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The Tanner Report: Fulham 2 Cardiff 0

Fulham achieved a play-off place with an assured victory over Cardiff last night.

Cardiff with their physical style and seeking to secure a play-off position are tough opponents. They won the early exchanges when Fulham were sloppy but gradually the home side prised control and did not relinquish it.

Alex Mitrovic was back after his suspension and given the captain’s armband in favour of Tom Cairney who was was still injured.

Mitrovic showed his value to the side.

After he was hauled down in the box he took the most efficient of penalties with a hard shot high in the corner a la Alan Shearer.

Josh Onomah added a second with a tee-up and deft clip. Onomah started his career at Spurs and was coached by Scott Parker who was in charge of their  Academy.

He was first played behind Mitrovic but that did not suit his game.  His main asset is his engine. He is therefore most effective in the second half when the opposition is tiring.

Bobby DeCordova- Reid continues to frustrate. He has only scored 5 goals in 39 outings for the Whites. Against his old side we saw the best and the worst of him.

He hit a glorious curling shot from distance which Cardiff keeper Alex Smithies tipped onto the bar but a much easier header from close in he muffed.

Fulham have kept three clean consecutive sheets and Michael Hector, after a wobbly return after lockdown, is back to his imperious best.

He is polished on the ball but also reads the game well and is commanding in the air.

Praise must also be given to Harrison Reed on loan from Southampton. He is a dead ringer for Ben Stokes. He is tireless on the pitch and keeps play moving with his passing.

His teammates must love him as if they are pressurised he is always available.

It’s not done and dusted. WBA in second place travel to Ewood Park today to face Blackburn who beat Cardiff in the week. Then on Tuesday WBA play us. Brentford have a crucial game at Derby today.

The resumption of football might be strange without fans but at the business end of the Championship the games come fast and furious and have resulted in an enthralling conclusion to the season.

 

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