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West Ham 3 Fulham 0

Three defeats in the last three games, are the alarm bells starting to ring?

Following the departures of Dembele and Dempsey and the acquisition of Berbatov and Richardson, Fulham supporters would have been eager to see how the new-style Fulham shapes up.

Sadly, if the plan was to keep it tight in the first twenty minutes or so, the plan fell apart dramatically. With less than a minute gone, Fulham were behind after the new West Ham striker, Andy Carroll had combined well with Vaz Te for Nolan to drive home from inside the area.

Struggling to get back on terms, Fulham tried to test Jaaskelainen in the West Ham goal but the efforts were on the weak side with Richardson being foiled and Sidwell seeing a shot saved.

Matters went from bad to worse just before the thirty minute mark when West Ham doubled their lead. Riise had conceded a corner and when the ball was delivered into the box, Schwarzer came but couldn`t reach and Winston Reid headed home.

Looking to get to half time to reorganise, Martin Jol would have been horrified to see his defence fail to clear a free kick properly and when the ball fell to Taylor we were 3-0 down and out of the game.

Jol took off the ineffective Petric at half time and threw on Berbatov for his debut but West Ham were still on top with Schwarzer called upon to block a shot from Taylor.

Our hosts suffered a trio of injuries in a second half that, for the neutral, wasn`t as thrilling as the first with Carroll, Collins and Demel all departing the action.

Trying to get back into the game, Jol threw on Kacaniklic but Fulham only really started to threaten the West Ham goal in the dying seconds forcing Jaaskelainen to save well from both Duff and Rodallega.

A disappointing afternoon and Jol will have to get his troops to perform better in the coming games.

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Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 1 2012

Time: 3:56PM

Your Comments

this dose not look like the team that finished top 10 last 3 years we were made to look 2nd rate come on martin sort it
truth sayer ffc
Hughes and especially hangeland had a bad day at the office.....well carol was on top form. He had a point to prove, now injured! Looking for a much stronger show in a couple of weeks!
Tumultuous week. No time to reshape the squad. West Ham was full of energy and we were as flat as a pancake. Riise got lit-up by Vaz Te. Gave him way too much space to run. Scared by his speed, I guess. Of course, until Kacaniklic came on, no one was tracking back to help him, either. Little effort from the midfield in general, particularly in filling their defensive responsibilities to track runners. A one-off, bad day at the office. 35 matches to go. Not bothered.

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