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Sunday 21 September K.O. 16:00



Goodison Park | 27th January 2012 20:00

Everton v Fulham

Denis Stracqualursi's first Everton goal and a sublime header from Marouane Fellaini saw David Moyes' side come from behind to book a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Argentine Stracqualursi, making only his third start for the Club, met a pinpoint Landon Donovan delivery midway through the first half to cancel out Danny Murphy's early penalty.

The tie looked to be heading for a replay at Craven Cottage, but with 17 minutes remaining the outstanding Fellaini capitalised on another artful centre from Donovan to send the Blues through.

The two changes Moyes made from last weekend's 1-1 draw against Blackburn may have raised eyebrows before kick off. Out went Victor Anichebe and the experienced Louis Saha and in came Straqualursi and Magaye Gueye, two players with just eight Everton starts between them.

And yet the shuffle would pay off.

Everton players look on aghast as Shane Duffy's first half effort is deflected wide.Everton players look on aghast as Shane Duffy's first half effort is deflected wide.

It didn't look that way after 12 minutes, however, as the Blues fell behind in controversial circumstances.

John Arne Riise got in behind down the Everton right and crossed towards Damien Duff. John Heitinga slid in to block, and from near point blank range, the Fulham winger's shot struck the Dutchman's outstretched arm.

It looked as accidental as they come. But to cries of disbelief from the Gwladys Street, not to mention Heitinga, referee Howard Webb pointed to the spot. Murphy took responsibility from 12 yards and made no mistake, coolly stroking his effort past Howard on what was the goalkeeper's 250th Everton outing.

Falling behind seemed to energise Moyes' hitherto diffident Blues and they might have equalised within five minutes when Gueye picked out Duffy from a corner. The beanpole Irishman was somehow ignored by Fulham's defenders but, perhaps startled by his good fortune, could only guide his header wide.

Set pieces were proving a frequent weapon and soon after Tim Cahill was forcing David Stockdale into a parrying save at his near post. Another corner gave Duffy a quickfire chance to make amends, but though his measured shot was on target, Aaron Hughes flung himself to clear the danger.

Denis Stracqualursi celebrates after scoring his first Everton goal.Denis Stracqualursi celebrates after scoring his first Everton goal.

Eventually Everton would be rewarded for their invigorated tempo.

Donovan picked up the ball way out on the left, cut inside and delivered a left-footed centre that arced its way towards Stracqualursi. The Argentine reacted quicker than Hughes, judged the flight of the ball perfectly and met it with a header that floated away to Stockdale's right.  

In his previous outings, mainly from the substitutes' bench, the on-loan Tigres striker had won admirers for his heart and endeavour. Now, for the first time, he was tasting goalscoring glory in English football - and clearly savouring the flavour. He wheeled away, the Everton crest of his shirt clenched between his teeth, but only got so far before being mobbed by his teammates. Finally, Denis had proven he could be a menace.

Fellaini was the next to try his luck at goal, but from 25 yards the Belgian's piledriver was always drifting away. Donovon went closer from a similar range, forcing Stockdale to spill, but as the ball rolled dangerously across the box it was a white shirt that hacked the threat away.

The American was showing a willingness to pull the trigger from distance and his next effort - a wayward one - inadvertently set up an opportunity for Cahill. The Australian was no doubt buoyed at converting a first chance in over a year last weekend but could only fire this one wide.

Fulham, meanwhile, were offering little, a meagre effort from Bryan Ruiz forcing Howard into his only further action of the first half.

Fellaini scoresMarouane Fellaini gets up to head the winner

Everton undoubtedly had the momentum, but the break seemed to disrupt the flow - it took 15 minutes of the second half for the Blues to get back up to speed.

A bouncing ball did give Stracqualursi his first real chance to double his tally but only brought about an adrenaline-fuelled volley which sailed high into the Gwladys.  

His next involvement was to play in Darron Gibson down the right but the Irishman overcooked his cross with Gueye advancing towards the back post.

It mattered little in the end though as Donovan, a constant threat down the right, whipped in another perfect cross and Fellaini was there to loop the ball back across goal and in.



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