Talking Points: Millwall

Thursday 22 August 2019 13:30

We address five talking points which arose from Fulham's hefty victory over Millwall.

1. Versatility on the wing

The beauty of Anthony Knockaert and Ivan Cavaleiro being equally comfortable on either wing means that the two can swap flanks at will, further bamboozling opposition full-backs. We saw them alternate their positions on a couple of occasions in the early stages of the game, with the first switch seeing Knockaert move left and pick out Aleksandar Mitrović for the first decent chance of the night. And then two minutes later Cavaleiro was back out there where he started, cutting inside to slam home the opener.

2. Opposition praise

You know you’ve played well when the opposition come out with nothing but praise in their post-match comments. Millwall boss Neil Harris had no excuses for his side’s mauling, stating: “It's not nice as a manager to say you deserved to get beat heavily, but they were better than us, much better than us.”

3. Fans in awe

The feelgood factor was back at the Cottage in abundance on Wednesday night, with fans salivating at the football on display. A brief glance of twitter saw plenty of comparisons to the style of play implemented by Jean Tigana and Slaviša Jokanović, while during the game the home faithful certainly let Scott Parker know what they thought of his team and their performance.

4. Overdue derby joy

Fulham’s London derbies in the Premier League did not exactly go to plan, so it was pleasing to see some capital gains once again, ironically against the last London team we defeated - a 3-0 win at the Den back in April 2018.

5. Mad statistics

Over the years we’ve become accustomed to Fulham enjoying the lion’s share of the ball in Championship fixtures, but we’d never before seen anything to the extent of Wednesday’s dominance. 84.4 per cent possession is pretty much unheard of at any level, and so it comes as little surprise that it’s a Sky Bet Championship record.

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