BOBBY Zamora came off the bench on the hour to immediately set up a goal for Clint Dempsey (pictured) to give Fulham hope of taking a rare point from Goodison Park.
But a first half goal from Seamus Colman on 36 minutes and a Louis Saha free-kick against his old side four minutes after the break proved enough to give the home side the points.
Mark Hughes did his best to inject a greater threat in the second half, with Eidar Gudjohnsen and Gael Kakuta also coming on to try and salvage something from the game. But the Whites perhaps paid the price for a passive first hour.
The result keeps Fulham looking anxiously over their shoulders, because although 12 th , they are just three points above Wolves, who are in the drop zone, with eight to play.