Fulham were unable to make it back-to-back Premier League wins as they were comfortably beaten 2-0 by Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.
The Cottagers were perhaps fortunate that it only finished 2-0, with City wasteful with their chances during the game, whilst Scott Parker’s side managed just one shot on target in the game at the Etihad.
One man who will have disappointed Parker with his display against Pep Guardiola’s side is Bobby Decordova-Reid.
The former Bristol City man was playing as a right wing-back for the game at the Etihad but struggled in an unusual position, picking up a 6.2 rating for his display, which was the joint-worst of any Fulham player during the game.
As per SofaScore, the 27-year-old would have just 28 touches of the ball at the Etihad, suggesting that he was never really able to get involved in the game.
He was disappointing when he had the ball too, as only 12/17 passes found their mark, resulting in a pass accuracy rate of 71%.
This also saw him complete fewer passes than Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, who made 15 passes during the game.
It was no surprise therefore that Parker opted to substitute Decordova-Reid after 72 minutes at the Etihad, and he may think twice about playing him as a right wing-back in future games.
Of the six duels, he was involved in, he was able to win just two, resulting in a success rate of 33%.
He also struggled when given the opportunity to create and go forward, as neither of his long balls found a Fulham shirt, whilst he was unsuccessful in both of his dribble attempts during the game.
It was something of a surprise that Parker opted to play the 27-year-old in this position, considering he has scored four goals in all competitions so far this season and is their top scorer in the Premier League.
Therefore, it would be a surprise if we see him feature there again in the future, and hopefully, he will be restored to a more familiar position for Fulham’s next game in the top-flight, which sees them take on Liverpool at Craven Cottage next Sunday.
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