There was a raucous atmosphere inside the Cardiff City Stadium from kick-off, with the record league crowd of 32,478 witnessing a rare visit from Bluebirds’ owner Vincent Tan.
Who are their other big players?
The 32-year-old celebrated his birthday week (May 1) by making it four goals and three assists in his last five matches, as Portland has now won three-straight for new boss Gio Savarese.
This isn’t a team that people will flock from far and wide to watch.
“I know we’re not easy on the eye”.
This is not to say they aren’t entertaining.
Birmingham were still facing relegation when they kicked off, but first-half goals from Lukas Jutkiewicz (15th) and Harlee Dean (43rd) settled their nerves. It’s just they tend to avoid the intricacies of the game.
Everywhere, is the short answer.
As one of veteran manager and promotion specialist Neil Warnock’s early summer signings, Etheridge truly made a mark in the team not tipped by many to achieve automatic promotion this season. ‘It is not rocket science, when you take out the top six in the Premier League then anybody can beat anybody.
And the elixir for this one has been concocted by Mr Marmite himself – Neil Warnock, a man who often divides football opinion but whose quality and experience is undisputed.
And that sweet strike bags him the Goal of the Season award.
Barnsley’s 4-1 defeat at Derby also saw them relegated.
How will they cope in the Premier League? They do have decent ball players in their team and will nearly certainly buy some more, but this is not a side who will win prizes for aesthetics.
And Warnock raises another question. “We anticipate for the day he becomes the very first Filipino player to play in the English Premier League next season”, said PFF president Mariano Araneta Jr.
Fulham have had an incredible season, this has been helped by going on a 23-game unbeaten run and have a chance of going up to the Premier League in the automatic promotion spaces, if a certain scenario happens.