On the back of a well-earned and hard-fought victory against high flying Leeds United at Craven Cottage last weekend, Fulham fans turned up in numbers at Kenilworth Road expecting a rather easier three points this time.
Instead, Groundhog Day returned to haunt all of us that may have had any belief in the return to winning ways were about to happen.
In no time at all, Mawson got himself in all kinds of trouble doing the Parker form of defence. If there’s no player close enough to pass to, then dribble your way out of a situation, even when you’re in your own six-yard box.
He helplessly gave the ball away and we were one down. Luckily for Fulham, we do have one player that is at last settling down in this team and looking sharp. Bobby De Cordova-Reid, who within minutes found the net for our first equaliser.
Just before the half-hour mark, another dreadful defensive mistake allowed Collins to receive the ball totally unmarked and calmly put Luton ahead, leaving the Fulham players screaming at the linesman for an offside.
Fulham started the second half on the front foot, but another couple of defensive errors almost put the game beyond the visitors. It wasn’t until the 77th-minute substitute Knockaert’s corner was met by the Fulham talisman who found the space to head in the second equalizer.
It now looked like the game was with Fulham to repeat their earlier 3-2 home win against the Hatters, with almost total possession. Yet as all Fulham fans know, you never can predict what they are capable of.
Another farcical attempt to play their way out of a simple situation handed the home side the most simple of goals on a plate when Harry Cornick slotted home (even Junior would have scored whilst playing his piano).
Into 5 minutes of added time and still, the supporters of both teams were not sure who would get the next goal if one was coming. Luton squandered a couple more chances before the hero for Fulham on the day, Bobby De-Reid was in the right place to tap in a third leveller for the under-whelming Fulham team.
A final result of 3-3 was probably as good a result that Fulham deserved, against a team that has let in 50 goals in half a season.
Fulham’s defence needs surgery if we are to have any chance at all of a play-off place come the end of the season. That is there and has been since last year, for all to see………………………….