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Fulham 5 Huddersfield 0: Quick Thoughts

A win and a clean sheet is great. Scoring five? I don’t even have words.

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I’m not sure how to summarize that game except to say everything is awesome. I do have some thoughts though.

  • While the formation still looked like a 4-2-3-1, it didn’t play exactly the same. The team was a 4-1-4-1 when they lost possession and were closer to a 4-3-3 in attack.
  • I much prefer Stefan Johansson in the deeper role that he played today. He’s creative and can play guys in well, but I think he does better when he can see more of the field.
  • Early goals change games. Huddersfield may have come to bunker in and force Fulham to break them down, but you have to throw that strategy out the window when you go down early.
  • Goal aside, how good is it to have Tomas Kalas back?
  • I thought Gentleman Jim might die when the third goal went in.
  • Sone Aluko may never score enough goals, but he can create a lot of chances just by the work he does.
  • Fulham scored the first three goals without an actual Fulham player scoring. Martin, Kalas, and Piazon all be on loan. I’d love to keep all three permanently, but my guess is only Martin stays.
  • Fulham lead on xG .96-.19 at the half. The created all the best chances, but three goals was more than you’d expect. That’s a good change though compared to some early games and especially against QPR.
  • Huddersfield came out in the second half and it seemed their strategy was to get stuck in whenever they could. I’m never a fan of that, thankfully no one got hurt.
  • Fulham converted a penalty. That helps remove some of the sour taste that remained after the QPR game.
  • The Gambler’s Fallacy says that just because you were unlucky in the past doesn’t mean you’ll get lucky in the future to counteract that. Fulham laughs at your Gambler’s Fallacy.
  • I would have loved to see Aluko get a goal. He did about everything an attacking player could do except score.
  • I love Scott Parker, and I think he’s played well this year, but maybe the people calling for breaking up the McDonald/Parker partnership were right?
  • The Huddersfield fans were great. You have to give them credit, still loud and singing “We’re going to win 6-5” with less than ten minutes left and down 5-0.
  • Fulham only completed 76% of their passes. Some might see that as a problem, but in some of their losses Fulham have been over 90%. That tells me they weren’t trying enough difficult passes. You may complete them less often, but when you do they can lead to chances at a much higher rate.