This ground out away win was exactly what we or any aspiring promotion side needs. There were few opportunities either way but with the tall Michael Hector at the heart of the Fulham defence we looked more solid and less prone to silly error.
We went into the game with Tom Cairney, Harry Arter, Alfie Mawson and Joe Bryan on the bench.
Kevin McDonald got a rare outing in midfield and Josh Onomah was preferred to Stefan Johansen.
To add to an ever-increasing injury list top scorer Alex Mitrovic was stretchered off.
Our goal was scored by Ivan Cavaleiro whose loan move was made permanent in the week.
Though there are some who cannot see the positive side of any Fulham transfer, it makes sense as it creates the possibility of another loan move in the January window.
Cavaleiro, though he plays on the left, has a sweet right foot and this goal – like almost all his other five – came from cutting inside and beating the keeper with a swerving shot.
Personally, I do not believe the two teams in automatic berths are already assured of the first and second positions.
WBA and Leeds have won one of their last ten games. Fulham still play both away. Our squad may be stretched but can cope.
In the crucial run in we can call on our best players. There is virtually no chance of a result against Manchester City next Sunday in the FA Cup.
Their manager Pep Gaudiola will want to defend the Cup and do well in the Champions League with the Premiership surely now in the hands of Liverpool.
So no distractions.
I’m happy for Scott Parker but I wish he could stop adjusting his attire during interview and use the word ultimately less.