Fulham notched their second home win in five days with a solid 3-0 victory against Derby at Craven Cottage. Here’s how we rated the players:
Marek Rodak: 7
Not given too much to do but showed an ability to punch away danger and a confidence in his passing and long balls. Did well to look for the direct route to Mitrovic’s head when necessary.
Denis Odoi: 7
Aside from a trademark adventurous run from the back, Odoi was largely focused on his defensive efforts and reliably so, helping to stop Derby get a single shot on target.
Tim Ream: 7
A quietly assured display leading to another clean sheet despite a fair number of Derby attacks as the game wore on. A combination of opponents’ lack of ability and good organisation saw Fulham maintain their strong defensive record.
Alfie Mawson: 7
Along with Ream, Mawson’s contribution to another Fulham clean sheet can’t be understated. Too often he sees his vertical passes intercepted, but that might be expected with Fulham’s style of play.
Joe Bryan: 6
An off night for the full-back, failing to find his man with passes in the final third. But made key challenges when it mattered and continues to be crucial to the back four.
Stefan Johansen: 7
Ideal for backing up the highly attacking players ahead of him. His tackles in the first half stopped possible Derby counter-attacks and he maintained his energy in the quieter second half.
Tom Cairney: 7
A largely quiet night for the captain, with the absence of a deeper-lying midfielder forcing his more conservative positioning. Topped things off with a goal on the counter, in a performance mostly consisting of getting stuck in, as we are increasingly seeing from him.
Bobby Decordova-Reid: 8
Finally got the goal his lively play this season has deserved, scoring from Kamara’s cross. Battled well once again, supporting both defensive channels, before a knock saw him replaced by Onomah after an hour.
Ivan Cavaleiro: 7
Didn’t quite come off for him in the final third but delivered with an accurate cross to Mitrovic for Fulham’s second. The wide man is always a challenge for opposition full-backs, creating space for the rest of the Fulham attackers.
Aleksandar Mitrovic: 8
On his return after one game out, the number nine was reliable as ever, winning headers and linking up with Kamara often. Got his goal in totemic fashion, towering among a crowd of Derby men to guide in Cavaleiro’s corner, before setting up Cairney’s clincher.
Aboubakar Kamara: 8
He might not have found a man with every one of his passes but he found Decordova-Reid for the key first goal and remained heavily involved throughout. Proved himself to be a handy alternative not only to Mitrovic but as a right-winger, before receiving a knock and coming off for Knockaert early in the second half.
Anthony Knockaert: 6
Whether dropped or rested for Kamara’s inclusion, Knockaert had his sights on goal in the second half but his shots were wayward, while his defensive efforts weren’t too successful – but no harm was done.
Josh Onomah: 6
Not afraid to get on the ball once he came on for the final half-hour, earning a few fouls to calm the game down.
Cyrus Christie: 6
Brought on in the final 10 minutes to face his former club and form a back five, helping to secure the win.