Vital Football

Latest Fulham FC News

Fulham - Lets Maintain The Good Form

Fulham - Lets Maintain The Good Form

The UEFA Europa League next season is a real possibility for Fulham next season, but this isn't something that Roy Hodgson is thinking about that much really as simply finishing the season strongly is his main objective.

What a turnaround it has been for Fulham, 12-months ago it took a final game of the season win over Portsmouth to maintain Premier League status but this season Hodgson has guided the club to the brink of a European place next season.

Safety is all but confirmed, but whilst some are really starting to look towards this European qualification Hodgson just wants the club to finish the season strongly: 'My major concern now, having reached a position of relative safety, is that we keep the levels of performance up in the last seven games to give us the position in the table that we would like.

'All season we have been very cautious, we've said all along that our major concern is safety.

'But I think now we have reached 40 points at this stage of the season we can forget about relegation.

'There are seven games left which is about 20 per cent of the season and we want to make the last 20% of the season as good as the first 80 per cent.

'We want to make certain that we finish well and not leave a bad taste in our mouths by not keeping up that level of performance and allowing ourselves to relax.'

If by finishing the season strongly this brings a European place everyone connected to Fulham will be delighted, but it would be easy for the foot to be taken off the gas now and relax because the ultimate ambition for this season of avoiding relegation has just about been achieved, but Hodgson doesn't want this, he added: 'I think Europe will be something that just happens to one team. I don't think any of the teams who could finish seventh are saying they want to be in Europe.

'It's more a question of seeing how well we play the last seven games. If we got to two or three games left and the goal was in sight then teams might say 'we fancy it', but with seven games to go most of us will wait and see.

'If it happens it happens and we'll be very glad - but let's make certain we don't let the season degenerate.'

He has a wise head on those old shoulders. You can tell why Hodgson has had success where he has been and in spite of this he always maintains a level head.

Fulham in next seasons UEFA Europa League is a real possibility now isn't it, but can this really be achieved or will Fulham just get piped at the post do you think?



For the very latest Premier League odds

Free £15 bet when you spend £5 on The New Football Pools




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

Writer:Site Staff
Date:Saturday April 11 2009
Time: 9:16AM

Comments

0
Piped at the post....crikey, I'm even having a dig at the site staff. Very good article, just intrigued as to why it has been written by the site staff?? Anybody?? I reckon Roy can find motivation from somewhere and we'll finish this season on a high! :D
KBFulham
11/04/2009 09:27:00
0
Piped at the post....crikey, I'm even having a dig at the site staff. Very good article, just intrigued as to why it has been written by the site staff?? Anybody?? I reckon Roy can find motivation from somewhere and we'll finish this season on a high! :D
KBFulham
11/04/2009 09:27:00
0
To answer the question KBFulham, Andrew hasn't been feeling too well recently (he'll be fine though) so I have agreed to give him a helping hand for a while so he can concentrate on getting better (he still wants ideas put forward though and will concentrate on getting them added as that involves minimal effort.) Vital Fulham is growing fantastically well, so it would be a shame to see it drop off a bit whilst he is recovering for a few days, so I am happy to help if I can. I just hope that I can do him, and this site justice.
russ vital admin
11/04/2009 09:40:00
0
To answer the question KBFulham, Andrew hasn't been feeling too well recently (he'll be fine though) so I have agreed to give him a helping hand for a while so he can concentrate on getting better (he still wants ideas put forward though and will concentrate on getting them added as that involves minimal effort.) Vital Fulham is growing fantastically well, so it would be a shame to see it drop off a bit whilst he is recovering for a few days, so I am happy to help if I can. I just hope that I can do him, and this site justice.
russ vital admin
11/04/2009 09:40:00
0
Ahh, I see! Good job mate, and I hope you get better Putney!! :D
KBFulham
11/04/2009 10:54:00
0
Ahh, I see! Good job mate, and I hope you get better Putney!! :D
KBFulham
11/04/2009 10:54:00
0
i think roys got plenty of ammo to keep the boys motivated,make history and finish higher than fulham has ever finished and a chance to play in europe should b enough
whiteaussie
11/04/2009 11:12:00
0
i think roys got plenty of ammo to keep the boys motivated,make history and finish higher than fulham has ever finished and a chance to play in europe should b enough
whiteaussie
11/04/2009 11:12:00
0
agreed. if you can't get motivated simply by putting your stamp on the club history, then the allure of europe should surely motivate you... let's hope anyway...
woodysweats
11/04/2009 15:41:00
0
agreed. if you can't get motivated simply by putting your stamp on the club history, then the allure of europe should surely motivate you... let's hope anyway...
woodysweats
11/04/2009 15:41:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Adams Turns Professional

Recent Fulham Articles

Reading v Fulham - Views from both Camps

Back on 30th December the game between Reading and Fulham was evenly poised, at 0-0, when it was decreed the swirling fog was too bad for the game to continue.

Reading v Fulham - Early Team News

Shall we try again?

QPR 1 Fulham 1 - Views from the Bench

Following a highly entertaining West London derby, one that ended with both clubs taking a point apiece, both managers spoke to the media.

Queens Park Rangers 1 Fulham 1

The spoils were shared in a West London derby that turned into a real feisty affair later on.

Archived Vital Fulham Articles

Vital Fulham articles from

Site Journalists

Andrew Joyce
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Reading v Fulham?
Suggested By: putney
Reading to Win!0%
Fulham to Win!100%
A Draw!0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 27 19 1 7 58 33
2 Brighton 26 17 6 3 57 24
3 Huddersfield 27 15 4 8 49 2
4 Leeds Utd 27 15 3 9 48 10
5 Reading 26 14 4 8 46 2
6 Sheff Wed 27 13 6 8 45 5
7 Derby County 27 12 7 8 43 6
8 Barnsley 27 12 5 10 41 5
9 Fulham 26 10 10 6 40 13
10 Norwich 27 12 4 11 40 5
11 Preston 27 11 7 9 40 3
12 Birmingham 27 9 10 8 37 -5
13 Aston Villa 27 8 12 7 36 1
14 Ipswich 27 9 7 11 34 -5
15 Brentford 27 9 6 12 33 -1
16 Cardiff 26 9 6 11 33 -9
17 Q.P.R. 27 9 6 12 33 -11
18 Wolves 27 8 8 11 32 -3
19 Forest 27 8 6 13 30 -7
20 Bristol City 27 8 3 16 27 -4
21 Wigan 27 6 7 14 25 -8
22 Burton 27 6 7 14 25 -11
23 Blackburn 27 6 7 14 25 -12
24 Rotherham 27 4 4 19 16 -33
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Fulham Results (view all)

Fulham Fixtures (view all)

Jan 24 2017 8:00PM : Reading (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 29 2017 12:30PM : Hull City (H)
FA Cup
Feb 1 2017 7:45PM : Burton Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 4 2017 3:00PM : Birmingham City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 11 2017 3:00PM : Wigan Athletic (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 14 2017 7:45PM : Nottingham Forest (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.DrewPeacock1
The Vital Football Members League