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West Brom 1 Fulham 0

It`s only just turned October and already we`re looking anxiously over our shoulders.

We`re two points off the relegation zone; below us are two clubs, Spurs and Newcastle who won`t be in a crisis for ever, two clubs who will overhaul us once they get their backsides sorted out.

Our promising start has all but been forgotten, we`re on a roll, a roll of four defeats in all competitions and suddenly the prospect of a two week break between games doesn`t look so enticing.

Instead of relaxing after a win, we`ve lost and the visit of Sunderland two weeks today takes on a whole new significance.

So what went wrong?

How come we slipped to defeat at a venue, when the fixtures were announced, we`d be hoping to win at. Looking at the possession statistics, we had so much more of the ball, so why haven`t we capitalised upon it? Are we lacking bite, is it a lack of guile to break teams down or are we just plain unlucky?

Forced to play without the suspended Andrew Johnson, Roy Hodgson chose to play Clint Dempsey, a player who, last season, had been our joint top scorer.

The first half was fairly equal, Bednar had the first chance but chose to dilly-dally and swap feet before striking a shot straight at Schwarzer. Bullard then saw his free kick, from just outside the area; fly inches over the bar as the sides vied for that crucial opening goal.

Zoltan Gera, playing against his former side, then saw Dempsey tee him up but his shot, just like Bullard`s free kick, went inches the wrong side of the woodwork, this time the post. Bullard then tried a shot from distance but it went straight down the keepers` throat.

Dempsey peppered a few shot towards goal and we looked to be on top. West Brom had a half chance but Miller headed wide when well placed, half-time and all square, all to play for.

The second half saw West Brom emerge with more purpose, Tony Mowbray had obviously geed them up and going forward they looked more of a threat. Zuiverloon should have done better with a header that hit the outside of the post before, just on the hour mark; the home side got that opening goal.

Sadly, it was s sloppy goal to concede. A corner had been conceded and when the ball dropped into our six yard box and bounced, Bednar swooped to score.

The fight back was now in, a chance to rescue something. Olsson got away with not giving away a penalty before Dempsey met a ball from Bullard only to see his effort go high and wide.

West Brom knew that a second goal would clinch matters and Schwarzer did well to save from Koran. Bednar then chanced his arm from an outrageously long way out and Schwarzer was relieved to see the ball hit the top of his cross bar.

There was one last chance to salvage something, Ki-Hyeon (on for Demspey) provided a great pass for Davies but he put it over from close range.

It`s time to get real, it`s time to knuckle down and admit it`s going to be a long slog again, or am I being to dramatical?




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Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday October 4 2008

Time: 5:37PM

Your Comments

Zamora was nonexistant. Gera was missing. Bullard except for his free kick that went close was nowhere to be found. I thought Pantsil got up the right side nicely to support the attack. Dempsey looked good but his shots never bothered the keeper. I thought Murphy was unlucky to have his shot deflect just wide - it had equalizer written all over it. Another disappointment.
acrossthepond
the fourth on the trot - it's enough to turn you to drink!
Putney
and the next game is a real crunch - us against Roy Keanes physical XI!
Putney
the return of the Healy - oh no you can see what's coming can't you!
Al Billy
No, you are not being dramatical! You are just being realistic!:( The second half performance was utterly *****e!
Zimmer2002
Worrying stuff now. Maybe we're particularly nervous because of last season, but at least we've got a quality manager in place rather than that idiot S*****z
donfulham
You guys beat Arsenal and Bolton. You're looking comfortable -- then you lose three in a row and look desperate. Hey, you aren't Manchester City you know. We have the monopoly on this sort of pain!! Tou will put his right i'm sure. Please just take points off Chelsea too.
Sindbad
the way we are going their be no shoulder to look over, because if we dont stop giving away stupid goals we will be bottom of the league, why can we not even get a point away from home ,this has been a fulham curse for years
dan the man
we have to pick up somfing against sunderland just to end this s***e run
sdavies25
Roy in charge,the summer signings,end of season surge; I thought we'd be ok this term. I was wrong, it's the same old, same old. Yet another season of pointless away trips,promises of better things, if only this, if only that. What did I do to deserve 40+ years of pain? You can change your wife, you can change your nationality but you can't change your TEAM! COYW!!
Edens
come on folks - keep the faith!
Al Billy
Sunderland has become the first six-pointer for us hasn't it!
Putney
COME ON LADS u cant just always say u hav faith or whatsoever then lost these 3 consecutive games... of cos RH s calm wiv good tactical knowledge but lads u hav to bear your mind u r not just playing football u r fighting in tough league for us in the shirt of WHITES so u lads better start winning games rather than keep saying "we hav played some beautifully executed attactive attacking free-flowing passing football but today's just not our day so we lost it bra bra bra..." Come On Lads at the end of the day football is all about beating your opponents!!
genuch
hey n Captain No.13 please remember to take off your captain armband n pass it on to your teammate when u r substituted. the role of captain of a football team is a honour, so next time dun rudely throw our WHITES captain armband onto the field again!!
genuch
 

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