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Fulham - So Far So Okay

Fulham - So Far So Okay

Given the last two years or so, we, as Fulham fans, have a right to feel slightly aggrieved at where we stand in the Premier League table at the moment.

While we're far from relegation fodder, 16th place is not what I would call 'sitting pretty', especially when you take into account that our goal difference is all that saves us from entering the dreaded bottom three.

It's too early to moan, you may say, and frankly, you're probably spot on. However, a good start is imperative to a good season, and a good start is something we haven't had the pleasure of viewing at Fulham in 2010.

I'm not just talking results though. In fact, nine points is a decent return from nine games which have included Champions League Tottenham and Manchester United.

I am in fact talking more about luck. That mythical and frustrating, yet often praised superstition that seemingly favours everybody at some point. Everybody but us.

Al Fayed clearly didn't invest too wisely in luck during the Summer break, and should have perhaps cashed in on the likes of David Elm and Fredrik Stoor in order to fund some good fortune for the Cottagers.

Instead we're likely to exit October at the wrong end of the table, without a capable striker and with a defence that never looked quite-so-weary under the now forgotten Roy Hodgson.

Nevertheless, is it all doom and gloom?

Well, I'd like to think not, but, one thing is for certain; it's not Mark Hughes' fault.

The season started brightly enough and we were one of only two unbeaten sides in the Premier League as we entered our 8th game of the campaign. I for one was happy to brag about that fact.

However, two defeats later and suddenly every other Fulham fan I meet is hitting the panic button.

Yes, we haven't had the perfect start, but it's outright stupid to call for the head of Mark Hughes when in reality, a large part of our misfortune is out of his control.

Bobby Zamora's injury, for example, was a shock to all of us. He's a great player and I don't think it's a particularly big weakness to say we do rely on him, as when push comes to shove, he can win us games and there's no-one else around like him.

Then you mix in some outrageous refereeing decisions along with some more injuries to boot, and you have yourself a deeply difficult situation to oversee; even for the coolest and most experienced head.

With that in mind, rather than being my normal, pessimistic self, I shall look forward with confidence, almost arrogance, as we head into a weekend of high importance with Wigan at home.

In recent seasons, we haven't looked nearly-as-threatening as we do now, disregarding our lack of potency in front of goal.

Our away support is, without a doubt, bulking up and it's become more of an expectancy than a shock that we outsing the home gathering on occasion.

The Fulham back-line may look less stable than it did under 'Mr Defence' Roy Hodgson, but, it's made up of similar components and will be back on task before we know it.

As for results? They will see to themselves.

Fortune is said to favour the brave, and regardless of manager, we are a brave football team.

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

Writer:Kristian Balkin
Date:Wednesday October 27 2010
Time: 6:32PM


Ahh... never too early to moan. As for the season, we've had our fair share of bad luck which can't be discounted, but I'm more bothered by the fact that we seem to be a team caught between two managers. Roy's squad was defensive minded. Hughes' squad is decidely more attack oriented. Now we're stuck. We don't seem to have the personnel to finish off an opponent and lack the focus to defend. If Hughes wants to attack then Mo needs to buy some players for him in January. Otherwise, Hughes needs to embrace the personnel he has and focus on defense. Get the home form sorted and we'll be fine.
27/10/2010 19:37:00
you are all doomed, doomed I say!
Red Boy
27/10/2010 20:05:00
truth sayer ffc
28/10/2010 19:25:00
Hey we are a prem club and we have proved alot wrong, survival at pompey proved that! Now look at them! Lets be thankful!!!! We have been there!!!
28/10/2010 21:26:00
I thinka few supporters still have the fear of relegation fresh from a few seasons ago. We'll be fine, we have too much quality in the players and manager to be concerned about relegation. The main concern for me is not getting into the top half of the table. However, I do like reading Hughes comments this morning about spending in the transfer window. Looks good to me.
Riverside Chanter
29/10/2010 07:01:00
The most reliable thing about Roy's tenure was that we were rock solid at home. If we resume that trend (starting this weekend), we have nothing to worry about.
29/10/2010 14:16:00
truth sayer ffc
29/10/2010 20:22:00
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