‘We would have been punished any other day’: Dominic Calvert-Lewin admits Everton was lucky enough to get three points away from Fulham after his two goals put him at the top of the Premier League top scorers list.
- Everton ended their three-match losing series with a 3-2 win over Fulham
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored twice to bring his Premier League score to 10
- But the forward admitted that Everton was lucky after a bad game in the second half
- Fulham missed a penalty before Ruben Loftus-Cheek narrowed the deficit
- Everton had to hold on in the final phase to secure all three points
Dominic Calvert-Lewin climbed to the top of the Premier League top scorers list, but admitted that Everton was lucky enough to get away from Fulham with all three points.
The English forward scored twice in Everton’s 3-2 win on Sunday-afternoon, scoring double digits for the league and above Tottenham’s Son Heung-min on the scoreboard.
But Everton, who ended a run of three consecutive defeats, was put to work by Scott Parker’s team in the second half at Craven Cottage when the points seemed secured.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (second from left) celebrates with his teammates after opening the scoring for Everton in the first minute
The striker was there to turn the ball home from close range after some poor defense
Calvert-Lewin was all smiles after giving Everton the perfect start at Craven Cottage
Calvert-Lewin told BBC Sport: ‘I am satisfied, but most importantly we got the three points. I thought we weren’t playing well in the second half, we didn’t have much of the ball.
‘In the first half we did well to take the lead and we should have continued that. But on another day we might have been punished for not playing well enough in the second half.
“The important thing was to get back to winning ways, and we’ll build from here.”
Calvert-Lewin gave Everton the lead from close range after just 42 seconds, only for Bobby Decordova-Reid to level Fulham at 15 minutes.
Calvert-Lewin scores Everton’s second goal after 29 minutes and recovers their advantage
Everton celebrates the second goal of the afternoon for Calvert-Lewin just before half an hour
Calvert-Lewin restored the visitors’ lead just before half an hour and Abdoulaye Doucoure made it 3-1 before half time.
But the Everton forwards became increasingly isolated after the break when Fulham finally stood up for himself.
The hosts won a penalty but Ivan Cavaleiro slipped and sent the kick over the bar. Ruben Loftus-Cheek narrowed the deficit, but Fulham was unable to take an equalizer.
Ivan Cavaleiro skied a penalty kick in the second half and slipped away as Fulham rallied
Cavaleiro slipped just as he hit the ball and appeared to be making contact with both of his shoes
But Fulham did narrow the gap via Ruben Loftus-Cheek shortly after the penalty miss
Calvert-Lewin added, ‘I think the first half was a representation of how I took advantage of a new system where I get opportunities from large areas, crosses coming in. That’s what I like, being in the right area at the right time. .
‘It was actually a game of two halves. In the second half we didn’t have much of the ball and it was more about digging in and winning fouls and free kicks.
‘It was more of a lonely role, but we dug in and took the win.’