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A clean sheet and a win for Fulham at Leeds

I hesitate to say this was a must win, but after the last week, a result was necessary. A clean sheet was just an added bonus. Hugo Rodallega continues to score as his 60th minute goal was enough for Fulham to eek out a 1-0 victory at Elland Road.

Emerson Hyndman and the Fulham youngsters were enough to get past Leeds
Emerson Hyndman and the Fulham youngsters were enough to get past Leeds
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In a great touch that I'm sure meant a lot to him, Ross McCormack was given the captain's armband as he led out a very young Fulham team. The average age of Fulham's team was only 25 years and 133 days. This is with a 38 year old goalkeeper. Remove him and the average age drops to 24 years and 10 days.

The patchwork nature of the defense continues as young Jack Grimmer slotted in at right back and Shaun Hutchinson returned in the center. I was quite surprised not to see Dan Burn in there, but Bordurov and Hutchinson were up to the task as Leeds attempted 43 crosses without breaking through.

Another surprise was Emerson Hyndman starting at the base of the diamond. I like Hyndman's game, but he's much more of a box to box midfielder who should be playing in a double pivot or as a shuttler than a true defensive midfielder. I was worried his small size would get him run over, but he seemed to play well and even completed 80% of his passes.

This was a fairly even game, and to be honest it wasn't that exciting. I'm happy we escaped with a win and can look forward to Sheffield Wednesday next week.