Fulham lost to 1-4 to Coventry City when they visited the Ricoh Arena on Saturday in the EFL Championship. Marco Silva’s side went into the game looking to build on their impressive performance in their 3-1 win against Swansea City in midweek at Craven Cottage. That result had seen them bounce back from taking just one point from a possible six against Bristol City and Reading.
Things started well for Fulham at Coventry with Silva’s side taking the lead after 18 minutes after Kyle McFadzean’s own goal was allowed to stand by the officials despite a potential foul from Aleksander Mitrovic in the buildup to the goal. However, Fulham were unable to build on that and in the end were dominated by Coventry City in the second half.
Fulham were able to create chances in the first half and also scored the first goal of the game. They looked to finish off the game in the first half but failed to be effective in front of goal. They faced the consequences for their misses in the first half as Coventry City scored four goals within 23 minutes and put the game to bed.
Fulham attempted a total of nine shots in the game but only had the one shot on target, which was taken from a position that was far away from goal. Their only goal was an own goal which was forced in from a corner in the first half. Most of their shots were off target.
Aleksandar Mitrovic who is the top scorer in the Championship only managed to have one shot on goal but his shot was off target as well. Despite having only one shot on goal, he had a high xG which indicates he was able to get into a good position to take the shot but only failed to keep it on target. Mitrovic has averaged 1.72 shots on target in the Championship so far but failed to get any shot on target in the game against Coventry.
Mitrovic did not receive many passes from his teammates in the final third which was a major reason for him to attempt only one shot in the game. He received the ball a bit deeper than he usually does and only received the ball inside the opposition penalty area once. If Fulham would have been able to feed more balls to Mitrovic, it could have been a different story for them.
The above visual shows us the aerial duels attempted by Coventry City in the game against Fulham. Coventry City won more aerial duels while defending in their own half. Fulham attempted more crosses from both flanks hoping for their striker to make the right connection with the ball to put it into the back of the net. But Coventry were able to deal with most of these crosses that Fulham attempted and Kyle McFadzean won the most number of aerial duels for the home side. Although McFadzean scored an own goal which gifted Fulham the lead, he put up a much better defensive display and kept Fulham at bay.
It has not happened many times so far in the Championship this season, but whenever a team has taken the lead against Fulham, Fulham have ended up on the wrong end of the result. Their players lack the mentality and concentration required to produced a comeback in the game when they go down in a game. Fulham were a victim of their own mistakes when they gifted Coventry City the equaliser, which gave the home side the boost and momentum to score more goals in the game. Fulham players on the other hand walked towards the centre line with dropped shoulders with their heads down. They needed a boost from some of their players to fight back and gain the lead.
The defeat saw them drop down to fifth place in the league and leaves plenty of issues for them to sort in the next two weeks. Fulham will be returning to action when they face QPR at the Craven Cottage on October 16th, after the international break.