Summary: Everton boosted their hopes of qualifying for Europe with a slender victory over Fulham at Goodison Park.
The Toffees remain sixth in the Premier League table, five-points ahead of Merseyside rivals Liverpool, with passage to next seasons Europa League well within their sights.
A bright start saw Marouane Fellaini almost score with a header before Steven Pienaar gave the home side a 16th minute lead.
Neat build-up play from Kevin Mirallas and Leon Osman released Seamus Coleman down the right flank and his low cross was turned in by an unchallenged Pienaar.
Fulham, who’ve embarked on a four-match winless run since securing their top-flight status, posed little threat and were further hindered when leading scorer Dimitar Berbatov limped off on the half hour.
Mirallas and Fellaini had further opportunities to strengthen Everton’s lead in the second half, while teenager Ross Barkley squandered a late chance when sent clean through on goal.
David Moyes post-match…“It was harder work than it needed to be but we played well at times. At 1-0 there was always a chance they could score. I thought our football was excellent at times but we didn’t really turn that good football into goals.
Martin Jol post-match…“At the start you saw they (Everton) were eager, hungry, and they caused us some problems but it was only 1-0. In the second half we were better in possession and with a little bit more luck we could have had a point.
Good day for…Seamus Coleman: The young Irishman has really came into his own on Everton’s right flank this season and capped another promising display by providing the inch-perfect pass for Pienaar to score what turned out to be the winning goal.
Bad day for…Eyong Enoh: Found life tough in central midfield against Fellaini and failed to prevent the Toffees talisman from driving his team forward from the centre of the pitch. Taught a harsh lesson by the Belgian.