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Fulham 2-3 Everton: Dominic Calvert-Lewin double inspires Toffees win

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport

Dominic Calvert-Lewin continued his excellent scoring form with two goals as Everton returned to winning ways in an absorbing encounter with Fulham.

Richarlison made an immediate impact on his return from a three-match suspension by providing the cross for Calvert-Lewin to bundle in after just 42 seconds.

In a dramatic game, Bobby Decordova-Reid equalised for the hosts with a clean right-foot finish before England forward Calvert-Lewin went top of the Premier League scoring charts with his 10th of the season from Lucas Digne's cross.

France defender Digne provided another assist before half-time, this time for Abdoulaye Doucoure to head home unchallenged for Everton's third - and his first since joining from Watford.

Fulham missed their third penalty of the season, awarded for Ben Godfrey's foul on Ruben Loftus-Cheek, when Ivan Cavaleiro slipped, hit the ball against his wrong foot and sent it over the bar.

Substitute Loftus-Cheek's deflected finish from Ademola Lookman's pass set up a grandstand finish but it was not enough to prevent Fulham from sinking to a seventh defeat in nine games.

Everton back on track

Everton's defence has to improve - Ancelotti

This was much harder than it should have been for Everton - so much so that their players greeted the final whistle with evident relief.

After coasting into a 3-1 lead, they were left hanging on as they allowed Fulham a lifeline before finally securing a first win for seven weeks to reignite their campaign.

After a tough run of results, there were many positives for Carlo Ancelotti to take back to Merseyside.

Alex Iwobi has struggled to nail down a regular slot in the side but was dynamic in south-west London.

With Brazil forward Richarlison eager to make up for lost time in his first club game since 17 October and Digne providing a couple of quality assists, Everton dominated Fulham for long periods.

In addition, Calvert-Lewin continues to impress and now has 15 goals in 16 appearances for club and country this season.

"He is doing really well, honestly I didn't expect him to have the consistency he has in this period," said Ancelotti, who was asked about Calvert-Lewin's chances of winning the Golden Boot.

"To win the Golden Boot, it would mean he is scoring lots of goals and good also for the club, but I don't know.

"The target is not this for him - the target is to score goals to help the team be at the top of the table."

Ancelotti will be annoyed at his side's falure to keep a first clean sheet in the league since the opening weekend, Tom Cairney's pass splitting the defence for Decordova-Reid to score before Loftus-Cheek netted moments after Fulham's latest penalty mishap.

With a tough December looming, which includes games against Chelsea, Leicester, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United, Everton's season is at least back on the right track.

Fulham 2-3 Everton: Scott Parker says players reacted too late to going behind

Fulham's spot-kick nightmare continues

After a poor start to life back in the Premier League, there have been signs that Fulham could be turning a corner following a hard-earned point against Sheffield United and victory over West Brom.

Against Everton, they were once again authors of their own misfortune.

They gave away possession for the visitors' opening goal, failed to mark Doucoure who made it 3-1 and suffered their third straight failure from the spot.

In their previous game on 7 November, Lookman missed a Panenka-style penalty with the last kick of the game against West Ham.

With Aleksandar Mitrovic also having missed from the spot against Sheffield United on 18 October, Portuguese forward Cavaleiro took responsibility after Godfrey's foul with Fulham trailing 3-1.

The former Wolves player stepped forward - and was penalised for double hitting the ball after slipping and kicking it against his non-kicking foot, sending his effort flying high over the bar.

"You couldn't have written it," said Fulham boss Scott Parker.

"Ivan is an exceptional penalty taker and last time I was in this situation with Ademola Lookman, I was angry and disappointed with the way we missed it, but today these things can happen."

Although substitute Loftus-Cheek managed to pull a goal back, Fulham could not find an equaliser and now face daunting games at Leicester and Manchester City before hosting Liverpool on 12 December.

'Lack of intensity' - what they said

Fulham boss Scott Parker: "There needs to be an intensity about us. A reaction in the second half should not have to come from a rollicking at half-time.

"What I cannot accept from my team is that at times, certainly in the first half, we were second best to the 50-50 challenges."

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti: "Every game will be a test but our target is to fight for the top of the table, not the bottom.

"We started the season really well and had a difficult period, now the difficult period is gone and we need to have consistency in our results."

Three points but defensive worries continue - the stats

  • Everton have conceded two or more goals in six consecutive Premier League games for the first time since October 2008.
  • Fulham's Bobby Decordova-Reid scored in back-to-back home league games for the first time since April 2018 for Bristol City.
  • Only Chelsea (12) have scored more goals in the first minute of Premier League games than Everton (10 - level with Tottenham).
  • Dominic Calvert-Lewin's opener after just 42 seconds was the earliest Premier League goal Everton have scored since April 2017 against Leicester (30 seconds).
  • Since making his Premier League debut in August 2018, only Trent Alexander-Arnold (26) and Andrew Robertson (25) have provided more assists in the competition among defenders than Everton's Lucas Digne (15).

What's next?

Fulham have more than a week to prepare for their next Premier League game at Leicester on 30 November (17:30 GMT), while Everton host Leeds at Goodison Park on Saturday (17:30).

Player of the match

Calvert-LewinDominic Calvert-Lewin

with an average of 8.10

Fulham

  1. Squad number15Player nameLoftus-Cheek
    Average rating

    7.34

  2. Squad number14Player nameDe Cordova-Reid
    Average rating

    6.04

  3. Squad number19Player nameLookman
    Average rating

    5.83

  4. Squad number29Player nameZambo Anguissa
    Average rating

    5.73

  5. Squad number33Player nameRobinson
    Average rating

    5.71

  6. Squad number1Player nameAreola
    Average rating

    5.69

  7. Squad number10Player nameCairney
    Average rating

    5.60

  8. Squad number9Player nameMitrovic
    Average rating

    5.56

  9. Squad number21Player nameReed
    Average rating

    5.55

  10. Squad number34Player nameAina
    Average rating

    5.22

  11. Squad number16Player nameAdarabioyo
    Average rating

    5.04

  12. Squad number18Player nameLemina
    Average rating

    5.02

  13. Squad number5Player nameAndersen
    Average rating

    4.97

  14. Squad number17Player nameCavaleiro
    Average rating

    4.65

Everton

  1. Squad number9Player nameCalvert-Lewin
    Average rating

    8.10

  2. Squad number12Player nameDigne
    Average rating

    7.34

  3. Squad number7Player nameRicharlison
    Average rating

    7.21

  4. Squad number17Player nameIwobi
    Average rating

    7.18

  5. Squad number16Player nameDoucouré
    Average rating

    6.84

  6. Squad number6Player nameAllan
    Average rating

    6.78

  7. Squad number19Player nameRodríguez
    Average rating

    6.43

  8. Squad number26Player nameDavies
    Average rating

    5.95

  9. Squad number5Player nameKeane
    Average rating

    5.93

  10. Squad number22Player nameGodfrey
    Average rating

    5.72

  11. Squad number1Player namePickford
    Average rating

    5.42

  12. Squad number10Player nameG Sigurdsson
    Average rating

    5.33

  13. Squad number13Player nameMina
    Average rating

    5.33

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 1Areola
  • 34Aina
  • 5Andersen
  • 16Adarabioyo
  • 33RobinsonBooked at 56mins
  • 21Reed
  • 18LeminaSubstituted forZambo Anguissaat 69'minutes
  • 14De Cordova-ReidBooked at 29minsSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 58'minutes
  • 10CairneySubstituted forMitrovicat 58'minutes
  • 19Lookman
  • 17Cavaleiro

Substitutes

  • 4Odoi
  • 9Mitrovic
  • 12Rodák
  • 13Ream
  • 15Loftus-Cheek
  • 23Bryan
  • 29Zambo Anguissa

Everton

  • 1Pickford
  • 22Godfrey
  • 13Mina
  • 5Keane
  • 17Iwobi
  • 16Doucouré
  • 6Allan
  • 12Digne
  • 19RodríguezSubstituted forDaviesat 74'minutes
  • 9Calvert-Lewin
  • 7RicharlisonSubstituted forG Sigurdssonat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Holgate
  • 10G Sigurdsson
  • 14Tosun
  • 20Bernard
  • 21André Gomes
  • 26Davies
  • 33Olsen
Referee:
Andy Madley

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 2, Everton 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Everton 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Harrison Reed (Fulham).

  4. Post update

    Abdoulaye Doucouré (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Fulham).

  6. Post update

    Lucas Digne (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Ola Aina (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Joachim Andersen (Fulham).

  10. Post update

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ola Aina.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Ola Aina.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Fulham).

  14. Post update

    Tom Davies (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ademola Lookman (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

  16. Post update

    Hand ball by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton).

  17. Post update

    Foul by André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Fulham).

  18. Post update

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Gylfi Sigurdsson replaces Richarlison.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Tom Davies replaces James Rodríguez.

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