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Player ratings: Fulham 3-2 Brentford

Written by George Rossiter on 21st August 2022

George Rossiter rates the performances of the Fulham boys after a memorable victory at the Cottage.

Mitro left the vast majority of Craven Cottage in pandemonium after a late winner secured a famous derby day victory over our local rivals from Hounslow, leaving Fulham on a hugely respectable five points just three games in.

Bernd Leno

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A fairly anonymous debut from the German. Not particularly at fault for either of Brentford’s goals and otherwise didn’t quite do enough to suggest that switching from Rodak was an entirely necessary decision. Definitely more to come from Leno. 6/10

Kenny Tete

A fairly solid performance defensively from Tete. Maybe should’ve been stronger positionally for the second goal as Toney sneaked past at the back post and never threatened hugely in the opposition half. 6.5/10


While not necessarily at fault for the second goal, the ball came into the area you would expect Tosin to be in. Frequently the towering centre half looked shaky on the ball and struggled with the presence of Ivan Toney. With Diop on the bench, Tosin’s place in the team may become vulnerable. 6/10

Tim Ream

For the third successive game, our captain was by far the most comfortable and affirmative of our partnership at the back. Frequently defending on the front foot and making very few errors when challenged, Ream continues to earn his place in Silva’s side. 7.5/10

Antonee Robinson

It was once again the left side of Fulham’s defence that looked much more in control of their opposition at the Cottage, as Robinson but in another good display, strong in the air and quick in recovery, Jedi looks to have hit a new level this season. 7/10

Joao Palhinha

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Our Portuguese maestro continues to make me question just how we have him over the elite clubs in European football. So strong and so dynamic in everything he does in the middle of the park, Palhinha once again got the better of the opposition in midfield, as well as in the box for his headed goal. 8/10

Harrison Reed

Fulham’s first half dominance was typified by Harrison’s frequent holding of possession in Brentford’s defensive third and pressing higher up the park, something we’ve seen so much more often since the arrival of Marco Silva. 7/10

Andreas Pereira

Last week I felt generous giving the Brazilian a score as high as a 4/10, this week he was the best player on the pitch. Consistently finding himself in dangerous pockets in and around the Brentford defence and often producing a quality delivery, whether from open play or from a set piece. Hopefully this level of performance continues with more consistency. 8/10 – Man of the match

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Bobby De Cordova-Reid

Bobby’s goal after 45 seconds lifted the roof off the Cottage. For the remaining 89 minutes, the winger worked tirelessly, frequently getting the better of Aaron Hickey down the left-hand side. Another quality performance from the Jamaican. 7.5/10

Jay Stansfield

A hugely impressive full Premier League debut. Stanno didn’t look out of place, running at the Brentford defence with any opportunity and nearly scoring in the opening minute. Perhaps even more impressive and valuable was Jay’s tracking back, including an important block late on from a Rico Henry attack down the Fulham right. 7.5/10

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Never, ever doubt Mitro. Unlucky on a couple of occasions, including a wonderful save from David Raya at 2-2, the Spaniard could do nothing to stop the Serbian’s last minute header to win Fulham the game. But like all the pundits said, he can’t do it in the Premier League… 7.5/10

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Kevin Mbabu (77′ for Kenny Tete)

Produced a gorgeous cross for Mitrovic minutes after coming on, and then another for the winning goal, and was solid as Brentford pressed for a third late on. 7/10

Tom Cairney (77′ for Jay Stansfield)

Helped wrestle back some control and momentum for Fulham when it looked more inevitable that it would be Brentford who found a winner. 6.5/10

Shane Duffy (90+2′ for Aleksandar Mitrovic)

It appears Duffy’s role this season will be to help Fulham get over the line in the dying minutes of games this season. 6/10

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