Solid in his distribution. Could do nothing about Drenthe’s wonder strike, and wasn't at fault for either of Everton's late goals.
Dealt with the threat of first Vellios and then Saha reasonably well until late on, but didn’t offer his side too much beyond that.
Dominant in the air against Vellios and looked to start Fulham attacks with surging runs and progressive passing, but not as positionally sound without regular defensive partner Aaron Hughes.
His defensive abilities were only occasionally called upon, and going forward his crossing didn’t cause the opposition enough problems.
Fulham’s most consistent attacking outlet on the left flank, but the quality of his crossing into the box could have been better.
Among the more assured in possession, linking up well with Zamora, Dempsey and Johnson. Failed to make a decisive impact though.
Uncharacteristically wasteful and plodding with the ball at his feet, as well as being at fault for Drenthe’s opener. Unlucky not to draw his team level with a fierce 20 yard drive which smashed against the post, and surprisingly replaced by Ruiz with 25 minutes left.
Economical in his use of the ball and switched the play to Riise consistently well.
Coped well under pressure from the Everton defence and brought others in to play with his intelligent use of the ball. Missed a guilt-edged chance to win it with the game poised at 1-1, however.
Tried gamely to pull Jagielka and Distin out of position with clever movement in between the lines, but couldn’t fashion himself a clear goalscoring chance.
Caused problems for the Everton backline with his skill and movement when he cut inside from the left, but didn’t help Riise enough in the task of shackling the livewire Drenthe.
Commanded his area superbly in the face of severe pressure and made several top reflex saves to deny Fulham before and after the interval. Powerless to stop Ruiz’s inch-perfect lob.
Allowed Riise too much room to deliver crosses early on until Osman was brought over to support him, but otherwise reliable.
Solid if unspectacular in open play, it was, unsurprisingly, set pieces where Baines excelled. His deliveries were consistently dangerous and provided his side’s most potent attacking threat.
Kept his defence organized and calm and took direct responsibility for snuffing out danger whenever required.
Used his physicality to prevent Zamora exerting too much of an influence and his pace to deny Johnson the opportunity to run in behind. An excellent deisplay.
Shielded his defence well and sensible in his use of the ball, but appeared to run out of ideas whenever he crossed the halfway line. Replaced by the more attack-minded Cahill with a quarter of an hour to go.
An explosive presence, he served notice of his audacious talent three minutes in with a sensational swerving shot from 25 yards which left Schwarzer floundering, and looked lively whenever his teammates managed to get the ball to him.
Worked hard from box to box and never stopped battling to regain possession for his side.
One suspects he didn’t know too much about his assist for Drenthe’s opener, but he was generally calm and composed in possession. Put the icing on the cake for his side with an injury time third.
Contributed more in a defensive than attacking sense, protecting his full-back well on either flank. Replaced by the more energetic Coleman with 15 minutes left.
Battled gamely but couldn’t really get into the game on his first Premier League start. Missed a very presentable opportunity to extend Everton’s lead in the first half, and was hauled off in favour of Saha just after the interval.
- 38 N. Etheridge
- 2 S. Kelly
Came on in the last minute, just in time for his side's collapse.
- 20 D. Etuhu
- 21 K. Frei
- 16 D. Duff
Justified his introduction with a sublime angled lob which made Howard look foolish and got his side back on terms, but that proved the only inspired moment in an inconsistent display.
- 1 J. Mucha
Showed energy to burn on the right, but not directly involved his side's late double salvo.
- 5 J. Heitinga
Came on late with little time to make an impact.
- 7 D. Bilyaletdinov
- 11 D. Stracqualursi
Brought on after the interval to make a decisive difference and did just that, firing his side's second in off the post beyond Schwarzer.