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Player ratings: Fulham 1-1 Tottenham (5-3 on penalties)

Written by George Rossiter on 30th August 2023

George Rossiter has the ratings from round two of the Carabao Cup.

Fulham are into round three of the Carabao Cup after an impressive performance against high-flying Tottenham Hotspur. Had it not been for a boot malfunction, the job would likely have been completed within 90 minutes. A Fulham side with six changes took the game to Postecoglou’s side, playing with great intensity from the off and deservedly progressed to the next round. Salford away anyone?

Marek Rodak

In all honesty, it was hard to judge the performance of Rodak in the first 45 minutes with so little to do on his return to the side. Tottenham didn’t register a single shot on target in the first half. The Slovakian did however do well in the second half, showing no signs of rust in his game. He tipped a deflected, looping Richarlison effort over the bar at the start of the half and pushed away a long-range Solomon effort near the end of it. His save from Davinson Sanchez’s penalty in the shootout proved to be vital, too. 7/10

Kenny Tete

Very strong defensive showing, giving Perisic nothing all game. Superb in every one-on-one tackle and duel he faced, Tete continues to show his quality against some of the best opposition in the country. The only time anyone had any success down his wing was when he had to leave the pitch to get a new boot, extremely Fulhamish if you ask me. The Dutchman was also noticeably more involved in our attacking build up play than in recent league fixtures and cooly slotted home the winning kick in the shootout. Hero. 7.5/10

Issa Diop

Judging how a centre-back has played is extremely difficult when the opposition striker has such little impact on a game. When called upon, Diop was again solid on the ball, in the air and defended his box well. As has been widely stated online, it appears Tosin is on his way out, so it’s important Diop has a consistent run of form and doesn’t have any more Brentford-esque lapses of concentration. 6.5/10

Tim Ream

Similar comments apply here in regards to the lack of workload imposed on our centre-back pairing. However, I do think Ream was slightly more impressive out of the two on the night. He cut out one or two menacing passes coming into our box and looked extremely composed on the ball on his return to the side. Even when the defence has a quieter game, Ream’s presence is always felt with his calmness and leadership. 7/10

Antonee Robinson

A really impressive display from the American. Offensively, Robinson put in a gorgeous early delivery in the opening stages that Rodrigo Muniz just put wide. In general, bar a poor effort with tired legs towards the end of this game, his crossing looks like an aspect of his game that has improved coming into this season. Jedi was brilliant defensively too, frequently reading the game well, which with his pace in hand allowed him to start counter attacks for Fulham on more than one occasion. 8/10

Joao Palhinha

It does feel like every time he shows just how good he can be against top teams, as he has done this week against Arsenal and now their North London rivals Tottenham, Joao just keeps adding £5m to his price tag – not that we want him to leave. The Tottenham midfield proved to be entirely ineffective whereas our Portuguese maestro controlled things in the middle. Showed great calmness to slot home his penalty in the shootout. 8/10

Harrison Reed

With more rotation than normal in his position this season, this felt like the first time this term that Reed had his regular freedom to cover every single blade of grass on the pitch in a game. It worked out too, with the midfielder in the right place at the right time to cause Micky Van de Ven enough issues at the front post that the Spurs defender deflected the ball into his own net. 7/10

Tom Cairney

Set the tempo for the team from the off, pressing high up the pitch in a way that Andreas often does in our league games. That intensity was evident on the ball too. Cairney caused Tottenham all sorts of issues, running at them with pace and showing brilliant footwork in tight areas, including his brilliant work in the buildup to our goal. His positivity on and off the ball showed why he is still a leader in this squad with a hell of a lot to offer. 8.5/10 – Man of the match

Adama Traore

An exciting first start for Adama who showed lots of positive signs in his hour on the pitch. Looked really sharp despite his lack of a regular pre-season, frequently drifting wider to get on the ball and then always looking to take on Ben Davies with pace to get into good crossing positions. There was no sign of his imaginary lack of end product either, his crosses looked good. He also showed how easily he can get us 50 yards up the pitch in a matter of seconds, which will be a handy attribute for the side this year. 7.5/10

Bobby De Cordova-Reid

Bobby really struggled to have any real influence on the game, once again playing in a slightly narrower position. It also didn’t help him how often Fulham’s play ended up either centrally with Cairney or wide on the right with Adama. When the Jamaican international did eventually get a notable chance, a close range effort coming across his body onto his left foot, the ball was scuffed wide on 65 minutes. 6/10

Rodrigo Muniz

Many, including myself, would have been expecting a run out for Carlos Vinicius, alas it was his Brazilian colleague Muniz who got the nod and played really, really well. Muniz was superb in the aerial battles he contended with Sanchez and Van de Ven and competed well on the ground too, including one occasion where he bullied Van de Ven off the ball to get a good shot away. Forster had to be alert to a couple of really good Muniz headers too. On this showing, Muniz could maybe have played himself into Silva’s plans as a third choice forward… or maybe he’s put himself in the shop window, who knows? 7.5/10


Harry Wilson

Subbed on after 61 minutes for Adama Traore

Instantly looked sharp and creative when he came on, causing the Spurs defence all sorts of issues. Found himself in multiple goalscoring positions and forced two front post saves from Forster. His penalty in the shootout nearly took the woodwork off on eight occasions and still managed to seemingly hit the back of the net four times – insane. 7/10

Andreas Pereira

Subbed on after 77 minutes for Bobby De Cordova-Reid

Came on and played in a slightly less natural left-sided position and rarely saw the ball in his short cameo. The Brazilian did, however, slot his penalty away nicely in the shootout. 6/10

Luke Harris

Subbed on after 77 minutes for Harrison Reed

Had a really positive impact when he came on, setting up a couple of really dangerous attacks, showing for the ball frequently himself. The Welsh midfielder didn’t look out of place and will hopefully play more often this season. 6.5/10

Raul Jimenez

Subbed on after 83 minutes for Rodrigo Muniz

Chased everything for the 15 minutes he was on and nearly got his reward when a headed effort went over the bar in added time. Another who slotted away a very calm penalty in the shootout. 6.5/10

Tyrese Francois

Subbed on after 83 minutes for Tom Cairney

While Harris ventured forward and looked to attack, Francois was impressive in his tracking back and staying focused defensively when he came on. Nice to see the Aussie youngster get some much needed minutes. 6.5/10

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