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Match Report: Fulham cruise past Everton ~ Prem MD 28 ~ 22/23

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Match Report

Everton (1) 1-3 (1) Fulham

Premier League Match Day 30 22-23 Goodison Park

Saturday 15th April 2023    KO: 15:00

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Midfielder Harrison Reed
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Fulham ended their four-match losing streak with a 3-1 win at Goodison Park as Everton suffered a blow in their bid for Premier League survival

Fulham, searching for their first league victory since February 18, took a 22nd-minute lead through Harrison Reed but Dwight McNeil's fine strike 10 minutes before the break gave Everton hope as the first half ended level.

Everton went into the game only above the relegation zone on goal difference but could fall into the bottom three by the end of the weekend after failing to build on their impressive home form under Sean Dyche.

The Toffees started the second period brightly but it was the visitors who went ahead when Harry Wilson finished a fine counter-attack six minutes after half-time. Daniel James added a third for Fulham in the 68th minute and from there Marco Silva's side cruised to three points.

Winger Harry Wilson
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Fulham stay 10th in the Premiership three points above Chelsea with a game in hand.

It is just the second time Everton have lost in the league at Goodison Park since Dyche took charge.

They remain 17th, level on points with 18th-placed Nottingham Forest, who face Manchester United on Sunday.

Both sides struggled for fluency in a cagey opening but spaces gradually opened up with Demarai Gray and Wilson both having tame efforts saved by Bernd Leno and Jordan Pickford respectively.

Fulham were starting to get on top as Andreas Pereira shot wide before the deadlock was broken in the 22nd minute, with Reed slotting beyond Pickford after Everton were left scrambling when Wilson's curling effort thudded against a post.

Reed's strike might have been decisive but the hosts rallied, thanks in part to transitioning from 4-4-2 to a 4-3-3 formation as McNeil and Gray began to operate higher up the pitch to support Neal Maupay as Alex Iwobi dropped back into midfield.

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Maupay could have opened his account but his point-blank header was straight at Leno and then James Tarkowski wastefully blazed the rebound over before Everton got a deserved equaliser after 35 minutes.

Joao Palhinha was dispossessed in his own half, allowing the hosts to break as James Garner freed McNeil, who turned and unfurled a fine left-footed shot from 20 yards past an outstretched Leno.

With confidence seemingly restored by the leveller, Everton remained on top but they could not find another way through before the break as Maupay was once again denied by Leno after a one-two by McNeil, whose teasing cross from the right evaded everyone in the box and drifted narrowly wide.

Another McNeil cross to the near post after half-time caught Leno off guard, cannoning into the Fulham goalkeeper's near post, before the visitors restored their lead in the 51st minute.

But then up the other end Kenny Tete's cross to the back post was cushioned back by Willian into the path of Wilson, who coolly side-footed the ball into the net.

Match Stats Everton Fulham
Goals (1)1 3 (1)
Scorers McNeil 35 Reed 22
- Wilson 51
- James 68
Goal attempts 15 21
On target 7 7
Shooting Accuracy 47% 33%
Possession 46% 54%
Passes 399 460
Passes Success 74% 75%
Crosses 21 24
Crosses Success 19% 46%
Corners 4 8
Tackles 12 16
Tackles Success 83% 69%
Saves 4 6
Fouls 10 6
Offsides 1 0
Yellows 3 2
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
The visitors had a couple of chances to move even further ahead as Pickford saved from Pereira, who then saw an effort deflected over with Everton increasingly penned back into their own half.

Some slack defending led to Fulham's third in the 68th minute, with a free-kick over the top catching Everton on their heels although James still did brilliantly to bring the ball down before firing across Pickford.

James might have deepened the misery late on as his effort from an acute angle just missed the target, with the Toffees again caught napping, but it mattered little to the result as Fulham coasted to victory.

Next up Fulham host Leeds at Craven Cottage on Saturday April 22; kick-off 12.30pm.

Fulham's remaining fixtures
April 22: Leeds (H) - Premier League, kick-off 12.30pm

April 25: Aston Villa (A) - Premier League, kick-off 7.45pm

April 30: Man City (H) - Premier League, kick-off 2pm, live on Sky Sports

May 3: Liverpool (A) - Premier League, kick-off 8pm

May 8: Leicester (H) - Premier League, kick-off 3pm

May 13: Southampton (A) - Premier League, kick-off 3pm

May 20: Crystal Palace (H) - Premier League, kick-off 3pm

May 28: Man Utd (A) - Premier League, kick-off 4.30pm

Everton: Pickford, Godfrey (Patterson 58), Keane, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Iwobi, Garner, Gueye (Davies 69), McNeil, Gray, Maupay (Simms 74)

Unused substitutes: Holgate, Mina, Begovic, Coady, Mills, Samuels-Smith

McNeil 35 (left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Garner.)

Booked: Gueye (27,f), Gray (70,f), Mykolenko (80,f)

Fulham: Leno, Tete, Adarabioyo, Ream, Robinson, Reed (Lukic 85), Palhinha, Wilson, Pereira (Cairney 79), Willian (De Cordova-Reid 79), James (Vinicius 90)

Unused substitutes: Rodak, Duffy, Solomon, Cédric Soares, Diopright footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dan James.

Reed 22 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dan James.)
Wilson 51 (left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Willian.)
James 68 (left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.)

Booked: Adarabioyo (81,dis), Leno (90+6,tw)

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Attendance: N/A

Source SkySports
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