Steve Sidwell leaves Moyes frustrated - Fulham 2-2 Everton

Scott Heavey

Marouane Fellaini stole the show as Fulham completed their very own smash and grab.

For once, it was Fulham handing out the frustration here, Steve Sidwell scoring in the last minute to pull an utterly rampant Everton back to parity.

If previous evidence was to go by, it would have been David Moyes' side doing the dirty and clawing back the points, just as Southampton and Reading have done to Fulham over recent weeks but, in truth, Everton were in complete control.

Martin Jol himself admitted as much, suggesting he was sympathetic towards his counterpart Moyes, who had seen his side dictate the game at Craven Cottage in such a way that is rarely seen any more.

"They were hard done by," said Jol.

"They dominated us in the first half and we had a real problem with their style."

But it was more than that. The home side looked somewhat toothless and some tactical decisions proved questionable. The removal of John Arne Riise, for example, raised eyebrows, as Kevin Miralles was domineering on the right hand side, and needed a worthwhile opponent to challenge him. After Riise's removal, that was Damien Duff. A natural winger.

Nevertheless, the spirit was there and if the Roy Hodgson era told us anything, it was that it can work wonders that pure skill cannot. Sidwell showed that as he fired in the equaliser, meeting a Sacha Riether cross.

Things had started out less desperately, though, with Bryan Ruiz scoring within eight minutes. Dimitar Berbatov, his normal, elegant self, was brought down on the edge of the area and Ruiz dispatched the free-kick, with some assistance from Tim Howard.

While Everton's right wing took particular praise, the link play between Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar was admirable. The latter was providing the balls in the box but Fulham were coping well, considering Everton's outright dominance.

The second half followed in the same vain. Marouane Fellaini failed to meet a flick on from Nikica Jelavic and it seemed as though Everton were, again, going to pepper the Fulham goal to no avail.

But as it proved, that would have been quite the luxury. Fellaini got his goal, finishing from eight yards after Mirallas had provided the ball and Everton were deservedly back in the game.

Berbatov nearly provided the perfect response, but Howard made up for his earlier misfortune by turning his effort away sharply and normal service soon resumed, with the Toffees camped in the Whites' half.

The pressure told as Fellaini got his and Everton's second. The Belgian, influential throughout, used his strength to hold off two defenders and stabbed the ball home.

Then came Steve Sidwell, ready to dish out some medicine we've certainly tasted before.

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