Everton striker Richarlison scored his fourth goal in as many Premier League games as Thursday to give his side a hard-fought 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.
Everton climbed into the top four to keep their hopes alive for a place in the European club competition next season.
The Toffees have 46 points from 26 games, which puts them ahead of both Chelsea and Liverpool, who meet later on Thursday at Anfield.
West Bromwich Albion’s narrow defeat, they’re first in nearly a month, kept them in relegation trouble. They finished second bottom of the table with 17 points from 27 games, nine points ahead of safety.
Richarlison, a Brazilian, rose above the Hawthorns defense in the 65th minute to head home a curling cross from Gylfi Sigurdsson, who had just come off the bench, for his sixth league goal of the season.
“We thought a set-piece could win it,” Sigurdsson said. “Following a couple of positive outcomes, we are optimistic. It is, however, very close at the end. We must persevere and work diligently. We have a chance if we get on a sprint.”
Everton was mostly on the back foot in the first half, but despite having few chances, they were still able to create their opportunities.
Richarlison’s attempt was half-blocked by Darnell Furlong, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin was put through on target by a fortunate bounce of the ball, but his shot was straight at West Brom keeper Sam Johnstone.
Everton was more attacking in the second half, but it took a good defensive effort to hold the hosts at bay and secure the three points.