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THE TANNER REPORT: Fulham 0 Derby County 0

I do not normally begin my report by praising the opposition but in this case it’s warranted.

Derby’s response to a 21 point deduction that consigned them to the bottom of the Championship was to take 4 points from Bournemouth and ourselves at the other end of the table.

This draw was deserved.

Fulham were without Alex Mitrovic and it showed as his substiute Rodrigo Muniz missed two good chances.

There was an element of bad luck too. Jean Michel Seri’s 25 yard drive struck the post and the back of Derby keeper Roos.

It would have been his second goal for Fulham – his first 3 years ago against Burnley – was from an identical position.

Much was expected then of the Nice midfielder but after that he made little impact and for the next couple of seasons went out on loan.

Maro Silva resurrected him and he now has his own song

We’ve got  Seri, Jean Michel Seri

He’s Marco Silva’s man

He’s better than Zidane.

At a different career stage is 19 year old Fabio Carvalho who also struck the post.

England did not produce until recently – in Phil Foden and Jack Grealish – the dribbling midfielder, unlike Argentina, but Carvalho is in that mould.

Add to that a good pass, strength on the ball, youth and a finish and you can appreciate just why there is such interest in him from the big boys.

Fulham could not be said to have dominated as Derby had their chances and Gazzaniga, coming in for Rodak, had to be at his most agile to deal with these.

Their fans were in full voice urging on their team “To fight to the end” which they did.

The point differential might be too exacting but you can only admire their endeavour and there speaks one who was at the Baseball Ground in 1983 when their fans invaded the pitch resulting in the referee ending the game (and Fulham’s promotion hopes) before its completion.

Ever the optimist, we are still top of the Championship with the gap between us and third place WBA widening and Bournemouth without a win in their last two games.

We play Preston at Deepdale on Saturday and the following Friday Bournemouth are our visitors at the Cottage

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

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