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Another Fixture, Same Result!

Our last eight Premier League fixtures have now seen Fulham lose seven of them.

There`s no denying that is, quite clearly, relegation form!

Although perhaps we should point out that since Martin Jol was shown the door and Rene Meulensteen took over, our performances have improved, there`s now more fight about the side and, going forward, more purpose to our play.

Following the 4-2 defeat to Manchester City, a defeat that was perhaps expected on paper, Meiulensteen spoke about our defence being the reason we didn`t get what we deserved from the game, commenting,

"Once again, we have not got what we deserved."

"Some of our defending was not good enough, particularly for the second goal, and at 2-2 I thought we could nick it."

And so did I but City, it has to be said, were a different class and now we`re pondering when our form can see an upturn in our fortunes, Christmas perhaps!

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The Journalist

Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 22 2013

Time: 1:50PM

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Oh come on. Seriously if you look at that statistic on its own of course it will look bleak. The first four games in this 8 Jol was in charge and action was taken in his sacking. In the four games Rene had been in charge of, we've played Spurs, Villa and Man City at home amd Everton away. We haven't beaten Spurs at home since January 2011, Man City are in destructive form (6-3 against Arsenal last week) and we been beaten away at Everton in 21. We beat Villa which was a good result, but should've been a given. So looking at the whole picture instead of a small corner would give a better assessment. Performances have improved and the team have some fight back. The next four games are crucial. 7 points can be earned from those, if not more.
Riverside Chanter
We play much better under Rene, no doubt, but it's individual mistakes that cost us points. Those teams exploited our weak spots: Amorebieta, Senderos and, most recently, Sidwell. We need to get new center-backs in January to improve our defensive record, and someone reliable next to Parker in midfield who won't concede unnecessary free-kicks. Then we'll stop conceding loads, from set pieces at least.
Yahn Kharissov
We're in the fix we're in because both our offense and defense have failed. Under Rene, our attack has noticeably improved as indicated by our increased number of shots and goals scored. Our defense has got to tighten up. We've got to fix our set piece defense and take away needless mistakes. In interviews Rene is always saying clean sheets will get us points. A look back at City's goals only proves his point and the need for a better defense. 1st goal awarded unfairly, but from an unnecessary mistake (amazing strike through). 2nd goal from a set piece, bad marking and again caused by an unnecessary foul. 3rd from City on the counter. 4th from a mistake made by a missed clearance that you'd normally expect Hughes to handle easily. When you look at the goals, we could have essentially prevented 3 of the 4 from better defense. Not allowing these vital and preventable missteps from happening is our key to survival. Also take in hand who we've been playing. Teams at the top are at the top because they punish teams who make mistakes. Perhaps our defense will find more forgiveness from our next four opponents. If so, I don't see a reason why the boys can't realistically bring home a nice 12 points for the holidays. COYW!!!

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