Everton 3 - 1 Reading

Everton kept themselves in the Champions League qualification picture with an ultimately convincing win over struggling Reading at Goodison Park.

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Royals unstuck by Toffees

Everton's Steven Pienaar scores his side's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Goodison Park Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Marouane Fellaini headed the Toffees ahead with his 12th goal of the season late in an evenly-fought first-half, in which Reading hit the woodwork, and the Merseysiders eased to victory after the break.

Reading's Ian Harte (left) and Everton's Steven Pienaar battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at Goodison Park Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Defeat left Reading in the bottom three and in the thick of a battle for survival while Everton, after last week's disappointing loss at Norwich, could still entertain hopes of finishing in the top four.

To their credit, Reading battled on, even if only to reduce the damage to their goal difference column.

Mucha made a good save from Jobi McAnuff and the visitors did pull one back six minutes from time as Harte crossed from the left and an unmarked Robson-Kanu headed home with conviction.

Reading's goalkeeper Stuart Taylor attempts to stop Everton's Nikica Jelavic during the match at Goodison Park, Liverpool. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
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