Everton showed off their top four ambitions yesterday afternoon, dismissing a lacklustre Fulham side that just weren't able to match their opponents.
Everton registered an impressive 58% of possession, clocking up close to 600 passes in the process, Fulham were a full 150 passes behind the Toffies, which showed in their possession stats and directly impacted the number of chances they both had, and conceded.
Roberto Martinez made sure his side played to their strengths, and were able to worry Fulham at every set-piece opportunity. They were also very strong from wide positions and racked up an impressive 31 crosses - One of the best crossing stats in the country.
One of the main reasons for their dominance from the wing was man of the match Seamus Coleman, who was ever-present both defensively and going forward.
The Ireland international was the third busiest man on the pitch, recording 77 touches of the ball and made 46 passes with a 98% pass accuracy, the best on the pitch.
Defensively he produced a very competent performance, making two tackles, three interceptions, and two effective clearances. However it was definitely the attacking threat the defender brought to the game that was the reason behind his MOTM performance.
The player had two shots, both on target, scoring the second goal that put Everton 2-1 up in the 73rd minute. He also created two goal-scoring opportunities for the Toffees and delivered five crosses.
The full-back has been recently linked with a move to the Emirates, but with Everton in their current form they will fight tooth and nail to keep their better players around. And who-knows, with the league being so tight at the top Everton could defy the odds and keep that top four spot they have now soared into.
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