The Tanner Report: Southampton 0 Fulham 2
Fulham’s defeat of the Saints consigned the latter to the Championship after 11 years in the Premiership.
It also sets us on course for our record number of Premiership points and wins.
All in all it caps a fine season with 2 games to go.
The 8-match ban of Alex Mitrovic and injuries to Tim Ream and Andreas Pereira, who before that had both started every game, created a blip but that is when good coaches prove their worth.
After an initial poor start Carlos Vinicius has netted 3 goals in 4 games and Harry Wilson has proved effective in midfield.
Complacency once Fulham achieved had their first target of safety was replaced by a more carefree air.
Aside from a defeat at resurgent Aston Villa we have consistently played well.
One of Southampton’s problems in recent years is that they have let too many quality players go and one such is Harrison Reed to us.
Harry Wilson played a loose ball into the box which the Saints defender should have cleared but Reed tackled him and the ball flew to the unmarked Vinicius who opened the scoring.
The second was pure Mitro.
Wilson’s cross was behind him but he arched backwards, made a good contact with his head and Fulham were two-up and home and hosed.
Our remaining games are Crystal Palace at home and the final fixture away at Old Trafford. There are many candidates for player of the season.
Joao Pahlinha will probably win it but my vote will be for Kenny Tete.