Calvert-Lewin nets a brace as Everton sink Fulham, Blades blunt at home to West Ham


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Fulham hit back through Bobby De Cordova-Reid’s neat finish on 15 minutes but Everton continued to threaten and were unlucky not go ahead 2-1 as Calvert-Lewin’s effort was chalked off for offside and Richarlison’s low shot was pushed away.

The visitors carved Fulham open again as Alex Iwobi switched play from the right and James Rodriguez fed Lucas Digne, who produced a first-time ball for Calvert-Lewin to stroke in and top the season’s scoring charts.

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.

“It was a difficult game, difficult to prepare. It was a good first half … in the second half we lost energy and had difficulties,” Ancelotti told reporters.

Fulham pulled one back shortly after Ivan Cavaleiro slipped and missed a penalty in the second half, as substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek scored via a deflection off Everton defender Yerry Mina to ensure a tight finish.

“There were individual errors but I’m not looking at that,” Fulham boss Scott Parker said. “Second half there was a reaction but it shouldn’t come from a rollicking at halftime.”

Parker conceded his team had a problem with penalties. Fulham have missed five of their last eight penalties in the league and Parker suggested there could be a new face to take up the responsibility from Portugal forward Cavaleiro.

“You couldn’t have written it when he slipped and missed,” Parker told reporters. “There is no denying we have an issue with penalties. We’ll keep working and training to see who is the best to take them.

“We can cause teams problems and be successful but we have deficiencies. It’s a young team and we need to drill the message home. We’ve built a bond and we’re doing everything in our power to keep improving.”

Blunt Blades against West Ham

West Ham United striker Sebastien Haller’s thumping second-half strike condemned Sheffield United to a 1-0 home defeat, leaving them rooted to the bottom of the standings with a single point after nine games.

Though the visitors dominated possession in the opening 45 minutes, the Blades created several opportunities with striker Oliver McBurnie going closest with a header that forced a fine save from Lukasz Fabianski.

Sheffield United's John Fleck beats West Ham's Vladimir Coufal to the ball  at Bramall Lane on Sunday.

Sheffield United’s John Fleck beats West Ham’s Vladimir Coufal to the ball at Bramall Lane on Sunday.Credit:AP

Their wasteful finishing was punished in the 56th minute as West Ham won the ball in midfield and worked it up to French-born Ivory Coast striker Haller, who drilled a thunderous shot into the top corner via the fingertips of Aaron Ramsdale.

Haller had a chance to double his side’s advantage but he somehow fluffed his first-time shot from Arthur Masuaku’s centre, steering the ball wide of the target in the 70th minute.

West Ham’s Declan Rice could have put the game beyond doubt three minutes later, but his header from Aaron Cresswell’s corner hit the woodwork and bounced to safety.

Scorer of six league goals last season, Scotland striker McBurnie has yet to open his account this term, but his aerial ability and tireless running caused problems throughout as Sheffield United poured forward in search of an equaliser.

He finally beat Fabianski in the 75th minute, but his left-foot shot hit the crossbar as West Ham hung on for a win that moves them up to eighth place on 14 points.

The Blades remain bottom having scored just four league goals, and wing-back George Baldock could not hide his disappointment at the final whistle.

“It’s been our story of the season – good box-to-box, but not taking our chances. It’s not just the strikers, we are lacking that final bit and it is costing us at the moment,” he told Sky Sports.

Reuters

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