Behind the scenes as Everton beat Fulham

James Rodriguez and Everton smile again with tough win at Fulham

Richarlison made an immediate return from a three-match suspension by providing an excellent cross to Calvert-Lewin to score after just 42 seconds. Bobby Reid pulled the home side level after 15minutes.

Digne looked lively in an advanced role and was involved in Everton's third, firing in a cross for Doucoure to head home in the 35th minute and open his Toffees account after joining from Watford in the close season.

The Cottagers were done however as Ruben Loftus-Cheek - on loan from Chelsea - scored with a deflected finish.

This was much harder than it should have been for Everton - so much so that their players greeted the final whistle with evident relief.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin netted a brace as Everton claimed a 3-2 win over Fulham. "It was the most important part of the game to be back to winning ways".

Alex Iwobi has struggled to nail down a regular slot in the side but was dynamic in south-west London. He might not be at 100 percent, but James is fit enough to be driving this Everton side on to what has been, in all, a good start to the season.

So far this season, the Nigeria global - who cost Everton an initial transfer fee of £28 million when they signed him from Arsenal in the summer of 2019, as reported by BBC Sport - has made two starts and six substitute appearances in the Premier League for the Toffees, providing one assist in the process, according to WhoScored.

Two weeks after Ademola Lookman failed with a scuffed, injury-time "Panenka" penalty at West Ham, Ivan Cavaleiro took over spot-kick duties for Fulham but slipped as he attempted his shot, kicked the ball against his standing foot and saw it loop over the crossbar.



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