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The Tanner Report: Fulham 1 Bristol City 2

Fulham did not deserve anything from this game but some poor refereeing deprived us from sharing the spoils.

The cardinal selection and tactical error made was to play Josh Onomah, the loanee from Spurs, just behind Alex Mitrovic.

To play in that position you have to be slight, quick and with nimble feet, none of which Onomah possesses.

He reminded me in physique of a holding player we acquired from Brighton Rohan Ince.

Another error was the omission of Aboubakar Kamara who is in a rich vein of form and confidence. He may have been injured and unable to play a full 90 minutes but in these situations it is generally better to start with him and use Anthony Knockaert as an impact sub.

We were two  down with 9 minutes to play.

Sub Neeskens Kebano was clearly  tripped in the box but the inept referee did not award a penalty.

If he thought Kebano had dived he should have carded him. Then Kebano’s header hit the bar and Fulham suffered their third home defeat.

The Cottage match day experience is not a  happy one for me.

Even before assuming my seat I was accused of queue-jumping for a programme, a rushed lunch and difficult walk with a sore calf to meet and assist an old school friend who has mobility problems which then proved unnecessary as he was  going to be 30 minutes late and an officious security steward demanded that I open my umbrella.

Once in the seat I saw  the whole river side of the ground is a building site  and the loudest noise comes from the away section. The worst thing though is seated behind one goal you could not see properly the two goals and penalty incident in the other half.

We have one more season to suffer before the new double-decker stand is completed and the somewhat eerie feeling in the ground does not bode well for the visit of  Leeds in 2 weeks’ time.

Alan Tanner
About Alan Tanner

After a distinguished military service in the Catering Corps, Alan Tanner did well in mufti with his chamois as a window cleaner. Sadly he had to retire after falling from the fifth floor of Danny Murphy's mock Tudor home. He spends his retirement watching and writing about his beloved Fulham whom he has supported for over 50 years. The Alan Tanner Report is sponsored by Tanner Crystal Clear Ltd, Window Cleaners to the Gentry. More Posts