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The Tanner report: Fulham 1 Cardiff 2

It was squeaky bum time as Fulham held onto the 2 goal lead they took to the Cottage to reach the play-off final against neighbours Brentford next Tuesday. I had to go back to a game against Lincoln in 1982 which was decisive for promotion from the old third division to recall being so nervous.

The omission of Mitrovic was decisive at both ends of the pitch.

He is the best header in the club and would have dealt with with Cardiff’s long throws and set pieces better as well as being our likeliest scorer.

One must also note  that but for some fine saves by Alex Smithies – the Cardiff keeper – Fulham might have had another four.

Tom Cairney played a captain’s game and was at his best as ball carrier and passer.

Anthony Knockaert started well but faded but I would play him against Brenford to track back as additional cover for their tricky winger Said Benrahma.

Liam Rosenior is an excellent SKY analyst but I did not agree with him in lauding Cardiff’s style.

I derive no pleasure in watching the Wimbledons, Stokes and Cardiffs who are physically intimidatory and in my view one of the reasons why England has won precisely nothing since 1966.

At least we try to pass the pass the ball on the ground.

It’s been a baptism of fire for Scott Parker with Covid shutdown and closed doors games but he has remained calm.

After 5 managers in 5 years under the new regime, none of whom except Slav Jokatovic having brought any success,he has brought stability to our club.

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