• Premier League Round-Up

Everton into top four while Remy lets Southampton off the hook

ESPN staff
December 14, 2013
Leon Osman opens the scoring for Everton against Fulham © PA Photos

Everton moved into the top four of the Premier League with a 4-1 victory over Fulham at Goodison Park, with three goals coming in the final quarter of the match to ease the home side clear.

Leon Osman struck for Everton on 19 minutes after good play from Steven Pienaar set him free on goal, and it remained 1-0 until a Dimitar Berbatov penalty midway through the second half, with Gareth Barry penalised for a foul on Alexander Kacaniklic.

However, that equaliser only stirred Roberto Martinez's men into life, with three goals in the final 17 minutes. Seamus Coleman was the first to strike, again thanks to good play from Pienaar, before Barry added a third even though he appeared to be assisted by a handball in the build up.

Kevin Mirallas completed the scoring in injury time, and the result leaves Fulham second bottom of the Premier League table. It is the 21st consecutive victory for Everton over Fulham at Goodison Park, the longest winning streak between any two teams in the top flight.

Newcastle and Southampton served up an entertaining 1-1 draw at St James' Park. Newcastle went ahead on 27 minutes when Yoan Gouffran capitalised on poor Southampton defending to round visiting goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga and score. Jay Rodriguez equalised on 65 minutes by finishing off an excellent team move after a one-two with Steven Davis.

An error by Gazzaniga presented Loic Remy with a golden opportunity to win the match, but the French striker somehow missed. However, Newcastle remain three points ahead of their visitors in the table.

A Peter Whittingham header from Craig Noone's corner on 65 minutes was enough to give Cardiff a 1-0 victory over West Brom in the Welsh capital. It is the fourth consecutive defeat for the Baggies, and they hover just two points clear of the relegation zone, while Cardiff leap to 14th.

West Ham and Sunderland played out a dour 0-0 draw at Upton Park, leaving Gus Poyet's men rooted to the bottom of the table, with the Hammers themselves only a point ahead of Crystal Palace and Fulham in the relegation zone.

In the day's late kick-off, Hull and Stoke shared the spoils in a goalless draw. Both sides came closest to breaking the deadlock on more than one occasion, with Ryan Shawcross hitting the crossbar with a header and Stephen Ireland having his effort ruled out for offside for Stoke. Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic also produced fine saves to deny Ahmed Elmohamady and Yannick Sagbo as well.

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