06 December 2020 00:39
Alphonse Areola Amazing save to keep out Kevin De Bruyne out when his shot deflected off Harrison Reed and he kept his standard that high throughout the match. Bobby De Cordova-Reid Solid enough performance defensively but was unable to get in position to offer much going forward. Ola Aina Looked at home again as that right-sided central defender but had a difficult task with Raheem Sterling's movement. Comfortable carrying the ball again but a little too wasteful in possession. Joachim Andersen His wild swipe after getting caught flat-footed by Raheem Sterling allowed Kevin De Bruyne to score from the penalty spot.
Generally more intelligent in his defence after this stage and improved as the game went on. Tosin Adarabioyo Good chance from a corner in the 8th minute which he couldn't direct on target. Defended pretty well against very good opposition. Antonee Robinson Defended well in one-on-one situations aerially and when chasing down through balls. Always looked up for the battle no matter who he was up against. Harrison Reed Stuck to a very difficult task well but the agility of the opposition proved tortuous. Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa Had moments of showing his class in dispossessing Kevin De Bruyne and carrying the ball away but pressed much more efficiently by Manchester City side. Ademola Lookman Just couldn't quite get things to click and was clearly thinking too much in the few opportunities he did get in advanced positions. Ponderous. Ruben Loftus-Cheek Stuck to his task well but wasn't always set up to shine. Showed a very smooth ability to turn his man but struggled to get involved going forwards. Ivan Cavaleiro Forced Fulham's only shot on target. The Cottagers struggled to create much going forward so Cavaleiro was always going to struggle to make an impact. Subs: Mario Lemina (68mins): Drove well into the Manchester City half up against Benjamin Mendy, which Fulham struggled to do throughout the 90. Aboubakar Kamara (72mins): Quiet cameo from the 25-year-old on his return to the side. Tom Cairney (83mins): Didn't have much time to make an impact and was then never really afforded an opportunity.