Fulham kept the Division Three title race going until the final day of the season after skipper Simon Morgan scored a superb double to put Hull City to the sword.
The Cottagers’ captain returned from injury to face the Tigers at Craven Cottage and delivered a virtuoso display as Fulham improved on their last two disappointing home displays after clinching promotion. The Whites were in control from the first whistle – with the only surprise being that they had to wait until half an hour in to open the scoring when a low drive from Morgan skids into the net off the wet playing surface.
The skipper doubled Fulham’s advantage four minutes into the second half burying a trademark header from a fine Paul Watson cross. Morgan is unfortunate not to complete his hat-trick as the home side finish on the front foot, but is lauded afterwards by an appreciative Micky Adams. ‘What more could you ask for from your captain?’ the Fulham manager tells his post-match press conference.
Wigan’s victory means that the Whites will need to better the Latics’ result on the final day at Cambridge United.
FULHAM: Walton; Lawrence, Watson, Cullip, Blake; Cockerill (Warren 73), Cusack, Carpenter, Morgan (Angus 83); Conroy, Freeman (Thomas 78).
BOOKED: Lawrence, Freeman.
GOALS: Morgan (30, 49).
HULL CITY: Wilson; Rioch, Greaves (Fewings 52), Brien, Dewhurst; Peacock, Quigley, Mann, Joyce; Brown, Trevitt. Subs (not used): Sharman, Doncel.
BOOKED: Rioch, Greaves, Dewhurst, Joyce.
REFEREE: Rob Styles (Hampshire).