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Nigeria’s Josh Maja bags brace as Fulham beat Everton at Goodison Park

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Super Eagles striker, Josh Maja, made history as relegations threatened Fulham stunned Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park on Sunday.

The Bordeaux loanee scored a second-half brace in his full Premier League debut to help Scott Parker’s side move back within seven points of the drop zone.

Fulham had control of the game against Carlo Ancelotti’s men and Maja made it count by scoring the opener three minutes into the second period before doubling the lead just after the hour after Harrison Reed struck the woodwork.

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Fulham manager Scott Parker said: “From start to finish, we were superb. The way we went about it, large parts of the game, had a real control about us.

“The difference today was we’ve put the ball in the net, there’s not been much difference about the last 13-14 games. We’ve drawn a lot, and I keep talking about the fine margins. I keep saying to this team you can’t keep producing what we’re producing without it turning a bit.

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“I said in the week I’d be more concerned if we weren’t getting the chances, and today we put them away. I’m very, very pleased.”

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  • Maja is the fifth Nigerian player to score on his first Premier League start, after Efan Ekoku in May 1993, John Utaka in August 2007, Peter Odemwingie in August 2010 and Alex Iwobi in March 2016. Eagles.
  • Aged 22 years and 49 days, Josh Maja is the second-youngest player to score on his first Premier League start for Fulham, after Collins John v Blackburn in April 2004 (18y 178d).
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