Fulham’s four game winning streak was ended in disappointing fashion on Saturday as they went down to Bristol City 2-1 at Craven Cottage.
Josh Brownhill and Famara Diedhiou scored the goals for the visiting side, with Aboubakar Kamara pulling back a consolation for Fulham in the 86th minute.
The comeback was not to be for the Cottagers, as they suffered their first defeat since November 2nd. The result means Scott Parker’s side remain in third place, but are now eight points behind Leeds United in the second automatic promotion spot.
Fulham fans will understandably be feeling frustrated after the result, as they could have got something from the game on another day.
The Cottagers had a penalty appeal turned down with minutes remaining on the clock, as Callum O’Dowda appeared to clip substitute Neeskens Kabano in the box, but to no avail.
Kebano made a strong impact in the eight minutes he was on the pitch, as his header from close range also hit the crossbar in the dying minutes.
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Fulham fans will feel aggrieved, but will also acknowledge that for the majority of the game, they were not at the level required, and that will be a concern.
Both of Bristol City’s goals came from positive attacking play down the flanks, and Scott Parker should be concerned with the second goal that was conceded from a defensive point of view.
Adam Nagy had great feet inside the box to keep hold of the ball, which he squared to Famara Diedhiou at the back post, who tapped in from a yard out.
The Senegalese attacker was left unmarked, and the defence was unable to avert the danger caused by Nagy in the build up to the goal.
Therefore, despite the excellent recent results for the West London side, there are defensive problems that still need to be addressed.
Bristol City are now level on thirty-five points with Fulham. Cottagers supporters will be aware that they cannot afford to drop more points as their play-off place could be under threat.
They take on Preston North End tomorrow evening at Deepdale hoping to bounce back, then have the matter of the West London Derby against Brentford to attend to on Saturday at Griffin Park. Both will be tough tests.