Over my 50 years of support of Fulham I have seen many an away game which Fulham dominated only to lose and this was another of them.
In the first half we had 65% of possession and plenty of chances but went in at half time a goal down.
The Fulham defence played poorly.
We conceded too much space on the left flank and failed to deal with crosses from there.
Michael Hector – normally so impetuous – had a nightmare and failed to impose himself.
Bobby DeCordova-Reid continued from last week with a mercurial performance.
He failed to convert an easy chance and immediately Leeds went up field to make it 2-0 and put the game beyond Fulham.
With Nottingham Forest, Cardiff (both play-off contenders) and second place WBA still to play we need to find some consistency even to achieve a play-off position.
QPR away this Tuesday won’t be easy either.
The one plus is the midfield play of Harrison Reed once again our most effective player by some distance.
Just as Alf Ramsay in winning the World Cup melded a side maximising strengths and minimising weaknesses I would like to see Scott Parker introduce a third defender – possibly le Marchand – and deploy Joe Bryan and Steve Sessegnon as wing backs and using De Cordova Reid, Anthony Knockaert and Abou Kamara as impact subs.
Matters are not made easy by Neeskens Kebano – another mercurial talent – being red-carded and a prospective one for Aleksandar Mitrovic for use of the elbow which the referee fortunately missed.