Fulham have always had options off the bench across the years who are capable of turning games around, but one super sub stepped up to take all the plaudits at the weekend.
Midfielder Harry Arter, who signed for the club in the summer, scored the winning goal that sent the Cottagers through against their Premier League opponents, and he will be delighted with the impact that he had upon proceedings at the weekend.
Here, we take an in-depth look at the midfielder’s performance against The Villans from Saturday, and just how his display helped get Fulham into the hat for the fourth round draw tonight…
When Arter was introduced into the game with 25 minutes to go, Fulham fans wouldn’t have believed the impact that the midfielder would have coming off the bench, and neither would have manager Scott Parker.
Replacing Kevin MacDonald, 30-year-old Arter slotted into the midfield as a defensive midfielder and he quickly asserted his authority on the game.
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Just 105 seconds after coming on, his ‘super-sub’ performance began with one of his first touches of the ball, lasering a left-footed attempt into the top corner from 30 yards out which saw visiting goalkeeper Orjan Nyland get nowhere near the swerving and dipping strike.
The midfielder was instructed to play his usual game in the middle of the park, as his introduction brought a sense of calmness and composure to the Championship side’s midfield.
Arter never shied away from the ball during his time on the pitch, and he always made himself an option as he took control of the Fulham midfield, spraying passes to the players around him.
His main aim was to keep things simple, but four out of four long passes managed to find their target as he looked to get Fulham on the attack despite holding on to a precarious lead late on.
As well as helping to shine in an attacking sense, the midfielder also took care of his defensive duties, protecting the defence and making one interception as well as one clearance.
The summer signing has had a big impact upon the way that Fulham play, and he has every reason to be delighted with the way that he settled Fulham down on Saturday at a crucial period in the game.