A brace from Dominic Calvert-Lewin helped Everton return to successful methods after a five-goal thriller at Fulham, who suffered penalty disappointment but once more.
Carlo Ancelotti noticed the England striker web twice within the first half to take his membership tally for the season to 13, with 10 of them within the Premier League, whereas Abdoulaye Doucoure’s first objective for the Toffees proved key ultimately.
Fulham had responded nicely to Calvert-Lewin’s vivid opener with Bobby Decordova-Reid equalising quickly after, however slack play on the again had them set for an additional defeat earlier than they have been handed a lifeline within the 67th minute.
Ivan Cavaleiro missed the next spot-kick, nevertheless, and despite the fact that Ruben Loftus-Cheek pulled one again three minutes later, Scott Parker’s facet suffered a seventh league lack of the marketing campaign.
Richarlison returned for Everton after a three-match suspension and his affect was fast with the attacker concerned within the opener inside a minute within the capital.
Decordova-Reid gave away possession and the Brazilian didn’t want a second invitation to dribble into the realm the place his centre was bundled in by Calvert-Lewin.
With 42 seconds on the clock it was the quickest objective scored within the division this season and after the proper begin, Ancelotti would have hoped for a robust defensive displaying.
Following three consecutive defeats, the Italian had modified formation at Craven Cottage and recalled defenders Ben Godfrey and Yerry Mina to play alongside Michael Keane.
Regardless of having three centre-backs on the pitch, Decordova-Reid discovered sufficient house in between two of them to rifle residence the equaliser within the 15th minute following a neat one-two with Fulham captain Tom Cairney.
Parker’s facet have been lifted by the leveller and pushed for a second, however have been hit with a sucker punch after 29 minutes when each of Everton’s wing-backs starred to create a second for the guests.
Conventional attacker Alex Iwobi lower inside from the best and dribbled previous two opponents earlier than discovering James Rodriguez, who noticed Lucas Digne in house and the Frenchman’s cross was put away clinically by the in-form Calvert-Lewin.
Fulham have been rocked however didn’t be taught their lesson with Digne once more afforded an excessive amount of house out huge to create Everton’s third with 35 performed, Doucoure heading in from shut vary for his first Everton objective.
Alphonse Areola was referred to as upon earlier than the half was as much as deny Rodriguez with a robust hand and it ensured they trailed by solely two on the break.
With video games towards Leicester, Manchester Metropolis and Liverpool developing, Parker resisted the temptation to make adjustments in the course of the interval however the dropped Aleksandar Mitrovic was summoned within the 58th minute.
It was a double substitution from the Sky Wager Championship play-off winners with Loftus-Cheek additionally despatched on and Cairney and Decordova-Reid the lads to make manner.
The choice proved impressed with the newcomers linking as much as win Fulham a spot-kick with 23 minutes left after Godfrey clipped Chelsea loanee Loftus-Cheek inside the realm.
Mitrovic and Ademola Lookman had each did not convert penalties this season, which noticed Cavaleiro take the duty, however he joined the duo in struggling embarrassment from 12 yards when he slipped and scuffed his effort over.
Fulham’s disappointment was eased when Loftus-Cheek discovered the web for the primary time in 18 months to supply them a lifeline.
The midfielder, who suffered a severe Achilles harm in Could final yr, fired in by way of a deflection off Mina after glorious play by Lookman on the best and with 20 minutes left, the 2 managers sensed a dramatic finale may very well be on the playing cards.
Everton confirmed a superb skilled method, nevertheless, and retained possession nicely in the course of the closing levels to finish their four-game winless streak.