Everton 0-2 Fulham: Josh Maja brace boosts Fulham’s survival hopes

Josh Maja scores with his first penalty kick for Fulham.

Josh Maia made his Fulham debut in a corset. The Cottagers strengthened their hopes of Premier League survival with a deserved victory over Everton.

The visitors were much better in the first half, but disappointed as they missed several chances to score: Bobby Decordova-Reid hit the post and Harrison Reed led off.

But their dominance was rewarded in the second half when Maya – on his last day on loan from Bordeaux – slid in from close range and headed Ola Aina’s cross into the net.

Maya then made her dream debut for the second time after a shot by Decordova-Reid hit the woodwork.

Everton were poor throughout the game and although Seamus Coleman only hit the ball at the far post in the first half, it rarely looked like he would score.

King Joshua finally put the ball in the net, but he was caught off guard.

Fulham still have a long way to go to avoid relegation and this win will narrow the gap to seven points, but it will significantly boost their hopes of getting out of trouble.

Everton’s defeat leaves them seventh with 37 points.

Maya provides the Fulham spark we missed

Victory was needed for a Fulham team who have played many games this season, but their inability to convert chances into goals has meant they have rarely received the reward their performances deserved.

Last time out, against West Ham, they had 20 shots on goal, but only two of those hit the target. So they had to settle for a disappointing draw, and it looks like that pattern will continue in this match, as they missed many chances in the first half.

But with Aleksandar Mitrovic barely scoring this season, Fulham lacked a striker who can finish most of the chances he created – but these performances suggest Maya could be the man for the job.

None of the former Sunderland striker’s goals were fantastic, but he was mostly in the right place at the right time to put the ball in the net.

Maya’s influence and that result could give Fulham the spark it needs to get out of the relegation zone.

What’s the next step?

Everton take on Premier League leader Manchester City on Wednesday (20:15 GMT), while Fulham travel to Burnley on the same day (18:00 GMT).

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  1. Team number33Player nameOlsen
  2. Team number23PseudoColeman
  3. Team number22Godfrey Player name
  4. Team number 4 Player nameHolgate
  5. Team number12Player nameValue
  6. Team number16Player nameDucure
  7. Team number 26Player nameDavies
  8. Team number21PseudoAndré Gomes
  9. Team number19Player nameRodriguez
  10. Team number10 Player nameG Sigurdsson
  11. Squadron Number 7Combatant’s nameRicharlison
  12. Team number5Player nameKine
  13. Team number 11KingPseudoKing
  14. Team number 20Player nameBernard


  1. Team number1PseudoAreola
  2. Team number2player NameTeam
  3. Team number 5Player nameAndersen
  4. Team number16Player nameTosin
  5. Team number34Player nameAina
  6. Team number15Player name Loftus-Cheek
  7. Team number 21PseudoLire
  8. Team number18PseudoLemina
  9. Team number19 Player nameLookman
  10. Team number 27Player nameMaja
  11. Team number14 Player’s nameVan Cordova-Reid
  12. Team number17Player nameCavalero
  13. Team number 25Player nameOnomah
  14. Team number29Player nameZambo Anguissa



Formation of a 4-3-3



16Ducure26Davis21Andre Gomez

19Rodríguez10G Sigurdsson7Richarlison

  • 33Olsen
  • 23ColemanReplaced by kinetics 56’minutesBocking for 90 minutes
  • 22Godfather
  • 4Holgate
  • 12Digital
  • 16Dukur
  • 26Notices Replaced by King at 56’minutes
  • 21André Gomez
  • 19RodriguezReplaced by Bernardata 68’min
  • 10G Sigurdsson
  • 7Richarlison.


  • 5Kin.
  • 6Allan
  • 11Kin.
  • 13 Mina
  • 17-Iwobi
  • 18Nkunku
  • 20Bernard
  • 31Virginia Bridle
  • 62Onyango


4-4-2 training




27Maja14Van Cordova-Reid

  • 1Areola
  • 2Tete
  • 5Andersen
  • 16Tosine
  • 34Aina
  • 15 Loftus-Cheek
  • 21Read
  • 18LeminaSubstituted by Nomahat 90+1’minBokin for 90 minutes
  • 19LookmanSwapped for Zambo Angisin the 83’minute
  • 27MajaReplaced forCavaleiro after 73’minutes
  • 14of Cordova-Reid


  • 3Sector
  • 4A
  • 12Rodak
  • 13Riv.
  • 17 Jumper
  • 25 Noma
  • 29 Zambo Anguissa
  • 30Congolo
  • 33Robinson.

Real-time text

  1. Game over, Everton 0, Fulham 2.
  2. End of the second half, Everton 0, Fulham 2.
  3. Jesus Onoma (Fulham) is shown a yellow card.
  4. Michael Keane (Everton) gets a warning from the referee.
  5. Alfons Areola (Fulham) is awarded a free kick in the half of the opposition.
  6. Michael Keane (Everton) commits a foul.
  7. Bobby van Cordova-Reed (Fulham) is penalised after committing a foul.
  8. Bernard (Everton) takes a free kick on the left wing.
  9. Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) head from the centre of the box is blocked. Prepared by Bernard with a cross.
  10. Attempt blocked. Ben Godfrey’s (Everton) right footed shot is cleared off the line through the middle of the box.
  11. Corner, Everton. Prepared by Tosin Adarabio.
  12. André-Franc Zambo Anguissa (Fulham) is penalised after committing a foul.
  13. Abdoulaye Doucoure (Everton) hits a free kick in the opponent’s half.
  14. Substitution : Fulham. Josh Onoma replaces Mario Lemina.
  15. Attempting rescue. Michael Keane (Everton) takes a shot from the centre of the area that is saved in the centre of the goal. Set up by Mason Holgate with a cross.
  16. Bobby van Cordova-Reed (Fulham) is penalised after committing a foul.
  17. Lucas Digne (Everton) takes a free kick on the left wing.
  18. Substitution : Fulham. Andre-Franc Zambo Anguissa replaces Ademol Lockman.
  19. Corner, Everton. Initiated by Ola Aina.
  20. Kenny Titus (Fulham) is penalised after committing a foul.


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