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Fulham - Seven Fateful Days!

Injuries and continuing poor away form have seen Fulham's positive start to the season go by the boards as we have now slipped into the bottom half of the table.

Our position in eleventh is somewhat deceiving as in reality we sit only seven points above the relegation places.

Twelfth place Stoke have two games in hand on the Cottagers, and by the time this article is published, may be well on their way to trading positions with us as they meet Sunderland this evening.

I'm not terribly disappointed with our loss to Villa at Craven Cottage this weekend. They are simply a better team. I did, however, expect to improve our away record by winning at least one of the away matches during the five-match losing skid.

No one could've thought we'd pick up points against Chelsea or Spurs, but not getting anything from Stoke or Blackburn was surprising and, as a result, we've put ourselves in a very precarious position.

The next three matches, spaced over seven days will determine whether we move towards the end of the season in a comfortable mid-table position or if we will once again find ourselves drifting towards another relegation dogfight.

On paper, it looks promising - Portsmouth and Burnley at home, with an away trip to Bolton sandwiched in between.

There is absolutely no reason we can't take nine points from these fixtures.

Portsmouth are begging to be relegated. The club is in complete disarray. Failure to take advantage of the situation is simply unacceptable. Even with our injuries woes, we are a better side and should come away with a comfortable win.

Defensively, Pompey are solid enough, but they have enormous problems scoring goals; particularly away from Fratton Park. They've scored only five goals on their travels this season. A 1-0 Fulham win will do nicely.

Bolton surprisingly took a point from us on their visit to Craven Cottage earlier in the season in a lackluster 1-1 draw. Like Fulham, Bolton are on poor run of form that has seen them win only once in their past six league matches, but they will be difficult to beat at the Reebok.

If Fulham can regain the defensive organization that served us so well last season, this could be a great opportunity to claim our second away win of the campaign. A 1-1 draw is in order, but a 2-1 Fulham win would be well received, indeed!

Burnley, as so many newly-promoted clubs do, have hit the Premier League wall and after a bright start to the season have begun to slide down the table. One has to admire there never-say-die, hard-charging style, but defensively they hemorrhage goals; particularly away from Turf Moor. They've conceded a league high thirty-five goals on the road. There can be no excuses for not coming away with all three points. If we can beat Man United 3-0 at Craven Cottage, we can do the same versus Burnley.

So, there you have it. Fulham can undo the disappointment and frustration of the past month by rising to the occasion and playing the type of football of which we all know they're capable.

Nine points is well within the realm of possibility. Six points is a reasonable expectation and would suffice. Four points and below will surely usher in feeling of uncertainty for many of the Fulham faithful, including myself.

I don't think our season will be imperiled if we don't get at least six points from the three fixtures, but losing to Portsmouth or Burnley at Craven Cottage might suggest that this recent run of bad form is more than just a blip, and that even winning home matches against teams lower in the table is far from a certainty, and that WILL cause me some concern.

C'mon lads. Let's get that forty point mark before our visit to Old Trafford in mid-March and let us fans bask in the glow of another season without relegation fears!


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Writer: Teddy_KGB Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 1 2010

Time: 5:53PM

Your Comments

lets hope so now I m back froms my hols would like to see us win win win me thinks
truth sayer ffc
at least we are still in europe and the F A cup not all doom and gloom
truth sayer ffc
I feel slightly buoyed by Roy's, albeit modest, dealings in the January transfer window. Shorey can help to steady the defence. Who knows how Okaka will turn out, but his backhealed goal on Sunday for Roma showed good awareness. Mind you, the way he celebrated was as if he had just scored the winner in a World Cup Final!
DeuceBigelow
At least we are, at the moment, dropping out of the top 10, and not the league!
kbfulham
did we all get carried away after last season?
Al Billy
not really we've just been unlucky with injuries!
Putney
a couple of wins and we'll be fine chaps!
Fulham Badger
If we want to beat pompy we'd better hurry up why there is still a pompy to beat, a friend of mine works there and today companies turned up and started repossessing equipment due to unpaid bills, very sad to see a club go like this.
Oldwolf
yikes, what has 'arry done... but three wins on the trot would certainly be sweet medicine for our 5 game losing streak...
woodysweats
yh its been a bad run for ya lads
radders1990
what do you make of smalling going?
radders1990
who do you have next in the league?
radders1990
looks like you been busy during the window what do you make of the new signings. And how do you rate your europe chances
radders1990
Radders.... its looking ok. WE had an unbelieveable season last year and if this was the position we were in last year then we would be happy, as not in relegation. A few injuries and still a force. Look at goal difference and that tells a bigger picture.
Leonestar
true... i feel that we could possible still make a run at a european spot, but kinda doubt it... i think our loan signings will slow in well, and i'm not happy to see smalling go, but i get the dollars and cents behind it.
woodysweats
we will be ok after a few wins get back on track
truth sayer ffc
With the run of fixtures and new signings to boot, I'd say we're gonna start up a sweet 'lil run of form.
kbfulham
amen to that ab
truth sayer ffc
 

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