There are some games – and this was one – where the result is vital and the means of achieving it secondary.
Fulham simply had to beat Sheffield Utd to have any chance of avoiding relegation.
There was a perceptive article in The Times arguing that relegation may not be dire, citing Norwich whose outlay on new players when promoted was £8m and who duly went down.
They kept their manager Darius Farke and are now strolling the Championship.
However Fulham, with 7 loanees most of whom will sign up if Fulham stay up, and a few permanent ones who will not fancy the Championship may lose as many as 9 players should we be relegated.
The first half was especially dire.
In the second a huge pass out of defence by Joachim Andersen – of which the great Bobby Moore would have been proud – found Ade Lookman who dribbled into the box to fire home.
Sheffield Utd are a hard, raw-boned side and Fulham coped well with their physical challenges.
Once again Alphonse Areola made crucial saves – one interception tackle with his feet was especially notable.
Graeme Souness on SKY said it was a 100% penalty and it’s about time they had ex-players as referees.
It’s about time SKY got rid of superannuated managers who openly admit their bias, in his case Liverpool.
Anderson, Lookman, Frank Anguissa, Harrison Reed and Ola Aina all put in fine shifts.
Our problem as ever was the absence of a killing instinct in the final third. Yet we are closing the gap on Newcastle who play at Manchester United tonight and we can do no more than maintain a level of performance that has made staying up more than an improbable dream.