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The Tanner Report: Fulham 2 Brentford 1

Any report must start and end with Scott Parker whose game management was superb.

He confused Brentford pre-match by keeping alive the possibility of playing Alex Mitrovic. His post-match interview indicated that he could play at most for 10 minutes.

He set up Fulham to nullify the vaunted Brentford front three by denying them supply ball.

I felt if we could hang in we would win in extra time.

As it happened we dominated the first half in a cagey affaire.

Brentford like stats so what are the odds of a left back scoring from 40 yards and then adding a second with his right foot?

Tom Cairney who played a deeper role was man of the match.

In the run-in he was moving the ball quicker but deep-lying playmaker a la Pirlo was new to him.

He might have got more than a yellow card for a challenge and Harrison Reed too definitely went into a tackle with his studs showing.

When there is a stellar all round performance there is normally one you overlook for his contribution and here I would praise Tom Ream who, but for the occasional misdirected pass, hardly made an error all night.

This is the 4th Fulham Final: the 1975 Cup Final v West Ham, the 2010 Europa leagues Atletico Madrid, the 2018 Play off Final v Aston Villa and last night.

This was the best performance of them all.

Thank you Scotty.

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