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3 things we clearly learnt about Fulham after their 2-0 win over Blackburn

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Following what was undoubtedly a worrying wake-up call on the opening weekend of the Championship season, Fulham and their fans will have been desperate to see a response as soon as possible.

And that is what they got on Saturday when Tony Mowbray brought his Blackburn Rovers side to Craven Cottage as the Whites found their attacking flare.

Despite looking shaky at the back in the early stages up against an energetic Rovers front-line, the home side started to assert their authority.

A stunning Tom Cairney goal opened proceedings just before half-time and towards the end of the second period, Aleksandar Mitrovic tapped home a second after good work from Joe Bryan.

It was just the response that Scott Parker will have been hoping to see and it undoubtedly relieves some pressure on himself that would have mounted with a failure to win.

But what did we learn about his side?

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Knockaert essential

The Frenchman was given his first start for his new club and he became an instant hit with the fans.

Whilst his end product was somewhat lacking on Saturday, his pace and trickery on the ball coupled with an overwhelming desire to chase down any lost causes made him an instant hit with his new fans.

He has proven before that he is too good for this level and against Rovers it showed again in flashed.

Arter effective

Following defeat to Barnsley, one of the most prominent complaints from fans was the lack of protection offered to the defence by the midfield.

That was a problem the club moved to solve on deadline day with the loan signing of Harry Arter from Bournemouth and he was thrown straight in from the start on Saturday.

His rampant energy and positional sense made an instant impact, helping to stifle the likes of Bradley Dack and others from creating. Expect him to be an ever-present in that role from now on.

Defensive worries remain

It is clear that Parker wants his side playing out from the back at every possible opportunity, and he has to be respected for that.

However, it was clear, especially in the first half, that when pressured high, there were plenty of cracks on show with neither Alfie Mawson or Tim Ream looking particularly comfortable – frequently opting to simply pass between themselves.

It is a system that may well take time to perfect, especially among the defenders, and when it does it will no doubt work well. But for now, a few concerns should remain.

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