Scott Parker’s Fulham made a quick recovery from their weekend defeat to Stoke City last night as the Cottagers ran out 3-2 winners in an entertaining game against a buoyed up Luton Town, who headed into the clash at Craven Cottage off the back of beating Bristol City 3-0.
It was a satisfying performance from Parker’s team which highlighted their prowess in front of goal this season, as Aleksandar Mitrovic’s three goal haul took the Whites season total to 23 goals scored, putting them amongst the most prolific sides in front of goal in the Championship this term.
The result will have come as a welcome boost for Parker, with the Whites having only won one of their last three league games, thus seeing them slip out of the promotion spots as a result.
The performance against Luton last night once again underlined the importance of Mitrovic to Fulham’s promotion chances this season, with the Serbian international taking his season tally to 11 goals in 13 second division games this season.
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Where better to start than the goals scored by the 25-year-old, it was another stunning performance from Mitrovic who has once again shown that he is too good for this level, with his first goal of the night coming in the 16th minute following a neat lay off from Ivan Cavaleiro which Mitrovic struck home from around 15-yards out.
The big Serb then doubled his tally in the 53rd minute with a simple finish from Bobby Reid’s cut back, before the former Newcastle United forward ensured that he left Craven Cottage with the match ball, completing his hat trick with a well timed header from a superb delivery into the box from left-back Joe Bryan.
Mitrovic’s feat was made all the more impressive by the fact that he only registered seven shots throughout the 90 minutes against Luton, underlining his clinicality in front of goal.
The towering front man also helped to contribute in parts to Fulham’s possession play last night, with Mitrovic totting up 18 passes, giving him a respectable pass success rate of 72.2%, in a game where service to the ex-Anderlecht man was largely limited due to Luton defending with two low blocks when out of possession.
The striker was also up to his usual tricks in the air, with the Serb winning two aerial duels during the 90 minutes, which is largely unusual, given that Fulham play a largely possession based game which involves a lot of interplay through the use of short passses.