Millwall manager Neil Harris has claimed that Fulham are the best side to play in the Championship since the Wolves team that charged to the Championship title in the 2017/18 season.
Harris’ side were on the wrong end of a 4-0 thrashing at Craven Cottage on Wednesday night, with a double from Ivan Cavaleiro, along with a goal from Anthony Knockaert and a penalty from Aleksandar Mitrovic secured a third straight win for Scott Parker’s side.
During the game, Fulham enjoyed 84.5% of the possession, which is the most by any side since Opta began collecting their records at this level during the 2013/14 campaign.
As well as that, the hosts also completed 934 successful passes on Wednesday, and Harris was full of praise for the performance of the opposition following his side’s defeat.
Speaking to the South London Press after the game, the Millwall boss said: “Firstly, congratulations to Fulham.
“I thought they were magnificent tonight, certainly the best performance I have seen since Wolves got 100 points a couple of years ago to go up.
“I think Fulham fans will watch tonight and think what are we doing in this division, we should be in the Premier League. That is down to them.”
Despite that, Harris still thought his side could have performed better, as he added: “But as good as they were, I think we gave them a leg up at times. Not so much the goals we conceded, but the lead up to the goals.
“When they cut through us, no problem with that. We could have defended slightly better, the last two really hurt me because we gave the ball back cheaply.
“But I won’t judge my players on tonight’s performance and result against a top Fulham side because we don’t get up there when we win and we won’t get down there when we are beat 4-0 by Fulham because there will be a lot of teams that come here and get beat 4-0 like we did.”
Comparing Fulham to other team’s his Millwall side have faced, Harris concluded by claiming: “They caused us the most problems as a team – other than probably Tottenham in the FA Cup quarter-finals – that I have faced during my time in charge.”
This is quite a compliment for Fulham.
Wolves were not far off unstoppable during that title-winning campaign of two seasons ago, and being compared to such a team will surely be a huge boost to their confidence going forward.
Looking at those stats, you can certainly understand the claims that Harris has made here, and there will be plenty of other sides who are unlikely to be looking forward to facing Scott Parker’s side now.
Having been one of those tipped for promotion before the start of the campaign, the fact that Fulham have started so encouragingly will only be a big relief for their fans, and you feel that, worryingly for the rest of the division, things will only get better for them as their new signings start to gel further with the rest of their teammates.