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The Tanner Report: Birmingham 1 Fulham 4

After the defeat at Blackpool, which was merited, the boys were back on track and atop the Championship with a decisive thumping of Birmingham.

Blackpool deserved their win and chief coach Marco Silva did not blame the international break.

Our American players Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson had to play 3 games but I suspect it’s the travelling that is most tiring.

They did not return to Britain until the Thursday before the game and it showed.

One wonders why they were selected.

In fact Joe Bryan came in for Robinson against Birmingham. Starlet Fabio Carvalho was still injured but Harry Wilson was able to return. Chalobah made his debut.

In the first half Fulham were totally dominant in getting behind the  home side’s defence to create 4 good scoring opportunities.

However it was from a corner that Dennis Odoi headed to take the lead.

Dennis Odoi – signed from Anderlecht – has been one of the unsung heroes of the past 5 years.

He can play across the back four but normally deputises as right back.

Quick and good in the air he is more than capable in the Championship but probably not talented enough for the Premier.

In the second half Alex Mitrovic scored twice, once from a penalty, and Wilson added to his tally of goals.

Not for the first time Fulham took their feet off the gas in the closing period and Birmingham might have added to the one goal they did score.

That they did not was partly due to the reliable keeping of Paolo Gazzaniga.

I thought at first he might be a flapper but he looked assured throughout the game.

Chelabah had a fine game too.

His cheeky drag back in the box led to the penalty which Mitrovic converted to general relief after missing one against Stoke.

I watched the game on Sky Red Button.

Though not named,I recognised the voice of the commentator as Artif Nawaz, who often appears as a commentator on cricket on BB C radio.

His commentary was well-balanced and informed.

I also had on the audio of Gentleman Jim McGullion and Jamie Reed from Fulham TV who took issue with the referee.

There is no VAR in the Championship which is a blessing but the refereeing is poorer than the Premier.

This referee David Webb missed a clear shove on Wilson and generally had a poor game.

Top of the league, one defeat – decisive victories over Hull, Stoke and now Birmingham – Marco Silva must be pleased with his start.

There is such depth to the squad that Antony Knockaert, Brighton’s player of the year and of the Championship when they achieved promotion, does not even make the bench.

I think the threat will come from Bournemouth where Scott Parker is now in charge.

I watched them beat QPR in a most exciting game and the Cherries have plenty of talent. The clash on December 3rd will be intriguing.

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