Writer: Andrew Joyce
Date:Sunday August 23 2009
I`ve been home for some two and a half hours now and I`m still struggling to work out why we just, basically, lay down and died in front of that lot from down the road.
We never showed any of our normal attacking flair, we looked jaded, we looked off the pace and we looked second best in every department.
In his interview, post match, with Sky Sports Roy Hodgson tried to offer us some crumbs of comfort remarking,
'Well I thought the shape of the team wasn't bad, I thought that we made a good effort to keep them under some sort of control but unfortunately when we went a goal to nil down, what we needed in the second half was better energy levels."
'We needed to threaten them a lot more than we were able to do because unfortunately when you play against them, they're one goal up, they've got the ability to keep the ball."
'They are technically a very, very good team and unless you can really start to cause them problems it is easy for them to relax and to show what good technique they have and what good ball position they have."
'And of course when the second goal comes in it makes life very, very difficult for you.'
'I thought today that we were lacking a little bit in energy, I've seen us livelier on the field - I know it's a hot day as well, that might have some effect upon it but that's the same for both teams of course - but for us in particular we needed to be a lot livelier, a lot more energetic, a lot more fierce in our pressuring than we were able to be.'
Unfortunately, I`m sorry to say, at this moment in time those words have a hollow ring to a very disappointed Fulham fan!
Date:Sunday August 23 2009
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