Fulham cruised to a 4-1 victory over revitalised Rotherham United to pull six points away from the drop zone.
It was Rotherham’s first loss after back-to-back wins against Hull and Bolton and it has left the Millers above the relegation places on goal difference alone.
Goals from Woodrow, Kacaniklic, McCormack and an own goal from Kirk Broadfoot consigned the South Yorkshire side to defeat despite Farrend Rawson’s first half equaliser.
The match was fairly end to end and even during the first 20 minutes, but when Rawson scored to level the scores at 1-1; the Millers switched off at a crucial time.
Fulham deservedly went ahead just before half time and kept their momentum going during the second half as £11 million signing Ross McCormack and Cauley Woodrow dominated the proceedings.
Here are three things we learned from Fulham’s 4-1 victory over Rotherham…
1) The arrival of Jokanovic has instilled the Fulham players with confidence
After Fulham went ahead 2-1 the whole team played with complete confidence.
After being managerless for a long time with no wins in 9, the players finally had someone to impress and play for.
The fans will be in great spirits going into their next game against Sheffield Wednesday as every player looked assured on the ball.
The London side kept possession well and were clinical in front of goal.
2) Old problems plagued Rotherham again
Two problems Rotherham have had this season have been defending and clinical finishing.
In recent matches it looked like the reds had arrested these woes and were looking to push on but the match against Fulham was lost because of these problems.
Frazer Richardson looked uncomfortable for much of the match and Fulham took advantage.
Lee Camp did well to keep the score-line to what it was but Rawson was also playing poorly and was ball watching in important defensive plays leaving the backline exposed.
Meanwhile at the other end Grant Ward had an excellent chance to score after latching onto an inch perfect through ball but could not finish past the opposition ‘keeper.
Rotherham actually had eight shots on target against Fulham and the hosts had the same amount on target but the difference was that Fulham were clinical and Rotherham were not.
Neil Redfearn must attempt to arrest these problems and keep them away if the Millers are to succeed in this league.
3) McCormack will be vital to Fulham in this second half of the season
Ross McCormack was a level above against Rotherham. He did not put a foot wrong the whole game and bagged himself a goal and an assist for Cauley Woodrow’s goal.
He was a constant nuisance to the Rotherham defence and his class showed as he dribbled past three defenders in the play building up to Fulham’s third goal.
His performances will be vital to Fulham’s season as he looks to justify his large fee.
Fulham fans, do you think you can make the play-offs this season? Rotherham fans, can you bounce back with a win against Preston? Let us know in the comments below!