That wasn’t an easy watch, was it, Fulham fans? We were always going to find it difficult against a Wolves side currently top of the league and looking very good for automatic promotion but we didn’t get the performance full of hunger and desire that we really wanted. Wolves looked pretty much everything we didn’t; enthusiastic on and off the ball, clinical from set pieces and full of confidence. We didn’t really make them work particularly hard for their victory which for me is the real worry. Rather than try and dissect the overall performance too much, let’s just go straight to the player ratings.
Button-5- Wasn’t called into action all that often and only really made one save of note in the second half from a Bonatini header. Realistically he could do nothing about the first or second goals. His distribution for me was poor, especially on one occasion in the second half when he gave the ball straight to a Wolves attacker, but has obviously been told not to play it long.
Fredericks-6- Was our best player tonight. He looked threatening going forward down the right and linked up reasonably well with Kebano but his end product was very poor. He also lost the run of Saiss for the first goal. He did make some vital blocks and interceptions which helped Fulham at least keep a clean sheet in the second half.
Ream-5- Made a few important interceptions but just wasn’t commanding enough for me as our most experienced centre back on the pitch. Our back line was broken too often and unfortunately Ream should have been able to organise the players in front of him a bit better.
Odoi-6- Looked quite good in an unfamiliar CB position. He wanted to pass the ball early but often didn’t have the players around him for it. When called into action he did well, particularly when it came to preventing a chance for Jota on the 75minute.
Norwood-6- Lost the ball too often in attacking positions and found himself in the book early on. He was constantly trying to connect play with 1-2s and switching the play but other players didn’t seem to be on the same wave length unfortunately. He showed glimpses of a really smart player, but isn’t a Cairney replacement.
McDonald-5- A very mixed performance for our stand-in captain tonight. Some uncharacteristic loose touches which slowed the game down. He did make a fantastic last-ditched tackle on a Wolves forward to prevent a clear chance in first half injury time to keep Fulham in game. Was booked on 48mins for a high challenge so will miss the next game.
Johansen-5- Another lacklustre performance from one of last year’s stand-out players. Johansen has gotten us out of jail on a couple of occasions this season but tonight he was nearly invisible apart from getting booked within 1minute. He also wasted a freekick from 35+ yards by opting to shoot rather than put the ball in the box.
Ayite-4- The blame for the first goal could potentially rest with Ayite as he ignored his defensive duties and played a Wolves winger onside, resulting in the corner that allowed Saiss to open the scoring. He did link well with Fredericks one on occasion in the first half that allowed the latter to put the ball in the box. He had a great chance to score on 50mins but put the ball wide after good build up play with Fonte. Generally speaking, Ayite was very poor tonight.
Kebano-5- Did a much better job of his defensive duties than Ayite did on the left but looked toothless going forward. Too often made the wrong pass at the wrong time and was the first man to be replaced, making way for Mollo after 52minutes.
Sessegnon-5- Some good defensive play, mainly when Ayite had left his man. He showed a little bit of inexperience when he brought down a Wolves player on the left when all he really had to do was stay on his feet and run him out. He got a yellowcard for his troubles, and Wolves went on to score their second from the freekick. He struggled to make an impact going forward but was let down by players around him too often.
Fonte-4- Our £9million man has struggled to adjust to the Championship and tonight was unfortunately another example of this. In truth, he had very little to work with, and had to drop deep too often to get the ball which isn’t what you want from your striker. He also let Bonatini get ahead of him for the second goal. He could have made amends in first half injury time when he had a clear sight of goal but fluffed his lines. He looks to have zero confidence at the minute.
Mollo-5- Came on for Kebano after 68mins. He looked reasonably bright, but didn’t really make much of an impact. I’d like to see him start after the international break as he looks more direct than some of our other wingers.
Soares-5- Came on for Ayite after 62mins. Certainly looks to be a good player and in just 30minutes made more runs forward than some of our other players but to no avail. We should see him start after the international break.
Kamara-4- Came on for Fonte after 68mins. Another player who has failed to live up to the perhaps unfair expectations heaped on him after his £5million move on the summer. Barely got on the ball in truth as the game was already away from Fulham at this stage.
Overall, it’s a good thing that it’s the international break now. We have two weeks before we face Derby County under the lights and Skysports cameras at Craven Cottage and hopefully that will allow the likes of Cairney to get back to full fitness and the team to get onto the training pitch to put right everything that is going wrong at the minute.