Fulham earned an impressive 3-1 victory over relegation-threatened Everton, snapping their five-match losing streak and keeping their slim hopes of European qualification alive. Everton, now dangerously close to the relegation zone, failed to capitalize on Fulham’s poor form.
Entering the match with the threat of their first relegation since 1951 looming, Everton knew the importance of a positive result. The hosts initially looked strong, with Demarai Gray’s early chance saved by Bernd Leno. Fulham slowly found their footing, with missed opportunities from Harry Wilson and Andreas Pereira before Harrison Reed broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute.
Everton pushed for an equalizer, but poor finishing from Neal Maupay and James Tarkowski left the home fans frustrated. However, Dwight McNeil managed to level the score before halftime, converting James Garner’s pass with a precise finish.
After the break, Fulham wasted no time in retaking the lead, as Willian set up Wilson for a confident finish in the 51st minute. The Cottagers continued to press, and Daniel James added a third goal, capitalizing on a loose ball inside the six-yard box.
Despite their efforts for a late comeback, Everton could not break Fulham’s solid defense, and the match ended 3-1 in favor of the visitors. The result leaves Everton in 17th place, just above the relegation zone on goal difference, while Fulham’s first league victory since mid-February cements their position in the top-ten.
Man of the Match: Harry Wilson (Fulham)