The Sean Davis Column

Tuesday 9 February 2016 14:00

I don’t think anyone deserved to win the game on Saturday, so a 1-1 draw was a fair result, and it was a good point in the end. Derby started off better but then we went in front through an own goal after some good passing and movement and a good ball in by Luke Garbutt. I thought we were doing okay after that but then a wonder strike gets them back into the game. Like I say, I don’t think either team deserved to win the game but we definitely didn’t deserve to lose it. It was a good point overall against a team that’s fighting for promotion.

Their equaliser was a worldie but he was completely unmarked, so someone’s got to be in that vicinity. But two minutes before the goal Jamie O’Hara’s closed down about three or four people on his own, so you can’t fault the work rate. The ball into Chris Martin was far too easy but from there it looked like there was no danger. Then he puts a simple cross in and Craig Bryson smashes it in. Someone has to be going in with the runner and being in that position so they can just clear it away.

We got into a lot of good positions during the 90 minutes, but there were a couple of instances where maybe our decision-making let us down. Those are the moments that can change one point into three. The one that sticks out in the first half was when Moussa Dembélé shot from a tight angle. He had done fantastic to get in that position, but if he gets his head up then he would have seen Lasse Vigen Christensen making a run.

Speaking of Lasse, I’ve got to say he seems to be getting back to where he was. His fitness looks to be there – it does takes time, these injuries can take their toll. He looks to be getting a little sharper, a little fitter, and he was unfortunate really because he got himself in some really good positions on Saturday but the ball didn’t find him.

Another person who deserves a mention is Andrew Lonergan. He wasn’t called into action very often by all accounts, but he still had to make two good saves late on to keep the score level. He’s done well since he’s come in and he’s made the position his own really. We’re thankful to him because the game could have gone either way at that point and both of those saves were top notch.

We’ve got QPR this Saturday, and Loftus Road is a very old school ground with the fans right on top of you. It’s normally a good atmosphere. I played there for Fulham against QPR when we beat them 2-0 and it was a fantastic atmosphere and, of course, we had the two years ground-sharing there. They got a 1-0 win on the weekend so they’ll be in high spirits, but hopefully we can go there and put in a good performance.

It is a massive game and I’m sure the players will be up for it. It’s a local derby but the pressure’s all on QPR because they’re at home. Hopefully our players will relax and we can go there and put on a good show. We need to get that win. Once we get that you can relax a little bit. There are still tickets available so I’d really encourage you to pick one up if you haven’t already – there’s nothing better than a London debry.

Slaviša Jokanović and the players have been saying they think the next win is just around the corner, and our last couple of matches would suggest that they’re right. The displays have been better team performances. The boys have been trying to implement what the coach wants; working together, closing down together, pressing high up the pitch, quick passing. It’s been more of a team performance, more solid, so hopefully we can go to Loftus Road and look solid as a team without that detracting from our attacking display.

The day after QPR, the Foundation are hosting their annual 10K fun run from the Cottage, so I’m looking forward to that. I am going to be there 100 per cent, but my knee’s a bit tight at the minute so it’s touch and go whether I’ll be taking part. I’m hoping it should be alright to run. I’m doing it with my sister so it will be a family day out for the Davis’ but hopefully plenty of people come along as it’s for a great cause. It’s a good run, it’s not the easiest but it’s definitely not a marathon. It’s a nice fun day out and hopefully all the Fulham fans can get down there and support the prostate cancer cause.

To sign up for Sunday's 10k, please visit fulhamfc.com/runffc.

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