Championship promotion challengers Fulham failed to move within one point of second-placed Leeds United as they were held to a goalless draw with Charlton at The Valley on Wednesday night.
Scott Parker’s side were aiming for a third consecutive league victory to help them close the gap on the Whites, but the West London outfit failed to find the net against the Addicks as they now sit three points adrift of the automatic promotion spots.
However, the clash did see the Cottagers keep their third straight clean sheet in the Championship with their defensive unit having considerably improved in recent weeks, and this can be owed to the presence of one man who has truly made his mark for his new side.
Michael Hector has recently stepped into the starting line-up after finalising his move from Chelsea earlier this month, and the 27-year-old has justified Fulham’s decision to sign him with the Craven Cottage outfit having not yet conceded a goal with him in the team.
Plenty of Fulham fans have taken to Twitter to comment on Hector’s defensive exploits, with many of them claiming that his performance at The Valley provided further evidence that the ex-Sheffield Wednesday man is one of the best defenders in the league.
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Here are some of the reactions…
I wonder where we’d be, if Hector was available at the start of the season #ffc
— Adam (@BG_Scrabble) January 22, 2020
Only plus to take from that game is that Hector looked class again.
— FFCSamBowden (@FFCSamBowden) January 22, 2020
— Bray Ash (@ash24b) January 22, 2020
Hector 🤝 Maldini
Unbelievably impressed so far. Ice in his veins. 3 league starts, 3 clean sheets. If only we signed him in August. pic.twitter.com/A9QAzCgRaY
— Joe Sansom (@FFCJoe) January 22, 2020
Hector is our best player. Fact!
— Lewis H (@LewisFFC17) January 23, 2020
Should have diverted his header, but Micheal Hector has definitely plugged our leaky defence.
Unflappable composure whilst jostling for possession, the big Jamaican kept a lid on Charlton’s physically inept strike force. 3 clean sheets in 3 with him on the turf, you say? #ffc
— Cam Ramsey (@94CAMRAM) January 22, 2020
how solid is hector.. love it #ffc
— APL (@apl_90) January 22, 2020