A fine first-half showing from Fulham ensured they got back to winning ways in the Sky Bet Championship on Wednesday night against Swansea City.
A hat-trick from Aleksandar Mitrovic set them well on their way in the first-half, with Jamie Paterson getting what would prove to be a consolation for the Swans when the score was 2-0.
Fulham, then, will be pleased they got their three points on the board after a couple of disappointing results and, that said, we’re now taking a look at three things we learned about the Whites last night…
Fulham can dominate without the ball
37% was the share Fulham had of the possession and that goes to show you it’s what you do with the ball, not how much you have it.
The Whites, of course, will dominate the ball in a lot of games this year but they were content last night to let Swansea have possession, with the Welsh side not offering that much in the way of threat it must be said.
Indeed, Fulham were clinical when they had the ball and that is exactly what Silva would have wanted after some wasteful performances prior.
Crucial to their performance last night and their effectiveness when they did have the ball was how quickly they could turnover possession and get things moving up the pitch.
Time and again they’d win the ball back or wriggle free in midfield and suddenly things opened up for them, with Harry Wilson, Bobby Decordova-Reid and Neeskens Kebano all tearing forward to support Mitrovic.
Fulham were thrilling at times last night, and showed they’re more than capable of fast build-up play as well as the more intricate stuff.
Width delivers the goods
Fulham got a lot of joy from the wide areas last night with the likes of Kebano and Wilson regularly beating their opposing defender and looking to get balls into the box, whilst Denis Odoi and Joe Bryan also regularly forayed forward from full-back.
It’s no surprise that two of Mitrovic’s goals last night came after crosses from out wide and that again underlined Fulham’s swift movements in the attacking third.
Their success last night came from quick, instinctive thrusts that didn’t allow Swansea to get into shape in time, and Marco Silva will have been pleased with what he saw.