Ryan Fredericks claimed his first Man of the Match award for his performance against Reading on Saturday.
Deployed in a more attacking role than we’ve usually seen him this season, his display on the right wing caused the Royals’ defence plenty of problems with his direct running and raw pace.
Indeed, it was his athleticism that got Fulham back into the game early in the second half. After passing to Jamie O’Hara in a deep position, the midfielder spotted him sprinting towards the halfway line and fed a great ball into his path.
With left-back Jordan Obita already well beaten, Jake Cooper was left with the unenviable task of trying to halt his run. All Fredericks was thinking about was to head towards goal and after getting inside Cooper the imposing centre-back could do nothing but bundle him to the ground. Ross McCormack slotted the resulting penalty in to make it 2-2, and that was how the result stayed.
Fredericks was given a deserved rest on 73 minutes when he made way for Alexander Kačaniklić, having proved that in him Slaviša Jokanović has a very dangerous weapon in his armoury.
He ended up the comfortable winner of Man of the Match, having taken 54.8 per cent of the votes, some way ahead of Moussa Dembélé in second who claimed 24.2.