Fulham 1 Everton 3: Steven Naismith issues Arsenal warning in top-four race
Fulham 1 Everton 3: Steven Naismith says the Toffees believe they can secure fourth place ahead of their clash against Arsenal
Steven Naismith warned Arsenal that Everton believe they can secure fourth place after a hard-fought victory over Fulham.
Everton took the lead in fortuitous circumstances as Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale put the ball into his own net after a scramble in his penalty area in the second half.
We believed all along that we could compete for the Champions League places and that is what we will continue to do
Fulham did level in the 71st minute courtesy of Ashkan Dejagah, who fired a ferocious effort past Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard at the American’s near post.
But the Toffees, who moved to within four points of fourth-placed Arsenal, sealed three points as Kevin Mirallas and Steven Naismith scored late goals at Craven Cottage.
“We believed all along that we could compete for the Champions League places and that is what we will continue to do,” Naismith told Sky Sports.
“I’m sure the manager will have a game plan for next week and we’ll work on it and hopefully get the win.”
Naismith continued: “It was a big win, especially at this stage of the season.
“We probably take results over performances but today we were a little bit lethargic in the first half.
“It shows the quality we have amongst us that we stuck in and by the end of it we’re controlling the game.”
Leighton Baines echoes the sentiments of his team-mate Naismith, acknowledging Fulham were always going to be a tough opponent at Craven Cottage.
“It was tough,” Baines said.
“We knew Fulham would have stages in the game when they were on top. We dug in and worked hard.”