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Fulham failed to score back-to-back Premier League victories as Manchester City comfortably defeated it 2-0 on Saturday afternoon.
The Cottagers were perhaps fortunate that it only finished 2-0, with City wasting their chances during the game, while Scott Parker’s team managed only a shot on goal in-game on Etihad.
One man who will have disappointed Parker with his display against Pep Guardiola’s side is Bobby Decordova-Reid.
The former Bristol City player was playing as a right-back for the match at the Etihad, but struggled in an unusual position, picking up a 6.2 rating for his display, which was the worst set of any Fulham player during the game.
According SofaScoreThe 27-year-old would have only 28 touches of the ball at the Etihad, suggesting that he was never really able to get involved in the game.
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He was also disappointing when he had the ball, as only 12/17 passes found his mark, resulting in a 71% passing accuracy rate.
This also saw him complete fewer passes than Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, who made 15 passes during the game.
So it came as no surprise that Parker opted to replace Decordova-Reid after 72 minutes at the Etihad, and he may think twice about playing him as a right-back in upcoming matches.
Of the six duels he was involved in, he was able to win only two, resulting in a 33% success rate.
He also struggled when given the opportunity to create and advance, as none of his long balls found a Fulham jersey, while he was unsuccessful in his two dribbling attempts during the game.
It was somewhat surprising that Parker chose to play the 27-year-old in this position, considering he has scored. four goals in all competitions so far this season and it is his top scorer in the Premier League.
So it would be a surprise if we see him appear 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 will see him face Liverpool at Craven Cottage below. . Sunday.
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