Fulham’s progress under Claudio Ranieri is being measured in small steps forward at present. The Italian and his players departed this tight contest vaguely dissatisfied to have only taken a point having led Leicester City, a team with top-half credentials, through much of the second half. The stalemate ensure they remain with the weight of the division bearing down on them. Yet, in time, this may end up as a point well gained.
It was hard to feel that way as Denis Odoi, alone beyond the visitors’ ramshackle backline, scooped a shot over the bar in stoppage time at the end, but everything needs context. Leicester, too, could point to Vicente Iborra planting a free header wide six minutes from the end or Demarai Gray spitting away an even later shot which forced Sergio Rico to save. In truth, the point was to be cherished by both. Fulham will reflect on a much improved display, one which allied bite with defensive nous for long periods, as evidence they are moving in the right direction. There is promise to be found in this new partnership.