Press Box Opinion - Favourite Match

Monday 25 June 2018 14:30

The Communications department cast their minds back over the last year to choose their favourite match from the 2017/18 campaign.

Leah Mylles, Media Relations Executive:Millwall away. Off the pitch wasn’t the greatest experience for the Comms team on the day, however I think the atmosphere the Fulham fans created and the final result makes it a memorable one for me. And of course Kevin McDonald’s goal was just another level. We were stood in a corridor at The Den after waiting to do post-match press and I still don’t think he could quite believe he’d pulled it off!

Geoff Pruce, Web Content Manager: “Aside from the obvious choices, there are a couple of matches that stand out for me, the first of which is Aston Villa at home. It was a fixture that marked the start of what appeared to be an intimidating run against six direct rivals for promotion, and the boys delivered a performance that set the tone for a spell that yielded 16 points out of a possible 18. Aleksandar Mitrović was given a first start and bullied John Terry and James Chester throughout, while there was also a stunning long ranger from Floyd Ayité. I went to that one as a fan, as I did for my second choice; Millwall away. What an incredible atmosphere there was that day, although I was gutted to miss the first two goals courtesy of some slow bar service on the concourse… We had a big staff contingent in the away end that night, and I still get goosebumps whenever I think of everyone chanting “TWENTY-TWO, TWENTY-TWO UNDEFEATED” non-stop from the ground to London Bridge.”

Jamie Reid, Co-Commentator: It would be easy to go for Aston Villa at Wembley or the second-leg of the Play-Off Semi-Final against Derby. Both were massive games for the Club and the feeling of winning those two fixtures will live with me forever. However, I look back to the turn of the year because that's when things started to click. The 4-1 home victory over Ipswich was a special night. The man of the moment, Ryan Sessegnon, scored twice while Abou Kamara also notched a brace as we took full advantage of their sending-off and registered three priceless points. Special mention to the Brentford game at the Cottage too. Brentford were crowing and convinced that their late goal would have a detrimental effect on our season but it proved to be quite the opposite. The players showed, once again, that wouldn't be the case and finished the season magnificently to book our return to the Premier League. Thank you Neal Maupay, thank you Brentford!

Ed Hutson, Video & Content Executive:Hands down, Sheffield United away. That game was just insane. Ryan Sessegnon bagging a hat-trick, the first of his career, on his 50th appearance for the Club, and Sheyi Ojo returning from injury to grab two goals himself plus a nice assist for Sessegnon’s second. The pace of the game was unbelievable, the Blades were flying high at the time and Leon Clarke also managed to get himself a hat-trick. Fulham went 5-2 up with 12 minutes to go but then Samir Carruthers and Clarke both scored to ensure added time was incredibly tense, thankfully though Fulham held out to grab a big three points to make the long drive home a little less painful.

Jim McGullion, Commentator: “I think most people can guess my answer to this one but had the season not ended the way it did, there would have been any number of games to choose from. At home, the big wins over Ipswich and Burton stand out, as well as the thoroughly professional victories over promotion rivals Wolves and Aston Villa. On our travels, there were some really memorable matches. At Portman Road at the end of August we gave a near perfect performance, probably the first time we looked like the side from the previous season, and whilst we never quite reached the level we did at Newcastle or Huddersfield during that campaign, there were still some great away days. Winning at QPR is always nice, although pretty much expected, then there was the nine goal thriller at Bramall Lane, as well as the Boxing Day rout of Neil Warnock's Cardiff City. But, Play-Offs aside, I think the most exciting 90 minutes of football came in the 3-0 win at Millwall. Having said that, the home leg of the Play-Off Semi-Final and the Final itself were on a totally different level to every other game. For me the magnificent occasion, spectacle and ultimately Fulham's most important ever victory, means beating Villa at Wembley has to be the match of the season!!”

Carmelo Mifsud, Media Relations Manager:For the occasions, the Play-Off Final at Wembley and the Semi-Final Second Leg v Derby are valid choices. I’m going to go further back and select the visit of Wolves to the Cottage in February. The Whites were in great form, unbeaten in 11 league matches at the time and this fixture immediately followed a tough midweek encounter against Bristol City at Ashton Gate. Against a very good Wolves side it was difficult to maintain the routine high possession stat. Fulham dictated most of the play in a near faultless performance, exorcising the game at Molineux earlier in the season when the team ended that weekend in our lowest position (17th) in the table. Going toe to toe with the best side in the Championship, Fulham were worthy winners.

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