Everton enhanced their chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League with a convincing win at Fulham on Sunday afternoon. Steven Naismith came off the bench to inspire Everton to a 3-1 success which put them within four points of fourth-place Arsenal.
After weathering sustained first-half pressure, Everton took a 50th-minute lead at Craven Cottage when Naismith’s deflected volley ricocheted off Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale and into the net for an own goal.
Fulham substitute Ashkan Dejagah equalised with a blistering strike 21 minutes later, only for another substitute, Kevin Mirallas, to restore Everton’s lead with 11 minutes remaining.
Naismith applied the coup de grace in the 87th minute to complete the win for Roberto Martinez’s side. Everton will welcome Arsenal to Goodison Park next weekend.