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Everton 1-0 Fulham

Everton 1-0 Fulham

Fulham were unfortunate to lose to Everton at Goodison Park in the early afternoon kick off today, and twice Fulham were denied by the woodwork, once through Zoltan Gera and again from Bobby Zamora. It took until the 86th minute for the deadlock to be broken, through former Cottagers striker Louis Saha.

Fulham will be making the long journey back to London wondering how on earth they didn't get anything out of this game, as Everton picked up their first home victory of the season and start their climb up the Premiership table.

Roy Hodgson's men were arguably the better team throughout, and the veteran coach will feel typically hard done by as he watched his side dominate Everton for most of the game.

Everton struggled to break down a resilient Fulham defence in the first half, and Fellaini and Arteta struggled to find that killer ball for Yakubu up front.

Goalless in the first half, Fulham enjoyed the lion's share of the chances as Brede Hangeland had a good opportunity to open the scoring as he headed into the palms of Tim Howard.

Fellaini had an opportunity to score as he shot from 15 yards, but Mark Schwarzer covered well at his right post.

Zoltan Gera really should've broken the deadlock in the second half, as a lovely lofted ball into the box gave the Hungarian plenty of time, but he headed the ball against the bar as Tim Howard in the Everton goal looked stranded.

Again Fulham hit the woodwork later as Bobby Zamora and Jimmy Bullard linked well, but the ball trickled across the goal to hit the post and somehow stayed out of the net; as Joleon Lescott booted the ball away to safety.

The game looked to be heading for a bore 0-0 draw, until substitute for Fellaini, Louis Saha, rose highest to head the ball home firmly past Mark Schwarzer.

Three minutes of injury time remained with no threat from the Cotagers, and therefore three important points for David Moyes' Everton.