Speaking to Optus Sport, former Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has identified why the Whites have been so much better as of late.
There’s no denying that Fulham look like a different team to the one that started the season, they’re defensively sound and they’re finally winning games, and while a dramatic upturn in form is a mystery to many onlookers, Schwarzer believes he knows why.
“I think they’ve just been able to find a bit of a rhythm, and they’re able to maintain a certain level of performance in games for longer,” Schwarzer said.
“We saw earlier in the season that they’d have really good moments in games for 10, 15 or 20 minutes and have very little end product, before being exposed.
“Now they seem to be playing for longer periods more consistently and better. A great example is that Everton game away, the first half they were dominating, they were positive, they were really good, they looked really good, they played really well and put Everton under pressure, they had chances, but they didn’t take them.
“There was always that question of ‘how are they going to go in the second half, will they drop off’ but they didn’t they went up to another level again, and they took their chances. So I think overall there’s been a marked improvement in their overall performance and their ability to maintain a certain level of performance.”
The Australian is absolutely right.
The level of performance up front still needs improving, and the London outfit’s conversion rate leaves a lot to be desired, but these good passages of play are lasting a lot longer these days.
Earlier in the season, Fulham seemed to come out of the gates strongly only to conceded very quickly afterwards, but those early goals seem to have been eradicated from the Whites’ game.
Of course, when you sign two players like Joachim Andersen and Tosin Adarabioyo, that is always likely to happen, and long may it continue at Craven Cottage.