Seamus Coleman continued his fine season with a goal as Everton defeated Fulham 4-1 at Goodison Park this afternoon.
The 25-year-old struck 17 minutes from time to put Roberto Martinez’s side 2-1 up after Dimitar Berbatov’s penalty for the visitors had cancelled out Leon Osman’s opener.
Coleman tucked in his third goal of the campaign - again on the left foot - after Steven Pienaar’s cross before Barry scored a header and Kevin Mirallas grabbed an injury-time fourth. The win moves Everton up to fourth place in the Premier League having not lost at home since last December.
Meanwhile, in the Championship, Shay Given played his fourth time for Middlesbrough since making his one-month loan deal from Aston Villa in their 1-0 loss against Brighton at the Riverside Stadium.
Matthew Upson’s late header inflicted a first home defeat on Middlesbrough since the opening day as Brighton moved to within two points of the play-off places.
Regular Boro goalkeeper Jason Steele - who today was available having completed a three-match suspension - had an ankle injury and missed out. Therefore, Given’s loan may well be extended at the team who are 19th in the Championship.
“We will be having discussions with Aston Villa,” said Boro boss Aitor Karanka. “It depends on what Shay wants and on what Aston Villa want to do but I would like to have him here for the whole of the season. That would be my choice, but it is not just up to me.”
Given is also said to be on the radar of Premier League Swansea City, who are set to lose Dutch netminder Michael Vorn for a spell as he requires an operation.
“I don’t think Given is on our list right now but he is a talented keeper,” said Swansea manager Michael Laudrup.
“There are a lot of scouts in the club looking at a lot of players but we are really happy with the two goalkeepers we have now.
“It is certain that Michael has a problem, but it’s not a big problem. He needs a bit of surgery but we are not talking a long time to recover.
“But you have to be up to date with positions in your squad as you never know what might happen in five or six months time. But it’s more about having a list of targets as in a few weeks the window starts.”
Also in the Championship on Saturday, Shane Duffy lined out for Yeovil in their 1-1 draw against Barnsley. The result means Yeovil are 23rd in the table. The Irish U-21 international is from Derry but his dad Brian is a native of Letterkenny.