Marcus Bettinelli’s gargantuan display in the Fulham goal has seen him win Man of the Match against Nottingham Forest.
47.4 per cent of the Whites faithful deemed Bettinelli to be our best performer on Saturday, putting him some way ahead of Stefan Johansen who claimed 16.1 per cent, and Matt Targett whose fine home debut saw 10.5 per cent of fans give him their vote.
Bettinelli only needed to make three saves during the match, but they were all absolutely crucial.
A rare Tim Ream error gave Matt Cash the opportunity to burst through on goal in the first half, but Bettinelli got his angles right and rushed out to make a smart save.
His two in the second half came within a matter of seconds of each other in the closing stages of the game. First he made himself big to smother Ben Osborn’s acute shot, before getting up quickly to get two big hands on Apostolos Vellios’ follow-up.
With Fulham holding on to a slender lead at that moment, the double save was a key moment in the game, and the second of the two stops was nothing short of spectacular, with Vellios looking sure to equalise for Forest.
Furthermore, Bettinelli had a pass success rate of 71 per cent – an admirable figure for a goalkeeper – and demonstrated some nimble footwork when a testing lofted backpass from Tomas Kalas put him under pressure.
The game marked his third clean sheet in four outings, while this is his second Man of the Match award of the campaign.