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Fulham Hand Martinez First Toffees Loss

Fulham fought back after conceding an early goal at home to win 2-1 against Everton in the Capital One Cup match.

Steven Naismith gave a much changed Everton a 12th minute lead at Craven Cottage after a superb assist by Spanish wonder kid Gerard Deulofeu.

Deulofeu, the highly rated 19 year old on loan from Barcelona had a bright start to the game, threading a wonderful through ball behind the Fulham defence for Scotsman Naismith to slot home.

The away side were pegged back nine minutes into the second half, as former Manchester United frontman Dimitar Berbatov punished some poor defending to score a tap in from close range.

 The Bulgarian’s strike partner Marcus Bent then scored his second goal in two games at Craven Cottage midway in the 68th minute.

Roberto Martinez decided to use a squad rotation policy for this cup tie as Romelu Lukaku and James McCarthy were handed their Everton debuts, while Deulofeu made his second start in the Capital One cup after only playing seven minutes in the Premier League so far this season.

After an unbeaten start to the season, Fulham showed guts to come from behind to hand Martinez his first defeat as Everton manager.

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