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Match Report

Premier League - MatchDay 16 at Goodison Park

Sunday 8th December 2013    KO: 13:30

Everton (1) 4 Fulham (0) 1

Referee: Antony Taylor

Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov
Fulham striker
Dimitar Berbatov
Dimitar Berbatov
Defender Seamus Coleman and midfielder Gareth Barry were unlikely goalscorers as Everton recorded a 4-1 victory over Fulham at Goodison Park.

For a long spell in the second half, it seemed the hosts had squandered the lead given to them by Leon Osman on his 300th Premier League appearance when Dimitar Berbatov scored from the spot.

However, Coleman struck with 17 minutes remaining -- although there was a suggestion of offside in the build-up -- and Barry nodded home from close range before Kevin Mirallas made it 4-1 in added time.

That brought Fulham's second-half revival to a shuddering halt and extended their losing run at this ground to a staggering 21 games.

But Everton lost on-loan Barcelona prodigy Gerard Deulofeu to a hamstring injury which could see him miss the festive programme.

Match Stats Everton Fulham
Goals (1) 4 1 (0)
Scorers Osman 18 Berbatov pen 67
  Coleman 73  
  Barry 84  
  Mirallas 90  
Goal attempts 22 16
On target 7 3
Possession 57.6% 42.4%
Corners 12 2
Offsides 0 3
Passes 527 390
Pass Success 87.5% 82.8%
Crosses 31 10
Crosses Success 25.8% 30.0%
Tackles 17 21
Tackles Success 64.7% 85.7%
Saves 2 3
Fouls 10 7
Yellows 1 2
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports/Soccernet
A nondescript opening was eventually brought to life by a goal of quality, both in creation and execution -- exactly the type of goal that would have delighted manager Roberto Martinez.

Centre-back Sylvain Distin picked up the ball on the halfway line and played it short to Bryan Oviedo, who slipped it inside for Steven Pienaar.

The South African instantly shuffled the ball across to Osman, who having controlled it with his right foot transferred it to his left before curling a composed effort inside Maarten Stekelenburg's post from just inside the penalty area.

It should have promoted a rush of goals as Everton were well on top at that point and, although they continued to hold the advantage, they could not press it home.

Deulofeu, restored to the starting line-up after an impressive first league start at Goodison a fortnight ago, was providing Everton's greatest attacking threat down the right but lacked an end product. v On-loan striker Romelu Lukaku also struggled to impose himself in the Fulham area, with his best effort an instinctive chest down from Pienaar's corner which Stekelenburg brilliantly tipped around the post. After Coleman had seen a low shot saved, Lukaku picked the wrong option in trying to square to Pienaar as he bore down on goal.

Osman looked most likely to add to Everton's lead, and his dipping volley after Ross Barkley's shot had ballooned back off a defender dropped just wide.

The difference in the sides in the first half was typified by their respective managers in one single instance.

Meulensteen, in his technical area, took a pragmatic approach in opting to kill a long clearance with one touch into the dugout, the ball bouncing to Martinez, who toyed with it before flicking it back into play.

But while Martinez has instilled that creativity into his players, they sometimes lack a killer instinct and, despite a succession of corners, could have found themselves level at half-time as Sylvain Distin blocked from Giorgos Karagounis and Berbatov fired over with the last kick of the half.

Fulham looked a different side after the break and twice forced Tim Howard into saves, firstly from Scott Parker and then Steve Sidwell. Former Liverpool reserve team player Alex Kacaniklic managed to fire over the rebound from the latter when faced with an open goal.

Everton's chances became more infrequent, and although Oveido had a goalbound shot virtually headed off the line by Sascha Riether, Fulham were in the ascendancy and deservedly equalised when Barry was adjudged to have brought down Kacaniklic and Berbatov stroked home.

The Toffees' chance seemed to have gone, but they are unbeaten at Goodison in 2013 and rallied with Pienaar, who looked to be offside, cutting back for Coleman to score.

Barry atoned for his error in his own penalty area by heading in from close range after a scramble at a corner, and in added time Mirallas ensured the scoreline flattered Everton.

Everton (4-2-3-1): Howard 7: Coleman 7, Jagielka 7, Distin 6, Oviedo 6: Osman 7, Barry 6: Deulofeu 7 (Mirallas 63mins 7), Barkley 7, Pienaar 8: Lukaku 7.
Subs not used: Robles (GK), Heitinga, Jelavic, Naismith, Stones, Alcaraz.

Goals: Osman (19) Coleman (73), Barry (85), Mirallas (90)

Booked: Pienaar

Fulham (4-1-4-1): Stekelenburg 7: Riether 6, Senderos 6, Hughes 6, Riise 5: Parker 6: Dejagah 5 (Duff 83mins), Karagounis 6 (Bent 78mins), Sidwell 7, Kacaniklic 6 (Kasami 69mins 5): Berbatov 5.
Subs not used: Stockdale (GK), Kasami, Ruiz, Richardson, Zverotic.

Goal: Berbatov (67)

Booked: Kasami, Senderos

Referee: Antony Taylor

Attendance: 33,678

Source Soccernet/Sportsmail
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