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The Tanner Report: Fulham 4 Barnsley 1

Having had to endure the journey from hell from the coast I deserved this sparkling performance.

First class became cattle class as all the seats were taken by disgruntled passengers in a train of few carriages that became standing room only- so much for any social distancing.

Clapham Junction, the hub for south west London, was in total chaos because of the Twickenham-destined fans.

Eventually 30 minutes later – and over 3 hours after I left – I got to our familiar pre-match restaurant vowing that, after 53 years of support, I would never repeat this.

All was forgotten when, after a tentative start, the exciting team selected that included Tom Cairney and Fabio Carvalho began to fire on all cylinders.

For once our seats behind the goal were rewarded as we watched the trajectory of a Kenny Tete shot hit the inside of the post and that man Alex Mitrovic open the scoring with a header for his 21st of the season.

All Barnsley resistance was eliminated when Carvalho worked a clever one-two and clipped the ball for number two.

This generated a discussion at to whether it was in his interest to move.

The consensus view was that our young starlet would not further his career by sitting on the bench at a big club, the demise of Ryan Sessegnon being cited.

The rejuvenated Neeskens Kebano and Harry Wilson added 3 and 4 but Barnsley did pull one back in between after Fulham old boy Cauley Woodrow missed a sitter but Victor Adeboyejo converted after the misdirected header hit the post.

So, on a considerably quieter and more comfy train back, I could read the programme and ponder a run of six successive wins taking Fulham to top of the table.

We have a strong enough squad and a prolific scorer on Mitrovic to anticipate automatic promotion as we are now 9 points clear of WBA in 3rd place but the million dollar question is whether we can stay in the Premier as the last two attempts only lasted one season.

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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