Saturday 14 December 2013, 3:00pm at Goodison Park, Liverpool
Barclays Premier League
Osman 18'; Coleman 73'; Barry 84'; Mirallas 90'+1
Fulham FC
Berbatov (pen) 67'

18' Goal

Leon Osman
Assist by Steven Pienaar

73' Goal

Seamus Coleman

84' Goal

Gareth Barry
Assist by Romelu Lukaku

90'+1 Goal

Kevin Mirallas
Assist by Leon Osman

74' Yellow Card

Steven Pienaar

64' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Kevin Mirallas
Off:Gerard Deulofeu

88' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:John Stones
Off:Steven Pienaar

67' Penalty

Dimitar Berbatov

70' Yellow Card

Ashkan Dejagah Card was given for a foul

90' Yellow Card

Philippe Senderos

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Pajtim Kasami
Off:Alexander Kacaniklic

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Darren Bent
Off:Giorgos Karagounis

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Damien Duff
Off:Ashkan Dejagah

Fulham’s losing run at Goodison Park continued on Saturday as they went down to a 4-1 defeat by Everton.

Fulham’s losing run at Goodison Park continued on Saturday as they went down to a 4-1 defeat by Everton.

The home side had taken the lead in the first half through Leon Osman’s well-taken goal, with the Whites struggling to create too many opportunities in the opening 45 minutes.

But the visitors caused a lot more problems after the interval and were rewarded when Dimitar Berbatov netted from the spot after Alexander Kačaniklić had his legs swiped by Gareth Barry in the area.

Everton responded quickly, though, and Seamus Coleman put his side back in front with an easy finish, before Gareth Barry wrapped the game up late on when he headed in from a yard out and Kevin Mirallas added a fourth in stoppage time.

Rene Meulensteen named an unchanged side from the XI who started the 2-0 victory over Aston Villa six days ago, although Darren Bent did make a return to the substitutes' bench.

The Whites were seeing plenty of the ball in the opening stages and dominated possession in the first quarter of an hour, but were just unable to find the killer pass in the final third. Everton, though, won a trio of corners in that time, the third of which saw Phil Jagielka nod Steven Pienaar’s cross marginally wide.

The first effort on target brought the game’s first goal when Osman netted with a neat finish 18 minutes in. Bryan Oviedo collected a pass in a wide position on the left and played the ball in-field to Pienaar who in turn fed Osman. The midfielder showed quick feet to avoid the challenge of Aaron Hughes and bent a left-footed effort into the corner of Maarten Stekelenburg’s net.

The goal livened up a quiet Goodison Park and the home crowd almost had another reason to cheer in the 21st minute but Gerard Deulofeu dragged a low effort wide of the target.

A clever flick from Romelu Lukaku then set Ross Barkley up for a volley, but Scott Parker got back brilliantly to prevent the youngster from getting a shot away, with Deulofeu following up and firing the loose ball well over the crossbar.

Another corner caused havoc in the Fulham box in the 24th minute but a fine reflex save from Stekelenburg denied Lukaku who looked to chest the ball into the back of the net from close range.

Fulham looked to break on the half-hour mark when Kačaniklić found space down the left but Berbatov’s attempted throughball lacked accuracy and was intercepted before it could reach the Swede.

A driving run from Coleman after 32 minutes saw the right-back create a shooting opportunity and his powerful effort from the edge of the box drew another good stop from Stekelenburg who pushed it to safety.

Lukaku looked to have burst clean through two minutes later having beaten Hughes for pace, but the Northern Ireland international made an excellent recovery to track back and nick the ball off the Chelsea loanee’s toes before he could get a shot away, before making another crucial block to deny Barkley in the area. Osman then saw a dipping volley fly just wide of the target as Everton continued to turn the screw.

Sylvain Distin then did well to prevent Ashkan Dejagah from connecting with Kačaniklić’s pull-back at the other end, with Giorgos Karagounis volleying the follow up a yard wide from just outside the box.

Dejagah won a free-kick in a wide position on the stroke of half-time but Steve Sidwell blazed over after the ball had fallen for him 20 yards from goal following Karagounis’ set-piece.

A mix-up on the edge of the Everton box three minutes after the break presented Parker with a sight of goal but his curling strike with the outside of his right boot was tipped away by Tim Howard.

And a minute later Kačaniklić squandered a glorious chance when he fired over from 10 yards after the ball had dropped at his feet following a Howard save from Sidwell’s shot. It looked a bad miss by the winger but the ball came at him extremely quickly.

Shortly after, Sidwell collected the ball from deep and, with no challenge forthcoming, galloped into an advanced position before firing wide from 25 yards out.

Oviedo then thought he’d doubled his side’s lead when he fired through a crowded area following a corner, but Sascha Riether was on hand to head clear from near the line.

A teasing delivery by Riether on the hour mark was met by Berbatov at the far post but Fulham’s number nine headed into the side-netting as another good chance went begging.

The game’s first substitution was made in the 64th minute when Deulofeu made way for Mirallas, having seemingly pulled up with a hamstring strain.

Fulham were handed a way back into the match in the 66th minute when a clumsy challenge by Barry on Kačaniklić in the area left the referee with no option but to point to the spot. Berbatov made no mistake as he coolly sent Howard the wrong way to nab his second penalty goal in as many games.

Meulensteen then made his first alteration, as Kačaniklić was withdrawn for Pajtim Kasami, before Dejagah earned the game’s first booking following a cynical challenge on Jagielka.

Fulham were level for less than six minutes as Coleman was presented with a simple finish. Lukaku teed Pienaar up down the left and after Stekelenburg palmed his low cross away, the full-back ran in to calmly plant the ball in the back of the net.

When you’re in need of a goal, Bent isn’t a bad option to have at your disposal and he was introduced to the action at the expense of Karagounis with 13 minutes remaining.

But the crucial fourth goal went the way of the Toffees in the 85th minute when Barry headed home from practically on the line after Fulham had failed the clear the ball from a corner.

A robust challenge by Philippe Senderos earned him a yellow card when he wiped out Mirallas late on, moments before the Belgian fired beyond Stekelenburg to add some gloss to the scoreline for the home side.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 14 December 2013
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Goodison Park, Liverpool
Attendance: 33,796

Referee: Anthony Taylor


Line-up: Howard; Coleman, Jagielka, Distin, Oviedo; Osman, Barry; Deulofeu (Mirallas 64'), Barkley, Pienaar (Stones 88'); Lukaku

Unused substitutes: Robles, Heitinga, Alcaraz, Jelavic, Naismith

Manager: Roberto Martinez


Line-up: Stekelenburg; Riether, Senderos, Hughes, John Arne Riise; Sidwell, Parker, Karagounis (Bent 78'); Dejagah (Duff 83'), Berbatov, Kacaniklic (Kasami 69')

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Zverotic, Richardson, Ruiz

Head Coach: Rene Meulensteen

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Arsenal 16 35
2 Chelsea 16 33
3 Manchester City 16 32
4 Everton 16 31
5 Liverpool 15 30
6 Newcastle United 16 27
7 Tottenham Hotspur 15 27
8 Southampton 16 24
9 Manchester United 15 22
10 Swansea City 15 19
11 Aston Villa 15 19
12 Hull City 15 18
13 Stoke City 15 17
14 Cardiff City 16 17
15 Norwich City 15 17
16 West Bromwich Albion 16 15
17 West Ham United 16 14
18 Crystal Palace 16 13
19 Fulham 16 13
20 Sunderland 16 9
Total Shots
Shots On Target
Passing Accuracy
Sending Offs
Everton (4-2-3-1)
  • 24Tim Howard
  • 23Seamus Coleman
  • 6Phil Jagielka
  • 15Sylvain Distin
  • 8Bryan Oviedo
  • 21Leon Osman
  • 18Gareth Barry
  • 10Gerard Deulofeu
  • 20Ross Barkley
  • 22Steven Pienaar
  • 17Romelu Lukaku
  • 1Joel Robles
  • 5Johnny Heitinga
  • 26John Stones
  • 32Antolin Alcaraz
  • 11Kevin Mirallas
  • 7Nikica Jelavic
  • 14Steven Naismith
  • Roberto Martinez
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 1Maarten Stekelenburg
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 28Scott Parker
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 22Elsad Zverotic
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 10Bryan Ruiz
  • 39Darren Bent
  • Rene Meulensteen
Total shots
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
Minutes played by player
Assists from open play
Successful aerial duels
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
Pass forwards
Successful dribbles
Sum of all a players ball events
Accurate passes
Key passes
Player intercepts a pass
Goalkeeper saves
Goalkeeper catches a cross
  • 90 That's it at Goodison Park where it ends Everton 4 Fulham 1.
  • 90 Mirallas cuts in from the left and finishes with a powerful strike.
  • 89 Another driving run from Barkley, Hughes makes another brave block.
  • 88 Everton are just trying to see the game through now, but Riise tries to drive the Whites forward with a long pass to Kasami.
  • 87 Pienaar off, John Stones on.
  • 83 Everton 3 Fulham 1 - Gareth Barry heads in on the line following a goal-mouth scramble.
  • 82 Third and final change for Fulham as Damien Duff replaces Dejagah.
  • 77 Karagounis makes way for Darren Bent.
  • 74 Pienaar is the second Everton player to go in the book.
  • 73 Everton 2 Fulham 1 - Stekelenburg pushes a cross from the left into the path of Coleman who applies a simple first time finish.
  • 69 Dejagah goes into Anthony Taylor's book for a foul on Jagielka.
  • 68 Kacaniklic off, Pajtim Kasami on.
  • 65 Everton 1 Fulham 1 - Berbatov rolls in another coolly taken penalty after Gareth Barry had fouled Kacaniklic in the box. COYW!
  • 62 Roberto Martinez is forced to make his first change as Deulofeu leaves the field injured. Kevin Mirallas is the replacement.
  • 59 Fantastic cross from Riether who picks out Berbatov at the back post. The Bulgarian can only head into the side netting. Good chance.
  • 56 Oviedo powers in a first time strike, Riether does superbly to head off the line.
  • 55 Deulofeu fizzes in a low cross, Hughes does just enough to turn the ball out for a corner.
  • 52 Fulham have started the second half with real intent as Sidwell tries his luck from distance.
  • 48 Sidwell forces Howard into another save. The ball rebounds to Kacaniklic but the youngster fires over with the goal at his mercy.
  • 47 Great early chance for Fulham, with Parker forcing Tim Howard into a decent save.
  • 46 And we're back underway at Goodison where Fulham are chasing the hosts' one-goal lead. COYW!
  • 45 That's it for the first half where Leon Osman's strike separates the two sides.
  • 45 Karagounis pumps a free-kick into the box, the ball falls for Sidwell but the midfielder blazes over.
  • 43 Berbatov almost slides the ball through for Dejagah, but Sylvain Distin makes the clearance.
  • 41 Deulofeu is given too much time on the right before dipping in a cross. Stekelenburg punches the ball out under pressure from Lukaku.
  • 38 Barkley beats Karagounis in his own half. The youngster carries the ball right to the edge of the Fulham box but his pass slides beyond Pienaar.
  • 35 At the other end Giorgos Karagounis volleys wide as Fulham push the hosts back.
  • 34 Hughes then blocks a strike from Barkley. The ball falls for Osman, who volleys wide.
  • 33 A fine move from Fulham breaks down, Everton break but Hughes makes a superb intervention to stop Lukaku.
  • 31 Clever footwork from Coleman who then forces a fine low save from Stekelenburg.
  • 29 Sidwell tackles Barkely with the ball falling to Dimitar Berbatov. The Bulgarian can't find Kaca with the pass after the young winger broke beyond Coleman.
  • 27 Barkely and Deulofeu combine again, the latter runs at Riise before firing high and wide.
  • 25 Giorgos Karagounis sprays a pass out to Sascha Riether, who then finds Steve Sidwell. The midfielder's cross is just about cleared by Jagielka.
  • 23 Everton almost grab a second with Romelu Lukaku going close from a Pienaar corner. Stekelenburg gets a decent touch to turn the ball away to safety.
  • 21 A clever first time touch from Romelu Lukaku falls nicely for Barkley. Just as the England international shapes to shoot, Parker makes a brave block.
  • 17 Everton 1 Fulham 0 - Leon Osman turns Hughes in the box and applies a confident finish beyond Maarten Stekelenburg.
  • 17 Deulofeu delivers a corner from the right, John Arne Riise clears with his head.
  • 16 Dejagah is doing his fair share of defensive work already, as Oviedo breaks at every opportunity down the left flank.
  • 13 Steven Pienaar whips in a corner from the left and Phil Jagielka goes close to scoring. Thankfully, his header is off target.
  • 10 Deulofeu hassles Aaron Hughes into the left corner, the Northern Irishman makes the clearance under pressure.
  • 8 Back and forward now, with Gerard Deulofeu breaking for the hosts. Just before, Alexander Kacaniklic almost played Ashkan Dejagah through.
  • 5 Everton are starting to see more of the ball now with Ross Barkley moving the ball out wide. Bryan Oviedo sees his cross blocked by Sascha Riether.
  • 3 Patient start from the Whites, as Meulensteen's charges look to dictate the early tempo.
  • 1 And we're underway at Goodison Park where Fulham take on Everton.
  • Ladies and gentlemen, it’s showtime! Scott Parker leads the team out at Goodison Park. COYW!
  • Fulham have yet to win at Goodison Park in the league (four draws and 21 defeats), yet our Head Coach will only be concerned about the here and now with his side looking to build on the positive victory over Villa.
  • Roberto Martinez’s side have lost just once in the league this term, although, the Whites did knock the Toffees out of the Capital One Cup. Everton haven’t lost a game at home in almost a year.
  • Head Coach Rene Meulensteen makes no changes to his starting XI, naming the same side that started against Aston Villa last Sunday.