Hugo Rodallega scored the only goal to give Fulham a precious win in their relegation duel with Norwich.
Rodallega swept home Lewis Holtby’s first-half free-kick after it had been flicked on by Steve Sidwell.
It leaves third-bottom Fulham just two points behind Norwich, who have a treacherous final four matches.
New Canaries boss Neil Adams will wonder how his side failed to gain any reward from three excellent chances before Rodallega struck.
And Everton moved into the Premier League’s top four after Wes Brown’s own goal gifted them a seventh straight win and left Sunderland bottom of the table.
A spirited Black Cats display was undone with 15 minutes to go when Brown diverted Gerard Deulofeu’s cross into his own net while trying to clear.
Sunderland’s best chance came when Fabio Borini’s shot was cleared by John Stones with Tim Howard beaten.
Gus Poyet’s side remain seven points adrift of safety, with six games to go, reports the BBC.
The Black Cats boss said this week that his side need a “miracle” to stay up and this defeat, along with wins for the two teams immediately above them – Fulham and Cardiff – will only make that harder to achieve.
Brown’s own goal was a cruel way for Sunderland to be denied a point but that will not matter to in-form Everton, who occupy a Champions League place for the first time since the start of January.
Crystal Palace 1 – 0 Aston Villa
Fulham 1 – 0 Norwich
Southampton 0 – 1 Cardiff
Stoke 1 – 0 Newcastle
Sunderland 0 – 1 Everton
West Brom 3 – 3 Tottenham