Aleksandar Mitrovic on target again as Fulham pile pressure on Leicester and Brendan Rodgers
Fulham’s rise under Marco Silva is becoming one of the stories of this season and perhaps those chants about European tours are not so far-fetched.
Silva’s upwardly mobile team have now equalled their points tally from the 2020/21 season with Aleksandar Mitrovic’s goal securing a third successive win.
Mitrovic has 11 Premier League goals this season but there are star performers all over the pitch, from the reborn Willian to summer signing Joao Palhinha and captain Tim Ream.
“This is a dream for us, and we want to keep the dream going,” said Mitrovic. “When you get promoted the first target is to stay up. I feel we can do a little bit more. We love playing under this manager.
“We don’t think ahead. We stay with both feet on the ground and we’ll see what happens at the end.”
Leicester have now lost three games in a row and Rodgers urgently needs signings this month as the injuries pile up.
Their night appeared cursed from the start, when Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall was injured in the warm-up and then another midfielder, Boubakary Soumare, limped off after seven minutes.
Their injury list is already substantial, with James Maddison, Jonny Evans, Patson Daka, James Justin, Dennis Praet, Ricardo Pereira and Ryan Bertrand also absent.
Leicester dominated the second-half but Rodgers’s season is threatening to become a relegation battle unless he can bring in new recruits this month.
Rodgers said: “It’s frustrating to have another decent performance and not get the result.
“We have to keep fighting. It’s only a small squad and players are having to play when we’d like to take them out.
“Hopefully we can get some strength in January. There’s not a lot of money but maybe there is some to do with what we want to do.”
Fulham had already been threatening Leicester’s goal before Mitrovic gave them a deserved lead in the 18th minute.
Willian advanced into space and found the Serbian forward in the area, with Mitrovic taking the ball down wonderfully before hooking his shot past Danny Ward.
The mood was turning mutinous in the stands, but Leicester did respond in the second half.
Jamie Vardy’s shot was saved by Bernd Leno before Youri Tielemans curled a shot wide from outside the area.
As frustration increased and time began to tick away, Leno saved from Perez and Tielemans crashed a half-volley against the crossbar.
The boos at the final whistle are becoming a worrying norm.