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Fulham - Break the Trend!

As the new 2009-2010 fixture list just came out, it`s time to take a look at a disturbing trend that needs to be ended - poor opening day performances.

We begin this next season with a trip to the south coast to take on Pompey. I think we would have all preferred to begin the season at Craven Cottage against a newly promoted side (or Bolton), but that didn`t happen.

Still, there`s hope with this one. We can take full points, but it will require an improvement in our opening match performance. From what I could find from various websites, not since the 2003-2004 season have we taken full points from the season`s first fixture.

01/02 Loss 3-2 ManU
02/03 Win 4-1 Bolton
03/04 Win 3-2 'Boro
04/05 Draw 1-1 Man City
05/06 Draw 0-0 Birmingham
06/07 Loss 5-1 ManU
07/08 Loss 2-1 Arsenal
08/09 Loss 2-1 Hull

Ending this trend is made more difficult by the fact that the opening match is an away fixture. We all know how poorly we perform on the road, particularly early in the season. Correct me if I`m wrong, but I believe this makes the fourth season in a row that we`ve played our opening match on the road.

Does that strike anyone else as a little unfair?

Regardless, a good opening always takes the pressure off, so let`s hope Roy has the lads ready to take full points from this one.




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Writer: Samboney Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 17 2009

Time: 5:07PM

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those are frightening stats! time to reverse the trend!
Al Billy
ouch I remember the 5-1 at United :-(
Al Billy
on the other hand (excluding last season), pompey tend to start well. I disagree that you would want a newly promoted side. they are the last people you want! We had derby a couple of seasons back, and they played an absolutle blinder, and people even began to think they'd be good enough to stay up. that didn't happen. This fixture could go either way, your at the moment a better tean (that could change by the game if our new owner opens his wallet), but we are at home. should be good!
pompeycarpet
I can see this being a barnstormer of an opening game. I like to watch both teams and it would be hard to separate you. But it will come down to goals, and if Pompey keep Crouch then i can see them winning it, I just wish Man City would buy Crouch, I've been lobbying to bring the big man to Eastlands for ages... But in Hodgson you Cottagers have the canniest of managers. I won't be betting any cash on the outcome.
Sindbad
Without a doubt will be at the fixture - should be one hell of a season opener. Home advantage is huge at fratton park as the stands are pretty much on top of the pitch and pompy have a very vocal bunch of followers. See you in the Shepard's Crook :P
FFC Daz
yeah we really need to start off this season on the right foot... it's going to be tough enough with european competition to deal with...
woodysweats
interesting to view what's happening with the Pompey takeover - CARNAGE anyone?
Al Billy
 

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