Fulham 2-2 Everton
Last Updated: Sat, 03 Nov 2012 17:16
Steve Sidwell rescued a point for Fulham with a last-gasp goal as Martin Jol's side drew 2-2 with Everton at Craven Cottage.
But the visitors must be wondering how they did not take all three points from a match they dominated from virtually the first whistle to last.
The tone of the game was set in the opening minutes as, after Leon Osman and Steven Pienaar had seen their goalbound efforts blocked, the Cottagers took the lead with their first foray into the Everton half in the seventh minute.
Bryan Ruiz's free-kick hit the post but then rebounded off the unfortunate Tim Howard before nestling in the back of the net.
The goal failed to knock David Moyes' side out of their stride though and they continued to create chances with Marouane Fellaini, Nikica Jelavic, Phil Jagielka and Osman all going close to equalising.
Fulham somehow led at the interval but the pattern of the match continued in the same vein throughout the second period as Everton dominated.
After Jagielka had again gone close, the outstanding Kevin Mirallas got to the byline in the 55th minute and pulled the ball back for Fellaini to fire home from 15 yards out.
Belgian international Fellaini appeared to have sealed the three points for Everton with 18 minutes left when he slid a shot past Mark Schwarzer and he almost completed his hat-trick when another effort hit a post, Steven Naismith being unable to turn home the rebound.
Schwarzer kept Fulham in it by making two more good stops to deny Fellaini and Naismith before Sidwell beat Seamus Coleman at the far post in stoppage time and turned the ball home.