Player Ratings: Fulham 1-0 Luton Town
Luton Town fell to their fourth Premier League defeat of the season on Saturday afternoon, a 1-0 loss to Fulham at Craven Cottage, leaving the Hatters bottom of the table without a point to their name. A sole Carlos Vinicius goal was enough for the West London side, after Thomas Kaminski had fumbled a low cross into the striker's path.
The Hatters weren't without chances of their own however, Jacob Brown crashing a header off the post as well as Amari'i Bell wasting a huge opportunity, unable to convert a left footed volley. Improving every game, Rob Edwards will hope that Wolves at home next week will allow the Town to finally get some points on the board.
Thomas Kaminski - 4.5
In tight games like these, the Town can’t afford mistakes, and unfortunately it was a pretty big one from Thomas Kaminski as his fumble allowed Carlos Vinicius to score the only goal of the game. Kaminski was solid bar that one error, but will be bitterly disappointed to throw away his clean sheet in that manner.
Issa Kabore - 7
Probably Luton’s main attacking threat, and unlucky not to pick up an assist after his cross was headed against the post by Jacob Brown. Was always going to be a challenge up against the vastly experienced Willian, but bar a couple of lapses in concentration defended well enough.
Reece Burke - 7
You have to say that it was a very solid defensive performance from all three of the Hatters’ centre backs, and Burke was as competent as ever, on the ball as well as off it.
Tom Lockyer - 7.5
Gave Raul Jimenez absolutely nothing all afternoon, dominating the Mexican right up until he was subbed off. However, Vinicius proved more of a handful when he came on, as shown by the goal. The Luton captain will be disappointed not to make more of a free header late on, when the Hatters were chasing the game.
Mads Andersen - 7
A reshuffle in defence allowed Andersen to take up a role at left centre back, and the Dane was confident in his new position, perhaps forcing himself into Edwards’ first choice XI.
Amari'i Bell - 6
With Bell at left wing back, it clearly inhibited the Town’s attacking threat down the left flank, but the Hatters did look far better defensively with Bell further out wide. Despite this, the Jamaican had a huge chance to score, his volley at the back post going straight at Bernd Leno.
Marvellous Nakamba - 7
Exactly what you’d expect from Nakamba, who is by far the most competent of the Town players in the Prem. His experience in this league shows through every game, not looking phased by the step up in quality.
Albert Sambi Lokonga - 6.5
Busy debut for the Arsenal loanee, getting stuck in early on. Showed glimpses of quality with nice passes and strong tackles, but was careless in possession at times.
Tahith Chong - 6.5
The summer signing found himself in a slightly different role, out on the left wing at times. Carries the ball extremely well but didn’t quite have the quality in the final third to break down a strong Fulham defence
Jacob Brown - 7.5
Extremely unlucky not to have his first Premier League goal after his first half header cannoned back off the post. Worked so hard throughout, often finding himself in the right back position as the Hatters were pinned back.
Carlton Morris - 5.5
Another frustrating afternoon for the Town’s talisman. Slightly scuffed a left footed volley early on and struggled to get into the game. Seemed very isolated up against the two Fulham centre backs.
Elijah Adebayo and Chiedozie Ogbene - 6.5
Both attacking players made a difference when they entered the fray. Ogbene showcasing his pace and Adebayo showing a couple of nice touches as the Town pushed for an equaliser.
Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu, Alfie Doughty and Cauley Woodrow - 6
Added some legs in the final minutes but were unable to help Luton muster up a late goal.