Fulham 2-0 Everton: Match Report

Fulham 2-0 Everton: Match Report
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Fulham 2-0 Everton: Match Report

Ryan Babel then notched his fourth goal of the season (69) during a team performance that provided plenty of encouragement for the hosts heading into next season and belied Fulham’s position as one of the two teams already relegated.

Lawro is making predictions for all 380 top-flight matches this season, against a variety of guests.

This week he is up against golfer Matt Fitzpatrick, who is in action at the Masters, which starts on Thursday at Augusta in the United States.

“It is amazing to play at Augusta,” the Englishman told BBC Sport. “It is such a special place, with the fans, the way the course is and the history that it has. It is just great to be back this year.”

Ryan Babel then notched his fourth goal of the season (69) during a team performance that provided plenty of encouragement for the hosts heading into next season and belied Fulham’s position as one of the two teams already relegated.

Fitzpatrick has a twin goal this weekend – putting on the prestigious Green Jacket presented to the Masters winner, and seeing Sheffield United beat Millwall to maintain their challenge in the Championship promotion race.

Fitzpatrick, 24, was a long-term season ticket holder at Bramall Lane when he was growing up but now follows the Blades from afar when he is on the tour.

“I would almost say I love football more than golf to be honest,” he explained. “That’s how big a fan I am.

“The good news is, with technology nowadays, it is pretty easy to follow them really. There is an app that I can log in and watch all the games.

“I am hoping we won’t be in the play-offs – I want automatic promotion. If we are and we make the play-off final then I think I have got to go. I couldn’t miss that opportunity to see us go up.”

Everton missed the chance to move level with neighbours Liverpool in fourth as they were well beaten 2-0 by Fulham.

Josh Maja scored twice for the visitors at Goodison Park to end Fulham’s 12-game winless league run.

Scott Parker’s men still face an uphill task to survive, but close the gap on Newcastle, who travel to Chelsea on Monday, to seven points.

With Wolves beaten 3-1 at Southampton, Everton missed the chance to move seventh in the table, but an abject performance means they remain in ninth position, while Fulham – who kept just a third clean sheet of the season – stay 19th.

How Fulham’s bright start was rewarded

In front of the watching Jose Mourinho, Fulham were the brighter side in the first half as Aleksandar Mitrovic tested Jordan Pickford on three occasions. The Serbian enjoyed his battle with Phil Jagielka, bullying the veteran centre-back off the ball after 12 minutes before forcing Pickford into a save low down.

Marco Silva ordered his players out early for the second half, but Fulham’s show of spirit was instantly rewarded. Babel played a one-two with Mitrovic before putting the ball on a plate for Cairney to slide his first-time shot to Pickford’s right. It was his first Premier League goal since scoring for Hull against Everton nine years ago in a 5-1 defeat at Goodison Park.

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