Press Box Opinion

Saturday 17 June 2017 07:00

The Fulham press team debate their favourite moments from a season full of positives at the Club.

Jamie Reid, Co-Commentator: “Ryan Sessegnon's brilliant display up at Newcastle United. I don't think anyone is in any doubt that Ryan is going to be a top player but to do what he did at St James' Park and to completely silence the home crowd was a moment of pure genius. Ryan was 16-years-old at the time. It is almost impossible to believe. While other youngsters of his age are thinking of their Maths homework or when to start their paper round, Ryan is delighting the Fulham faithful. What a player he is and it's a further indication, if it's needed, of just how successful the club's Academy actually is.”

James Wyatt, Communications Manager: “Floyd Ayité rounding the keeper and walking the ball into the net v Norwich. Holding out with 10 men against a strong opposition and being able to release all that anxiety after a tense 45 minutes was a special moment.”

Ed Hutson, Video & Content Executive: “For me the game against Leeds at Craven Cottage was a huge night for the club. The noise generated by both sets of supporters added to the magic of the football being played under the lights by the river. Fulham battered Leeds but things didn’t seem to be going our way, especially after Neeskens Kebano’s goal wasn't given in the first half. It looked to be one of those sporting injustices that we would fall on the wrong side of, but up stepped TC and the goal was one of a kind. In the 95th minute of the game, the calmness and technique was top drawer and seeing the celebrations in the Hammersmith End will stick with me for a long time.”

Carmelo Mifsud, Media Relations Manager: “Many great moments to choose from. Let’s go with the opening day in front of a packed out Craven Cottage v Newcastle when Denis Odoi, on his debut, controlled the ball off his back, span and carried on running past the defending with the ball. This description doesn’t do it any justice and it’s fitting that live cameras were there to show it from different angles. It was an outrageous piece of skill directly in front of the Johnny Haynes Stand, from where we were watching the match. Although I had a good view of the action in real time, I checked on TV replays at the ground and again when I reached home, several times. More important was securing the win, the first of many.”

Geoff Pruce, Web Content Manager: “The moment Tom Cairney’s shot found the net in the fifth minute of stoppage time against Leeds. It looked as though we were set for a travesty as, having battered our opponents from start to finish, the Yorkshiremen had held on to their slender lead following a jammy early own goal. Add in Neeskens Kebano’s shot which was about six yards over the line, and the Fulham Faithful were rightly feeling aggrieved as it looked like we would leave empty handed. TC’s equaliser may have only won us a point, but it was the catalyst for so much more. Leeds fell apart thereafter, whereas we went on to claim a further 23 points which saw us steal their Play-Off place, which they were so convinced would see them gain promotion. (On a more narcissistic note, hitting the crossbar at half-time against Ipswich Town to secure £1,500 for Prostate Cancer UK was also a fairly special feeling!)”

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