Everton vs. Fulham  4 - 0


Premier League: Everton 4 Fulham 0

28 April 2012 18:20

Everton scored four goals for the second week running to stay in seventh place in the table.

A fantastic first-half display gave Everton the platform for a comfortable 4-0 win, with Nikica Jelavic (2), Marouane Fellaini and Tim Cahill finding the net.

On the back of their 4-4 draw at Old Trafford with Manchester United, Everton were in buoyant mood, led by lone striker Jelavic.

The Croatian needed only six minutes to score his eighth goal in his last seven appearances.

Jelavic saw his 25 yard free-kick blocked by the arm of Pavel Pogrebnyak in the Fulham wall and referee Phil Dowd showed no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot, which Jelavic coolly converted.

In the opening 10 minutes Fulham barely made their way past the halfway line, with the only chance falling to Kerim Frei, but after evading the challenge of Tony Hibbert, his drive was turned behind by Tim Howard.

However, they were on the back foot soon after when a long ball from John Heitinga put Jelavic through but his shot hit the outside of Mark Schwarzer's post.

The Fulham defence continued to look susceptible and a fine run by Leon Osman led to Everton's second goal.

After more clever play from Jelavic, Osman's shot was blocked behind by Brede Hangeland but from the resulting corner, a free header from the unmarked Fellaini beat Schwarzer.

Fulham have had one of the league's outstanding performers this season in Clint Dempsey, but his US team-mate Tim Howard showed his quality in the 31st minute to deny the away side a foothold in the match.

Aaron Hughes' cross from the right was nodded down by Pogrebnyak into the path of Dempsey but Howard produced a brilliant save to keep his shot out.

If that save denied Fulham a lifeline, then Jelavic's second in the 39th minute ended the contest.

Steven Pienaar strode through midfield before finding Jelavic and while the advancing Schwarzer initially sent him wide, he went unchallenged and was allowed to turn back inside before drilling a low shot through the keeper's legs.

It was his ninth goas in seven games and 10 since his arrival in English football.

At half-time Moyes made one change to his line-up, replacing Darron Gibson, who picked up a booking late in the first-half, with Tim Cahill.

Everton begun the second-half at a leisurely pace but in the 60th minute re-asserted their dominance with a fourth goal thanks again to Pienaar.

The South African playmaker played a clever one-two to evade the Fulham midfield, before scooping a wonderful through pass to the on-rushing Cahill who diverted the ball past his Australian team-mate Schwarzer.

Five minutes later Jelavic almost completed his hat-trick, curling a 25-yard free-kick over the wall, only to be denied by Schwarzer at full stretch.

Schwarzer denied Osman with two late saves in a minute late.


Premier League preview: Fulham v Everton

27 April 2012 23:33

Fulham defender Stephen Kelly will play through the pain barrier to take part in his team's English Premier League match against Everton.

Kelly, 28, suffered a minor wrist break in Fulham's 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea on April 9, and had to sit out his team's 2-1 victory over Wigan last week.

This Saturday, Fulham make the trip north to take on Everton, who are fresh from earning a point in a thrilling 4-4 draw away to champions Manchester United.

"Things have been going really well recently and I've been enjoying my football," fullback Kelly said.

"Hopefully it won't be too long before I'm back playing. I sustained a slight break to my wrist but it's something that I can hopefully get over and play with a cast on it.

"I'll be looking to get back into training this week and get the confidence built up again.

"It's a matter of getting back into training and hopefully it will feel good and I'll be available at the weekend for the game against Everton."

Fulham are unbeaten in their last four matches, winning three of them, along with a credible draw against Chelsea.

They have risen to ninth on table, level on points with comparative heavyweights Liverpool, and Kelly said the squad have set the bar high for the run-in.

"We've been playing well and if we can continue our good form, and the good performances that we have been putting in, then there's no reason why we can't get to 50 points and then build on that," he said.

"We'll be looking to finish in the top eight, which is definitely achievable with the points we're on and the games coming up."

They are unlikely to have an easy ride at Goodison Park, with David Moyes' seventh-placed team motivated by the opportunity to finish above neighbours Liverpool for the first time since 2004-05.

Everton came from 4-2 down to take a point off league leaders United on Sunday, and will be sure to pose a threat through in-form striker Nikica Jelavic, who struck twice in the match at Old Trafford.

Fulham are without defender Zdenek Grygera (knee), midfielder Steve Sidwell (groin) and forward Bryan Ruiz (foot) for the match.

Everton must make do without Professional Footballers' Association Team of the Year fullback Leighton Baines (hamstring), as well as midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring).

On-loan Dutchman Royston Drenthe has been suspended by the club indefinitely due to disciplinary reasons.


Premier League preview: Fulham v Everton

22 October 2011 00:12

After losing 2-0 at Stoke City, Fulham take on Everton at home on Sunday as Martin Jol tries to steer the Cottagers away from the relegation zone.

Level on seven points with Everton, Fulham are one point removed from the relegation pack after conceding late goals at Stoke.

Fulham are not the best of travellers and this season.

They’ve only earned one point playing away with their solitary thumping 6-0 win over QPR and three draws all at Craven Cottage.

Jol’s sides have never been known for their tight defence but, with the Cottagers playing at home, he will be hoping that Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson can continue their hot home form against Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin.

The Toffees were exposed in their 3-1 loss at Stamford Bridge but few sides have truly worried Chelsea and David Moyes will be counting on Tim Howard, Jagielka and Distin to recover and keep a clean sheet.

Greek striker Apostolos Vellios got one back for Everton against Chelsea coming on as a substiutute for Louis Saha.

With Saha’s form shaky at best this season, Moyes might start Vellios against Fulham.

Tim Cahill still looks a bit out of sorts and was replaced by Phil Neville against Chelsea.

The former Manchester United man steadied the ship and should captain the side against Fulham. This one looks to be a tight contest with the odd goal separating the more fortunate side on the day.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +64 89
2 38 +56 89
3 38 +25 70
4 38 +25 69
5 38 +5 65
6 38 +19 64
7 38 +10 56
8 38 +7 52
9 38 -3 52
10 38 -7 47
11 38 -7 47
12 38 -14 47
13 38 -1 45
14 38 -17 45
15 38 -20 43
16 38 -16 38
17 38 -23 37
18 38 -31 36
19 38 -30 31
20 38 -42 25