Man of the Match Result

Friday 31 July 2020 10:19

Marek Rodák has been named Man of the Match after making a string of top drawer saves to help Fulham reach the Play-Off Final.

You always know what you’re going to get when you come up against Cardiff City, but that doesn’t make the aerial bombardment from set-pieces and throw-ins any easier to deal with.

Their opening goal came from one such situation, but no blame can be laid at Rodák’s door, primarily as he appeared to be blocked off by Bluebirds striker Danny Ward.

He can also feel aggrieved at their second just after half-time, having pulled off a wonderful save to deny Nathaniel Mendez-Laing seconds before.

That was one of five saves Rodák made during the game, but arguably his most crucial intervention came in the 72nd minute. With the tie tensely poised, Cardiff launched another ball into the box and Mendez-Laing looked set to convert until Rodák made the block, before getting up swiftly to superbly tip Will Vaulks’ follow-up over the bar.

Perhaps unsurprisingly considering the gritty team performance that saw us over the line, this was one of the tightest votes of the season. Rodák came out on top with 27.1 per cent, which placed him ahead of Harrison Reed (17 per cent), Neeskens Kebano (15 per cent), Tom Cairney (12 per cent) and Tim Ream (11.7 per cent).

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