Sunday 30 March 2014, 1:30pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Dejagah 71'
o.g. Stockdale 50'; Mirallas 79'; Naismith 87'

71' Goal

Ashkan Dejagah
Assist by Steve Sidwell

23' Yellow Card

Sascha Riether Card was given for a foul

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ashkan Dejagah
Off:Kieran Richardson

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Cauley Woodrow
Off:William Kvist

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Patrick Roberts
Off:Moussa Dembele

50' Own-goal

David Stockdale

79' Goal

Kevin Mirallas
Assist by Aiden McGeady

87' Goal

Steven Naismith
Assist by Leighton Baines

31' Yellow Card

Seamus Coleman Card was given for a foul

75' Yellow Card

Leighton Baines Card was given for a foul

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Steven Naismith
Off:Ross Barkley

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kevin Mirallas
Off:Gerard Deulofeu

77' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aiden McGeady
Off:Leon Osman

A passionate Fulham display went unrewarded as Everton left Craven Cottage with a 3-1 win on Sunday.

A passionate Fulham display went unrewarded as Everton left Craven Cottage with a 3-1 win on Sunday.

After a goalless first half in which the home side dominated the game, the Toffees took the lead with a huge slice of luck shortly after the restart as an off-target Steven Naismith effort deflected into the back of the net via the stranded David Stockdale.

Fulham responded well though and were level through substitute Ashkan Dejagah’s vicious strike from range. It was a thunderous shot that almost broke the net, leaving Tim Howard with no chance whatsoever.

Both sides pressed for a winner and it was Everton who took the points when Kevin Mirallas finished clinically after being sent through by Aiden McGeady, before Naismith added his name to the scoresheet from close range in the final stages.

Felix Magath made three changes to the side that lost in Manchester eight days ago, with Pajtim Kasami and Lewis Holtby coming in for Alexander Kačaniklić and the suspended Fernando Amorebieta, while young Moussa Dembélé was handed his full debut for the Club as Cauley Woodrow dropped to the bench.

Everton won a corner within two minutes after Romelu Lukaku ran powerfully at former Toffee John Heitinga, but the defender did well to block his low cross. The set-piece arrived to the near post, with Kieran Richardson nodding behind for another corner, which the same man then headed to safety.

Good counter attacking football then culminated in John Arne Riise dinking over a lovely ball that Kasami elected to take first time, but his right footed half volley flew over the bar.

The Switzerland international then had Howard worried in the seventh minute when he bent an effort towards the far post, but the visiting goalkeeper appeared to have it covered as it curled a yard wide.

Determined running by Riise five minutes later saw him ease beyond the challenge of Gerard Deulofeu and into the area, but his cut-back was put behind for a corner. Everton failed to clear the danger though and Sylvain Distin appeared to practically catch the ball when Holtby whipped in a cross, but a corner was the decision given by referee Anthony Taylor.

Another dangerous Holtby delivery was this time met by Brede Hangeland who looped a header to the back post where Kasami was arriving late, but the angles were against him and his diving header sailed wide.

Fulham were playing with confidence and a sublime sweeping pass from Hangeland found Kasami on the right wing in the 19th minute and he swung in a deep cross that just eluded Steve Sidwell – it was positive stuff from the Whites.

A dinked pass from Richardson then found Dembélé in the box but he was off balance as he went to shoot and the ball was easily claimed by Howard. An offside flag meant it wouldn’t have counted, although replays showed that Seamus Coleman had played him on.

The Whites’ best chance then arrived as Dembélé fed Richardson in space in the box, but his low strike was saved by the feet of Howard.

Everton were then able to break quickly with Deulofeu who drew a good stop from Stockdale at his near post, before Sascha Riether went into the book after Taylor adjudged him to have fouled Ross Barkley.

A fabulous Riise cross in the 28th minute found Holtby who had peeled away at the back post. He directed a cushioned header back across goal but Howard made a superb fingertip save to prevent it landing in the back of the net.

Coleman followed Riether into the book just after the half hour mark when he dragged back Richardson after being skinned by the Fulham winger.

Long range efforts from Holtby and Riise then cleared the crossbar by some margin as Fulham continued to control proceedings, although Stockdale had to be alert to catch Barkley’s strike from 20 yards in the 36th minute.

Kasami robbed Gareth Barry of the ball soon after and bore down on goal. He took too long to get his shot away though and his effort was blocked.

Sidwell screwed a shot off target and Dembélé tried to bend one as Fulham pressed for an opener before half-time, with the Frenchman squandering a glorious opening seconds before the whistle went when he headed straight at Howard after connecting with Holtby’s clipped cross.

Nonetheless, the Whites could still be very pleased with their first half display as they exited the field of play to a standing ovation.

Roberto Martinez replaced Barkley with Naismith at the interval. The England man had been kept quiet by William Kvist and Sidwell, and so made way for the scorer of the Toffees’ goal when the sides met at the Cottage earlier in the season in the Capital One Cup.

It was a move that paid almost immediate dividends as Everton took the lead in ridiculously fortunate circumstances in the 51st minute. A corner was cleared only as far as Naismith whose volley from the edge of the box was deflecting wide until it hit Stockdale who inadvertently directed it into the back of the net.

It could have been two moments later as Naismith set Lukaku on his way, but the giant striker shot too close to Stockdale who claimed well.

Naismith was causing problems and his perfectly weighted pass sent Leighton Baines into the box on the hour mark but the England left-back’s shot missed the far corner by a yard.

Fulham were not enjoying the same fluidity as they managed in the first half, although Sidwell saw a half chance come and go in the 61st minute when he got under Holtby’s corner and headed over.

Magath then made his first alterations, as Richardson and Kvist made way for Dejagah and Woodrow.

A loose ball fell kindly for Lukaku 65 minutes in but his powerful low strike was well saved by Stockdale, before Everton then made their second change as Deulofeu was replaced by Mirallas.

A tame Kasami shot straight down the throat of Howard was the next opportunity for either side when it arrived in the 70th minute, but it never really threatened the goal in front of the Hammersmith End.

The net almost burst moments later, though, as Dejagah hauled his side level with a phenomenal effort. As he did in his last game against Newcastle United, he cut in from the left before trying his luck from 20 yards, and watched with glee as his venomous strike whistled in at the near post. It was heading wide but curled in at the last second; a real contender for goal of the season.

There was an electric atmosphere inside the ground now and the home fans were left fuming when Baines wiped out the marauding Sidwell, earning a yellow card for his troubles.

The free-kick almost resulted in another Fulham goal as, first, Heitinga saw his point blank header pushed out by Howard, before the American keeper made another great save to deny Kasami.

Martinez’s final change arrived in the guise of McGeady, who took the place of Leon Osman, and he – like fellow sub Naismith – had an instant impact.

The Irishman picked the ball up 40 yards from goal before picking out the run of Mirallas who slotted beyond Stockdale at his near post.

Magath responded by throwing Patrick Roberts on for his home debut in place of Dembélé.

Naismith should have wrapped things up with six minutes remaining when Lukaku sent him in one on one, but Stockdale was out quickly and made himself big to smother the strike.

The visitors’ third goal did arrive soon after, though, when Fulham were unable to clear their lines and Baines squared for Naismith who managed to poke the ball beyond Stockdale.

Naismith could have had another in the 90th minute but his driven attempt from distance crashed against the post, before Dejagah drew another save from the excellent Howard.

A wicked left-footed effort from Mirallas at the other end sailed wide in stoppage time in what proved to be the final chance of the game as Fulham went down to a cruel defeat.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Sunday 30 March 2014
Kick-off: 1:30pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,454

Referee: Anthony Taylor


Line-up: Stockdale; Riether, Heitinga, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Kasami, Kvist (Woodrow 64'), Sidwell, Richardson (Dejagah 64'); Holtby; Dembele (Roberts 81')

Unused substitutes: Stekelenburg, Diarra, Kacaniklic, Bent

Manager: Felix Magath


Line-up: Howard; Coleman, Stones, Distin, Baines; McCarthy, Barry; Deulofeu (Mirallas 68'), Barkley (Naismith 45'), Osman (McGeady 77'); Lukaku

Unused substitutes: Robles, Garbutt, Alcaraz, Browning

Manager: Roberto Martinez

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 32 69
2 Liverpool 31 68
3 Manchester City 30 67
4 Arsenal 32 64
5 Everton 31 60
6 Tottenham Hotspur 31 56
7 Manchester United 32 54
8 Southampton 32 48
9 Newcastle United 32 46
10 Stoke City 32 40
11 West Ham United 31 34
12 Aston Villa 31 34
13 Swansea City 32 33
14 Hull City 32 33
15 Norwich City 32 32
16 Crystal Palace 31 31
17 West Bromwich Albion 31 29
18 Cardiff City 32 26
19 Sunderland 29 25
20 Fulham 32 24
Total Shots
Shots On Target
Passing Accuracy
Sending Offs
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 4Johnny Heitinga
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 6William Kvist
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 10Lewis Holtby
  • 45Moussa Dembele
  • 1Maarten Stekelenburg
  • 9Mahamadou Diarra
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 26Patrick Roberts
  • 25Cauley Woodrow
  • 39Darren Bent
  • Felix Magath
Everton (4-2-3-1)
  • 24Tim Howard
  • 23Seamus Coleman
  • 26John Stones
  • 15Sylvain Distin
  • 3Leighton Baines
  • 16James McCarthy
  • 18Gareth Barry
  • 10Gerard Deulofeu
  • 20Ross Barkley
  • 21Leon Osman
  • 17Romelu Lukaku
  • 1Joel Robles
  • 29Luke Garbutt
  • 32Antolin Alcaraz
  • 36Tyias Browning
  • 7Aiden McGeady
  • 11Kevin Mirallas
  • 14Steven Naismith
  • Roberto Martinez
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
  • It's a cruel finish. After Dejagah's stunning equaliser, Howard denied Heitinga and Kasami before Mirallas and Naismith sealed three points for the visitors.
  • 89 Naismith's hat-trick chance goes begging as his 20-yard strike cannons back off the post.
  • Fulham 1-3 Everton. Naismith pounces in the six yard box to net his second.
  • 84 What a save by Stockdale. Naismith is one-on-one and can pick his spot, but Stockdale makes himself big to block.
  • 81 It's a home debut for Roberts, who comes on as a substitute for Dembélé.
  • 79 Fulham 1-2 Everton. Mirallas gets behind the Whites back-line and finishes into the corne
  • 77 Osman is replaced by Mirallas.
  • 76 Howard keeps Everton level! First Heitinga's header then Kasami's far post strike are both kept out by the keeper's reactions and Everton survive.
  • 75 Baines sycthes down Sidwell and goes into the book, after an excellent break through Woodrow and Dembélé.
  • Fulham 1-1 Everton. DEJAGAH HAS DONE IT AGAIN! An absolute rocket from the right boot of substitute Dejagah from 20 yards levels the scores.
  • 70 The Whites work it right to Riether, who cuts back inside and tees up Kasami to shoot. He drills it hard but it's straight at Howard.
  • 67 Dejagah makes an immediate impact, running at Coleman to win the corner. Everton switch Mirallas for Deulofeu.
  • 65 Lukaku reacts quickest to pounce on a loose ball and rifle in a shot but Stockdale saves superbly, reacting with his feet to block.
  • 64 Two changes are being made for Fulham: Dejagah and Woodrow replace Kvist and Richardson.
  • 61 Sidwell is first to Holtby's corner but it's a difficult header which goes over Howard's crossbar.
  • 60 Naismith is making a difference for the visitors. This time he plays in Baines, one on one with Stockdale, but the full-back misses the chance to double Everton's lead.
  • 58 Deulofeu makes good progress on the Everton right and sends over a dangerous cross, which Stockdale does well to keep hold of low down.
  • 55 Promising play from the Whites, with Dembélé robbing Baines and Kasami taking over. His cross is too long for Sidwell at the far post.
  • 52 Lukaku peels away at the far post and gets in a firm strike at hold but Stockdale holds it well.
  • Fulham 0-1 Everton. A corner falls to Naismith and his shot takes a huge deflection of Stockdale before nestling in the corner.
  • 46 A single change for Everton, with Naismith replacing Barkley.
  • We're back under way in the second half at Craven Cottage. A big 45 minutes for the Whites, who are now attacking the Hammy End.
  • The Whites go into the break following a half full of attacking verve, with Richardson and Holtby bringing the best from Toffees keeper Howard.
  • 45 Holtby floats a perfect ball over for Dembélé at the far post. The Frenchman can only head straight at Howard.
  • 43' Another brilliant pass from Hangeland releases Richardson behind the Everton defence. He cuts the ball back for Dembélé but the 17-year-old blazes over.
  • 40 A heated moment between Richardson and Deulofeu sees them seperated. Sidwell tries a long range effort but doesn't catch it right.
  • 38 Kasami robs Baines deep in his own half and space opens up. He tries to go past Stones, who gets a good tackle in and the ball runs free to Howard.
  • 36 Barkley gets his first sniff of goal from outside the area but Stockdale is equal to his shot, holding the ball well.
  • 34 Kasami's cross is too high for Richardson but it sits up nicely for Riise on the half volley. It's a long way out and Riise slams it over the bar.
  • 32 Holtby collects a short free-kick and takes aim from distance but it doesn't trouble Howard's goal.
  • 31 Coleman is all over Richardson, tugging his shirt, and goes straight into the book.
  • 27 Riise gallops into space on the left and delivers a good cross. Holtby connects with the far post header and Howard springs across goal to palm the ball over.
  • 25 Riether goes into the book for a mistimed tackle on Barkley, his first offence. A soft yellow card.
  • 23 What a chance for the Whites. Dembélé's deft touch finds Richardson in space and his driven 10-yard shot is saved by Howard's legs. Deulofeu goes up the other end and brings a low save from Stockdal
  • 22 An opportunity almost opens up for Dembélé as Richardson looks to play him in behind the Toffees defence. He's flagged offside as he runs through, but he looks in line.
  • 19 An outstanding pass from Hangeland picks out Kasami on the right and his in-swinging cross is slightly too high for Sidwell, peeling away at the far post.
  • 15 An excellent spell of pressure. Hangeland's header almost finds Kasami at the far post. Everton respond but Heitinga makes a perfectly-timed block on Deulofeu.
  • 12 It's Riise now finding space on the left. He sprints past Deulofeu and his cross is attacked by Richardson but Everton get the block in and it's a corner.
  • 8 A superb breakaway from Kvist sees him go past Osman and play in Richardson on the left. The winger's cross is too deep and Howard plucks it out of the sky.
  • 7 Dembélé harasses Stones into conceding possession and Richardson picks out Kasami with a well-weighted pass. The Swiss fires across the box and the ball skims just wide of Howard's post.
  • 5 Kasami is starting on the right side with Holtby getting forward in support of Dembélé. Hangeland makes an important interception to thwart Barkley's run.
  • 3 The Whites spring a counter with Riise charging up the left. His cross is flicked by Richardson into Holtby's path but the German cannot keep his strike down.
  • 2 An early tackle on Lukaku from Heitinga earns the Toffees a corner. Deulofeu whips it in and Richardson heads behind.
  • It'll be the Whites getting us started, Sidwell and Holtby the men kicking off. The crowd roar. Fulham are attacking the Putney End.
  • It'll be the Whites getting us started, attacking the Putney End. A big 90 minutes lie ahead.
  • Out march the teams, both wearing their traditional home strips. Heitinga is sporting a face mask. The countdown to kick-off is almost up.
  • With kick-off fast approaching, don't forget you can listen into live commentary with Gentleman Jim on the audio tab from 1.20pm.
  • Fulham's starting line-up: Stockdale; Riether, Heitinga, Hangeland, Riise; Holtby, Sidwell, Kvist, Richardson; Kasami, Dembele.
  • Everton's starting line-up: Howard; Coleman, Stones, Distin, Baines; Barry, McCarthy; Deuloufeu, Barkley, Osman; Lukaku.
  • It's a Sunday showdown for the Whites as Everton pay a visit to Craven Cottage. We'll bring you all the updates right here.