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Josh Maja scored a double in his first Premier League start when Fulham clinched a vital 2-0 Premier League victory over mediocre Everton on Sunday night in what was their first league win at Goodison Park.
The first half was a monotonous affair with the Toffees looking seriously disjointed going forward without the injured Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Fortunately, the game came to life after the break with the visitors taking the lead through Maja, who slipped home a cross in search of Ola Aina for her first Fulham goal. The Cottagers then took over, with Maja grabbing a well deserved second when she hit the rebound after Harrison Reed’s shot hit the post.
Everton offered little response, with Josh King’s blow, which was ruled offside, the closest they came to scoring all night.
Here are his player ratings for Merseyside’s Toffees and Fulham …
Robin Olsen (GK) – 5/10 – He flapped on a cross at first and was almost punished. He couldn’t do much with either goal.
Seamus Coleman (RB) – 6/10 – He hit the post with fierce effort in the first half. He also defended quite well before being substituted so Everton could restructure.
Ben Godfrey (CB) – 5/10 – He took it to the field with little success. He needed to show more composure.
Mason Holgate (CB) – 6/10 – I didn’t play that bad. He took care of most of what was presented to him and used the ball quite well. However, he lost to Maja for his first goal.
Lucas Digne (LB) – 5/10 – I had no luck against Tété. When he got to the crossover position, his delivery was bad.
Abdoulaye Doucoure (CM) – 5/10 – He huffed and puffed as Fulham played with his press quite easily.
Tom Davies (CM) – 5/10 – He made a combative display but lacked possession, giving the ball away frequently.
Andre Gomes (CM) – 4/10 – She needed to offer her side a lot more creativity. He didn’t complete a single key pass in the entire game.
James Rodríguez (RW) – 6/10 – The brightest spark from his side at a distance. However, his teammates were not on his wavelength, much to his visible annoyance.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (ST) – 4/10 – Full spectator before the break, barely touching the ball. There is not much improvement after moving to midfield in the second half.
Richarlison (LW) – 4/10 – He had four, yes FOUR, touches in the first half. It was largely isolated, so it moved centrally with little effect. Pretty unfortunate to be honest.
Joshua King – 5/10 – He lazily went offside in the second half and scored a goal.
Michael Keane – 6/10 – I didn’t do much wrong after coming.
Bernard – 5/10 – Minimal impact of the tiny Brazilian.
Alphonse Areola (GK) – 6/10 – Everton gave him his easiest game of the season.
Kenny Tete (RB) – 7/10 – He showed his pace with some impressive recovery runs. He also contributed to Fulham’s preparation with some accurate long passes.
Joachim Andersen (CB) – 7/10 – He helped keep Richarlison calm with some tight touch marks.
Tosin Adarabioyo (CB) – 7/10 – He eliminated the danger before it developed with good positioning and also dominated in the air.
Ola Aina (LB) – 8/10 – One of his best exhibitions of the season. He provided a potent attack threat, assisting Fulham’s goal with a great cross.
Harrison Reed (CM) – September 10 – He did a lot of the dirty work of his teammates, recycling possession and at the same time drawing attention with several important changes. He also created Maja’s goal by firing a shot at the post. The man of the match.
Mario Lemina (CM) – 10/8 – He played Reed effectively, helping him break the game and keep the Cottagers going.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (CM) – 7/10 – He played his part helping Fulham dominate midfield, racking up two interceptions and a punt.
Bobby Decordova-Reid (RW) – 7/10 – He looked dangerous in the first half, creating a couple of good chances for his team.
Josh Maja (ST) – 10/9 – He restored Scott Parker’s faith in him with a poacher goal just after the break. He worked hard at all times and deserved his touch.
Ademola Lookman (LW) – 8/10 – He was always looking to cause problems with his direct operation. Very impressive in its old footprint terrain.
Iván Cavaleiro – 7/10 – He worked hard to help his team see victory.
Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa – 6/10 – Solid and tough.
Josh Onomah – 5/10 – On the field of play for a few minutes and still managed to get a yellow card.