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Fulham - Fortress Craven Cottage?

It`s something that makes you think!

Why is there such a disparity between our home record and our away record?

At home, we`ve turned Craven Cottage into a fortress and our record is comparable with that of Liverpool, we`re both up their at the top but when you look at our away record, a measly two points, we`re at the other end of the spectrum, we`re level with Stoke City as the worst travellers in the Premier League.

Our away form is starting to mirror that of last season whereby venturing anywhere away from Craven Cottage was almost a waste of time.

Thankfully, last year we dug ourselves out of a hole with a fantastic spell away from home, taking three wins out of a possible four, to ensure survival.

It`s a riddle that even has Roy Hodgson a little perplexed with the gaffer remarking,

"At the moment everything we have got away from home has been earned."

"But I am still boosted by the fact that late last season when we hadn`t won an away game for almost two years; all of a sudden we won three of the last four and stayed in the division."

So, here at Vital Fulham, we`d like to know why we`ve slipped back into our bad old ways away from home. Two points is all we`ve earned thanks to draws at Portsmouth and Liverpool.

So what are you thoughts regarding the situation?

Is our style of play more suited to Craven Cottage?

Are we a little lightweight away from home?

Or have we simply been unlucky and fallen victim to those late goals Roy has previously mentioned?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 25 2008

Time: 6:06PM

Your Comments

the Liverpool comparison is nice but Stoke - makes me feel sick!
Al Billy
Just shows how bad our away form is doesn't it!
we have one of the best home records in the prem,one of the best defence records in the prem, and one of the worst away records in the prem
It`s always hard to get a result away from home. I feel we need to concentrate more, especially towards the end of games when we seem vunerable to waves of attack. I would like to see players talk or shout if need be more to each other during the game, fight for everything and work hard for each other, do or die spirit. Only then will we be strong enough to survive last ten minute onslaught syndrome, if you get my drift.
The thing is we've been playing well away. The away record has been like that for the last 3/4 years! Nothing new, just this time we are playing well away and still not getting anything.
Fulham have never really travelled well in all the years ive watched them, this season our away performances have not been bad, so im sure that away win is just around the corner against villa, i think we play the same type of football at home as we do away,
dan the man

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