To be frank, anyone venturing out of bed, let alone out of the changing room, deserved some kind of medal on this most arctic of Sunday mornings. And just to add to their woes, midfield dynami Dav Gautam and Jamie Heath were asked to play very much out of position as Logica's centre half pairing. But they applied themselves impressively, continually rebuffing a fairly constant Fulham onslaught in conditions that did no favours to defenders at all. Their heroic sacrifices to the cause were at least recognised in this week's MoM poll, with Dav Gautam just pipping his defensive partner to the award.

Denholm Syme also picked up a healthy swathe of votes for another sturdy and reliable display at right-back in a season during which his abilities have finally been recognised with a regular starting position. Slightly further forwards, Joe Tallett earned similar plaudits for managing to muster some moments of skill in the central midfield quagmire.