Fulham proved to be a threat till the last minute of 90+5 minutes as Everton held on for a win. Leading 3-1 at the end of the first half, Everton seemed on course for a much needed win. Fulham however never allowed them to rest as they almost clawed back from certain defeat.
The goals kept flying in today
At Craven Cottage the goals kept flying today. The party started when Dominic Calvert-Lewin fired in a goal right in the first minute. Fulham came under pressure when playing from the back and Richarlison pounced on a mistake. He takes a touch and squares it to his partner Dominic Calvert-Lewin and he scored with a simple tap-in. It will be an interesting proposition for Gareth Southgate to choose between Harry Kane and Calvert-Lewin now.
Bobby Decordova-Reid made amends when he scored after Tom Cairney set him up. Things went from bad to worse for Fulham when Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Abdoulaye Doucoure scored in six minutes. Things ended in Everton’s favour in the first half and they would’ve fancied their chances for a win now.
Fulham manager Scott Parker made two changes in the 58th minute that turned the match on its head. Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ruben Loftus-Cheek came in for Tom Cairney and Bobby Reid now. Much like their predecessors combined for a goal, the duo combined for a goal as they exchanged a one-two near the Everton box. Loftus-Cheek was fouled by Ben Godfrey and Fulham was awarded a penalty. Their terrible luck with penalties struck again as Ivan Cavaleiro missed the penalty.
Things didn’t stay the same way as Ruben Loftus-Cheek struck a goal from an assist by Ademola Lookman just two minutes after the penalty miss. Fulham didn’t give up as they kept attacking Everton and the latter held on however. The latter saw out the match as they won and attained sixth place in the table. Fulham’s fifth missed penalty out of the last eight cost them yet again.
Scott Parker won’t be happy, but he can take pride that he almost outsmarted Everton’s manager Carlo Ancelloti.