Championship Bound Fulham Bounce Back With A Fine Win Against In-Form Everton. Match Highlights. Player Ratings. Manager Comments, And Stats.
By: Marc Gingell
Fulham, without a win since January and with relegation confirmed, seemed to play with a new found confidence against Everton and came away with a deserved victory.
|KO:15:00||ATT: 24,971||Tom Cairney 46′|
|REF: L Probert||Ryan Babel 69′|
Ryan Babel – The Architect!
Ryan Babel, snapped up by Claudio Ranieri in the January transfer window, proved the architect of this victory. Babel, a former Liverpool player who rather apologetically scored against his former club a few weeks back, would have enjoyed this one a lot more.
On 46 minutes he set Tom Cairney up for a shot from just inside the box after a good run down the left. That put Fulham one up and the second cam on 69 minutes when Babel ran on to a Aleksandar Mitrovic flicked header from just inside the Everton half and central. He showed great pace and superb composure as he dinked the ball over the advancing Jordan Pickford.
Fulham: Rico (6), Bryan (6), Ream (7), Le Marchand (7), Fosu-Mensah (6), Chambers (7), Cairney (7), Anguissa (7), Sessegnon (6), Babel (8), Mitrovic (8).
Subs: Odoi (n/a), Christie (6), Seri (n/a)
Everton: Pickford (6), Coleman (5), Digne (5), Zouma (5), Jagielka (4), Gueye (5), Gomes (5), Bernard (6), Sigurdsson (4), Richarlison (4), Calvert-Lewin (5).
Subs: Walcott (n/a), Tosun (n/a), Lookman (n/a)
Man of the match: Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Marco Silva Comments:
“It was a disappointing result and a disappointing performance. I didn’t expect this because we’ve been on a good run, and we’ve been in good confidence also. We knew it would be difficult playing here.
“Fulham played with character to achieve something for them, and they were more aggressive and faster than us. We didn’t perform in the way we needed to in order to win the match.”
- Fulham recorded their first Premier League win in 10 games, having lost each of the previous nine fixtures.
- All five of Fulham’s Premier League victories this season have come at Craven Cottage, with this their first since beating Brighton in January.
- Everton lost an away Premier League game against newly promoted opposition for the first time since a 1-2 defeat vs Burnley in October 2016 (W3 D4 before today).
- Everton have won just one of their last 12 Premier League away games in London (D3 L8).
Fulham’s Tom Cairney scored his first Premier League goal since netting versus Everton in March 2010 for Hull – 3324 days ago.
- Since his debut in January, Ryan Babel has been involved in more Premier League goals than any other Fulham player (4 goals, 3 assists).
- In his 103rd appearance in the competition, Ryan Babel both scored and assisted in a Premier League match for the very first time.
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