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Friday, January 6

Fulham: Too good to do down?

At times, Fulham have played some lovely football this year only to lose their concentration for a few moments each match squandering precious points. Conceding a goal to Wigan in the 91st minute; losing at Middlesbrough having taken the lead twice; conceding a goal in the 7th minute at White Hart Lane and then even stevens the rest of the match; the the 3-3 draw to Aston Villa at the Cottage, and the 1-0 lose to Pompey with Gary O'Neil controlling the ball with his hand are five examples and 9 points dropped. Fulham would be level on points with Bolton who sit in 7th with 32 points. Fulham were worthy 2-0 winners over Liverpool, lost 3-2 to Man U at Old Traford and acquitted themselves well in a 3-2 loss to Chelsea. The 4-1 loss to Arsenal featuring a Cygan brace was the only true hiding incurred this year. I blame Twiddle Dee and Twiddle Dum for that performance (Zat Knight and Zesh Rehman). The gaffer publicly exudes confidence and believes results will come Fulham's way with a little rub of the green. The fact is the last three matches were far easier than what lies ahead and Fulham only took 4 of 9 points from those matches, injuries and dodgy calls and noncalls by refs prime reasons. Newcastle and Tottenham at home in January become must wins. February and March include Man U, Arsenal, Chelsea and away to Bolton. The lads will have to be on their game, show bottle and concentrate till the final whistle to get any points from those matches. Fulham also face West Brom at home and Villa and Everton away. No match is ever easy and with Fulham's away jinx Villa and Everton will be tough. Fortunately the run-in is not too bad with home matches to Portsmouth, Charlton, Wigan and Middlesbrough. A healthy confident Fulham could take maximum points from those matches. Without being a doom monger but also not being blinkered the points might look something like this. Current points 23; Jan - Need fix point but based on casualty ward posing as squad go with 4 points, Feb and March - 6; April run-in 12 (21 points is maximum). That's 45 points. I should point out though that West Ham went down with 43 or 45 points and finished 7th the preceding season so no club is too good to go down. The key will be the defence. No lead is secure when Zat Knight's on the pitch; Bolton making a match of it late at the Cottage being one stomach turning example. If Fulham can stay up and Coleman can keep the team intact, i.e. not sell Papa Bouba Diop, Fulham could go on a nice little run next year and challenge for European honours. There's a cart and a horse, however, and for now the Great Escape is the goal. Let's hope West Brom and Birmingham continue their poor form. With "arry" back at Pompey and Russian riches you got to fancy them to buy their way to safety this season.

6 Comments:

  • Fulham might be too good to stay up. By that I mean too much football, not enough 'route-one hoofery foul fest'. West Ham, anyone?

    By Blogger Rich Hughes, at 11:53 PM  

  • What's happened with Carlos Bocanegra and Fulham? I thought he was playing reasonably well but hasn't featured much this year. Injuries? Surely it can't be just that he's out of favor because he'd be a better choice than the current fullback.

    Pity about Volz on the other side. I thought he would progress once he left Arsenal, but it just hasn't happened. Arsene's instinct proved right again.

    By Blogger gooner71, at 12:30 PM  

  • I think Fulham will survive - Sunderland are down... Birmingham and Portsmouth are atrocious and West Brom wont get many points so Fulham have to beat 2 of those.
    I sat through the Brimingham FA CUp tie this morning - horrible stuff and Torquay should have put them out - I cant see them surviving unless Chris Sutton is magic.
    I like Fulham, really do - nice to watch - play the game the right way but when results go against you, playing the right stops you getting the goals you need, happens time and time again. Definitely dont want to see them relegated.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 12:32 PM  

  • Agree with Simon. Like Palace and Norwich before them, there are a number of brutal huff and puff merchants that you would prefer to drop down before Fulham does. Birmingham and Blackburn and West Brom for a start. Sunderland should go just for being completely hopeless.

    By Blogger gooner71, at 12:51 PM  

  • Boca's natural position is centreback. When he came to the club he was forced to play out of position as fullback. Essentially, he's been found out at fullback. His lack of speed does not help.

    By Blogger Chris P, at 2:01 PM  

  • Fulham: Too crap to beat Leyton Orient at home.

    By Blogger Simon Burke, at 10:58 AM  

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