Saturday, May 23, 2009

Everton finishes season off with 2-0 defeat of Fulham

Waiting for the FA Cup final, Everton defeated Fulham in the final day of the season 2-0 to make claim for fifth in the table. Already secure in their spot of the Europa League, the match was a perfect confidence builder for next Saturday's trip to Wembley.

With young Jack Rodwell back in the starting eleven, Everton pushed Fulham back early with a series of testing advances. However Fulham, led through miracle-worker Roy Hodgson quickly got its footing and the match became a box to box encounter. Just before the break Everton broke the deadlock as Steven Pienaar played through Leon Osman, with Toffee product making his way past the 'keeper before sending the ball in. After the restart both sides had considerable chances to add to the score-sheet, with Fulham sending a few agonizingly wide. The day was Everton's though as Osman added his second with two minutes remaining, hammering the ball in from twenty metres.