Fulham 0-0 Everton: Jordan Pickford helps visitors earn point at Craven Cottage

Fulham 0-0 Everton: Jordan Pickford helps visitors earn point at Craven Cottage

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Fulham 0-0 Everton: Jordan Pickford helps visitors earn point at Craven Cottage


Jordan Pickford saves from William
Jordan Pickford produced a string of fine saves to keep out Fulham, who were the fourth highest scorers in the Premier League with 22 goals going into this round of fixtures

Fulham extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to four matches but had to be content with just a point following another inspired display by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

England’s number one pulled off a string of fine saves to earn the visitors a fourth clean sheet of the season.

Fulham’s top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic, who escaped with just a yellow card following a strong first-half challenge on Idrissa Gueye, was unable to add to his nine goals after having two efforts turned away.

But Everton manager Frank Lampard believes the Serbia striker was lucky to stay on the pitch: “It was a red card for Mitrovic, I have nothing against him but he knew, he put his arm up straight away. VAR is there to deal with these things.”

Willian also went close for Fulham on his 265th appearance in the Premier League, the most for any Brazilian in the English top flight.

And the Cottagers were denied two unlikely penalty shouts either side of the break following checks by VAR, while Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin had an effort ruled out for a clear offside.

The point moved last season’s Championship winners into seventh place, while Everton are back up to 12th.

Free-scoring Fulham kept at bay

Only Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham had scored more than Fulham’s 22 goals in the Premier League going into this weekend’s fixtures.

Manager Marco Silva, facing Everton for the first time since being sacked by them in December 2019, says Fulham’s form is merely a continuation of the attacking philosophy put in place as they rattled in 106 goals on their way to the Championship title last season.

But Pickford proved his rightful place as England’s top stopper to keep Silva’s free-scoring side at bay.

He produced three saves in quick succession in a breathless start to the game, tipping over Willian’s shot on the turn and Mitrovic’s looping header before palming away a curling long-range effort from Harrison Reed.

Everton striker Calvert-Lewin, whose return to the side following injury was hoped would boost their tally of just 11 goals in 13 games, also helped keep Fulham out, producing a headed goalline clearance.

When Fulham did manage to breach the Everton rear-guard, Tim Ream’s free header from Andreas Pereira’s centre bounced just wide of Pickford’s far post.

There were few protests from the home side when referee John Brooks ruled out any claims for a Fulham penalty following a check of his monitor after James Tarkowski tangled with Bobby Decordova-Reid in the box.

Silva’s side remained the dominant force in the second half, with VAR again ruling out a penalty shout after Willian went down following a stretched challenge from Gueye.

The pace noticeably dropped as Everton’s own forays up-field tailed off, and in the end Fulham, for all their endeavour, had to settle for a point.

Everton’s defensive display combined with toothless attack

Mitrovic provided the game’s biggest flashpoint midway through the first half, triggering a furious reaction from the Everton manager on the touchline after his studs-up tackle connected with Gueye’s right ankle.

The Serbian claimed it was a genuine, if clumsy, attempt to win the ball, but Lampard disagreed.

“Last year our midfielder Allan got a yellow, it was upgraded to red and he got a four-game ban. It was nowhere near as forceful as that one tonight. It was a red card and we haven’t had those decisions this year,” said the Everton boss.

It was an uncharacteristic moment in what was an otherwise good-spirited match that acted as a microcosm of all that has been good and bad in the Merseysiders’ start to the season.

A resolute defensive display was undermined by a toothless attack as Lampard’s side yet again failed to fire in front of goal.

Calvert-Lewin’s third start after returning from injury looked to have given the visitors a fresh impetus in a breathless opening 10 minutes.

Top scorer Anthony Gordon’s close-range shot was blocked by Antonee Robinson and Bernd Leno tipped over Demarai Gray’s stinging drive from the edge of the box.

Gray also set up a good scoring chance for Calvert-Lewin, who just failed to connect properly with his superb low cross, while Tarkowski put a strong header straight at Leno.

But in the closing stages Lampard’s side looked to be more than happy to calm the match down and take the point, moving on to next Saturday’s visit of Leicester.

Player of the match

TarkowskiJames Tarkowski

Fulham

  1. Squad number20Player nameWillian

  2. Squad number9Player nameMitrovic

  3. Squad number18Player nameAndreas Pereira

  4. Squad number10Player nameCairney

  5. Squad number8Player nameWilson

  6. Squad number17Player nameLeno

  7. Squad number26Player nameJoão Palhinha

  8. Squad number6Player nameReed

  9. Squad number2Player nameTete

  10. Squad number33Player nameRobinson

  11. Squad number31Player nameDiop

  12. Squad number14Player nameDe Cordova-Reid

  13. Squad number7Player nameKebano

  14. Squad number13Player nameReam

Everton

  1. Squad number2Player nameTarkowski

  2. Squad number30Player nameCoady

  3. Squad number19Player nameMykolenko

  4. Squad number17Player nameIwobi

  5. Squad number1Player namePickford

  6. Squad number23Player nameColeman

  7. Squad number3Player namePatterson

  8. Squad number8Player nameOnana

  9. Squad number37Player nameGarner

  10. Squad number11Player nameGray

  11. Squad number9Player nameCalvert-Lewin

  12. Squad number27Player nameGueye

  13. Squad number7Player nameMcNeil

  14. Squad number10Player nameGordon

  15. Squad number20Player nameMaupay

Line-ups

Fulham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 17Leno
  • 14De Cordova-ReidBooked at 58minsSubstituted forTeteat 76′minutes
  • 31Diop
  • 13Ream
  • 33Robinson
  • 6Reed
  • 26João Palhinha
  • 7KebanoSubstituted forWilsonat 67′minutes
  • 18PereiraSubstituted forCairneyat 76′minutes
  • 20Willian
  • 9MitrovicBooked at 24mins

Substitutes

  • 1Rodák
  • 2Tete
  • 4Tosin
  • 5Duffy
  • 8Wilson
  • 10Cairney
  • 21James
  • 30Alves Morais
  • 38Harris

Everton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Pickford
  • 23ColemanSubstituted forPattersonat 64′minutes
  • 30Coady
  • 2Tarkowski
  • 19Mykolenko
  • 27GueyeSubstituted forGarnerat 65′minutes
  • 8OnanaBooked at 64mins
  • 10GordonSubstituted forMaupayat 86′minutes
  • 17Iwobi
  • 11GraySubstituted forMcNeilat 76′minutes
  • 9Calvert-Lewin

Substitutes

  • 3Patterson
  • 4Holgate
  • 5Keane
  • 7McNeil
  • 15Begovic
  • 16Doucouré
  • 20Maupay
  • 26Davies
  • 37Garner

Referee:
John Brooks

Attendance:
23,534

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