What a difference a week makes…”2-0 in your own backyard” seems to be the theme of these West London derbies at the moment. In summary, Fulham did to us what we did to QPR the previous Friday.
An expectant home crowd and once again in front of the SKY cameras, the scene was set for a repeat performance, and we hoped similar result, to recent previous games against the Cottagers. However, this Fulham team is made of sterner stuff than last seasons outfit.
From the off we were second best, slower to close them down and lacking cohesion when we did have possession. It wasn’t as if were were playing badly it was just that Fulham were better in nearly every position and attacked and defended as a well drilled unit.
The only surprise was that we trailed by just the single goal come the break. Bentley couldn’t do anything other than parry the ball out in front of him and their man reacted quickest to slide the ball over the line. HT 0-1
At the second half developed we were playing with a bit more confidence and began to threaten our near neighbours. Maxim and Josh Clarke were teaming up well down our right side and beginning to create some chances. The out of sorts Hogan wasn’t on their wavelength and looked sluggish and at times uninterested, a worrying trend and one he needs to snap out of right away…
Fulham were still in control and it didn’t look like they were going to concede within the additional 4 minutes of injury time. To make out disappointing night complete, the best player on the pitch Tom Cairney, wrapped things up at the death to seal a very good and deserved away win. FT 0-2
Dean Smith was right to highlight that not enough Bees played to their full potential but Fulham are a serious play off contender, based on their last few performances and results.
Bentley 7: Made a few saves to keep the score down and generally solid throughout, was upset to concede the first goal.
Colin 7: Much better second half but had his hands full defensively all night.
Blelland 6: Calm on the ball but beaten for pace too many times in the first half.
Dean 7: Tried to lead by example and did for large periods, did his best under trying circumstances.
Egan 7: Stood up well against the wily Chris Martin and kept him quiet for most of the game.
Woods 5: Probably his worst game in a Bees shirt, over ran and ineffective for large periods of the game.
Sawyers 5: After his brilliant performance last week he came down to earth with a big flop…Poor throughout and duly subbed off.
McEachran 5: Was by passed in midfield and failed to unlock Fulham at any point. Will need to do better.
Nico 6: Worked as hard as ever but not effective, was let down by fellow midfielders and looked frustrated.
Clarke 7: Our one danger man but they had two and sometimes three defenders on him when he received the ball. A mark of his emerging talent.
Hogan 5: Seriously below par and didn’t work in trying to close down their rearguard, needs to shake himself up and quickly.
Kaikai for McEachran: Added pace but no real threat, well marshaled by right back.
Vibe for Sawyers: Not the Lasse from a few weeks ago, couldn’t get into the pace of the game and booked needlessly near the end for petulant push.
Hoff for Clarke: Last throw of the dice from Dean Smith, couple of neat touches but no goal threat.
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