A fine three points. At the risk of stating the obvious, making the most of your opportunities is always going to be key in traditionally tough fixtures like this, and that’s what we did and Fulham didn’t.
We probably had slightly the worst of the first half but still led through two well crafted goals, even if Bale’s finish was of the scruffier kind. In the second period we suffered a bombardment that was pretty much without relief until sub Defoe smashed in our third in the 5th minute of injury time. The Fulham assault was mostly of the aerial kind, and was at times at a level that made a game against Stoke seem like a paper aeroplane fly-past. Brad Friedel more than matched Carlo Cudicini’s midweek performance with save after save. Luka rescued him with a streching goal line diversion the only time he faltered.
Kaboul and King were also superb showing strength, discipline and concentration. That the Fulham goal, just after half time, was scored off Kaboul’s back was no fault of his. The fact that we prevented the seemingly inevitable equaliser was down to him though as well as everyone else who threw their bodies in the way of the shots from Dembele, Zamora, Dempsey and co. That we never took control of the game was due to the midfield being overrun. There was bags of skill on offer and we passed it well in patches but Fulham continually broke whenever we lost the ball and ended up straight on our back four.
On another day the home team might have got the point at least they deserved but as I said at the beginning they didn’t take the chances they created, with Dempsey being the main offender and that was that. Seven wins out of eight including four away from home. Great stuff.
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