chances at the Everton goal, Kacaniklic’s performance was a quiet one, although was one of the more active Fulham players, especially when switched to the left side in the second-half.
The AC Milan loanee was one of the more active members of the Fulham team and had one of their best chances. The Dutchman in some great space on the Everton penalty spot couldn’t convert and instead ploughed the ball over Howard’s bar.
The attacker was left frustrated with his lack of service up top, despite always looking to get himself involved in the game. Although, when on the ball, the Fulham player did little to set the world on fire.
The striker’s afternoon was short-lived and fruitless, as the former Manchester United man had very little time on the ball and on the half-hour mark was forced off with what looked like a leg or groin injury.
Came on in the second-half for Richardson, but did little to give Fulham any chance of points.
Came on for the injured Berbatov and could have had Fulham back in the game just before the break if the striker had timed his run to the back post a little sooner when the ball was played across goal.