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Fulham - I`m Angry and I`m Having My Say!

I'm still trying to get my head around last night!

It's as if we've joined the growing band of clubs that treat the Carling Cup with disdain and I can't understand why.

It's not as if we're one of the big four, we're not going to challenge for the title however much we may daydream about it.

And, considering the money Roy has spent this summer, we should be confident enough to accept that potential relegation should not be an issue also, so why did Roy make so many changes?

I'm intelligent enough to accept he wanted to see how certain players performed and how they could be slotted in during the season when injuries and suspensions kick in but I fail to see why we had to make eight.

Already, we've reported that Roy felt some of the players were carrying niggles but surely not eight.

A victory last night would have put us in the next round, a round nearer Wembley, a round nearer European qualification. Instead we're left with an empty feeling, a feeling that life as a Fulham supporter, in these Premier League is all important times. Mid table mediocrity is the best we can hope for.

I guess some may feel that I'm being unreasonable, that I should accept that football has changed and that one competition has become all consuming but I can't, I'm from the old school, a school who believe that you should field your best team wherever and whenever possible.

I can't accept quotes such as,

'The Premier League is our priority and some of my players have niggling injuries.

'I am pleased with our team as many players were in for the first time. We looked on for extra time then we conceded so close to the end.

'Burnley looked a good side. I don't know the Championship well enough but I would think they could do well. They are well organised defensively and have players with pace and skill.'

Come on Roy! Burnley are, at best, mid-table, if they get promoted I'll eat my hat!

What grates me the most is this continual harping on about Premier League survival, we should be aiming higher than that, we're better than that but maybe, just maybe, the whole crux of the matter can be found in that last quote.

Perhaps, and I'm guessing here, Roy knows just enough about the Championship to realise that if we do not survive, the end is nigh. We'd be shorn of our decent players and what was paraded last night will become the norm.

A frightening thought and probably a bitter article but I don't half feel better for putting pen to paper.

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Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 24 2008

Time: 4:18PM

Your Comments

I'm not surprised you're that peed off!
Al Billy
thanks Al - but doesn't anyone think I've summed it up wrong?
I too feel very disappointed with the result and let down by the defeatist attitude of Roy. Yet again the fans have been sold short with a half-hearted excuse as to why we were not good enough to beat a Championship team. Your summation is spot on; we should be fielding better teams in the cups in order to win the the fixture at least. Too many changes in a team rarely work. Once again we were predictable though in conceding a late goal and this is really beginning to worry me.
i think we have all got carried away ,and have probably expected too much too soon, in our polls we have expected to win,we would not have said that last season,im stillas dissapointed as everyone else but this is fulham so lets get behind the team with all our support
dan the man
Couldn`t agree more mate. I was well angry too and did something i have never done before after the game, i rushed down to the front where the players were coming off and shouted my anger at the team and Roy, it was a poor performence and once again we had to listen to the taunts of the Burnley fans (what there was of them). As per usual with our trips to Turf Moor we had to hang our heads in embarrassment after the game
very disappointed, if we had of got a good cup run we might of got better results in the league

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