Tom Cairney was the comfortable choice for Man of the Match after his fine brace helped Fulham to a 3-0 win over Charlton Athletic on Saturday.
After the Whites held firm following some good pressure by the visitors, Cairney gave his side the lead with a finish so deadly that it’s hard to believe it was on his weaker foot. Scott Parker was unlucky that his rising half volley cannoned back off the crossbar, but thankfully it dropped to the technically gifted Cairney who took one touch to set himself before arrowing a right-footed shot high into the top corner.
He then orchestrated a wonderful counter-attack just before half-time that culminated in him teeing Ross McCormack up, but the striker couldn’t control his effort and fired well over.
Cairney ‘worldies’ have been a familiar sight for Fulham fans this season and he was at it again in the 78th minute. Moussa Dembélé, perhaps inadvertently, headed high and backwards on the edge of the box, and the midfielder needed zero invitation to let fly. He watched the ball drop before slamming in a beautiful dipping volley that nestled in the bottom left-hand corner.
Unsurprisingly, his display did not go unappreciated by the Whites supporters, as a whopping 72 per cent voted him as the best player on the field. Parker was second with 20 per cent and goalscorer Michael Madl came third with six per cent.