Brentford 0-2 Fulham player ratings: Cairney shines

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Brentford 0-2 Fulham – www.theguardian.com/football

Fulham won at West London rivals Brentford on Friday night, goals from Sone Aluko and Tom Cairney securing a 2-0 win in a strong performance. Here are The Football Lab’s player ratings:

Brentford

Daniel Bentley – not at fault for either goal. Brentford’s defeat could have been more painful without his saves. 7

Maxime Colin – quiet in the first half, but was one of Brentford’s main outlets after the break. 6

Harlee Dean – blocked Aluko’s shot in the first half, but otherwise a tad rash. 4

John Egan – outdone by Cairney for Fulham’s 2nd goal, but he was generally solid and started moves quickly. Both centre-backs needed more protection. 6

Andreas Bjelland – as a centre-back by trade, he did not look comfortable going forward. Sawyers and Kaikai suffered on the left wing as a result. 3

Josh McEachran – didn’t show enough desire, rightly taken off in the second half. 2

Ryan Woods – showed flashes of creativity in the first half but looked hesitant when closing down opponents. 5

Nico Yennaris – like fellow midfielders, lacked physicality and grit without the ball. Misplaced a few simple passes. 3

Josh Clarke – combined well with Colin in the second half. One of the livelier players but his end product could have been better. 6

Romaine Sawyers – more suited to a central role than the left wing one he was given. Wasn’t given the overlapping support to utilize his creative attributes. 3

Scott Hogan – worked hard but needed better quality service. A frustrating night through little fault of his own. 6

Sulley Kaikai (on 63) – made a lot of runs off the ball but not much of the play went down his left side. 6

Lasse Vibe (on 72) – looked bright but his presence up top with Hogan left gaps in midfield. 6

Philipp Hoffman (on 85) – didn’t do anything to justify the removal of Clarke, but had little time. 5

Fulham

David Button – kept his focus despite stick from sections of the home fans for leaving Brentford. Made some good second half saves. 6

Ryan Fredericks – very quick. Got forward well in the first half, was more disciplined later on. 6

Ragnar Sigurdsson – made some key last ditch blocks, one superbly timed on Vibe in the second half. 8

Tomas Kalas – did not make as many brutish interventions as Sigurdsson but quietly effective. 6

Scott Malone – showed a strong work rate. Protected the centre-backs when needed and always offered his team an attacking outlet. 8

Tom Cairney – clever movement and excellent through balls made him the main creative influence behind his side’s attacking play. 9

Kevin McDonald – allied his undoubted passing ability with the defensive qualities required for the holding role. 7

Stefan Johansen – lively throughout. He willingly pressed the ball and was always positive in possession. 7

Sone Aluko – could have scored more but his pace and movement caused problems and opened spaces for the creative midfielders. 6

Chris Martin – not the quickest but provided strength and composure in the final third. 6

Lucas Piazon – worked hard and could have been used more often. Missed a good chance just before half-time. 5

Floyd Ayite (on 71) – offered a counter-attacking threat, particularly useful given the open nature of Brentford’s midfield. 7

Scott Parker (on 78) – provided experience and composure late on. 6

Tim Ream (on 90)

Report to follow.

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