Swansea City suffered stoppage-time heartbreak against Fulham on Wednesday night as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat against the Cottagers courtesy of Aleksandar Mitrovic’s late header.
Mitrovic’s 94th-minute winner came just six minutes after the striker had seen his penalty saved by Swansea goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, with the visitors having thought they had done enough to earn a valuable point after a solid display at Craven Cottage.
Swansea also had two penalty appeals of their own turned down by the referee in the second period, while the Welsh side produced a resolute defensive performance at the other end to earn plenty of plaudits for their showing in west London.
Swans boss Steve Cooper named an unchanged starting line-up following their 3-1 win over Huddersfield on Saturday, and this saw homegrown duo Joe Rodon and Ben Cabango reprise their partnership at the heart of defence for the Liberty Stadium side.
The Welsh pair did well to fend off Fulham’s incessant attacking advances in the opening period, while they performed an excellent job in limiting the threat of 22-goal frontman Mitrovic before the Serbian ruthlessly netted the winner at the death.
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However, plenty of Swansea supporters took to Twitter after the match to pay tribute to Cabango and Rodon for their defensive efforts, with many fans suggesting these two players should start the remainder of Swansea’s matches this campaign.
Here are some of the responses…
How good were Rodon and Cabango at the back keeping the handful that is Mitrovic quiet for most of the game! Garrick looking lively too.
— Scott Bamsey 🏴 (@SBamsey) February 26, 2020
The fact Cabango was ever dropped from this side just seems more and more mad with every passing game. The kid is fantastic, had another seriously mature game tonight under real pressure. He and Rodon look great together and definitely didn't deserve to lose tonight.
— Guto Llewelyn (@GutoLlewelyn) February 26, 2020
Telling you now, Rodon & cabango will be playing together for wales in the near future 🙌🏼 outstanding defence
— Chloe 🦢🏴 (@ChloeChantelle1) February 26, 2020
Speechless tonight. Cabango & Rodon with very mature performances. Deserved at least a point, simply gutted. Nos Da Jacks 🦢
— The Swan (@TheSwanPortal) February 26, 2020
Gut wrenching defeat for Swans. Prior to goal, I thought Rodon & Cabango had dealt with Mitrovic well. Fulham a good side though
— Simon Davies (@simondavies45) February 26, 2020
Cabango and Rodon have to be in consideration for the CB pairing for the Euros.
— Scott (@Scott__Abe) February 26, 2020
Cabango and Rodon, quality tonight 👏. This has to be the CB partnership for rest of the season
— Lewis Sullivan (@lewissullivann) February 26, 2020
Hate football some times. Couldn’t fault the defensive effort. Rodon and cabango superb again. Hard to take that is #swans 😩😩
— Craig Edwards (@CraigEdwards3) February 26, 2020