A 1-0 win at Birmingham City in the Championship last weekend left Fulham in 7th for the international break, staying two points behind Bristol City in the final play-off spot.
It was Aleksandar Mitrovic with his 12th league goal of the season that gave Fulham and Scott Parker a much-needed win on Saturday.
The pressure was on Parker going into the game at St Andrew’s. Fulham had just been beaten 3-0 at home to Hull City, having won just one in four going into that game.
It was an accomplished away performance on the day from his side – it was their third win on the road this season and the first time they’ve kept a clean sheet away from Craven Cottage.
Parker will have plenty to be happy about going into the break, but he faces a tough return to action with three games within a week – QPR and Derby County at home, before a trip to Swansea.
He’ll need his players to be well-rested over the break, but one man who’s had plenty of rest already this season is Cyrus Christie.
His season started on a bad note when, after his side had lost at Barnsley, he accused two Fulham fans of racially abusing his sister at the game.
Unrelated, he sat the next three games on the bench before making a substitute appearance against Forest, and then starting against Southampton in the Carabao Cup in August – his last appearance for the club since last weekend.
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Christie’s fitness was called into question but after missing two whole months of football, he made a shock return to the first-team against Birmingham.
He came on in the first-half for the injured Maxime Le Marchland and looked to be back to his best with a solid, physical performance on the right of the defence – he played a big part in setting up Mitrovic for the goal.
With another two weeks rest, Christie will be raring to get back on the pitch after playing on Saturday, and Parker will have been impressed with the Irishman’s return.
He gave them a new dynamic on the right – Dennis Odoi has been filling in on the right of the defence and whilst a good team player, Christie’s attacking presence makes the team a whole lot more dangerous.
Parker’s going to need some extra players with the upcoming fixtures, and expect to see Christie involved as Fulham look to break into the top-six.