Writer: Andrew Joyce
Date:Tuesday December 4 2007
Firstly, apologies for the late match report, after returning from Old Trafford my spirits were a bit low after yet another away defeat.
Secondly, can someone please me when we`re going to win away from home again?
Thirdly, many papers are suggesting Sanchez is rapidly approaching a stage whereby his tenure as Fulham manager is approaching an end, would it be the right thing to do and bring in another ranager?
Questions, so many questions but what can`t be masked is that we`ve only won two Premier League games this season and the only reason we`re not in dire relegation trouble is that those below us are probably as poor, if not poorer, than we are.
Not even the fact that we were expected to lose at Old Trafford can help to ease the anguish currently felt and with a trip to Goodison Park to follow this weekend, our prospects of getting that elusive away win are not looking good.
In a way it was perhaps inevitable that the one player Sanchez had built up as being the main threat was the one player that got on the score sheet, Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese winger scored a goal in each half and could quite easily have got a third after the most contentious issue of the match sparked an after-match mass debate.
His first goal was a spectacular volley after Fulham, and in particular Davis, had failed to deal effectively when it came to making a clearance.
His second was a deft header as he rose to out jump our static defence.
As for the third, only the referee knows why he chose to award a free kick and give Ronaldo a yellow card when Niemi appeared to have pulled him down as he raced through. Ironically, Ronaldo could have received a red card after sarcastically applauding the official with regards to his decision.
Sadly, it wasn`t all about Ronaldo, United gave the impression they could almost score at will and could easily have been three up in the first eight minutes. Tevez and Rooney both went close as United looked intent on closing that gap on Arsenal.
As for us, we missed a couple of good chances and I wasn`t the only one up out of my seat when Danny Murphy drilled a shot just past the post.
However, I can`t help but feel I`ve a bit of a masochistic streak in me. I went all that way knowing the inevitable would happen, I arrived home just in time to grab a couple of hours kip before going to work yet still the belief is there that, somehow, we`ll turn it all around, won`t we?
So where do we go from here, Goodison Park on Saturday, as good a place as any to turn it all around.
Date:Tuesday December 4 2007
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