90+6’ - Andy Madley finally blows the whistle after adding an extra two minutes presumably to gall Everton fans. Blues lose 2-0 with a chance to move up the Premier League table going begging. I don’t even want to talk about this game, good night everyone.
90+2’ - Sigurdsson tries a diving header but it’s cleared well.
90’ - Four more minutes for Everton to ensure they don’t concede another one, because they certainly don’t look like scoring.
89’ - Keane with a chance to head at goal, mishits it and Areola collects it calmly.
86’ - Digne wins a freekick near the corner flag. Sigurdsson’s inswinger looks like it came close to an Everton player but the visitors clear.
84’ - Fulham are now in bus-parking mode with all eleven players in their own half. Everton can’t get the ball through that amount of traffic though.
81’ - Tete into Digne, and Everton have a freekick from the left wing. Digne takes it, cleared for a corner. Corner is cleared of course. Sigurdsson shoved off the ball and loses it. Embarrassing from the Icelander.
79’ - Goal! NOPE!! Josh King looks like he gets his first in an Everton shirt, but is just half a yard offside off a delightful ball from Gomes.
76’ - Digne wins another corner, cleared and Sigurdsson hits a volley into the ground but it’s straight at Areola.
71’ - Digne wins a corner off a give-and-go with Gomes. It’s cleared, of course.
Maja is coming off now with Scott Parker looking to consolidate his lead.
68’ - James clattered, and he is walking off gingerly, with Bernard coming on for him. That was the Blues’ last sub.
65’ - Disaster strikes again. Fulham 2-0. Reed’s shot from outside the box comes back off the post, Maja reacts quickest and tucks home with the Everton backline flatfooted.
61’ - About half an hour or so left in this game, and Everton really have to get their finger out to get something from a game that Fulham have been very well-disciplined in.
59’ - Another chance for Fulham and they blaze over. Still nothing working for the Blues who are trying to step up into the front foot.
57’ - Keane has replaced Holgate in the middle, and the youngster has gone to right-back where he’ll be charged with closing Lookman down. Sigurdsson meanwhile drops into the midfield with Josh King up top.
56’ - Ancelotti has seen enough. Michael Keane and Josh King are on for Seamus Coleman and Tom Davies. Interesting that.
54’ - Lookman once again with all the time in the world to put in a dangerous cross, lucky it doesn’t fall to a Fulham player.
48’ - Fulham goal. Everton have learned absolutely nothing from the first half and slice the Blues open down their left, cross into the box is pinpoint and Josh Maja slides in to score completely unmarked. 1-0 to the visitors.
46’ - Richarlison gets his 5th touch of the game kicking off for the second half.
Fulham immediately win a corner which the Blues clear well.
Halftime Thoughts - Ancelotti surely has to make some changes doesn’t he, because this.. is.. simply.. not.. working.
45+1’ - There’s the halftime whistle and somehow Everton are still level in this game. No one really knows how because we’ve been utterly awful in the first half.
43’ - Gomes finds Digne screaming down the wing, and the fullback wins the Blues their first corner of the game. Taken short, and then the Blues lose the ball.
40’ - Aina wins a freekick with Madley fooled as Doucoure didn’t even touch the Fulham player. Whipped into the box, Reed’s volley goes the wrong way and Everton survive again.
33’ - A shot finally. James finds Andre Gomes in space, and he fires off a shot from 25+ yards out, and well wide.
Seamus!! The captain breaks forward and it’s a flashback to his younger days.. fires off a left-footed shot that beats Areola and goes off the outside of the post! The captain is showing some of the same energy he did against Spurs midweek.
31’ - Fulham continue to live in the Everton half. The Blues simply have no outlets that can hold the ball up and sustain possession.
27’ - Lookman plays a lovely 1-2 and has a chance.. just wide! Everton simply are not settling into this game.
25’ - Everton win a freekick on the left after DIgne is clattered again by Tete. Swung into the box and James stretches but can’t reach it.
20’ - Fulham pressing Everton high and it pays off as the Blues give up the ball near their own box, and Reed can fire a shot that flashes wide of the post. Very poor so far, as the Blues simply can’t deal with the press, as Newcastle proved recently.
17’ - Lucas Digne clattered by Kenny Tete, but referee Andy Madley insists no foul. The Frenchman is quite unimpressed my Tete’s attempts to mollify him.
14’ - Fulham continuing to create more in the Everton half. Maybe Everton would be more awake if they had to trek to the pitch from the Portakabins for the away side at Goodison.
10’ - Oh my! Fulham corner, DeCordova Reid backheels it over Olsen and it comes back off the post!! Cleared for another corner which is taken short and Everton can clear their lines.
The Blues are yet to show up here, Ancelotti will be frustrated. I know I am!
9’ - Needless freekick conceded in their own half by the Blues. Deep into the box, Olsen comes out to punch and gets it straight to Josh Maja who volleys it way over. Yikes, just when we complimented the Swede.
7’ - Chance for Fulham! That high line we’ve been expecting with Mason Holgate and Ben Godfrey in the middle is being tested as Reuben Loftus-Cheek gets behind the backline 1-on-1 on a high ball, but Robin Olsen does very well to save. The offside flag comes up anyway, but good job by Olsen there and an early warning for the Blues.
3’ - All Fulham so far as Everton haven’t really gotten hold of the ball quite yet.
1’ - Underway at Goodison, and the question is how are we going to line up, but even more importantly, can we show up today with the same intensity as the last couple of games?
Allan is back in the squad, King on the bench.
Everton are back in action again today after two thrilling games, a last-minute draw snatched at Old Trafford last weekend against Manchester United and then a back-and-forth affair that saw them triumph over Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup midweek. Visitors Fulham have had a tough go of it after getting promoted back to the Premier League, and have been unable to break out of the drop zone, ten points adrift of Newcastle a spot ahead of them.
With Dominic Calvert-Lewin injured and unavailable today, Carlo Ancelotti will look to Joshua King to slot into the front three, along with James Rodriguez expected to return from his own injury and back-in-form Richarlison who grabbed a snappy brace against Spurs on Wednesday.
The Toffees have games in hand over all the teams around them in the table, but will need to start converting them into points if they are to sustain their European hopes this season. Ancelotti will be particularly aware of the letdown performances he’s seen from his side when playing down to weaker opposition, with the 2-0 loss to the Magpies still fresh in the fans’ minds.
Competition: Premier League Matchday 22
Date and start time: Sunday, February 14th at 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m ET / 7:00 p.m. BST
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Olsen; Coleman, Godfrey, Holgate, Digne; Doucoure, Gomes, Davies; Richarlison, Sigurdsson, Rodriguez
Subs: Virginia, Keane, Allan, King, Mina, Iwobi, Nkounkou, Bernard, Onyango
Areola, Tete, Andersen(c), Adarabioyo, Aina, Reed, Lemina, De Cordova-Reid, Loftus-Cheek, Lookman, Maja
Subs: Kongolo, Onomah, Odoi, Zambo Anguissa, Rodák, Ream, Cavaleiro, Robinson, Hector
The Blues had traveled to Craven Cottage earlier this season and got off to a flying start with Calvert-Lewin netting after just a minute. However Fuham continued to pose a threat with pace and passing, and evened the score before the Toffees then stretched their lead to 3-1 with Calvert-Lewin grabbing another and Abdoulaye Doucoure getting his first goal for Everton as well. Another Cottagers goal late on made things interesting but the visitors held on for the win.
The last time Fulham came to Goodison was in the 2018-19 season when Marco Silva was still in charge, with a Gylfi Sigurdsson brace and a rare Cenk Tosun goal accounting for a 3-0 win.