History very much repeated itself as Huddersfield Town extended their dismal record at Craven Cottage during an unforgettable afternoon in the capital.
The hosts ran riot scoring 5 without reply as they dominated proceedings. Defeats in the Championship or football in general, are forgivable, but performances, first witnessed at Deepdale and then again on Saturday are not.
The only shining light was how united and supportive the large contingent of traveling fans remained during the entire 90 mins. That being said Slaviša Jokanović’s side were simply mesmerising. They worked harder, were more creative and overpowered their visitors from West Yorkshire.
Championship Talisman Chris Martin was a thorn in the side of Chris Schindler all game, and would give the Londoners the lead on 8 minutes when another poorly defended set-piece was punished. As the ball pin-balled around the box, it fell kindly to unmarked striker who did the rest.
Town never really got going as they struggled to show their style against a team that pressed hard whenever possible. The Terriers would fall further behind as Fulham began to hit top gear, having seemingly cleared their lines, Fulham kept the ball alive and when the normally reliable Lowe failed to making a meaningful connection, Kalas’ task was simple. 2-0 Fulham.
The home side would go into the break 3 goals to the good. The pacey and direct Aluko, who nobody will question was Man of the match, made light work of two Town players before breezing passed the returning Mark Hudson to deliver an inch perfect cross for Piazon to head home. 3-0.
As the sides returned, and with a healthy 3 goal cushion, the home side were quick to re-establish their dominance. The dangerous Cairney was making the Huddersfield midfield look less than average at times; arguably the catalyst to Aluko’s freedom.
Martin would get his second and Fulham’s fourth of the afternoon from 12 yards. Aluko drove into the area, his speed and directness too much for Schindler, whose lunge brought the winger to his feet, and the whistle to the mouth of Referee David Coote. Any whispers of a potential comeback amongst the travelling fans quickly stopped, but to their credit, were replaced with loud singing.
Fulham’s performance was given the 5 star rating when (yes you’ve guessed it) Aluko would skip past Lowe, get his head up and cooly pick out the unmarked McDonald who swept home the fifth. Fulham showed the killer instinct Town have lacked this year, the embarrassment could have been made worse as Fulham continued searching for another goal.
Despite a now negative goal difference Town remain third, let’s just hope it’s a one-off.
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