Fulham and Brentford played out an exciting 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage yesterday.
Fulham are still searching for a new manager to take the helm, although Stuart Gray has taken over on a temporary basis, and there are some positives to be taken from the draw with West London rivals Brentford on Saturday.
The game was end to end, and it was the visitors that took the lead through an Alan Judge penalty after 18 minutes.
Brentford also scored the next goal, although defender James Tarkowski inadvertently headed into his own net to give Fulham an equaliser.
Both sides spurned further chances and went into the break level.
Yet it was Fulham who took the lead midway through the second half through the talented Moussa Dembele, who was set up by a wonderful deft pass from Ross McCormack.
Both sides continued to attack but it was the visitors who managed to grab a second goal to draw level, when Anthony O’Connell turned a flick in from Tarkowski.
Both teams continued to press for the winner, but it finished 2-2, extending Brentford’s unbeaten run to five games, while leaving Fulham six points clear of the bottom three.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Anthony Yeo identifies three things that we learned from yesterday’s entertaining encounter…
1) Fulham need the new manager before January
Fulham have no trouble in scoring goals – McCormack was a threat all afternoon as was Dembele.
Holding on to a lead is a problem though, and if Fulham get the new man in charge before January he could assess the squad and make the necessary adjustments.
On yesterday’s evidence, Fulham can still mount a serious challenge for promotion if they find a way of hanging on to leads.
2) Draws can be entertaining
This was an exciting game to watch.
Both teams had plenty of chances, although sometimes the defending was very questionable.
Both teams could have won the game, and the Championship is that open you would not guess that Fulham are 17th and Brentford are 10th.
The Bees could have been in a play-off spot had they won at Craven Cottage yesterday.
3) Ross McCormack could play in the Premier league
McCormack was the stand out player at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
He caused the Brentford defence problems all afternoon, and could easily have scored himself.
Undoubtedly, he can play in the Premier League, and there are a few teams that have problems in their forward line which McCormack could go some way to helping.
Fulham and Brentford fans… what did you make of the match? Fulham fans who would you like to take charge at Craven Cottage? Brentford fans do you think you will make the Play-offs? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!