Tom Cairney has won his ninth Man of the Match award of the season for his heroics in Tuesday’s draw with Leeds United.
It looked as though Fulham were heading for a harsh loss as we trailed in the final minute of stoppage time, until Cairney produced a moment of pure class to send the majority inside the ground into ecstasy.
Having found a pocket of space a couple of yards out from the corner of the penalty area after Sone Aluko had dragged two defenders in his direction, Cairney used his first touch from his teammate’s pass to cushion the ball in front of him. His second touch was absolute perfection.
With the entire Leeds team behind the ball, Cairney opened his body up and sent a beautiful curling, dipping effort into the far top corner that was never going to be kept out by Robert Green, who had enjoyed an excellent game.
Fulham fans throughout Craven Cottage went collectively wild, as did the players themselves, with Cairney picking up a booking for ‘excessive celebration.’ One suspects he won’t mind too much.
The playmaker was the busiest man on the pitch with 125 touches of the ball. In contrast, United’s most productive individuals were involved in just 57 ball events, a number bettered by nine Fulham players.
Cairney’s 92 accurate passes equated to an accuracy of 90 per cent, while he also won possession four times, had one successful dribble, and delivered five key passes.
He was the clear winner of Man of the Match, with a huge 66.9 per cent of fans giving him their vote. Neeskens Kebano was runner-up with 21.5, and Stefan Johansen came third with 2.9 per cent.