Man of the Match Result

Tuesday 16 January 2018 09:15

Tim Ream has won his second Man of the Match in a row, following his battling display against Middlesbrough.

The hosts enjoyed the better of the chances at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday, but Fulham snatched victory courtesy of Oliver Norwood’s late penalty, with Ream and his defensive colleagues laying the foundations for the dramatic climax with a clean sheet.

One of Ream’s most telling contributions came in the third minute of stoppage time, when it looked as though substitute Britt Assombalonga was going to win it for his side.

After his clipped shot came back off the crossbar, he seemed certain to turn in the rebound, only for Ream to put him off by hurling himself in the way, causing Assombalonga to skew his shot wide of the near post.

The United States international – who was making his 100th appearance for Fulham – won five aerial duels, made one interception, and had a pass success rate of 89 per cent during the game.

42.1 per cent of fans who voted thought Ream was the best Whites player on the day, ahead of Ollie ‘Composure’ Norwood and Marcus Bettinelli, who claimed 29.5 and 10.4 per cent, respectively.

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