Fulham secured a 2-0 win over Wigan at Craven Cottage under the Friday night lights. Here’s how we rated each Whites player.
Marcus Bettinelli: 7
No shots on target faced but assured with his passes and had any Wigan attempts covered. Continued playing after being dealt a heavy blow in an aerial challenge and did well against physical opposition.
Steven Sessegnon: 7
A solid display for the young full-back, showing great awareness and agility to make interceptions and making only the odd mistake. Always made himself available when Fulham attacked with his tucked-in positioning.
Alfie Mawson: 7
Rarely challenged by Wigan’s attack but covered well and made clearances when required; didn’t always find his man with passes but comfortable against relatively weak opposition.
Tim Ream: 8
Alert to loose balls and confident in possession as ever, setting the tone for Fulham’s passing out from the back. Unfazed by Wigan’s laborious forwards.
Joe Bryan: 8
Creatively pushed forward and fashioned opportunities before smashing in his first Fulham league goal – with his right foot.
Harrison Reed: 8
Intelligently positioned throughout while supporting Fulham’s frequent attacks, testing the keeper with a long-range strike in the first half. A challenging role alongside two forward-thinking midfielders, but Reed fit the deep role excellently.
Stefan Johansen: 8
Full of energy and developed attacks with a couple of wise flicks through to the front trio; his impressive lofted through ball created Mitrovic’s first clear-cut opportunity. Swapped for Arter after a great all-round performance.
Tom Cairney: 9
Man-of-the-match performance from the captain, who was adept as always in pockets of space as Fulham advanced into the final third. Created five key chances for his teammates, before finishing off a counter-attack with another clinical curler from distance to seal the three points.
Anthony Knockaert: 8
Evidently instructed to cross at every opportunity, and found routes into the box himself once he switched wings with Cavaleiro. Worked hard to support his full-backs defensively and delivered an assist for Cairney’s cracking goal.
Ivan Cavaleiro: 7
A quiet evening for the winger, struggling to link up with Bryan or to find room to cut inside and shoot. Subbed off for Decordova-Reid after 68 minutes.
Aleksandar Mitrović: 7
A typically rugged performance with a handful of glimpses at goal. Made himself a nuisance to Wigan’s defence and showed good footwork to hold the ball up, even tracking back to win the ball when required.
Bobby Decordova-Reid: 6
Immediately looked lively and popped up when Fulham looked comfortable attacking in the final stages.
Harry Arter: 6
Subbed on shortly before Cairney sealed victory, shoring up the midfield. Josh Onomah was brought on too, for the final few minutes.