KENYA BROWN - Monday, April 15, 2019
Tim Ream and Fulham came away with the shutout win over Everton as the already relegated team look to end their return to the Premier League on a positive note.
Fulham 2-0 Everton
Goals from Tom Cairney and Ryan Babel were enough to see Fulham take all three points as they defeated Everton at Craven Cottage.
Tim Ream was in the starting lineup for the Cottagers playing the entire 90 minutes as they snapped their nine-game losing run.
After a scoreless first half, in which both teams had good chances, it would be the host who found the goals that secured them the win in the end.
Cairney broke the deadlock just 30 seconds into the restart when Babel dribbled the ball into the area before laying it off to the Scottish midfielder near the top of the area, as he struck a powerful low shot past Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Both teams continued to push for goals, but Fulham would go on to double their lead in the 69th minute.
Maxime Le Marchand would break up an Everton attack and send the ball towards Aleksandar Mitrovic at midfield. The Serbian forward would then pass the ball onto Babel, and the Dutchman sprinted towards the area before chipping the ball over Pickford and into the back of the net.
It was a good performance by the Cottagers as it lifted a bit of gloom of what can be deemed as a disappointing return to the top flight.
Fulham sits in 19th place in the standings with 20 points.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, DeAndre Yedlin had a spot on the bench as Newcastle United just need three more points to guarantee their Premier League status for next season after their 1-0 win over Leicester City.
In the Championship, Eric Lichaj started for Hull City as their pursuit of a spot in the promotion playoffs took a dent after their 1-0 loss to Middlesbrough.
Cameron Carter-Vickers started for Swansea City as they shutout by Queens Park Rangers in a 4-0 defeat.
Matt Miazga started for Reading as they continued their push away from the relegation zone with a 2-1 win over Brentford.
Antonee Robinson started for Wigan Athletic as they allowed a late goal to share the points with leaders Norwich City in their 1-1 tie.
Duane Holmes did not dress for Derby County as he suffered a quad injury, but the Rams did fine without him as they blanked struggling Bolton Wanderers in a 4-0 win to keep them in contention for a promotion playoff spot.