The stop-start nature of the past five weeks has not helped Fulham’s bid to get back to winning ways, the Cottagers going between November 20 and January 8 without posting a victory.
However, after battling their way to a 1-0 success over Saturday’s opponents in the FA Cup last weekend, they rediscovered their clinical touch at Reading three days later.
While the level and belief of their opponents should be taken into consideration, Fulham were ruthless as they posted a 7-0 triumph at the Madejski Stadium.
Harry Wilson and Aleksandar Mitrovic both netted doubles, giving the pair a combined total of 32 goals between them in the Championship this season.
The manner of the result also solidified their superior goal difference over their rivals, and that may eventually prove crucial during the second half of the campaign.
Performance-wise, Bristol City manager Nigel Pearson will have few complaints about the last two games, especially after the Robins fought back to beat Milwall 3-2 in the league on January 2.
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Nevertheless, Pearson was disappointed to fall to narrow defeat to Fulham at Ashton Gate six days later, Wilson’s effort in the 105th minute ultimately proving to be the difference.
That setback leaves Bristol City to focus on matters in the Championship, but they face months of having little to play for unless they can find some consistency.
Although Pearson’s side are still searching for back-to-back wins in the second tier this season, they have suffered successive defeats on three occasions since the middle of October