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14 December 2013
• Goodison Park, Liverpool
Referee: A. Taylor
• Attendance: 33796
L. Osman 18'
S. Coleman 73'
G. Barry 84'
K. Mirallas 90'+
D. Berbatov 67'
What a match. i hope you enjoyed it too! I have been Hayden Gribble and you have been most welcome. Adios!
FULL TIME - EVERTON 4-1 FULHAM. The Toffees continue their impressive unbeaten home record in 2013 and move into the top four after a resounding win over an unlucky Fulham side. Goals from Osman, Coleman, Barry and Mirallas cancelled out Berbatov's penalty. For large periods in the second half it was the visitors who looked the most dangerous but in the end they were put to the sword by a clinical Everton side.
90' + 3'
STAT ATTACK: 6 - Everton have scored 4 goals in consecutive PL games at Goodison Park for only the sixth time in the competition's history. Rampant. (OptaJoe)
90' + 1'
Assist Leon Osman
90' + 1'
Goal Kevin Mirallas
GOAL! Kevin Mirallas takes a low shot from 25 yards and sees it squeeze under the despairing dive of Stekelenburg to make it a rout. I must admit, I didn't see the hosts winning like this half an hour ago!
Yellow Card Philippe Senderos
There will be a minimum of FOUR minutes of added time!
BLOCKED! Oviedo drives forward looking to rub salt into Fulham;s wounds and the defender sees his shot blocked and out for a throw-in.
And there is also a case of Barry being in an offside position when he became active in play!
From what I saw in the replay it looks like the ball hit the arm of Lukaku in the build-up. It would have been harsh to cancel the goal out for handball but the scoreline flatters the Toffees.
Assist Romelu Lukaku
Goal Gareth Barry
GOAL!...Which the Toffees score from! Gareth Barry - who gave the penalty away earlier in the game - scrambles the ball home from close range. Game, set and match!
BLOCKED! Osman lets fly from distance and Parker throws himself in front of the ball. Corner to the Toffees...
A chrous of groans echo around Goodison as Pienaar sends a wayward pass out of play. The Toffees - it has to be said - have been rather poor in some moments of this match!
The hosts seem rejuvinated after restoring the lead. Mirallas sends a corner in and Barry loops a header towards Lukaku in the six-yard-box but the Cottagers clear. We have just over ten minutes to go, here!
Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen is bringing on Darren Bent. Is this where the momentum shifts yet again in this intrigiung encounter?
Yellow Card Steven Pienaar
That was the Irishman's first Premier League goal of the season and it had relieved a tense home support. Fulham have been the better of both sides in this half and they will feel frustrated that they were only on level terms for seven minutes.
Goal Seamus Coleman
GOAL! Goodison Park erupts! Seamus Coleman puts the ball into an empty net to put Everton in front again! The goal came about after lovely build-up play between Pienaar and Lukaku. The South African's cross/shot squirms past the Fulham keeper and Coleman restores the lead with ease!
STAT ATTACK: 9 - Dimitar Berbatov now has nine Premier League penalty goals from nine attempts. Reliable. (OptaJoe)
Yellow Card Ashkan Dejagah
Seamus Coleman gets the to the byline but his cross goes out of play for a goal kick. It has been a poor half for the Toffees who have come unstuck (I'm here all week!).
Referee Anthony Taylor seemed to take an age to award the spot kick but on closer inspection, his decision was a correct one and it is fully deserved for the Cottagers.
Penalty Goal D. Berbatov
GOAL! The Bulgarian rolls the ball into the bottom corner of the net and sends Howard the wrong way. Fulham are level!
PENALTY TO FULHAM! Barry clips the heels of Kacaniklic and the referee points to the spot. It is the ice-cool Berbatov who will step up to take it...
It looks like Belgian International Kevin Mirallas is coming on for the injured youngster as he is carried away down the tunnel. With a hectic Christmas schedule to think of, injuries to key players is the last thing Roberto Martinez wants.
Oh no! It looks like Deulofeu has tweaked his hamstring. The loanee from Barcelona had the ball at his feet and as he released it to Coleman he feels the back of his leg and falls to the floor. Now a stretcher has been called for...
SIDE NETTING! As I was saying, Riise manages to swing a cross towards the lurking Berbatov at the back post, but the Bulgarian can only find the side netting.
I'm no mathmatician, but I'd say that the visitors have improved by roughly 5000% in this half...ahem...anyway once again the small band of travelling fans are roaring their side forward. Riise is beginning to find some joy down the left-hand side and Berbatov is also coming into this match with purpose in his eyes. Game on!
BLOCKED! Everton's first corner of the half finds Oviedo, whose strike from 20 yards hits Riise. That could have gone anywhere!
The flag is up against Berbatov to halt another onslaught from the visitors. From the commandable position that they had in the first half, some nails are being bitten in the Goodison Park faithful!
WIDE! It's all Fulham as Sidwell has a pop from 25 yards but his effort fails to hit the target.
SITTER! My word, what have the Cottagers had at the break? Ready Brek? Howard parries a shot straight into the path of Kacaniklic, who fires over from six yards. The goal was gapping and so are the mouths of the travelling fans. Oh dear...
GREAT SAVE! Fulham were out on the pitch a couple of minutes earlier than their opponents. They mean business and it's Scott Parker of all people who brings a smart save form Howard after using the outside of his right boot to flick an effort towards goal!
The home side get us back underway!
The players are getting ready to come back out onto the pitch. Are you sitting comfortably?
HALFTIME: EVERTON 1-0 FULHAM. A pearler from Leon Osman, who is celebrating his 300th PL appearance for the Toffees, seperates the sides at the break. It has been one-way traffic so far. What can the Cottagers boss Meulensteen do to shake his side up and back into this game?
There will be ONE minute of added on time...
BLOCKED! Piennar's corners have spelled danger all game and this time he picks out Osman, whose half volley is blocked by Dejagah and out for another corner.
Talk about backs to the wall, the hosts win a corner and even Dimitar Berbatov is back defending!
SHOWBOAT! Everton break away and Ross Barkley runs at the Fulham defence like a man on a mission. He produces a couple of step overs and then looks to find Lukaku in the box, but his pass is disappointing and goes out for a goal kick.
CLOSE! Finally, the Londoners get a sniff of goal. Unfortunately for them, Karagounis sends a bobbling half volley wide of Howard's goal.
DOUBLE CHANCE! The Toffees will kick themselves if they don't add to their tally. Barkley's effort is blocked and spins out to an unmarked Osman, who send a crashing volley wide of the post!
CLOSE AGAIN! Coleman's low drive from the right is palmed away by Fulham's keeper. It's a blue tide at the moment!
With half an hour gone in this game, what have we learned so far? Roberto Martinez's men are looking good so far and deserve their statement of intent on the top four places. The Cottagers on the other hand? Well, they need something soon or this will be another three points they will end up kissing goodbye.
OVER! Everton just keep 'em coming. Another chance falls to the feet of Deulofeu following good work by Barkley but the youngster fires miles over the bar.
Fulham are trying to force their way back into this game but there is little inspiration in their side at the moment. Will that change before the end of the half?
WHAT A SAVE! Everton win their fifth corner of the game. It is sent into the box by Coleman, who finds Barry, whose flick-header is deflected onto Lukaku and is turned around the post at the last second by Stekelenburg!
SHOT! After nearly twenty minutes of quiet frustration, Everton nearly double their lead! Deulofeu drives unchallenged into the box and shoots across goal when it would have been easier to square it for Lukaku.
STAT ATTACK: That is Osman's 41st Premier League goal in his 300th league appearance for the Toffees.
Assist Steven Pienaar
Goal Leon Osman
GOAL! What a great finish from Leon Osman! Piennar finds the England International on the edge of the box and he jinks from his right foot to his left to smash the ball into the back of the net. Goodison Park erupts!
HALF CHANCE! A move that involves both sides giving the ball away leads to a Coleman cross on the right finding Barkley, whose looping header is carried out of play for a corner by keeper Stekelenburg.
CHANCE! A Pienaar corner swings towards the six-yard-box. It is flicked on by Jagielka towards the back post, but Osman fails to reach it and the ball goes out for a goal kick.
The Cottagers are doing very well to quell any chances being created by the Toffees and both keepers have yet to be tested. Still, early days n'all!
Kacaniklic latches onto a defence splitting pass that is just too heavy for Dejagah and the loose ball runs through to keeper Tim Howard.
STAT ATTACK: The Toffees have drawn four of their last six games, keeping four clean sheets. (BBC Sport)
The game is settling as the Cottagers are attempting to build momentum with possession in the middle of the park. Not much in the way of early chances.
It is the home side who come out of the traps early here, having already had a corner dealt with by the visitors.
We are underway with Fulham kicking from left to right!
The teams are making their way out of the tunnel...
We have TEN minutes to go before kick-off!
STAT ATTACK: ...And here it is. Fulham have never won a league game at Everton (D4, L21). Ominous record, isn't it, Fulham fans?
Meanwhile, Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen makes Scott Parker his captain for the day as Darren Bent is fit to return to the bench for the London side, who are desperate to get a result at a ground where they normally have difficulty picking up points. That's all to come in a stat attack that is just around the corner...
Toffees boss Roberto Martinez keeps golden boy Gerard Deulofeu in the side as James McCarthy is suspended. Leighton Baines is still out so Bryan Oviedo deputises yet again in defence.
Subs: Stockdale, Kasami, Ruiz, Richardson, Duff, Zverotic, Bent.Referee: Anthony Taylor.
Fulham (4-3-2-1): Stekelenburg; Riether, Senderos, Hughes, Riise; Parker, Sidwell, Karagounis; Dejagah, Kacaniklic; Berbatov.
Subs: Robles, Heitinga, Jelavic, Mirallas, Naismith, Stones, Alcaraz.
Everton (4-4-1-1): Howard; Oviedo, Distin, Jagielka, Coleman; Pienaar, Barry, Osman, Deulofeu; Barkley; Lukaku.
Good afternoon footie lovers and welcome to our coverage of the Premier League clash between Everton and Fulham. I am Hayden Gribble and before we go any further, let's get the all-important team news...
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