Dominic Calvert-Lewin came close to scoring his best season in front of goal for Everton with a brace in his side’s nervous 3-2 win over Fulham.
The English striker has now scored 13 times for the Blues this season, with 15 – a total he set last season – his most prolific record to date.
But despite the Toffees Going into a 3-1 lead before the break, Fulham overcame more penalty misfortune to show a fiery fight and give their hosts real scare.
Everton got off to a dream start at Craven Cottage with Calvert-Lewin scoring the first goal after 42 seconds.
Richarlison, back on the side after a three-game ban, did well and his cross ricocheted off the Toffees’ top scorer and beat Alphonse Areola from close range.
It was Calvert-Lewin’s 12th club goal of the season, with England’s best score being the 15th he scored last season. For Fulham, however, manager Parker has reportedly been furious at his team’s weakening defense.
Bobby Decordova-Reid responded for Fulham with a quarter of an hour played to keep the start of Sunday lunchtime kick-off entertaining.
Home captain Tom Cairney was involved and his brace saw Decordova-Reid pull away from Yerry Mina before passing Jordan Pickford from inside the zone.
It was the forward’s fourth goal of the season and also prolonged Everton’s defensive problems; Carlo AncelottiThe last time the men left a clean sheet in the Premier League on opening day at Tottenham.
Six minutes later Parker watched his side concede again as Abdoulaye Doucoure’s run in the zone was not recovered and he made an easy way to Digne’s cross to make it 3-1 .
Fulham shows fiery combat
Fulham has shown a stern character in recent weeks and they once again showed that trait to pin Everton in the second half.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, on loan from Chelsea, played an influential role. The Englishman won a penalty after a challenge from Ben Godfrey, which Ivan Cavaleiro skied on.
The winger hit the ball with one foot over the other, which saw mounds of grass flying off the turf – and the ball flying through the sky.
But this setback woke up visitors. Not even two minutes later, Ademola Lookman settles down Loftus-Cheek to do 3-2 with a deflected finish.
Everton rarely returned to the attack and Ancelotti decided to take off both Richarlison and James Rodriguez.
But the Toffees – who put Tom Davies and Gylfi Sigurdsson – have remained solid without finishing the team away with a fourth goal.
The result relieves pressure on Everton with a first win in four Premier League games. Fulham, meanwhile, stays towards the bottom of the board.