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Unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by Stanislav Manolev results in a free kick. Stanislav Manolev receives a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Philippe Senderos on Victor Anichebe. Leighton Baines takes the free kick.
Shot from just outside the area by Urby Emanuelson goes over the bar.
Steven Pienaar concedes a free kick for a foul on Eyong Enoh. Direct free kick taken by Eyong Enoh.
Corner taken right-footed by Steven Pienaar.
Ross Barkley takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
Stanislav Manolev gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Mirallas. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
Kevin Mirallas is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Philippe Senderos.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Urby Emanuelson by Leon Osman. The referee cautions Leon Osman for unsporting behaviour. Mladen Petric produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Mirallas on Mladen Petric. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Damien Duff from right wing.
Marouane Fellaini conjures a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Alex Kacaniklic concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Osman. Phil Jagielka takes the direct free kick.
Stanislav Manolev concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Mirallas. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
Victor Anichebe is ruled offside. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Kevin Mirallas from the left by-line.
Shot from just outside the box by Ross Barkley misses to the right of the goal.
Kevin Mirallas takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer. Marouane Fellaini produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target. Hugo Rodallega joins the action as a substitute, replacing Giorgos Karagounis.
Eyong Enoh concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Pienaar. Free kick crossed by Kevin Mirallas, Philippe Senderos manages to make a clearance.
Giorgos Karagounis concedes a free kick for a foul on Leighton Baines. Direct free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
Leon Osman concedes a free kick for a foul on Bryan Ruiz. Direct free kick taken by Giorgos Karagounis.
Kevin Mirallas decides to take the corner short.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman by Urby Emanuelson. Urby Emanuelson booked. Leighton Baines crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Mark Schwarzer. Leon Osman takes a shot. Blocked by Philippe Senderos. Short corner worked by Kevin Mirallas.
The referee blows for offside against Kevin Mirallas. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer. Free kick awarded for a foul by Victor Anichebe on Philippe Senderos. Philippe Senderos takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Leighton Baines, clearance by Brede Hangeland.
(Everton) makes a substitution, with Ross Barkley coming on for Nikica Jelavic.
Nikica Jelavic produces a cross, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Damien Duff, Sylvain Distin makes a clearance.
Leon Osman challenges Alex Kacaniklic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Urby Emanuelson.
The referee blows for offside against Damien Duff. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Howard.
Bryan Ruiz is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Marouane Fellaini.
Leighton Baines takes a inswinging corner to the near post.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman by Urby Emanuelson. Leighton Baines crosses the ball in from the free kick, Bryan Ruiz manages to make a clearance.
Damien Duff on for Kieran Richardson.
Effort from the edge of the box by Urby Emanuelson goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Steven Pienaar takes a deflected shot. Blocked by Giorgos Karagounis. Mladen Petric challenges Sylvain Distin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phil Jagielka takes the direct free kick.
The ball is swung over by Seamus Coleman.
Unfair challenge on Alex Kacaniklic by Leon Osman results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Giorgos Karagounis, clearance by Phil Jagielka.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kevin Mirallas from the left by-line to the near post, Mladen Petric makes a clearance.
Corner from left by-line taken by Giorgos Karagounis.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Giorgos Karagounis on Steven Pienaar. Leighton Baines takes the direct free kick.
Drilled right-footed shot by Victor Anichebe. Mark Schwarzer makes a comfortable save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bryan Ruiz by Marouane Fellaini. Free kick taken by Bryan Ruiz.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Giorgos Karagounis on Steven Pienaar. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Kieran Richardson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Alex Kacaniklic is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Tim Howard.
Marouane Fellaini takes a shot.
Philippe Senderos concedes a free kick for a foul on Seamus Coleman. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
Alex Kacaniklic takes a shot. Seamus Coleman gets a block in. Corner taken by Urby Emanuelson from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Victor Anichebe.
Effort from the edge of the area by Nikica Jelavic goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Marouane Fellaini produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
Mladen Petric gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sylvain Distin. Leighton Baines takes the free kick.
Victor Anichebe produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
Steven Pienaar fouled by Eyong Enoh, the ref awards a free kick. The referee shows Eyong Enoh a yellow card. Mladen Petric is brought on as a substitute for Dimitar Berbatov. Strike comes in from Kevin Mirallas from the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Alex Kacaniklic, clearance by Phil Jagielka.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eyong Enoh by Leon Osman. Direct free kick taken by Urby Emanuelson.
Dimitar Berbatov is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tim Howard takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Kacaniklic by Leon Osman. Giorgos Karagounis restarts play with the free kick.
Marouane Fellaini delivers the ball, clearance by Philippe Senderos.
Victor Anichebe has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
The ball is delivered by Leighton Baines.
The ball is crossed by Kevin Mirallas, Eyong Enoh manages to make a clearance.
Alex Kacaniklic sends in a cross, Tim Howard makes a comfortable save.
Drilled right-footed shot by Giorgos Karagounis. Blocked by Steven Pienaar.
Steven Pienaar finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 1-0 Fulham.Assist on the goal came from Seamus Coleman.
Kevin Mirallas is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.
Kevin Mirallas concedes a free kick for a foul on Giorgos Karagounis. Giorgos Karagounis takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marouane Fellaini on Alex Kacaniklic. Brede Hangeland takes the direct free kick.
The official flags Dimitar Berbatov offside. Phil Jagielka takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Brede Hangeland on Victor Anichebe. Leighton Baines crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Mark Schwarzer.
Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Blocked by Philippe Senderos. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Kevin Mirallas, Marouane Fellaini takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer gets a block in.
Effort from outside the box by Victor Anichebe goes wide right of the target.
Fergie is the benchmark - Moyes
Everton manager David Moyes believes Manchester United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson remains the benchmark by which everyone should be judged - and why the top four has become more difficult to break into.
The Red Devils boss celebrated winning his 13th Premier League title after beating Aston Villa on Monday and despite being 71 shows no signs of slowing up.
Moyes feels his fellow Scot's hunger for trophies has raised the standard in the top flight - and made Everton's job of securing Champions League football even more difficult.
"It is an inspiration he keeps going, he doesn't show any signs of his health causing any problems," said the Everton boss.
"The world we live in now means people are having to work longer so why shouldn't it be football managers as well?
"People in this world are fitter and more healthy and Sir Alex certainly is so we all have to follow his lead and try to keep him up with him.
"Will I be able to? I don't know. Sir Alex might be a one-off.
"He has a battery which goes and goes by the look of it. I am not sure I could go that long."
The influx of money into clubs like Manchester City and Chelsea - trying to break United's dominance - has also undoubtedly made Moyes' job of finishing in the top four more difficult.
But the Scot is trying to keep everything in perspective and while their Champions League dreams were effectively ended by defeat at Sunderland last weekend as they are only six points adrift off fourth-placed Chelsea, who have a match in hand.
However, they are eight points better off than at this stage last season and already have the same tally with which they finished that campaign.
The target, however, is to find a way to replicate their only Champions League qualification of 2005.
"I don't know what it tells you about the Premier League but it tells me I have four games to get some more points," said Moyes, whose side face Fulham at Goodison Park - a ground at which the Cottagers have lost 12 and drawn one of their previous 13 visits.
"Progress is very important and we have to try to keep making progress.
"The year we qualified for the Champions League we had 61 points and we are only five points off that.
"Does that show you the Premier League has got harder, the teams at the top have got better?
"I am guessing it will be somewhere between 68 and 70 points to qualify this year so the bar has been raised all around.
"There are a lot of Evertonians wonder why Everton are not making the Champions League and Europa League - hopefully that is there to see."
Moyes is hopeful defender Phil Jagielka and midfielder Darron Gibson will be fit for the game.
Jagielka missed last weekend's defeat at Sunderland after aggravating an ankle problem while Gibson was substituted at half-time, although Moyes said his injury was not related to his long-term thigh problem.
Forward Victor Anichebe should be fit after complaining of a tight hamstring last week.
Meanwhile, on-loan defender Urby Emanuelson intends to make the most of Fulham's final four games of the season.
The AC Milan player has slowly produced some consistent displays for the Cottagers following his January transfer, to force his way into Martin Jol's starting XI.
With Fulham now safe from relegation ahead of the trip to Goodison, Dutchman Emanuelson, 26, hopes to continue to enjoy a run in the team before a decision is made on his long-term future.
"I am enjoying it here. London is a nice city and Fulham is a great football club - it is very warm, everybody is positive, everyone has helped me a lot," Emanuelson said on the club's official website, www.fulhamfc.com.
"Now I am finding my way, I am starting the matches so I am happy here and hopefully I can go on in the last four games of the season.
"I would like to get a goal and end the season on a good note and then we will see what happens in the summer.
"I just want to perform well and show everyone at Fulham my qualities.
"It is good to play here and it is a nice team. Also, the stadium and the fans are fantastic, so I just want to show them my quality."
The Cottagers expect to have winger Damien Duff back from a thigh injury.
Steve Sidwell begins the first of a four-match ban following his red card against Arsenal last weekend, while fellow midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong will be available having missed out against his parent club.
Defender Sascha Riether (ankle) is doubtful. Midfielders Mahamadou Diarra (knee), Ashkan Dejagah (ankle) and Simon Davies (hip) are sidelined.
Everton 1-0 Fulham: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.
Pienaar punishes Cottagers
Steven Pienaar scored the only goal as Everton's bid for European football received a timely boost thanks to a submissive Fulham side and rivals Tottenham being held to a draw at Wigan.
Pienaar pounced early in a first half notable only for the lack of effort put in by the visitors, who with mid-table safety assured rarely looked interested.
The match struggled to rise above mediocrity for long periods but that will not have bothered Toffees boss David Moyes who, after last week's loss at Sunderland, will be urging on his squad for one final push.
Everton began the day six points off fourth-placed Chelsea and although they closed that to three the Stamford Bridge side have a match in hand.
Significantly, however, fifth-placed Spurs drew at Wigan meaning their cushion over the Merseysiders is now only three points.
Fulham had lost their previous 19 league visits to Goodison Park and the way they played the first half suggested they knew it was a fruitless exercise.
Their travelling support certainly thought so as only a couple of hundred made the trip north.
Marouane Fellaini's early header was saved by goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer before they took a 16th-minute leader, having assumed control of the game without so much as a word of objection from the visitors.
The Toffees had enjoyed plenty of penetration down the right and it was no surprise when Kevin Mirallas and Leon Osman combined to play in Seamus Coleman close to the byline for him to cut the ball back to the penalty spot where Pienaar ran in unchallenged to side-foot home.
Since his return to the club from Tottenham the South African has scored 10 goals in 46 league matches, having managed nine in 104 during his first spell.
The 31-year-old's contribution this season to 11 league goals - six for himself and five assists - is also his best top-flight return.
Victor Anichebe looped a long-range header wide as the Cottagers showed about as much intent as the empty crisp packet which blew across the pitch midway through the half.
The unkind observer would have said Dimitar Berbatov's exit on the half-hour suggested he had seen enough but in fairness his replacement by Mladen Petric was most likely due to injury.
Fellaini had Everton's two best chances before half-time, curling one effort wide after neat interplay by Pienaar and Nikica Jelavic, before team-mate Anichebe blocked his goalbound effort.
In between those Jelavic, a shadow of his prolific self of 12 months ago, could not decide whether to shoot or cross to Anichebe having been sent clear by Coleman and ultimately screwed the ball across goal and embarrassingly out for a throw-in.
Fulham's first chance came just before the break when Kieran Richardson's cross rolled just out of the reach of Petric at the far post.
They improved in the second half, although it would have been a surprise if they had not, but Urby Emanuelson should have hit the target from Alex Kacaniklic's cross 10 minutes after the interval.
Mirallas' tumble in the area had the Belgium international appealing for a penalty but despite contact from Stanislav Manolev the Everton forward was already falling over.
The Belgian's next intervention was brilliant, however, flicking it over Manolev before hitting a volley which Schwarzer palmed away.
Anichebe then looped a header just wide of the far post as Everton finally regained the dominance they had enjoyed in the first half.
Fellaini would have wrapped up victory five minutes from time but somehow bundled over Leighton Baines' cross from close range while substitute Ross Barkley forced a good save from Schwarzer when put clean through in added time.
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