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Liverpool loanee trips up Everton

ESPN staff
January 1, 2014
Oussama Assaidi scores with a low shot as Seamus Coleman challenges © Getty Images

Everton ceded their place in the top four to Liverpool after a 1-1 draw at Stoke - and it was a player on loan from Anfield who did the damage for Stoke City.

Oussama Assaidi scored his fourth goal of the season and his second in three games when he found space on the edge of the box four minutes into the second half, and his low shot was too good for Tim Howard in the Everton goal.

It seemed as though Everton were sliding to defeat until the final minute of normal time, when Leighton Baines converted a penalty after Jermaine Pennant had tripped Leon Osman in the box.

The result opened the door for Newcastle to close the gap on the Merseyside club and a European place, but they fell to a 1-0 defeat at West Brom. Newcastle had Mathieu Debuchy sent off on 61 minutes for a two-footed challenge on Claudio Yacob before Saido Berahino, who had earlier missed a superb opportunity to win the match from open play, held his nerve with the 87th-minute spot kick after Tim Krul had brought down Matej Vydra.

At the other end of the table, Fulham recovered from their 6-0 mauling at Hull on Saturday to record a vital 2-1 victory over fellow strugglers West Ham. They had to come from a goal behind after just seven minutes, too, after Mohamed Diame gave the visitors an early lead at Craven Cottage.

However, Steve Sidwell equalised on 32 minutes before Kevin Nolan was shown a red card for kicking out shortly before half-time, the 1300th red card in Premier League history. Dimitar Berbatov then struck midway through the second half to seal all three points, moving Fulham out of the bottom three and leaving West Ham second-bottom.

Sunderland remain at the foot of the table after a 1-0 defeat at home to Aston Villa. However, Gabriel Agbonlahor's 15th-minute winner should have been cancelled out by Emanuele Giaccherini, who had the ball in the net only to have the goal incorrectly ruled out for offside.

Crystal Palace complete the bottom three, and they may end up ruing not taking advantage of Norwich being reduced to 10 men in the closing stages of their 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park.

Bradley Johnson had put the visitors ahead on 39 minutes, which was cancelled out by Jason Puncheon's penalty five minutes later, but Palace could not take full advantage in the last eight minutes of the match after Leroy Fer was sent off for a second bookable offence.

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