Everton recorded a fifth successive Premier League win to continue their push for a Champions League berth, dumping Fulham deeper into trouble.

Substitute Steven Naismith's shot deflected off David Stockdale to give the Toffees the lead, before Ashkan Dejagah drilled home an equaliser.

But Kevin Mirallas's left-foot shot and Naismith's stabbed finish ensured the visitors moved four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.

Fulham are five points from safety.

Everton's remaining games

  • Sun, 6 Apr: Arsenal (h)
  • Sat, 12 Apr: Sunderland (a)
  • Wed, 16 Apr: Crystal P (h)
  • Sun, 20 Apr: Man Utd (h)
  • Sat, 26 Apr: Southampton (a)
  • Sat, 3 May: Man City (h)
  • Sun, 11 May: Hull (a)

It was the first time since the early days of David Moyes's reign in 2002 that the Merseysiders have won five league games in succession.

As they have a game in hand on Arsenal, who visit Goodison Park next Sunday, Everton's fate is in their own hands.

With six games to play, Fulham's situation is becoming critical, and defeat will have hurt even more because they played so well before the break.

On his first start, 17-year-old Moussa Dembele had an excellent chance to put the hosts in front a minute before the break but headed Lewis Holtby's chipped cross straight at Tim Howard.

The Everton keeper had earlier used his feet to deny the French teenager - not to be confused with former Fulham midfielder Mousa Dembele, now at Tottenham. However, a debatable offside flag had already been raised before the save was made.

Fulham 1-3 Everton: Roberto Martinez says his side have winning mentality

Howard was also in the right place to turn away a Kieran Richardson effort, while veteran defender Sylvain Distin, without intending to, handled inside his own penalty area.

In contrast, Everton were poor in the first half. Their only opportunity of note came through a counter-attack that immediately followed Howard's save from Richardson. Gerard Deulofeu raced across halfway and deep into Fulham territory before forcing Stockdale into a feet-first stop.

But the visitors came to life after the half-time exit of World Cup hopeful Ross Barkley, who suffered a calf injury in front of England boss Roy Hodgson.

Roberto Martinez introduced Naismith and, within five minutes, was rewarded with the opening goal. The Scotland international let fly from the edge of the box after Richardson had half-cleared a corner, and the low shot struck William Kvist before going in off Stockdale.

Fulham 1-3 Everton: Felix Magath says side did not concentrate on defending

Fulham equalised through a substitute of their own as Dejagah cut across the edge of the box before finishing in fine style.

However, once former Everton defender Johnny Heitinga and Pajtim Kasami had seen goalbound efforts saved by Howard, the hosts' hopes were dashed.

A superb pass from Aiden McGeady set up Mirallas to give Everton the advantage.

Then, as referee Anthony Taylor allowed play to continue after waving away a penalty claim for the visitors, Naismith wrapped up the points with a close-range finish.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez on the battle for fourth:

"Being in this position gives us an understanding of what a good season we've had.

"With the points we have, we have a realistic chance to fight for that aim (Champions League).

"I'm not saying we're going to get that because we admire Arsenal. They get in the Champions League consistently.

"They have developed a real understanding (of) what to do in these games, so that makes Sunday a phenomenal challenge."

Martinez also refused to rule Tottenham and Manchester United out of the battle.

"Look at the quality and experience of Manchester United and Tottenham, they will fight until the end. Mathematically seven teams are fighting for four positions.

"It will probably go down to the last game of the season."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Fulham

  • 13 Stockdale
  • 27 Riether Booked
  • 03 Riise
  • 06 Kvist (Woodrow - 64' )
  • 04 Heitinga
  • 05 Hangeland
  • 08 Kasami
  • 07 Sidwell
  • 45 Dembele (Roberts - 81' )
  • 10 Holtby
  • 15 Richardson (Dejagah - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Stekelenburg
  • 09 Diarra
  • 11 Kacaniklic
  • 24 Dejagah
  • 25 Woodrow
  • 26 Roberts
  • 39 Bent

Everton

  • 24 Howard
  • 23 Coleman Booked
  • 03 Baines Booked
  • 18 Barry
  • 26 Stones
  • 15 Distin
  • 10 Deulofeu (Mirallas - 68' )
  • 16 McCarthy
  • 17 Lukaku
  • 20 Barkley (Naismith - 45' )
  • 21 Osman (McGeady - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Robles
  • 07 McGeady
  • 11 Mirallas
  • 14 Naismith
  • 29 Garbutt
  • 32 Alcaraz
  • 36 Browning
Ref: Anthony Taylor
Att: 25,454

Match Stats

Shots

23 14

On target

8 7

Corners

5 6

Fouls

7 4

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Fulham 1, Everton 3.

90:00 +4:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Everton 3.

90:00 +4:02

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by John Stones.

90:00 +3:26

Attempt missed. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

90:00 +2:51

Attempt saved. Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

90:00 +0:33

Offside, Everton. Romelu Lukaku tries a through ball, but Kevin Mirallas is caught offside.

89:43

Steven Naismith (Everton) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Leighton Baines.

89:01

Kevin Mirallas (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:01

Foul by John Arne Riise (Fulham).

87:59

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Ashkan Dejagah.

86:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Fulham 1, Everton 3. Steven Naismith (Everton) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross.

84:07

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:07

Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham).

83:02

Attempt saved. Steven Naismith (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

82:07

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.

81:17

Offside, Fulham. Ashkan Dejagah tries a through ball, but Pajtim Kasami is caught offside.

80:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Patrick Roberts replaces Moussa Dembele.

78:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Fulham 1, Everton 2. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aiden McGeady with a through ball.

76:59

Attempt missed. James McCarthy (Everton) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Aiden McGeady with a cross.

76:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Aiden McGeady replaces Leon Osman.

75:59

Steven Naismith (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:59

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).

75:46

Attempt saved. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

75:45

Attempt blocked. Johnny Heitinga (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashkan Dejagah with a cross.

75:28

Attempt blocked. Johnny Heitinga (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Holtby with a headed pass.

75:15

Attempt blocked. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

75:14

Attempt saved. Johnny Heitinga (Fulham) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis Holtby with a cross.

74:40 Booking

Booking Leighton Baines (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74:36

Foul by Leighton Baines (Everton).

74:36

Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:56

Offside, Fulham. Sascha Riether tries a through ball, but Cauley Woodrow is caught offside.

72:35

Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

70:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Fulham 1, Everton 1. Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Steve Sidwell.

69:29

Attempt saved. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sascha Riether.

67:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Kevin Mirallas replaces Gerard Deulofeu.

67:03

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Seamus Coleman.

64:07

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

63:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow replaces William Kvist.

63:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Ashkan Dejagah replaces Kieran Richardson.

61:20

Attempt blocked. Leon Osman (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Naismith.

60:30

Attempt missed. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lewis Holtby with a cross following a corner.

60:05

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Leighton Baines.

56:42

Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

56:42

Brede Hangeland (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:59

Leon Osman (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

53:59

Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham).

51:16

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steven Naismith.

49:58 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by David Stockdale, Fulham. Fulham 0, Everton 1.

49:56

Attempt blocked. Steven Naismith (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

49:23

Corner, Everton. Conceded by John Arne Riise.

48:21

Attempt missed. Kieran Richardson (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

46:56

Corner, Everton. Conceded by John Arne Riise.

45:00

Second Half begins Fulham 0, Everton 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Steven Naismith replaces Ross Barkley because of an injury.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Fulham 0, Everton 0.

45:00 +0:55

Attempt saved. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis Holtby with a through ball.

43:33

Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Kieran Richardson.

40:36

Attempt missed. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by John Arne Riise.

37:03

Attempt blocked. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

35:26

Attempt saved. Ross Barkley (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gareth Barry.

34:42

Attempt blocked. Lewis Holtby (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Stockdale.

33:33

Attempt missed. John Arne Riise (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kieran Richardson.

31:15

Attempt missed. Lewis Holtby (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Steve Sidwell following a set piece situation.

30:57 Booking

Booking Seamus Coleman (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

30:53

Foul by Seamus Coleman (Everton).

30:53

Kieran Richardson (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

29:53

Offside, Fulham. Sascha Riether tries a through ball, but Moussa Dembele is caught offside.

27:45

Offside, Fulham. Sascha Riether tries a through ball, but Steve Sidwell is caught offside.

27:01

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tim Howard.

26:59

Attempt saved. Lewis Holtby (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by John Arne Riise with a cross.

25:30

Offside, Fulham. John Arne Riise tries a through ball, but Lewis Holtby is caught offside.

23:57

Hand ball by Kieran Richardson (Fulham).

22:55 Booking

Booking Sascha Riether (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

22:53

Ross Barkley (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:53

Foul by Sascha Riether (Fulham).

22:44

Attempt blocked. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Holtby.

22:28

Attempt saved. Gerard Deulofeu (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gareth Barry.

22:09

Attempt saved. Kieran Richardson (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Moussa Dembele with a through ball.

21:08

Offside, Fulham. Lewis Holtby tries a through ball, but Steve Sidwell is caught offside.

20:31

Offside, Fulham. Kieran Richardson tries a through ball, but Moussa Dembele is caught offside.

12:57

Attempt missed. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Brede Hangeland following a corner.

12:56

Attempt missed. Brede Hangeland (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lewis Holtby with a cross following a corner.

12:26

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by James McCarthy.

11:36

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Gareth Barry.

11:19

Foul by Ross Barkley (Everton).

11:19

William Kvist (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:33

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:33

Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham).

2:49

Attempt missed. Lewis Holtby (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kieran Richardson.

1:47

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Kieran Richardson.

1:19

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Johnny Heitinga.

1:17

Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leon Osman.

0:15

Offside, Fulham. Brede Hangeland tries a through ball, but Pajtim Kasami is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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