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Fulham - Something New, Please

Fulham - Something New, Please

Fulham's away struggles are well documented - a fact often lamented by the fans.

Our only away win versus Pompey in the opening match of the season remains our lone three-pointer away from Craven Cottage.

Nothing to panic about.

Last season - our best season ever - we only managed three away wins.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not dismissing it. It's certainly a cause for concern as it puts far too much pressure on our home form.

Still, we've managed to persevere. Coupled with our poor away form is our seeming inability to take points from newly-promoted clubs. Referencing information from an older forum article, our past frustration is evident:

• 2005/06 - 6 points (Sunderland - 3 points; Wigan Athletic - 3 points; West Ham United - 0 points)

• 2006/07 - 5 points (Reading - 0 points; Sheffield United - 3 points; Watford - 2 points)

• 2007/08 - 7 points (Sunderland - 1 point; Birmingham City - 4 points; Derby County - 2 points)

• 2008/09 - 7 points (West Bromwich Albion - 3 points; Stoke City - 4 points; Hull City - 0 points)

So far this season, we've managed 0 points from our two fixtures versus newly-promoted Wolves and Birmingham.

These two trends come crashing together for our upcoming visit to Turf Moor to take on Burnley. Per the normal run of things, I'm not expecting much from this one.

It's a pity, really. It would be a nice three points to pick up in advance of the upcoming Man United, Spurs and Chelsea fixtures, which will be even more difficult from which to gain points.

Knowing this, however, wouldn't it be worthwhile to roll-the-dice against Burnley and try something new?

Why must we stick with the same line-up and tactics that, while serving us successfully at Craven Cottage, do little to propel us to victory on the road?

Here's my suggestion: Stick with the same back five (Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky and Schwarzer), but let's give Bjorn Helge Riise, Kagisho Dikgacoi and David Elm a run-out.

Deploy Riise on the right, move Duff back to the left, Dikgacoi and Dempsey in the middle, and Elm and Nevland up front.

Instead of playing a flowing passing game with build-up coming through the middle, try playing longer passes up the flanks and attack from the corners.

What harm could it do to try and catch Burnley off-guard with a different style of play?

The worse that could happen is that we lose, but with the likelihood of this happening anyway, it's a worthwhile gamble. Just for the hell of it, let's shake things up!


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Writer:Teddy_KGB
Date:Thursday December 10 2009
Time: 4:48PM

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like I always say win all your home games and get a point away and you cant go far wrong me thinks
truth sayer ffc
10/12/2009 18:22:00
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very true truth sayer, but I wouldn't mind it if the boys did manage to break the hoodoo of newly promoted clubs
Riverside Chanter
10/12/2009 21:58:00
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The poor away form has always been the challenge for any fulham manager, historically.... But i love the fact that we have become a nightmare for visiting teams at the cottage...long may this keep us in the prem!
Leonestar
11/12/2009 04:05:00
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the terrible away form doesn't bother me nearly as much as the dropped points against newly promoted sides... we only got 3 from west brom, and they were relegated by christmas... it's pathetic... in fairness, turf moor has been something of a fortress...
woodysweats
11/12/2009 13:06:00
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there are no easy games even against teams from lower down the scale even the big four use to beat us all the time not so ANY MORE
truth sayer ffc
11/12/2009 22:58:00
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