Fulham inched one step closer to the Premier League as they produced one of the narrow football results of the weekend in the Championship. They are 11 points clear of Bournemouth in second place. Mitrovic scored his 38th goal of the season in the 17th minute for the only goal of the game. Middlesbrough announced that the gate revenue of their FA Cup clash against Chelsea would be donated to help those affected in Ukraine.
Middlesbrough’s Chris Wilder: “I am extremely frustrated. We were well in the game from the off, especially in the second half. I am a bit disappointed. We turned the ball over the too cheaply first half. It seemed we lacked a bit of belief to go toe-to-toe with the best team in the division. We did the second half, the goal against was a poor one. It was a poor challenge from Matt Crooks, got booked, and our prep was about where Mitrovic gets into the middle of the goal and we have not blocked that run for him to score.”
Fulham’s Marco Silva: “In four days we had a derby in London at QPR and away in Boro. We have six points, two clean sheets, and the feeling is really good. Our standards are high. I have told them we have to celebrate this win and smile because we achieved a massive result here with the heart and organization needed. The Championship is like this. The feeling, the environment inside the dressing room, is really good but we know we want to celebrate more in the weeks ahead. This is a massive step towards what we want. I don’t like to talk about ifs, I prefer to keep working hard and win matches until the moment comes. We will do our best to achieve it.”
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