This thrashing drew comparison with the pleasing, passing performances of Slavisa Jokatovic that won us promotion but I would go further back in Fulham time to the Championship winning side of Jean Tigana of the late 1990s. Tigana’s side began with 11 straight wins in the Championship but Scott Parker’s began with a loss at Barnsley.
The first 30 minutes at the next home game Blackburn were uneasy but after that win, we won two more. Huddersfield had apparently sacked their manager Jan Siewert in the week prior to our game. Another win.
Millwall were unbeaten coming to the Cottage and their no-nonsense style and raucous fans often make for a difficult 90 minutes. Not last night. Incredibly Fulham made 934 successful passes and had 85% possession.
As with Tigana’s side we have a trident of strikers – Mitrovic, Knockaert and Cavaleiro – all of whom scored last night and will continue to do so. The midfield shored up by Harry Arter, the legs of Stefan Johansen and the sweet left foot of Tom Cairney are a fine unit.
In defence Stephen Sessegnon has slotted in well at right back and made some excellent runs, one of which ended with a cross that struck the bar.
All in all the despondency of relegation last season, the question mark over rookie Scott Parker and the concern of a three-sided stadium have been dispelled by a new mood of optimism. Fulham’s credentials for promotion are self-apparent with some attractive football to boot.