Fulham remain in the mix for an automatic-promotion spot in the Championship after sealing a 1-1 draw against Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Saturday afternoon.
The Cottagers would have been aiming to continue their positive run of form following victories over Swansea and Preston last week, but they needed a late strike from Tom Cairney to secure a point in the south west after Nahki Wells’ opener.
Fulham boss Scott Parker made two changes ahead of the meeting with the Robins, and one of these switches saw winger Anthony Knockaert drop out of the starting line-up for the first time in five matches as he was named on the bench.
Parker took this decision despite Knockaert having registered an assist during Fulham’s win over Preston last week, but the Brighton loanee was only introduced in the 82nd minute as he replaced Tim Ream in the closing stages against Bristol City.
Knockaert took to Instagram after the match to share a surprising message where he admitted he played “awful” during his 10-minute cameo from the bench.
Knockaert has been a regular in the Fulham side this season after making 33 Championship appearances for the west London club, while the 28-year-old has scored three league goals and registered five assists during this time.
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Knockaert has certainly been an inconsistent performer for Fulham since completing his loan move over the summer, and Aboubakar Kamara’s impressive recent showings from the bench were enough to earn him a place in the side on Saturday.
This meant that Knockaert was limited to a brief cameo inside the final 10 minutes of the match, but he failed to make an impact during his short time on the pitch as he struggled to assert his credentials for a return to the side next weekend.
It will be interesting to see whether Knockaert’s exclusion from the side is to be a permanent measure taken by Parker, with the Fulham boss having possibly lost his patience with Knockaert ahead of the Championship’s crucial final run-in.