Fulham were by no means brilliant, in fact some would fairly argue that Norwich were by far the better side, but at this stage of the season, results are more important than performances and the Cottagers will gain confidence after two straight victories.
Hugo Rodallega scored his second goal in as many games, smashing in from Lewis Holtby’s free kick. That goal was all that was needed for Fulham to claim the points and it now leaves them just two points behind Norwich – who have quite simply, one of the worst end of season run-ins ever.
That’s why I think Norwich will be playing Championship football next season. They also needed to win and they didn’t. Their next four games are home at Liverpool, away at Manchester United and then Chelsea, and finally facing Arsenal at home in their last game of the season. I honestly can’t see the Canaries getting any points from any of those games. Fulham still have to play Hull and Crystal Palace at home and you wouldn’t be delusional to think that the Whites could get at least four points out of those two games.
Assuming that Sunderland and Cardiff are going down (yes, Cardiff got a great win yesterday but in my opinion they’re still going down) that leaves one final relegation place. If Fulham do get four more points, that would put them on 34pts, two ahead of Norwich’s current tally, which would leave the Canaries 18th and the Whites 17th.
Obviously, anyone can beat anyone this season, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa both beat Chelsea, Sunderland and Villa beat Manchester City, and Southampton won at Liverpool, but can you really see Norwich repeating any of that success with their strikers?
Ricky Van Wolfswinkel, Johan Elmander and Gary Hooper have just seven league goals between them this season and that is unbelievably poor. There was an incident in yesterdays game where Van Wolfswinkel was on the edge of he box, with two men in the middle, and what did he do? Passed it straight to a Fulham player who was three yards behind him.
It was a massive game at Craven Cottage yesterday that Fulham prevailed in and in my opinion, that result has kept them in the Premier League. For Norwich, it looks like quite the opposite.