Fulham were thrashed 4-0 by FA Cup holders Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium yesterday. Goals from Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva and a brace from Gabriel Jesus ensured a comfortable passage for Pep Guardiola’s team.
The Cottagers were facing a mammoth task anyway and Tim Ream’s red card in the sixth minute ensured mission impossible for Scott Parker’s charges.
The 32-year-old saw red for pulling down Jesus in the build-up to the first goal. It left Fulham with an uphill challenge and saw City run riot on a forgettable afternoon for the visitors.
Ream has started 28 of Fulham’s 29 league games this season and has proved a mainstay in the team under Parker.
The Cottagers sit third in the division and are nicely poised for a tilt at winning promotion back to the Premier League.
Ream has played 180 times for Fulham since arriving at Craven Cottage in 2015.
He is an important player but with Alfie Mawson waiting patiently in the wings, he could face a battle to regain his place in the team.
Fulham supporters weren’t impressed with his calamitous defending yesterday and took to Twitter after the game to vent their frustrations.
Here is a selection of tweets from the Fulham faithful regarding the performance of Ream:
Tim Ream has let the entire team down there. Shocking decision from a player of supposed experience. We’re in for a bloodbath, here. #ffc
— Cam Ramsey (@94CAMRAM) January 26, 2020
Tim Ream must be cursing himself in the shower.
Then again he wasn't on the pitch long enough to warrant a shower…
— Ben Jarman (@benjarman__) January 26, 2020
Tim Ream is one of those players who I wish had called it a day with Fulham after Wembley.
— Anthony B (@Fulhamflutter) January 26, 2020
Tim Ream making a mistake 20 seconds in. Lovely.
— wannabe Serbian (@urghbusani) January 26, 2020
Pretty much confirming what we all knew: Tim Ream is nowhere near good enough for the top level.
Lovely guy and absolute servant for the club, but if Fulham get promoted he can’t be in the side next year
— Max Cohen (@maxpcohen) January 26, 2020
Not the end of the world, but Tim Ream will do extremely well to come back from that.
Kongolo, Hector and Mawson will all be in front of him.
— MK84 (@MKeeno84) January 26, 2020
Tim ream has probably had the worst 5 minutes of football I’ve ever seen think it could be a long day for Fulham now
— Phil Wingate 🔴⚪️⚫️ (@Phizza_Monster) January 26, 2020
My heart sinks every time Tim Ream has the ball at his feet, his possession is terrible
— Rich Dean FFC (@richdean21) January 22, 2020
Tim Ream what an idiot.
— Steven Bowen (@bowen9123) January 26, 2020