There is a well known tactic usually symptomatic of the classier footballing team: “playing out from the back.”
Fulham in the first 30 minutes created their own version of “playing in from the back”.
Time after time again the ball was passed laterally between central defenders ineffectively. Eventually it went to the holding midfielder Harry Arter who was descended upon by a posse of Blackburn players snapping at his heels.
So the first 30 minutes was dominated by the away side who might have scored after 24 seconds when Bradley Johnson’s header from an Alan Armstrong cross went just past the post. Then everything changed with Tom Cairney’s sublime left foot strike which went into the corner of the net. Watching the highlights, I appreciated the ball’s trajectory reached its highest point at the keeper’s outstretched arm.
From then on Fulham dominated a game whose fluency was not helped by severely blustery conditions. After a strong run and cross from Joe Bryan Alex Mitrovic scored the second. Harry Arter and Anthony Knockaert can be pleased with their debuts both working hard, Ivan Cavaleiro made less of a contribution.
The only advantage is a speedier exit into Stevenage Road.
To our left was the empty seatless Riveride Stand soon to be pulled down.
A three sided stadium generates an eerie effect so home advantage may be an issue.