For so long, it seemed as though Fulham would prove unable to capitalise on Cardiff City’s untimely slip up on Friday night.
Sheffield Wednesday defended with determination and diligence but ultimately couldn’t prevent Aleksandar Mitrovic from grabbing his ninth goal in as many games to settle a nervy contest at Hillsborough.
The Serbian’s strike extended Fulham’s unbelievable unbeaten run to nineteen games and, crucially, cut the gap to second place to just two points.
Mitrovic’s influence since moving to Craven Cottage on loan from Newcastle in January has been significant.
Previously, Fulham played plenty of pretty football but lacked potency in the opposition’s penalty area – now they have a deadly poacher who could fire them back to the top flight.
He clinically converted Ryan Sessegnon’s clever cross to break Wednesday’s brave resistance twelve minutes from time.
Slavisa Jokanovic has suggested Rafa Benitez failed to get the best out of his Serbian striker and Fulham are getting success because of it.
The better Mitro plays ... the more money goes into Mike Ashley's back pocket come the summer.
Will Rafa get the transfer funds he has craved since he arrived two years ago?
Well he has been working on a shoe string ever since he walked through the door at St James' Park.