Calvert-Lewin close to smashing Everton stat as lethal brace sinks spirited Fulham

Date published: Sunday 22nd November 2020 1:53 - Jonny Whitfield

Dominic Calvert-Lewin

Dominic Calvert-Lewin edged closer to marking his best season in front of goal for Everton with a brace in his side’s nervy 3-2 win over Fulham.

The England striker has now scored 13 times for the Blues this season, with 15 – a tally he set last term – his most prolific record to date.

But despite the Toffees going into a 3-1 lead before the break, Fulham overcame more penalty woe to show a spirited fightback and give their hosts a real scare.

Everton got off to a dream start at Craven Cottage with Calvert-Lewin scoring the opener after 42 seconds.

Richarlison, back in the side after a three-match ban, did well out wide and his cross ricocheted off the Toffees top goalscorer and beat Alphonse Areola from close range.

It was Calvert-Lewin’s 12th club goal of the season, with the England man’s best tally being the 15 he netted last season. For Fulham, though, manager Parker would have been furious with the slack defending from his team.

Bobby Decordova-Reid responded for Fulham with quarter of an hour played to keep up the entertaining start to the Sunday lunchtime kick-off.

Bobby Decordova-Reid

Home captain Tom Cairney was involved and his one-two saw Decordova-Reid get away from Yerry Mina before he rifled past Jordan Pickford from inside the area.

It was the attacker’s fourth goal of the season and also extended Everton’s defensive woes; Carlo Ancelotti’s men last kept a clean sheet in the Premier League on the opening day at Tottenham.

Six minutes later and Parker watched his side concede again as Abdoulaye Doucoure’s run into the area was not picked up and he headed home Digne’s cross with ease to make it 3-1.

Fulham show spirited fightback

Tosin Adarabioyo, Ben Godfrey

Fulham have shown stern character in recent weeks and they showed that trait again to pin Everton back in the second half.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who is on loan from Chelsea, played an influential role. The Englishman won a penalty after a challenge from Ben Godfrey, which Ivan Cavaleiro skied over.

The winger struck the ball with one foot onto the other, which saw mounds of grass fly up off the turf – and the ball fly into the sky.

But that setback woke the visitors up. Not even two minutes later, Ademola Lookman set up Loftus-Cheek to make it 3-2 with a deflected finish.

Everton rarely went back on the attack and Ancelotti decided to take off both Richarlison and James Rodriguez.

But the Toffees – who put on Tom Davies and Gylfi Sigurdsson – remained solid without finishing the away side off with a fourth goal.

The result eases the pressure on Everton with a first win in four Premier League matches. Fulham, meanwhile, remain towards the bottom of the table.

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