Vital Football

Latest Fulham FC News

Fulham - Three Months In!

Fulham - Three Months In!

So here we are. Three months into the season and we sit in 16th place in what is turning out to be a wildly unpredictable but close fought Premier League.

Obviously, no one connected to the club would be pleased to see the team lie just two places and one point of the drop zone but there is no need to panic yet.

Looking at all the reasons why the team haven't hit their stride yet and seem to be struggling is down to injuries. Losing Zamora has turned out to be even more of a blow than first thought. Not only have his goals been sorely missed, but his link up play and ability to lead the line has been lost. In further addition to this, Moussa Dembele seems a little lost at times playing up front without Zamora, which looked a very promising partnership. Other injuries have also hurt the team, such as losing Etuhu recently for a few games and now we have Salcido out for a lengthy period.

Mark Hughes has also yet to be able to find a regular, solid starting XI. One of the features of Hodgson's Fulham was a regular starting XI where consistency led to impressive results and a rock solid defence. It has seemed rare for Hughes to have the luxury of naming a consistent XI but he also seems unsure of what is his best side. Zoltan Gera seems to start one week and be a substitute the next, whilst three players have so far filled the right back slot.

Hughes is also trying to put his own stamp on the team and its style of play. Obviously this takes time to become cohesive and efficiently function. He seems keen to make the side slightly more offensive with subtle changes in Etuhu's play and encouraging the team to hit balls to the attack at a quicker pace. It seems no surprise that the team has conceded a few more goals than the previous two seasons as there seems to be less ethos on a rigid team shape and due to the previously mentioned lack of a consistent XI.

The worrying trend seems to be that this season is mirroring the beginning of Lawrie Sanchez's reign. Two things seem to be indicative of this. Firstly, Sanchez suffered the loss of his best striker in Brian McBride to a lengthy injury and the numerous amounts of draws being earned as opposed to wins masked over initial problems as they initially were enough to keep the team just above the drop. However, that was the Fulham of four years ago. Fulham currently have experienced, strong and talented players capable of putting together a series of good results to see our league position considerably improve. Whereas Sanchez lost McBride and turned to Shefki Kuqi, we instead can take solace in the return from injury of Andy Johnson and Diomansy Kamara. Whereas Sanchez imposed a strict long ball tactic, Hughes does seem to be mixing up the play.

There are plenty of reasons not to panic though. We have one of the best central defensive pairings in the league, Mark Schwarzer appears to be returning to top form, Hughes' tactics should be starting to get across and our upcoming home fixtures look like there is a possibility that Craven Cottage can return to being a fortress starting with a match that Hughes will need no motivation for. Oh, and we've surely got to win away from home at some point...


Join The Vital Debate

Vital Fulham on: facebook

Vital Fulham on: twitter







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

Writer:Alex
Date:Monday November 15 2010
Time: 5:11PM

Comments

0
like i said before 2 wins 6 points and you go 7 or 8 places up the table lets hope we can start against city nothing would please mr hughes more me thinks coyw
truth sayer ffc
15/11/2010 18:14:00
0
Nice article. I'm worried, but not REALLY worried, yet. I think the attacking lineup and substitutions Hughes used at Newcastle will serve us well moving forward, particularly on the road, and I think he should stick with it. If we're going to attack, then let's attack. Definitely need improvement in the transfer window, and I don't mean the Stephen Kelly, Jono Greening types!
Teddy_KGB
15/11/2010 18:24:00
0
to right teddy
truth sayer ffc
15/11/2010 18:49:00
0
Im really enjoying this season.....10 years in the prem....brilliant!
Leonestar
18/11/2010 08:02:00
0
could be a lot better me thinks
truth sayer ffc
20/11/2010 22:21:00
0
if we bring in someone on the stephen kelly, jonathan greening level i'm going to spit...
woodysweats
15/12/2010 14:55:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Fulham Articles

Williams Joins Gillingham!

With what is wonderfully called 'the emergency loan' window, Fulham have given one of their youngsters the chance to get regular first team football in a lower league.

Views from the Bench - QPR (a)

After the dust had settled on a pretty decent Fulham performance, against our near-neighbours, both managers spoke to the press.

QPR 1 Fulham 3

As we'd hoped before the game, Slavisa Jokanovic did get his first win as the manager of Fulham Football Club.

Stats: QPR v Fulham

All the stats from QPR (1) vs (3) Fulham, Loftus Road, 13/02/16 12:30 Att: 17,335

Archived Vital Fulham Articles

Vital Fulham articles from

Site Journalists

Andrew Joyce
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MOTM v QPR (a)?
Suggested By: putney
Lonergan1%
Fredericks0%
Madl16%
Burn0%
Amorebieta0%
Christensen0%
Parker0%
O' Hara0%
Cairney50%
Dembele33%
McCormack0%
Garbutt0%
Ince0%
Hyndman0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Hull City 30 18 5 7 59 28
2 Middlesbrough 29 17 6 6 57 23
3 Burnley 31 15 11 5 56 22
4 Brighton 30 15 11 4 56 10
5 Sheff Wed 31 14 11 6 53 16
6 Derby County 31 13 12 6 51 13
7 Birmingham 31 13 9 9 48 8
8 Ipswich 31 13 9 9 48 1
9 Cardiff 31 11 13 7 46 5
10 Forest 31 10 12 9 42 4
11 Preston 31 10 12 9 42 0
12 Wolves 31 10 10 11 40 -2
13 Brentford 31 11 7 13 40 -6
14 Q.P.R. 31 9 12 10 39 -1
15 Reading 31 9 10 12 37 0
16 Leeds Utd 30 8 12 10 36 -5
17 Huddersfield 31 9 8 14 35 -2
18 Fulham 30 7 11 12 32 -3
19 Blackburn 29 6 13 10 31 -2
20 MK Dons 31 8 7 16 31 -17
21 Bristol City 31 7 10 14 31 -21
22 Rotherham 31 7 5 19 26 -19
23 Charlton 31 5 10 16 25 -30
24 Bolton 31 4 12 15 24 -22
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Fulham Fixtures (view all)

Feb 16 2016 7:45PM : Blackburn Rovers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 20 2016 3:00PM : Charlton Athletic (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 23 2016 7:45PM : Leeds United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Middlesbrough (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Reading (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 8 2016 7:45PM : Burnley (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Recent Fulham Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.bbei6378