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I think 19 games into a season is a very sensible point to look back and assess the happenings so far in our 9th consecutive Premier League campaign.

In my own rather miserable way, I held fears of a poor 2009/10 season for us here at Fulham. Not poor as in relegation, but poor in comparison to the highs of the previous year.

Of course, this is a very 'glass-half-empty' way of looking at things, but with us constantly being classed as a 'small club', it would have been nice to prove some critics wrong for a second year on the trot.

In this sense, I am delighted at how things are shaping up for us here on the banks of the Thames.

I had predicted, along with pundits alike, that we would be lingering in mid table at best, simply propping up the big boys and looking down on the relegation fodder.

However, when I glance for the 'F' of Fulham in the Premiership table, I see us sitting pretty in 9th place, with, I hasten to add, a game in hand other the majority of clubs. All this, with a European campaign to uphold as well!

Remarkable! On top of that, I have failed to leave out the finer details, such as a rather heart-warming 3-0 stuffing of Manchester United and an equally pleasing win over Liverpool.

Our injury list should not be forgotten either, with Etuhu, Murphy, Davies and Andy Johnson all unavailable for substantial periods of time. So, the term 'sitting pretty' that I used above, is, in fact, rather an understatement.

Taking into consideration all the facts, we are having a fantastic season, and, I say this very cautiously, I feel we are on the top of our game. That said though, it is certainly not over until the fat lady sings. Anything can happen in football, and if I can draw one negative out of what has so far been a brilliant footballing season, it is that we are very unlikely to replicate a 7th place finish come the end of May.

I feel we have played equally well to the last campaign, sometimes even better, but, the teams around us have improved considerably. I think it may even be plausible that we achieve a higher points tally to last years, but fall below the Europa League spots.

In retrospect though, football isn't about comparisons. We are playing it now, not last season. It's about the points we pick up, game by game, and how we set about proving the critics wrong. So far, we have done that, without a shadow of a doubt, and not only in the Premier League! Long may it continue Fulham. Come on you Whites!

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Writer: KBFulham Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 5 2010

Time: 4:33PM

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Couldn't agree more, so far this season has been just as good if not better than the last one, when you take into account the small squad, the Europa League and the injuryís that we have had as well I think Roy is again showing what a truly great manager he is, as for European football next year I think we could do eighth but seventh and above means overtaking teams that have spent 10ís of millions more than us and would be a big ask, Iím not saying we canít do it just that it would be very hard and bordering on a miracle if we did, but then with Roy at the helm you just donít know, he has shown us that just about anything is possible, the 07/08 season seems a distant (bad) memory now.
07/08 is well in the past as you said, and if we keep a degree of consistency, even after Roy does eventually leave, we look set to be a strong Premier League side for a while...
we have a small squad but for once our 2nd 11 can take on big teamswe have done well with a bit more luck could have done even better well done lades
truth sayer ffc
our injury list just grows and grows... it's getting a bit ridiculous... i hope brede's ok, as he came into the game yesterday... now pantsil's gone for a while, and zamora's out of the squad at the top of his form... but none the less, we're still in 9th, with a better goal differential than birmingham above us... which is positive... last year was the season of our starting eleven... this year is the season of our entire squad, carrying us in all competitions...
all these injuries and we had next to none last season - sods law I suppose!
Al Billy
law of averages I suppose - will we fall down the table though?
Fulham Badger
I'd hope not but without his goals we may struggle!
I think we will cope but it's going to be a struggle without a doubt.
What a great 2009 we have had. Graet players, manager and owner. A True English Club.... Against all odds Roy and Mo have proved that in keeping the game pure and true Fulham stand tall!!!
Well said Leonestar!
could not agree more well said
truth sayer ffc

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