Saturday November 3, 2012 Day 10 Finished Craven Cottage

Fulham 2 - 2 Everton

  • Ruiz 7’
  • Sidwell 90’
  • Fellaini 55’, 72’

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  1. Premier League - Last-gasp Sidwell earns Fulham draw with Everton

    Premier League - Last-gasp Sidwell earns Fulham draw with Everton

    A last-minute equaliser by Steve Sidwell gave Fulham a 2-2 draw at home to Everton in a match that the visiting side should have won. More

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    Time:90'
    • Fulham
    • Everton
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    • - Well what a game that was! Let me know what you thought about that match on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport, another draw for Everton - four in a row now - in a match they should have won. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 90+4 Baines to take this corner from the right... Bodies everywhere as Schwarzer clears with a punch... Everton come again but Baines runs it out for a goal kick, the final whistle goes, a thrilling 2-2 draw. Phew!
    • 90+3 Everton have had 26 attempts to Fulham's eight, 15 on target to five. Deary me. Can they snatch a winner? Corner as a Baines cross is headed behind by Duff as Coleman flew in...
    • 90+2 Ruiz's corner is poor and as Naismith races clear Sidwell slides in to catch him. Lucky not to be booked there!
    • 90+1 Three minutes added on and Everton come forward but Osman is tackled, and here come Fulham! A long ball releases Petric and Jagielka heads behind for a corner!
    • 90' GOAL FULHAM! Steve Sidwell squeezes it in at the far post after a brilliant cross by Riether from the right! Berbatov should have scored but mis-kicked it, only for Sidwell to stay calm to finish. Coleman should have blocked him off, and it was him that gave it away initially. 2-2!!
    • 89' NAISMITH MISSES A SITTER! Fulham were carved apart again and the Scot was put clean through with Hangeland upfield, but a low weak shot is well stopped by Schwarzer.
    • 88' Berbatov gets in down the right after good play by Sidwell, but Jagielka sticks to him like a rash and the Bulgarian's cross flies out.
    • 87' The corner almost lands for another Fellaini volley but Fulham clear. Baines has a dig from range but well wide.
    • 86' Naismith on the right pings a rising cross THAT FELLAINI VOLLEYS BRILLIANTLY but Schwarzer is equal to it with a fine save!
    • 85' Ruiz's ball causes more problems than it should as it ricochets about, but the final touch kills its pace and it just trickles to a grateful Howard.
    • 84' Booking for Osman as Fulham have a free-kick on the right...
    • 83' Berbatov gave it away to Osman, who fed Fellaini. His shot hit Hangeland, spun past the keeper Schwarzer and hit the post. Naismith should have scored but he just prodded it towards goal, where Baird stood strong to clear.
    • 82' FELLAINI HITS THE POST! And the rebound falls to Naismith but it's kicked off the line by Baird!
    • 80' EVERTON SUB: Mirallas comes off after another fine game on the right, with Naismith replacing him.
    • 78' Hangeland heads just over as a super cross from Riether finds him on the penalty spot. Why's he up there?
    • 77' Mirallas is a dribbler of the old school and he almost sends Fellaini through after a mazy run, just overhitting the ball and Schwarzer claims.
    • 76' Baines to take this free-kick from the right... Osman meets it with a flying header but he sends it well wide.
    • 75' FULHAM SUB: The loss of Kacaniklic is compensated for as Diarra is replaced by striker Petric.
    • 74' Baird is now playing left-back and he chops down Pienaar to earn himself a booking.
    • 73' FULHAM SUB: Sidwell replaced Kacaniklic just before that goal. Not looking a great move now.
    • 72' I can't see a way back for Fulham now. Fellaini is a monster, he gobbled up that long ball, shrugged Hughes off like he was an inconventient itch, and finished beautifully. One of the best players in the division.
    • 71' GOAL EVERTON! Fellaini again as he controls a high ball superbly and strokes a lovely finish past Schwarzer after shaking off Hughes. 2-1.
    • 69' Here come Everton again as Pienaar releases Mirallas, acres of space as Duff cannot do this left-back thing, but the low ball is just behimnd Jelavic and Dejagah hacks clear!
    • 68' Osman blasts high and wide but it should have been more as Everton carved Fulham apart once more, Mirallas an absolute animal down the right, Fellaini should have converted the cross but was only able to stand it up for Osman.
    • 67' Mirallas blasts a rising drive across goal but wide after a wonderful backheel from Baines played him in! Fantastic stuff from Everton!
    • 66' Good challenge from Duff to prevent Coleman finding Jelavic from the right. Both sides going for it but Everton looking the more likely.
    • 65' Brilliant tackle by Riether! Jelavic was sent clean through by a wonderful Fellaini pass but what an interception!
    • 64' Dejagah releases Berbatov down the right but it skips away from him. Duff is playing left-back now.
    • 63' GREAT INTERVENTION SCHWARZER! Mirallas again racing away down the right and a vicious low cross that both Pienaar and Fellaini attack, but a big hand from the Aussie got it away!
    • 62' Pienaar has a shot from range but side netting for the South African as he tried to beat Schwarzer at the near post.
    • 62' Mirallas is fouled by Diarra who is booked for the cynical chop.
    • 61' Dejagah with a fine ball across for Berbatov, but Neville tackles the Bulgarian to bring it clear. Anybody's game now.
    • 60' Diarra is caught dithering on the ball, and Jelavic is in but his attempt to find Mirallas is blocked by a covering Duff. Corner. Jelavic meets the corner with a header but Hangeland clears.
    • 59' FULHAM SUB: Riise, who has been booked and looked scared during the goal, is replaced by Dejagah.
    • 58' GREAT SAVE HOWARD! Lovely diagonal run and turn from Berbatov to control a through-ball and smash a fantastic drive towards the top left. Howard equal to it.
    • 57' Coleman and Mirallas combine again as Everton look to get ahead. But Fulham break and Duff has it on the right, winning a corner off Baines.
    • 56' Hard to begrudge Everton that goal, they had dominated the match. Ironic that it should come during Fulham's best spell!
    • 55' GOAL EVERTON! Fellaini rifles the ball into the top right after a fine run and cross from Mirallas, having been set free by Coleman. Riise was caiught backtracking there.
    • 54' Hangeland hooks it clear as Fellaini crosses in for Jelavic. Everton may need a chance here - Jelavic has not had a good game.
    • 53' Berbatov almost spins Heitinga but the Dutchman just about gets a challenge in and Everton clea.
    • 52' Ruiz tries a spectacular volley but it strikes Osman on the back! That came from a great Kacaniklic run down the left, Berbatov initially unable to finish. Much better from the Whites.
    • 51' Fulham do have a corner but Everton clear. Jagielka brings it clear but Ruiz tackles him before going on a driving run, but a heavy touch under pressure sees Howard smother it.
    • 50' Riether combines with Duff on the right as Fulham look to build a rare possession-led attack. Now it's switched to Kacaniklic, who does really well to find Riise WHO DRILLS ACROSS A WICKED LOW BALL THAT EVERYONE MISSES! Berbatov as about two yards behind it, Ruiz nowhere. Needed Petric in there.
    • 49' Fellaini gives it away but chases Duff back - only to clumsily bring down the Irishman.
    • 48' BIG MISS AGAIN EVERTON! This time Jagielka attacks a driven cross, flicking it on and Fellaini free at the far post but lazily sticking out a boot and missing it!
    • 47' Osman and Pienaar have successive efforts blocked by Hangeland and Ruiz as Everton pick up where thet left off.
    • 46' The second half is underway in West London. Everton kicking things off.
    • - Any chat after that bizarre half of football, Tweet me on @Reda_Eurosport. I don't really understand how Everton are behind. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • - STATS - Everton have had a whopping 65% possession and 13 attempts, while Fulham have only had four attempts but lead 1-0.
    • 45+2 Half-time, Fulham lead 1-0 through what has been credited as a Tim Howard own-goal after Bryan Ruiz'z free-kick came off the inside of the post and hit the Everton keeper on its way in.
    • 45+1 Fulham's fans roar their disapproval as Kacaniklic is said to have got the last touch after Coleman's challenge.
    • 45' One minute added time.
    • 44' Bad miss from Jelavic after Fulham for once defend poorly, a suicidal back-pass from Baird after Hangeland's header dropped short, but the Croat over-hit his chipped finish well over!
    • 43' Poor corner from Mirallas, straight at Duff, who was 10 yards away despite the Belgian's protests. Quick throw from Schwarzer now but Duff fouls Osman.
    • 42' Ruiz is down after a Heitinga challenge, but no foul. Baird has to hoof it to touch. Throw Everton on the left. Fulham initially clear their lines, Jagielka hammering one in from range, deflected and inches wide with Schwarzer stranded! Corner.
    • 41' Fantastic challenge from Riether on Fellaini after the Belgian chested down Coleman's cross and steadied the finish!
    • 40' Ruiz sends in the free-kick, half-cleared and a bit of a scramble but eventually Everton can clear.
    • 40' After that lucky escape Fulham can break and Duff takes on a retreaing Baines, who brings him down.
    • 39' Free-kick Everton on their right then - Baines swings it in and Schwarzer flies out to punch but completely misses it, and so does everyone else!
    • 38' Riise slides in late on Coleman, which earns him the first booking of the game.
    • 37' Coleman runs at Riise, weaving in and out of his opposite number, before curling a low shot on goal that Schwarzer does well to hold with Jelavic lurking.
    • 36' A rare lapse in control for Berbatov after he tried to glide away from Jagielka.
    • 35' Fellaini threads it through to Jelavic, but Hangeland read the danger to come across to the right and clear from the Croat. Now Baines with a one-two off Pienaar, the left-back swings over a fine cross and Jelavic meets it far post but he heads it into the ground and well wide.
    • 34' Pienaar is penalised for a foul on the left wing, and another Everton move stalls. They have piled on the pressure but, to be fair, Fulham have defended well.
    • 33' Dangerous Baines corner that Berbatov just about scambles clear before Jagielka tries a long shot that flies well wide.
    • 32' Great covering block from Diarra as Everton carved Fulham apart there, Osman and Coleman combining. But Fulham - and Riether in particular - go to sleep, allowing Fellaini in, but his shot is blocked for a corner.
    • 31' Surely a handball from Fellaini when he controlled it there? The ref says no so Everton keep the ball as Mirallas swings in a driven diagonal ball to Jelavic, but the pace is too much for his first touch to kill it.
    • 30' Everton have a coner as Baines runs at Riether, who slides in strongly. Good punch from Schwarzer under pressure.
    • 29' Brilliant cross from Coleman that Jelavic just fails to meet with the header, it ricochets around the box AND FELLAINI MUST SCORE but he can't get the shot away, as surprised as anyone it reached him.
    • 28' Ruiz hits one almost embarassingly wide. We'll give him that. He had a lot of space to work a shot and it should have been better.
    • 27' The corner flashes across the face of goal but Everton clear and they can counter here - but Pienaar can't find Fellaini on the break and it's a Fulham throw.
    • 26' Baines sends the corner near post again and Baird pumps it clear. Mirallas on the left now but Ruiz tackles him and runs away down the right, now inside to the middle as he waits for support. Duff and Kacaniklic combine and the former whips over a cross that Jagielka heads behind for a corner.
    • 25' Berbatov is up and jogs back to his box as Everton have a corner, which he will defend at the near post.
    • 24' Fulham counter attack after a long spell of Everton possession but Neville flies in on Berbatov, winning the ball says the ref.
    • 23' Hangeland with a thumping header to beat Fellaini to the ball. That should be a fun battle.
    • 22' Everton passing it around, suspiciously unlike Stoke, maybe they could do with a few route-one balls, that's what did for Fulham at Reading!
    • 21' Riise with a slide tackle that stopped Jelavic running clean through. Fulham almost play themselves into trouble but they do clear before Diarra chops down Osman.
    • 20' Fulham with a good spell of possession now, having largely sat back thus far. Everton's turn to break but Jelavic overruns it and Hangeland clears.
    • 19' Baines tries to get past Duff but shoves the Irishman on the edge of his own box and Fulham have a momentum-stopping free-kick.
    • 18' Baines's corner is headed clear by Berbatov at the near post. He does a lot of uncredited defensive work. Osman, meanwhile, drills a weak shot at Schwarzer when he had Mirallas in space.
    • 17' Berbatov of all people is back defending, blocking Pienaar as Everton have a corner.
    • 16' Free-kick Fulham now after an offside. Schwarzer pumps it long, Everton come again through Coleman.
    • 15' Lovely skill from Mirallas to beat his man after popping up on the left, but Jelavic can't get his shot away and Fulham clear.
    • 14' Everton are back in possession after that scare - Fulham are looking dangerous when they do get the ball, it's just a question of when!
    • 13' Fulham counter now as Berbatov does really well to hold it up and feed Riether, now the right-back drills a low shot that Jagielka blocks, the loose ball lands for Riise but he shoots straight at Howard!
    • 12' Great cross from Pienaar this time but is just shaves Jelavic's head as Hangeland eased him off it.
    • 11' Coleman swings in an inviting cross that Jelavic rises to meet but he gets well under it and it loops into Schwarzer's arms.
    • 10' Everton still dominating possession, but Fulham seem to have adopted an unusually counter-attacking style today.
    • 9' Everton have a free-kick on the left but the high, swinging ball is easily cleared. But a return ball in from Mirallas, it lands nicely for Fellaini who is on the left-hand edge of the six-yard box but fires at Schwarzer!! Good save, but he should have scored.
    • 8' Well. Fulham have one chance and it goes in. Everton have had three or four and the keeper Schwarzer is yet to touch it.
    • 7' GOAL FULHAM! Bryan Ruiz with a superb free-kick in off the post, I think it hit Howard on its way in. Own-goal technically, but that is Ruiz's goal.
    • 6' Great play by Kacaniklic to ease away from one man and play it wide to Duff, who'd have kept that in five years ago but is pretty slow these days. Now Berbatov spins off Osman with a superb turn, wonderful skill, but he is fouled by Neville quite cynically. Should have been booked. Free-kick on the edge of the D...
    • 5' Kacaniklic wins a free-kick off Heitinga to buy the hosts some breathing space. Taken short as Fulham look to get some possession finally.
    • 4' Riether with another block as Everton switch flanks. Very good start from the visitors and they deserved a goal for the next move, Mirallas with a mazy run inside from the right, a step-over by Jelavic and Osman with a drive that is blocked. Phew!
    • 3' More good play down the right by the Toffees, with Osman having another shot from range that is blocked by Riether this time.
    • 2' A clearance from Howard goes straight out of play. Fulham a touch subdued early on.
    • 1' Mirallas picks it up on the right, a low ball for OSMAN but his first-time drive is blocked by his own man, Jelavic!
    • 1' The first half is underway at Craven Cottage.
    • 14:55 The referee today is Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire). He has only reffed three Premier League matches this season, showing eight cads in those matches, no reds.
    • 14:50 FACTS: The Toffees have won seven and lost just one of the last nine games against the Whites in all competitions. After losing the first seven Premier League meetings with Fulham in London, Everton have won two and lost just one of their last four visits there. Everton have lost just one of their last 10 Premier League road trips (W3 D6 L1).
    • 14:45 FACTS: Fulham have won six and lost just one of their last eight Premier League home games. The Whites have kept three clean sheets in their last four league outings at Craven Cottage. Fulham’s goal difference of +8 at home is the best in the league.
    • 14:40 David Moyes: "Your style is whatever suits yourself. Neutrals who have watched Everton would say our style is exciting and entertaining; you are seeing chances and goals. More importantly, if you ask any Evertonian what they think they would all say we've played very well. And even more importantly if you ask the manager how it has gone I would tell you Everton have played really well, passed it well."
    • 14:40 Martin Jol: “I think we should have had credit last year as we did the same as Everton and we almost did the same until two or three games before the end. We lost our best players and we changed the midfield to a different style but we still like to play our style. Even with Chris Baird who was not a midfield player all the time. Dembele was more like a forward player. Sometimes it’s a necessity to change things to go my way.”
    • 14:35 What do you make of those odds? Any predictions? Let me know what you think on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport. Certainly no real surprises other than Fulham's Kacaniklic getting a start, with Everton putting out their strongets XI and both sides with forward-heavy benches. I'm going for a 2-2 draw. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 14:30 Match odds from William Hill: Fulham 7/4, draw 2/1, Everton 7/4. Wonderfully symmetrical, with Everton's previous odds of 6/4 lengthened in favour of the draw as the bookies and punters decide this is too close to call.
    • 14:25 Good news for Everton is that Kevin Mirallas starts after his ankle injury in the Mersey derby. Darron Gibson is still out, while Everton have four forwards on the bench.
    • 14:25 Fulham have managed to get Chris Baird back fit after he was injured while scoring against Reading last time out. Simon Davies has a hip problem still while Kacaniklic comes in for Richardson, who is out of the squad entirely after falling sick. Bryan Ruiz was brilliant from the bench in that 3-3 draw and he replaced Rodallega alongside Berbatov.
    • 14:20 TEAMS - Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Duff, Baird, Diarra, Kacaniklic, Ruiz, Berbatov; Subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Karagounis, Sidwell, Dejagah, Petric, Rodallega /// Everton: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Heitinga, Neville, Pienaar, Mirallas, Fellaini, Osman, Jelavic; Subs: Mucha, Distin, Hitzlsperger, Oviedo, Naismith, Gueye, Anichebe
    • 14:15 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Premier League clash between Fulham and Everton at Craven Cottage, kicking off at 3pm UK time.
  • Summary

    • 90' GOAL FULHAM! Steve Sidwell squeezes it in at the far post after a brilliant cross by Riether from the right! Berbatov should have scored but mis-kicked it, only for Sidwell to stay calm to finish. Coleman should have blocked him off, and it was him that gave it away initially. 2-2!!
    • 89' NAISMITH MISSES A SITTER! Fulham were carved apart again and the Scot was put clean through with Hangeland upfield, but a low weak shot is well stopped by Schwarzer.
    • 86' Naismith on the right pings a rising cross THAT FELLAINI VOLLEYS BRILLIANTLY but Schwarzer is equal to it with a fine save!
    • 82' FELLAINI HITS THE POST! And the rebound falls to Naismith but it's kicked off the line by Baird!
    • 78' Hangeland heads just over as a super cross from Riether finds him on the penalty spot. Why's he up there?
    • 71' GOAL EVERTON! Fellaini again as he controls a high ball superbly and strokes a lovely finish past Schwarzer after shaking off Hughes. 2-1.
    • 67' Mirallas blasts a rising drive across goal but wide after a wonderful backheel from Baines played him in! Fantastic stuff from Everton!
    • 65' Brilliant tackle by Riether! Jelavic was sent clean through by a wonderful Fellaini pass but what an interception!
    • 63' GREAT INTERVENTION SCHWARZER! Mirallas again racing away down the right and a vicious low cross that both Pienaar and Fellaini attack, but a big hand from the Aussie got it away!
    • 58' GREAT SAVE HOWARD! Lovely diagonal run and turn from Berbatov to control a through-ball and smash a fantastic drive towards the top left. Howard equal to it.
    • 55' GOAL EVERTON! Fellaini rifles the ball into the top right after a fine run and cross from Mirallas, having been set free by Coleman. Riise was caiught backtracking there.
    • 50' Riether combines with Duff on the right as Fulham look to build a rare possession-led attack. Now it's switched to Kacaniklic, who does really well to find Riise WHO DRILLS ACROSS A WICKED LOW BALL THAT EVERYONE MISSES! Berbatov as about two yards behind it, Ruiz nowhere. Needed Petric in there.
    • 48' BIG MISS AGAIN EVERTON! This time Jagielka attacks a driven cross, flicking it on and Fellaini free at the far post but lazily sticking out a boot and missing it!
    • 44' Bad miss from Jelavic after Fulham for once defend poorly, a suicidal back-pass from Baird after Hangeland's header dropped short, but the Croat over-hit his chipped finish well over!
    • 42' Ruiz is down after a Heitinga challenge, but no foul. Baird has to hoof it to touch. Throw Everton on the left. Fulham initially clear their lines, Jagielka hammering one in from range, deflected and inches wide with Schwarzer stranded! Corner.
    • 41' Fantastic challenge from Riether on Fellaini after the Belgian chested down Coleman's cross and steadied the finish!
    • 39' Free-kick Everton on their right then - Baines swings it in and Schwarzer flies out to punch but completely misses it, and so does everyone else!
    • 37' Coleman runs at Riise, weaving in and out of his opposite number, before curling a low shot on goal that Schwarzer does well to hold with Jelavic lurking.
    • 35' Fellaini threads it through to Jelavic, but Hangeland read the danger to come across to the right and clear from the Croat. Now Baines with a one-two off Pienaar, the left-back swings over a fine cross and Jelavic meets it far post but he heads it into the ground and well wide.
    • 29' Brilliant cross from Coleman that Jelavic just fails to meet with the header, it ricochets around the box AND FELLAINI MUST SCORE but he can't get the shot away, as surprised as anyone it reached him.
    • 13' Fulham counter now as Berbatov does really well to hold it up and feed Riether, now the right-back drills a low shot that Jagielka blocks, the loose ball lands for Riise but he shoots straight at Howard!
    • 9' Everton have a free-kick on the left but the high, swinging ball is easily cleared. But a return ball in from Mirallas, it lands nicely for Fellaini who is on the left-hand edge of the six-yard box but fires at Schwarzer!! Good save, but he should have scored.
    • 7' GOAL FULHAM! Bryan Ruiz with a superb free-kick in off the post, I think it hit Howard on its way in. Own-goal technically, but that is Ruiz's goal.
    • 4' Riether with another block as Everton switch flanks. Very good start from the visitors and they deserved a goal for the next move, Mirallas with a mazy run inside from the right, a step-over by Jelavic and Osman with a drive that is blocked. Phew!
    • 1' Mirallas picks it up on the right, a low ball for OSMAN but his first-time drive is blocked by his own man, Jelavic!
    • 14:20 TEAMS - Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Duff, Baird, Diarra, Kacaniklic, Ruiz, Berbatov; Subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Karagounis, Sidwell, Dejagah, Petric, Rodallega /// Everton: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Heitinga, Neville, Pienaar, Mirallas, Fellaini, Osman, Jelavic; Subs: Mucha, Distin, Hitzlsperger, Oviedo, Naismith, Gueye, Anichebe
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