Dominic Calvert-Lewin put on a brace while Everton returned to winning ways with a 3-2 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team entered this game after three consecutive defeats before the international break, but that slide ended with a pronounced performance that opened the score for them after only 42 seconds.
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Fulham relinquished possession within his own area, allowing Richarlison to enter the penalty area. The Brazilian’s cross turned into the path of Calvert-Lewin, who threw the finish into the net from close range.
The Cottagers equalized after 15 minutes and Bobby Decordova-Reed scored neatly over Jordan Pickford and entered the far corner of Everton’s net, but Toffees retaliated when Calvert-Lewin converted Lucas Digne.
Digne was once again a supplier as his delivery found Abdoulaye Doucoure, who sent a header from six yards out, giving Everton a cushion for two goals at half-time.
Ben Godfrey’s foul on Aleksandar Mitrović in the penalty area gave Fulham a chance to score a second just to miss Ivan Cavaleiro – Fulham’s third consecutive penalty miss. Seconds later, Ruben Loftus-Cheek had the ball in the net after a cross by Ademola Lookman.
Fulham pressed hard to equalize, and Loftus-Cheek and Mitrovic made the difference, but Everton held on to a win that lifts them to sixth place in the Premier League standings and keeps Cottagere in 17th place.
DISCUSSION POINT – Positive for Scott Parker despite the defeat
The introduction of Loftus-Cheek and Mitrovic from the bench in the second half changed the game for Fulham. The strength and presence of both players pushed Everton back and gave the Cottagers a platform in the opposition half. This match could be a different story if these two players started. When they arrived, Fulham dug himself an almighty hole. Despite the defeat, Parker will take positive results from the display of the other half of his side as he approaches a reliable lineup.
MATCH MATCH – Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)
Calvert-Lewin’s incredible series of goals continued with a double in this win for Everton. With Richarlison and James returning to the team, Toffees looked dangerous in the final third of the turf, especially in the first half, and Calvert-Lewin the man who provided the cut in front of goal. Ancelotti is currently getting the best out of the 23-year-old. The team was built around him as an attacking top.
Fulham – Areola 5, Aina 5, Andersen 5, Adarabioyo 4, Robinson 5, Lemina 5, Reed 7, Cavaleiro 6, Cairney 6, Lookman 5, Reid. Subs – Loftus-Cheek 7, Mitrovic 7, Zambo Anguissa 5.
Everton – Pickford 6, Godfrey 4, Keane 5, Mina 5, Digne 8, Iwobi 7, Allan 7, Doucoure 7, James 7, Richarlison 8, Calvert-Lewin 8. Subs – Sigurdsson 5, Davies 5.
1 ‘GOAL! Fulham 0-1 Everton: What a start for Toffees! They scored in the opening minute! Fulham put the ball in his half, Richarlison threw it into the penalty area and put a pass on the plate for Calvert-Lewin to finish from close range!
15 ‘GOAL! Fulham 1-1 Everton: It’s an equalizer! Very nice ending from Decordova-Reed! Cairney protracted the pass and the 27-year-old found the bottom corner of Everton’s net with a very nice finish over Pickford! The home team is back on level!
30 ‘GOAL! Fulham 1-2 Everton: It’s that man again! Everton throws the ball to Digne, throws in a pass to Calvert-Lewin and ends up close. He is in such exceptional goal-scoring form! Calvert-Lewin is on his third hat trick this season!
35 ‘GOAL! Fulham 1-3 Everton: That is the third goal for Everton! Terrible defense against Fulham and now they have to climb the mountain! Digne threw the ball into the penalty area and Doucoure was on hand and headed home from close range. The midfielder had a completely free kick!
68 ‘MISSED PENALTY! Can you believe it! Cavaleiro performs the video after the recent misses of Mitrovic and Lookman, but he also missed! He kicks the ball to the other leg and it spins.
70 ‘GOAL! Fulham 2-3 Everton: Fulham have found the back of Everton’s net for the second time! Lookman entered the penalty area and refused to pass for Loftus-Cheek. His kick tried to deflect the blow from Mine and crashed into the back of Pickford’s net. Salvation for the hosts!
Fulham have missed five of their last eight Premier League penalties, including each of the last three, all by different players (Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ademola Lookman and Ivan Cavaleiro).
Everton have conceded two or more goals in six consecutive Premier League games for the first time since October 2008.
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