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Portsmouth 0 Fulham 1

Fulham got their Premier League campaign underway with a narrow win at Fratton Park.

More importantly, we won away from home with comparative ease and at the first attempt.

Last season it took us a mind-boggling 14 attempts to register that elusive first win.

The season before it was a mind-numbing 17 games before we took three points on our travels.

Boy does it feel good!

Roy Hodgson stuck with his tried and tested starting eleven for the trip to Portsmouth with Simon Davies the only absentee from those who`d normally figure.

Our recent signings Kelly and Riise were both on the bench.

As for the Portsmouth side named by Paul Hart, I have to admit some of the names were new to me, but with the likes of Defoe, Crouch and Johnson gone that was always going to be the case.

The game was settled by a solitary goal and it was a slightly fortunate goal at that. In the 13th minute a Fulham free kick, taken by Danny Murphy resulted in a freak goal fro Bobby Zamora.

From twenty-five yards out Dempsey`s shot struck Zamora on the back and the ball, despite a despairing dive from David James, drifted into the far corner of the net.

Zamora could well have doubled our lead in the first half but the striker put his header straight at James from a mere six yards out.

Portsmouth look set for a hard season. Despite being cheered on by a vociferous home crowd they carved out very few chances.

A free kick from Kranjcar momentarily had us worried but most of the time the Fulham defence coped all too easily.

In fact, instead of surviving a last few nervy minutes when the Portsmouth substitute, David Nugent, wasted a good chance we could well have been on easy street if Andrew Johnson hadn`t of missed a sitter.

Never mind - three points is three points and its back to Europa League qualification in midweek.

Well done to Roy and the lads from all at Vital Fulham.




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Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 15 2009

Time: 5:40PM

Your Comments

1 down 37 to go well done boys cant wait to be at the cottege on thursday happy days
truth sayer ffc
solid start, nice to pick up an away win. Good stuff!
donfulham
Great way to start the season, away win. And most importantly we played solid game, great news.
JKW
"we won away from home with comparative ease and at the first attempt." - hope you don't mind if I disagree. Relook at the stats, and possibly watch a replay of the goal you did score. you hardly dominated against a team that is favourites for relegation... :-)
pompeycarpet
Glad you said that Carps. Considering we are relegation fodder and Fulham are playing Europe - the gap between us just ain't that great, in fact, apart from the fluke goal, I don't think there was a gap. Congratulations Fulham, all the same!
Gandor1
thanks gandor we will take a few more gole s like that they all count you all deserve better down there good luck for the weeks ahead dont forget its not the gap you have to mind its the points take some of off harry
truth sayer ffc
Throughout the 90 minutes, we looked 10 times more lethal than Pompey. Forget the stats. We earned out victory.
KBFulham
I still disagree with that KBFulham... but i guess we'll have to agree to disagree. Good luck with the rest of the season, particually against a certain team in north london.
pompeycarpet
Quite right truth sayer, quite right. Thanks for the good wishes - we are going to need them.
Gandor1
AINT THAT THE TRUTH
truth sayer ffc
seriously, TAKE POINTS OFF 'ARRY... that's the least he can do for you with the state he left the club... glad to get the first away win, but please, andy, put that in and take a load off of our defense... sheesh...
woodysweats
 

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