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Coleman on target

Everton 2 Fulham 1

Andy Hampson

Published 20/03/2011 | 05:00

Seamus Coleman and Louis Saha struck as David Moyes began his 10th year as Everton manager as he started his first, by beating Fulham. Coleman ignited a hitherto drab affair at Goodison Park with a well-placed header 10 minutes before the break.

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Former Fulham striker Saha doubled the Toffees' lead from a free-kick early in the second half, but a Clint Dempsey strike prevented the home side easing to victory.

The game began at the pace of a typical end-of-season mid-table encounter, despite both teams having another eight games remaining.

The spirit Fulham showed in the second half made their lack of urgency in the first seem puzzling but the Londoners never looked like winning at Goodison for the first time in 23 league visits.

Defeat could have been heavier had Carlos Salcido not produced a fine headed clearance off the line from Phil Jagielka late on.

Everton were always the dominant side and fully deserved to repeat their victory over the Cottagers in Moyes' first match just over nine years ago. The only downside was the loss of Saha, who was playing for Fulham in 2002, on a stretcher in the closing minutes.

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