Everton faced a comeback in the second half of Fulham to arrest a three-game losing streak with a dramatic 3-2 win at Craven Cottage.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin put Everton ahead 42 seconds later when Fulham’s defensive weaknesses were revealed in a nightmare start for Scott Parker.
Bobby Decordova-Reid pulled Fulham level in the quarter hour, but Calvert-Lewin’s second and Abdoulaye Doucoure’s first Everton goal opened a two-goal cushion at the break for Toffees.
Fulham were greatly improved in the second half with replacement Ruben Loftus-Cheek reducing the arrears seconds after Ivan Cavaleiro had deepened the hosts’ penalty kick with a shot spot-kick over the ribs.
And Fulham were left to pay the penalty again as their recall fell to short, and Everton scored a win that lifts them up to sixth in the Premier League, leaving the hosts a point above the relegation zone.
Opta stats – Fulham pay the penalty
- Fulham have missed five of their last eight Premier League penalties, including the last three, all taken by different players (Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ademola Lookman and Ivan Cavaleiro).
- Everton have won their last three Premier League matches in London, more than they had in their previous 26 such matches (W2 D11 L13). In fact, it is their best race in the capital since April 1987.
- Everton have conceded 2+ goals in six consecutive Premier League matches for the first time since October 2008.
- Only Chelsea (12) have scored more goals in the first minute of Premier League play than Everton (10 – level with Tottenham).
- Dominic Calvert-Lewins opens after just 42 seconds was the earliest Premier League goal Everton have scored since April 2017 against Leicester (30 seconds).
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored in seven of his nine Premier League appearances for Everton this season (10 goals), making him the top scorer in the division.
- Fulham’s Bobby De Cordova-Reid scored in back-to-back home games for the first time since April 2018 for Bristol City.
More to follow.
Everton host Leeds Saturday Night Football at 17.30 – live at Sky Sports Premier League. Fulham travel to Leicester further Monday night football at 17.30 – live at Sky Sports Premier League.