UK time is: 13:44:11
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Fulham 0 Everton 2

So the dream has been realised, plucky Fulham will be in with some of the best of the rest, in European terms, in the Europa League next season.

By finishing seventh, the highest ever finish in our illustrious history; Roy Hodgson has ensured that the team of 2008/2009 will forever hold a place in our hearts.

Off course the day could have been better, we could have avoided defeat but didn`t you always, deep down, know that after a great season there was a chance it`d end in disappointing fashion?

Thankfully, two hundred miles up the road, our North London neighbours, Spurs, were comprehensively beaten by Liverpool so the result at Craven Cottage became immaterial.

As has often been the case this season, Roy chose to go with a starting eleven that had served him well previously. Former Everton old-boy, Andrew Johnson, was out through injury as was another in Simon Davies.

The visitors though, did parade our old-boy, Louis Saha, in their starting eleven.

The game, if we`re to be honest, was controlled by Everton. David Moyes has moulded his side into an efficient unit denying the opposition pace and the only real surprise was that it took them until the last minute of the first half to score.

Their opening goal came after Hangeland had put Pantsil in trouble with a short ball. Pantsil, surrounded by blue shirts, was robbed by the impressive Pienaar and when his ball split our defence Osman was lurking to force it home.

The second half saw much of the same. Pantsil wasted a chance to score a historic first goal for Fulham and when Osman scored a second, from twenty yards, it was game set and match to Everton.

We could reflect on chances Fulham couldn`t capitalise on when Howard deprived Zamora and Murphy chipped over the bar, but let`s look at the bigger picture.

It a league based on thirty-eight games and the table shows us finishing in seventh, an all time best - so what f we got beaten on the last day of the season it was immaterial in the end wasn`t it.

All hail Roy Hodgson!




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



For the very latest Premier League odds

For massive weekly jackpots - Play the Football Pools Online

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

The Journalist

Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 25 2009

Time: 10:16AM

Your Comments

I am so excited about Europe, as long as the squad has a few more numbers, I can see another great season next year. As for the match, was dissapointing but its been such a wonderful campaign.
AlexFFC
Kind of had a feeling that this one would be forgetable. No matter. We all knew Liverpool would handle Spurs, and I suspect our players knew as well.
Samboney
Well done Fulham,enjoy your European adventure!
CoxintheBox
nice to see fans of other clubs wishing us well!
Al Billy
Actually Samboney i thought we might show up and put in a performance at Anfield................(so it was everyone but me then!..damn blinkers!)
CoxintheBox
as it was my first time to craven cottage, i was a little disappointed that we played like poop, but i'm thrilled to be in europe.
woodysweats
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Articles

Cresswell Interest! (Wednesday April 23 2014)

Berbatov`s Not Coming Back (Tuesday April 22 2014)

With Three Games to Play………. (Monday April 21 2014)

Going Home? (Sunday April 20 2014)

Magath`s Still Confident (Saturday April 19 2014)

Stats: Spurs v Fulham (Saturday April 19 2014)

Spurs 3 Fulham 1 (Saturday April 19 2014)

Spurs v Fulham - Team Sheets (Saturday April 19 2014)

Fulham Chasing Cork (Saturday April 19 2014)

Archived Articles

List All Vital Fulham Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Spurs 3 - 1 Fulham
Fulham 1 - 0 Norwich
Aston Villa 1 - 2 Fulham
Fulham 1 - 3 Everton
Man City 5 - 0 Fulham
Fulham 1 - 0 Newcastle

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. Hull City 34 10 6 18 -9 36
15. Aston Villa 34 9 8 17 -14 35
16. WBA 34 6 15 13 -13 33
17. Norwich 35 8 8 19 -28 32
18. Cardiff 35 7 9 19 -34 30
19. Fulham 35 9 3 23 -42 30
20. Sunderland 34 7 8 19 -24 29

Breaking League News

Glazers to the Rescue
» Man Utd : 24/04/2014 13:04:00
The Perfect Summary!
» Man Utd : 24/04/2014 13:03:00
Martinez Interested in United Duo?
» Man Utd : 24/04/2014 13:02:00
Van Gaal Misses Day-to-Day Involvement!
» Man Utd : 24/04/2014 13:01:00
Could Luiz be off?
» Chelsea : 24/04/2014 12:59:00
Schwarzer`s Thoughts!
» Chelsea : 24/04/2014 12:58:00
Options to replace Lloris?
» Spurs : 24/04/2014 10:39:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Will Fulham Be A Premier League Side Next Season?
Suggested By:  putney
Yes! 45%
No! 33%
Too Close to Call! 22%