Everton’s hopes of Premier League survival suffered a blow, as they were beaten by Fulham at Goodison Park. Harrison Reed put the visitors ahead midway through the first half with a composed finish after Harry Wilson’s curling shot had come back off the post.
The home side responded well though, levelling through Dwight McNeil’s low drive 13 minutes later and ending the half in the ascendancy.
Sean Dyche’s team began the second half quickly, too, but Fulham went ahead against the run of play on 51 minutes as Willian picked out Wilson with a lovely cushioned pass and the former Liverpool winger confidently found the corner.
Stunned by the goal, Everton lost their way and Daniel James extended Fulham’s lead after 68 minutes, racing onto Kenny Tete’s long ball and slotting past Jordan Pickford in the home goal.
Fulham could have scored more before Everton belatedly – and briefly – stirred again and attempted to rally late on.
However, Marco Silva’s side held on comfortably to end a run of five successive defeats and leave Everton in 17th, above the drop zone only on goal difference.
Since Dyche’s appointment, it is Everton’s home form that has given them hope in their battle against relegation with wins over Arsenal, Leeds and Brentford as well as a last-gasp draw against Tottenham.
Erling Haaland scored twice in the first half, as Manchester City over ran Leicester City 3-1 to reduce the points behind Arsenal to three on the league table.