Frankie Taylor runs the rule over the man in white at Portman Road tonight …
Alphonse Areola – 6.
Distribution was excellent as you’d expect from a goalkeeper who was once the number one at PSG and fresh off a spell at Real Madrid. Didn’t have a save to make until the very end when he made a routine stop from Gwion Edwards.
Kenny Tete – 8.
The Dutch debutant put in one of the better crosses we’ll see this season, a beautifully weighted ball perfect for Aleksandar Mitrovic to power home for the opener. A willing support act from right back popping up in attacking areas. Floated in another beauty in the second for Aleksandar Mitrovic, whose header was saved. Created more chances than any other player. Good 80 minutes before coming off for Joe Bryan.
Denis Odoi – 6.
Typical Denis performance, dependable filling in on the right hand side of the central defence partnership. Distribution wasn’t as good as his centre back partner but he’ll be happy with another decent performance in white. Always good in the air.
Maxime Le Marchand – 7.
It’s easy to forget that the left footed Frenchman has Champions League and Europa League experience to his name from his time at Nice but on nights like tonight his ability on the ball shines through. Of course, he didn’t have much to defend but he’s a delightful player with the ball at his feet.
Antonee Robinson – 7.
Robinson was keen to get forward, eager to intercept and carry the ball up the pitch as advertised. Mirrored Tete nicely with more of an athletic approach to full back whilst Tete was more technical and measured, he’ll be satisfied with his performance today. Fizzed in a couple of really nice balls and showed how he may compete with ‘play off final hero’ Joe Bryan. By the full time whistle, he saw the ball more than anyone else.
Mario Lemina – 6.
Solid debut. Touched the ball more than any other player at the base of midfield up to his subbing around the hour mark. Happier being the deeper of the two at the base of midfield. Decent showing before being subbed for TC.
Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa – 6.
Still getting his match sharpness back but his quality stands out with his ability to regain possession and be progressive taking on players in midfield. Nearly volleyed home a beauty from a corner. Subbed for Harrison Reed after 70 minutes.
Anthony Knockaert – 6.
Bright but unable to affect the scoresheet sums up his career thus far in a Fulham shirt. I admire his industrious nature but four shots with none on target and created 3 chances, none of which were converted.
Bobby Decordova-Reid – 5.
Considering the League One opposition, you’d have hoped Bobby would have an opportunity to really impress but sadly it wasn’t quite the case. Buzzed about like he usually does but had the same amount of tackles as he had shots (2) in a game where we had over 65% possession.
Neeskens Kebano – 6.
Had a similar sort of performance to Bobby Decordova-Reid but when you’re on the flank, you expect periods of being out of the game and that’s the only real reason he has a 6 rather than a 5. Went close with a free kick (shock) but the game passed him by a tad.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – 7.
Physically dominant against defenders of this level. I think most Premier League defenders would call him their strongest opponent but it’s much more noticeable when he’s holding off two or three of these poor guys. Good header for the winner – 50 up.
Tom Cairney – 6.
Kept the ball ticking over. More minutes in the legs.
Harrison Reed – 6.
Ctrl + C (Tom Cairney) and Ctrl + V. Helped see the game out and got the ball continuing to move.
Joe Bryan – N/A.
Not much you can really do in 10 minutes as a sub in a game that Fulham were dominating but ultimately seeing out.