Everton vs. Fulham  1 - 0

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Moyes pleased with Pienaar performance

27 April 2013 19:24

David Moyes has praised Steven Pienaar for his match-winning performance in Everton's 1-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday.

The South African scored the only goal of the game and was influential throughout as the Merseyside club kept their slim hopes of Champions League qualification alive.

The Scot was happy with the eye-catching manner of the winning goal, as well as his side's general play throughout the game.

"Since his injury he's [Pienaar] not been at his best but I thought he played very well today," Moyes said.

"He knitted us together a little bit. He scored a good goal as well. It will do him the world of good.

"It was a terrific footballing goal, we played some good football at times, we didn't finish the moves off but on this occasion we did and it was all nice intricate play and a good finish."

Moyes challenged his side to keep winning in their run-in and give themselves the best possible opportunity of sneaking a top-four spot.

"All we can do is try and win our games," he added.

"We've beaten last season's total with those points today and that in itself shows a sign of progress and we'll try and keep it together until the end of the season.

"If we do get into Europe we'll have earned it because the teams above us are all really good in their own right.

"The important thing is to keep trying to win the next game, if other teams keep winning theirs, there's not an awful lot we can do but if we win ours then that's a big thing."

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Premier League: Everton 1 Fulham 0

27 April 2013 17:51

Everton boosted their European hopes as they sailed to a 1-0 home win over Fulham on Saturday afternoon.

Steven Pienaar's 15th minute goal proved to be enough for the hosts, with Martin Jol's side proving to be incredibly toothless in attack.

Everton were boosted by the return of Phil Jagielka and Nikica Jelavic, while Giorgos Karagounis replaced the suspended Steve Sidwell in attack for the visitors.

The hosts made the brighter start, Victor Anichebe lashed an early effort over from 25 yards, while Marouane Fellaini nodded straight at Mark Scwarzer from a corner.

Everton finally took the lead in the 15th minute. Seamus Coleman latched onto Leon Osman's through ball on the right and cut the ball to Pienaar placed his effort beyond Schwarzer into the left-hand side of the net.

Fellaini went close twice in quick succession as he first hit an effort narrowly wide before a goal-bound effort was blocked by team-mate Anichebe.

The visitors had been ponderous in attack, but went close just before the break as Kieran Richardson flashed a ball across goal that a sliding Mladen Petric was inches away from turning in.

Everton made the brighter start in the second half, but it was Fulham who almost levelled the scores. Alex Kaciliknic's cut-back found Urby Emanuelson in the box but he spooned his effort wide of the post.

Leighton Baines then put a delightful cross into the six-yard box but it was wasted again by Jelavic as the ball glanced harmlessly off the Croat and wide of the Fulham goal.

Mirallas thought he should have had a penalty in the 74th minute in a challenge with Stanislav Manolev but the Fulham defender clearly won the ball well.

The game should have been wrapped up in the 85th minute when the ball made its way to Fellaini on the right-hand side of the box. With the goal gaping he hit his shot into the ground and it bounced over the crossbar.

Substitute Ross Barkley could have wrapped up the win as he went through on goal in stoppage time, but he could not beat the onrushing Mark Schwarzer, although the one-goal advantage was enough to seal a win.

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Premier League Preview: Everton v Fulham

25 April 2013 11:29

Everton will be aiming to keep their European dream alive when they host Fulham on Saturday.

David Moyes' side have failed to win their past two in the league - hence falling out of contention for the UEFA Champions League, and are five points off Tottenham in fifth.

Everton must overhaul Spurs to gain entry into next season's UEFA Europa League, but with just four games left that appears an unlikely outcome, especially with the London club having a game in hand.

However, it is the only meaningful thing either side has to play for at Goodison Park - with Fulham dwelling in 11th position on 40 points.

Moyes conceded the continent's second-tier competition was their only goal in the run-in.

"We are going to try and qualify for the Europa League," he said.

"As soon as we lose a game then everyone is going to say 'Everton can't make the Champions League' and they are probably right but the points total we can still get could still get us there.

"But with the people we are trying to overtake that becomes really difficult. But it is a good effort that we are still talking about Champions League in mid-April."

Fulham have only scored once in their last four matches and Martin Jol's men have little left to play for but pride.

Compounding things for the London club is the suspension of midfielder Steve Sidwell, who was sent off in their loss to Arsenal last time out - incurring a three-match ban.

Damien Duff (groin), Mahamadou Diarra (knee) and Ashkan Dejagah (ankle) will all miss out, while Sascha Riether is in line to return from an ankle injury.

Phil Jagielka (ankle), Darron Gibson (hip) and Victor Anichebe (hamstring) should all be absent from Moyes' matchday squad, however Tony Hibbert (calf) can come into contention after recovering from injury.

Fulham's history on Merseyside, and against Everton overall, has been poor.

The Cottagers last beat their upcoming opponents in September 2009, but have beaten them in a top-flight fixture away from home.

In the Premier League era, Fulham have failed to take even a point from a trip to Everton in 12 visits.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +43 89
2 38 +32 78
3 38 +36 75
4 38 +35 73
5 38 +20 72
6 38 +15 63
7 38 +28 61
8 38 -4 49
9 38 -4 46
10 38 -8 46
11 38 -17 44
12 38 -10 43
13 38 -11 42
14 38 -11 41
15 38 -22 41
16 38 -23 41
17 38 -13 39
18 38 -26 36
19 38 -30 28
20 38 -30 25