Fulham lost out to Bristol City on a frustrating afternoon at Craven Cottage. Here’s how we rated the players.
Marek Rodák: 6
Can’t be blamed for the two Bristol City goals and was reliable when required, distributing well at times. Flew forward for a Fulham corner in the last minute – booked for his troubles.
Denis Odoi: 5
Couldn’t provide a great deal of attacking intent and struggled, like the rest of Fulham’s defence, to deal with Diedhiou’s powerful play. Booked for a foul on Weimann while defending a counter-attack.
Tim Ream: 5
Beaten for City’s second and wasn’t able to pass out from the back as comfortably as he would like, with the Robins pressing high at times. Without a ball carrier and defensive shield ahead of him, the veteran defender can find fast and strong attackers challenging.
Alfie Mawson: 5
Struggled without a holding midfielder there to suppress City’s counter-attacks, leaving opponents free to head in their opener. Got himself forward in the closing stages but couldn’t find a late goal.
Joe Bryan: 6
Playing against his boyhood club, all of Fulham’s attacks came through the left-back in the first half but his frequent crosses couldn’t find a teammate. Created Mitrovic’s first headed opportunity but not much more and blasted a desperate shot wide late on.
Stefan Johansen: 7
Fulham’s stand-out performer when the game lacked energy and incision – but could be used more effectively if given more freedom box to box. Always looked for the vertical pass to Mitrovic and kept the ball moving as the game progressed.
Tom Cairney: 6
The captain wasn’t able to orchestrate the game despite Fulham’s possession. Perhaps being asked to do too much by covering the left channel defensively instead of Cavaleiro.
Josh Onomah: 6
An interesting test for Onomah, with Parker opting for an attacking midfielder ahead of Cairney and Johansen rather than a holding man. Had some good touches and pressed well but perhaps not the answer in this system.
Anthony Knockaert: 5
Was largely anonymous in the first half after fluffing a chance in the opening minutes and struggled to have an impact on the game, lacking any fluidity with Odoi on the right wing. More involved in the second half, but failed to finish again when sent through on goal. Lucky to avoid a red card for a kick-out.
Ivan Cavaleiro: 6
The winger was heavily involved throughout but things wouldn’t fall for him on what proved to be a frustrating afternoon. Led the Fulham side in shot attempts, but couldn’t test the keeper enough.
Aleksandar Mitrović: 6
Snatched at his chances but not given much service by the Fulham team. At odds with the referee’s judgment of his grappling with defenders. A difficult day for the Fulham talisman against a resolute Bristolian defence.
Aboubakar Kamara: 7
Introduced with 25 minutes to go and got on the ball several times in threatening positions. Fired in Fulham’s goal as the home side pushed forward late on.
Neeskens Kebano: 8
Brought a spark of energy into the game on only his second appearance of the season and forced the keeper to parry before Kamara’s finish. Probably should have been awarded a penalty when clipped in injury time, before remarkably hitting the bar with a header.
Cyrus Christie: 6
Introduced just after Fulham’s goal and applied himself in Fulham’s final attacks, but to no avail.