Everton 4 Fulham 1: Defeat hard to take, admits Meulensteen
Everton 4 Fulham 1: Rene Meulenstee admits that the Cottagers' loss at Goodison Park was tough to swallow
Rene Meulensteen admitted that he found Fulham’s loss at Everton difficult to swallow after the Toffees moved back into the top four with victory at Goodison Park.
Leon Osman curled home to put the hosts 1-0 up in the 18th minute, but Fulham drew level via Dimitar Berbatov’s penalty after Gareth Barry fouled Alex Kacaniklic.
Seamus Coleman then tucked in Steven Pienaar’s cross before Barry redeemed himself with a header and Kevin Mirallas grabbed an injury-time fourth.
“If you see the game and the second half it was never a 4-1 defeat so it’s disappointing,” said Meulensteen, whose side are 19th in the table. “We did really well in second half.
“The spirit and energy is back in the team, this is just a hard defeat to take. We need to brush it off, get to the training ground and prepare for the next game [which is Manchester City].”
The win lifted Roberto Martinez’s Everton above Liverpool and into fourth place in the table.
However, there was disappointing news for Everton fans after the Toffees boss confirmed that Gerard Deulofeu looks to have suffered a hamstring injury.
“It doesn’t look great, it’s a soft tissue injury, he pulled his hamstring,” said Martinez.
“We will do the scan straight away, he felt it and we will assess it, he is like a sprinter and the hamstrings are exposed in those sort of injuries.”