Talking Points: Luton Town

Thursday 24 October 2019 14:12

The new Brian McBride and Fulham's bouncebackability are two of the issues addressed in our Luton Talking Points.

1. Best start since 2000/01

With 22 points from our opening 13 matches, Fulham are currently enjoying our best start to a season since Jean Tigana’s side took the second tier by storm. There is a long way to go, but with the Championship as tight as it is – we’re currently two points off second and four from top spot – 2019/20 promises to be a fascinating campaign.

2. Mitro’s first hat-trick

Considering his prowess in front of goal, it’s hard to fathom Wednesday night was Aleksandar Mitrović’s first ever hat-trick at club level. He hit a treble for Serbia against Bolivia, but a brace was the most he’d managed in a domestic fixture – a feat he has achieved many times. The Luton match was also the first time a Fulham player had taken home the match ball since Ryan Sessegnon in the remarkable 5-4 win at Sheffield United in November 2017.

3. Rodák’s debut

Marek Rodák knows the Championship well having played 45 times in it for Rotherham United last season, so a league debut for Fulham wouldn’t have fazed him one bit. Of course he would have preferred to keep a clean sheet, but the win was the most important thing.

4. Another response

Scott Parker has always preached the importance of bouncing back from bumps in the road, and his side came through for him again versus the Hatters. Following each of our three defeats this season the team has shown a fine response, and it will have pleased Parker greatly to watch his boys bounce back from the Stoke City match in the best possible way.

5. Mitro channelling McBride

Aleksandar Mitrović channelled his inner Brian McBride for his third goal, putting any concern for his own safety to one side as he headed home whilst receiving a kick to the face. McBride went down in Fulham folklore in part thanks to his commitment – emphasised by the titanium plates surgically implanted in his face – and that’s certainly a trait not lost on Mitro.

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