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Everton beat Fulham

Seamus Coleman and Louis Saha struck as David Moyes began his 10th year as Everton manager with a 2-1 win over Fulham.

Coleman ignited a hitherto drab Barclays Premier League affair at Goodison Park with a well-placed header 10 minutes before the break.

Former Fulham striker Louis 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.

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 downside was the loss of Saha, who was playing for Fulham in 2002, on a stretcher in the closing minutes.

Everton made the breakthrough after Tim Cahill had a shot blocked and the ball rolled out to Leighton Baines on the left.

Baines cut it back inside for Leon Osman and the midfielder lifted a cross to the back the post for Coleman to place a firm header back across goal and beyond Mark Schwarzer.

Everton took a firm grip on the game four minutes into the second half after Jack Rodwell was brought down just outside the area by Dickson Etuhu. Baines tapped the free-kick to Saha and the Frenchman blasted a low free-kick through the wall for his 10th goal of the season.

Fulham boss Mark Hughes decided to make a change and was instantly rewarded after sending on Bobby Zamora, still being eased back into action after a broken leg, for Etuhu just before the hour.

Zamora, with his back to goal, brilliantly laid off a cross from Damien Duff and the inrushing Dempsey struck a powerful low shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

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