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Fulham claimed their first away win in the league against Everton by beating their opponents 2-0 at Goodison Park.
After a quiet first half, a double from Josh Maja in his first outing for Fulham was enough to seal the victory after the break.
Everton thought they had picked one up through Josh King, but the goal was ruled out for offside.
The victory moved the third-place Cottagers seven points behind Newcastle at 17th and offered them some hope of escaping if Maja, whose two goals took him unbelievably to fourth on the league’s top scorers list. Fulham league this season, you can play this way. more regularly.
However, they will not find opponents as passive as Everton, who squandered the opportunity to land a major psychological blow for the upcoming Merseyside derby.
Four points from this match and Wednesday’s Manchester City would have put them ahead of their rivals at Stanley Park ahead of Saturday’s short trip to Anfield.
But Everton had no teeth without injured top scorer Dominic Calvert-Lewin and they also lacked the competitiveness necessary to make Fulham’s first league win at Goodison Park in 28 attempts uncomfortable.
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Bobby Decordova-Reid’s daring cue from a corner circling over a crowded six-yard area and into a post set the opening tone and was followed by Harrison Reed driving just off the angle of the post and crossbar and the former Everton winger. Ademola Lookman somehow shooting off target. having cut to the left.
Everton’s best chance came from winger Seamus Coleman, who ran unrivaled from the midline to hit a post with a left-footed shot from outside the area in the 34th minute.
By then, Richarlison had taken the last of his four mid-touches, as not even a move to a more central role improved his luck.
Fulham start the second half well
While Fulham He did not know how to take advantage of the best of the first 45 minutes, they did not need much to rectify that after the break.
Within five minutes of the restart, Ola Aina came forward from the left side to cross for Maja, unmarked, to slip home her first Premier League goal in just her second appearance.
✅ First departure for Fulham
✅ First Premier League goal
It doesn’t get better than that for Josh Maja! 👏 pic.twitter.com/aoKjJzbFG5
– Football at BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 14, 2021
The same combination added up to almost a second save for Mason Holgate’s outstretched foot and that prompted a change in personnel and line-up.
Coleman and midfielder Tom Davies gave way to Michael Keane, with Holgate moving to right back, and King as coach Carlo Ancelotti made his second formation change of the game to 4-4-2.
After Bordeaux’s loan Maja made it 2-0 in the 65th minute, King was denied a debut goal by an offside flag, but little else could disturb the visitors’ defense as Everton fell to a third home loss in four games.
It was also the first time Ancelotti failed to win in four league games at home since December 2007 and next is City in form.