Vital Football

Latest Fulham FC News

Fulham 0 Chelsea 2

Fulham 0 Chelsea 2

It`s almost twenty-four hours after we lost, without showing any real fight, to that lot down the road and I think I`m composed enough to do a match report.

After beating Amkar Perm, 3-1, on Thursday night, I`d hoped we could carry some of that momentum into the Chelsea game and possibly get some kind of reward in what was obviously going to be a tight tussle.

With the pole-axed Andrew Johnson not available, Roy Hodgson chose to give Damien Duff his Fulham Premier League debut and push Clint Dempsey up alongside Bobby Zamora.

With the sun beating down and some sort of cricket match going on across the other side of the river, the setting was perfect to be entertained by a rich, flowing performance.

In fact when Zoltan Gera threaded an enticing bal into the box that Clint Dempsey almost slotted home, despite getting the ball caught under his feet, I thought this could be our day.

I was wrong.

From that moment on we were pushed back by a Chelsea side that kept things narrow in midfield and relied on their full backs to provide the width. To be brutally honest it was only the fact that a sheer weight of numbers made the area so compact that kept us on an even keel.


Our visitors relied too much on long range shooting and when Schwarzer was tested there wasn`t really any power on the ball to trouble him. Sadly though, we never looked like creating anything apart form the odd cross that Cech easily claimed.

But with half time approaching I was optimistic that we`d go in all square but those hopes were dashed when Lampard and Anelka combined to send Drogba through. The African striker slotted past Schwarzer and we were 1-0 down.

At half time I hoped that Roy would pump his men up that they`d come out with a bit more passion and a bit more drive but it didn`t appear so, if they were gamblers they looked as if they`d been given a duff hand (no pun intended) and were looking at a losing hand.

Chelsea continued to control matters and when the sum total of our efforts came to two corners in quick succession I knew we were in trouble. Seeing Danny Murphy limp off only rubbed salt in the wounds and when Hodgson shuffled the pack, pushing Nevland up front you kind of knew that they`d strike with venom.

A minute after coming on Nevland could only watch as Anelka rounded Schwarzer and slotted home, at 2-0 we were dead and buried. We were, on that performance, unlikely to come back from 1-0 down but at 2-0 we were as dead as those Australian Ashes dreams that were dying across the other side of the Thames.

Not a day I`ll remember footy-wise!



*Try Vital Mobile FOR FREE for the latest news, scores, fixtures and so much more*

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

Writer:Andrew Joyce
Date:Monday August 24 2009
Time: 6:07PM

Comments

0
Twas sad to see them dominate quite so much, but we can pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off...
KBFulham
24/08/2009 19:04:00
0
hopefully... it doesn't get much easier with an aston villa side that just beat liverpool 3-1... but we'll have to put the work in... and hope danny's rested in time for villa...
woodysweats
24/08/2009 22:55:00
0
A lacklustre performance from all really, only Dempsey and Pantsil of the outfield looked like they had any energy to be honest. I know it was hot, but if Chelsea can play at a good tempo why couldn't we? Gera was simply awful and if he starts in the next game I will bang my head against the wall in despair! Can't wait for Davies to get back, our team misses him.
donfulham
24/08/2009 22:57:00
0
can't stand gera...
woodysweats
24/08/2009 22:59:00
0
I think davies will be back for the vilia game
truth sayer ffc
25/08/2009 14:01:00
0
Duff on the left, Dempsey on the right! Dempsey is our most creative player and he contributes with absolutely nothing as a striker! Gera is useless and should play in the fizzy pop league! Murphys passing was shockingly bad.. Well up on the horse again:D
Zimmer2002
25/08/2009 14:02:00
0
it was, in truth, our worst performance for many a game!
Al Billy
28/08/2009 17:17:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Fulham Articles

QPR v Fulham - Stat Attack

Ahead of the West London derby, between QPR and Fulham, we`ve come up with a few facts, from the record and form books that might excite or interest you.

QPR v Fulham - Pre-Match Managerial Views

On the eve of a West London derby, the managers of the two teams have both held their respective pre-match press conferences.

QPR v Fulham - Early Team News

Saturday will see two of West London`s three Championship sides go head-to-head at Loftus Road.

Jokanovic Clears Up Martin Situation

The appearance of Chris Martin in a Fulham shirt last Saturday, against Barnsley, was as much of a surprise as his absence had been in previous games.

Archived Vital Fulham Articles

Vital Fulham articles from

Site Journalists

Andrew Joyce
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

QPR v Fulham?
Suggested By: Putney
Home Win!28%
Away Win!66%
Draw!6%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 26 18 1 7 55 29
2 Brighton 25 16 6 3 54 23
3 Leeds Utd 26 15 3 8 48 11
4 Reading 25 14 4 7 46 3
5 Huddersfield 26 14 4 8 46 0
6 Sheff Wed 26 13 6 7 45 6
7 Derby County 26 11 7 8 40 5
8 Fulham 25 10 9 6 39 13
9 Preston 26 11 6 9 39 3
10 Barnsley 26 11 5 10 38 4
11 Norwich 26 11 4 11 37 3
12 Birmingham 26 9 9 8 36 -5
13 Aston Villa 26 8 11 7 35 1
14 Ipswich 26 9 7 10 34 -3
15 Brentford 26 9 6 11 33 0
16 Wolves 26 8 8 10 32 -1
17 Q.P.R. 26 9 5 12 32 -11
18 Cardiff 25 8 6 11 30 -10
19 Bristol City 26 8 3 15 27 -3
20 Forest 26 7 6 13 27 -8
21 Burton 26 6 7 13 25 -10
22 Blackburn 26 6 6 14 24 -12
23 Wigan 26 5 7 14 22 -9
24 Rotherham 26 4 4 18 16 -29
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Fulham Results (view all)

Fulham Fixtures (view all)

Jan 21 2017 12:30PM : Queens Park Rangers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
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

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.DrewPeacock1
Write for Vital Football