Fulham put in a wonderful display to see off runaway Sky Bet Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers at Craven Cottage on Sunday. Daniel Powell‘s picked five things to take away from the game…
Earlier in the season I was struggling to name any games in which we’d actually played well in. Ipswich away in August was a great display, but from that point up until Christmas I thought our general level of performance was quite poor to be honest. Fast forward to now though, and I can’t praise the level of performance enough.
We’ve looked simply brilliant since Cardiff on Boxing Day, and a lot more like the side of last season. On Saturday, we had heart, desire, willingness and quality, and it was an absolute joy to watch at times. I don’t think Wolves will play a tougher game all season, and it was nice to show them what we really are capable of, after our 2-0 defeat at Molineux in November.
Clearly, some of our Summer signings just weren’t suitable. Jordan Graham, Rafa Soares and Yohan Mollo all left the club in January and Marcelo Djalo is doing his best Larnell Cole impression – where even is Marcelo Djalo? However, in the January window, Tony Khan got it bang on in my opinion, strengthening us in areas where we needed more personnel and adding players that slotted into the first team squad straight away.
Matt Targett has looked terrific since arriving on loan from Southampton, whilst Aleksandar Mitrovic showed on Saturday why he will be such a good acquisition for us. In the long term, Cyrus Christie will also turn out to be a good signing in my view as well.
Wolves are Good
Everytime Wolves went forward during the game, I was nervous, the quality of players they’ve got for this level is simply ridiculous. When you’re subbing off Helder Costa to bring on somebody just as good, (if not better), then you realise how good their squad is.
They played well at the weekend too, and against a poorer side they probably would have got something from the game, but we didn’t let that happen and gave them one hell of a game. Still, they will win the league, and I can see them doing quite well when they go up too.
Sess the Poacher
There are three certainties in life. Death, Taxes and Ryan Sessegnon being in the right place at the right time. I don’t think he had his best game, but still got on the scoresheet with a trademark Ryan Sessegnon goal, reacting first to a parry from John Ruddy, and thus adding another £2m to his price tag!
Roll on Derby…
We all picked out that this run of fixtures was going to be extremely difficult, and I am delighted with our 7 points from a possible 9 tally. That is excellent and shows that we are a force to be reckoned with. With Derby’s form dropping off somewhat, I am looking forward to seeing if we can keep our unbeaten run going at Pride Park this Saturday, but will probably be happy with a point.