Fulham lost 3-0 to Barnsley in the Championship yesterday.
Scott Parker would’ve been looking forward to welcoming bottom-club Barnsley, but as they did on the opening day of the season, the Tykes took all three points.
Cauley Woodrow returned to Craven Cottage where he’d spent eight seasons previously, and was on hand to score a brace either side of half-time to take his Championship tally to 13 for the season.
Jacob Brown was also on the scoresheet, assisted by Woodrow. But the pair had helping hands yesterday from Fulham goalkeeper Marek Rodak.
The Slovakian stopper had a nightmare afternoon at the Cottage, which first got underway when he pulled down Brown inside the penalty box, giving Woodrow his opener from the spot.
Then in a similar manner as he gave away the earlier penalty, Rodak came sprinting out to meet the on-rushing Brown, who simply curled his shot past the flapping keeper for 2-0.
“He’s made two errors today Marek, he’d be the first to hold his hands up and say that,” Parker told Football League World after the game. “The last thing I’m going to do is sit here and criticise him because he’s been nothing short of fantastic since he came into the team.”
Rodak, 22, made his Championship debut for Fulham earlier in the season and has held his number one spot since. He’s been a revelation under Parker and looks set for a bright future with the club, but he’s often got a ‘moment of madness’ in him, and yesterday we saw two.
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“I’m not going to judge Marek today, I’m going to judge him on Monday morning,” explained Parker. “I hope he looks me in the eye, and I hope he shows me from the first minute of training until the end that he’s going to improve and he’s going to keep going.”
Fulham have now fallen three-points behind 2nd-place Leeds after going level in the week. It’ll be seen a huge opportunity missed by Parker, and they next face Derby County on Friday night.
Fulham were making such good progression since the turn of the year. They’d picked up that win away at Ewood Park and took a credible point from The Den in midweek, but this defeat is a real set-back.
Despite having the majority of play and 21 shots throughout the game, Fulham couldn’t muster a single clear-cut chance against a side who’ve conceded 58 goals in the Championship this season.
A huge reaction is needed at Pride Park on Friday night.