Fulham v Brighton player ratings

An injury-time penalty cost Fulham a point against Brighton. Here’s we rated the Whites players in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat.

Marcus Bettinelli: 7
Could do little about either Brighton goal and made a couple of smart stops. The pre-match news that the highly-rated keeper had signed a new contract will be a boost for Fulham and their supporters.

Jazz Richards: 7
Largely kept the dangerous Kazenga LuaLua quiet and was useful as an attacking outlet on the right flank.

Shaun Hutchinson: 6
Good in the air in both boxes but struggled when the ball was played on the ground. And only he will know why he scythed down LuaLua to effectively cost his side a point.

Nikolay Bodurov: 6
Failed to cut out the cross that led to Brighton’s first goal and was also booked for a second-half foul.

Kay Voser: 6
Up against the mobile Solly March who kept him busy, but showed no sign of wanting to support the attack.

Tom Cairney: 8
Scored a wonderful goal but also looked a threat whenever he had the ball. Looks the pick of the summer acquisitions with his intelligent movement.

Jamie O’Hara: 8
Perhaps Fulham’s best player on the day, largely for going unnoticed. He did the simple things well, providing a stable base for the midfield.

Lasse Vigen Christensen: 6
A largely anonymous display from a talented player, though he was involved in the build up to Cairney’s goal.

Ben Pringle: 6
Another one to disappoint and it wasn’t much of a surprise when he was replaced on the hour by Alex Kacaniklic.

Ross McCormack: 5
A real struggle for the Scotland international in the week he extended his contract. Failed to link up with Smith and the midfield and lacked quality in his finishing.

Matt Smith: 6
His famed aerial ability carved out chances for himself and others, and he did hit the post with one header. But weighed against this was a poor miss when he nodded straight at the keeper.

Alex Kacaniklic: 6
Brought on and played his part in the improved Fulham showing in the last quarter of the game.

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