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Monday 21st
posted by Morning Star in Sport

0 Fulham 1 Sheffield Wednesday by Kaleem Aftab at Craven Cottage

A STEVEN FLETCHER goal gave Sheffield Wednesday their first league win of the campaign at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon against a lacklustre Fulham.

Fulham have yet to record a victory in four attempts this season and continue to look a shadow of the side that reached the play-offs.

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic cut a frustrated and disconsolate figure as he watched his side miss a hatful of chances, complaining: “We were the better team but we couldn’t put it in the net. We couldn’t get the quality opportunities.”

Fulham dominated the first half with Sone Aluko missing two excellent chances following on from corners, while Ryan Sessegnon caused all sorts of problems cutting in from the left wing.

But in the second period, after Sessegnon failed to find debutant Rui Fonte in front of goal, they lost ideas and were ponderous going forward.

Jokanovic was the master of understatement when he lamented: “We were missing a bit of speed with the ball. That would make a difference.”

In contrast, Wednesday manager Carlo Carvalhal was happy that his team were finally showing some of the resilience that saw them make the play-offs last season.

“I was calm even when we were not winning games. There’s expectations and pressure but I believe we will achieve our results.”

If Fletcher can remain as clinical as he was when presented with a chance on 64 minutes and Barry Bannan can continue to dominate the midfield, Wednesday will be looking at a bright campaign.