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Fulham 1 Chelsea 2

Fulham 1 Chelsea 2

There I was stood on the South Bank of the River Thames last night admiring the fireworks and seriously believing that 2008 would bring us a change of luck.

I imagined `Lady Luck` looking down on me, smiling and giving me a knowing nod, a nod recognising that, at last, my football team would do better than in the previous year. After all, after winning only four games all last year in the Premier League, that shouldn`t be too much to ask for should it.

I might have known that simply turning over a page in a calendar would have minimal effect. However, for forty-five minutes, I had a slight suspicion that we`d benefitted from the `change of manager` syndrome that inevitably heralds a change in fortune.

We were 1-0 up against Chelsea and we had not given them much of a look in, indeed, the `Chavs` from down the road looked anything but title winning material. Then things slowly but surely changed as we fell victim to that old second half syndrome that sees us go to pieces.

It had all started so well for Roy Hodgson in his first game in charge. He`d opted for Moritz Volz to back up Elliot Omozusi on one flank with Bouazza being suspended. Things looked good from the off. Kamara forced an early save out of Hilario and when Wright-Phillips wasted a golden opportunity by dragging an effort wide, you knew it might turn out okay.

Ten minutes into the half we even took the lead when Joe Cole fouled Volz as he darted into the box. Murphy, as cool as ice, sent the keeper the wrong way and dreams of rising up the table were being partially realised. Chelsea were off the pace and had no answer to our pressing game. Then came half time. Just why do we have to have a break?

The second half saw Chelsea emerge a different team. The happy chap in charge pulled off Sidwell and threw on Mikel and it made a difference. However, with fingers crossed I hoped we`d hang on, especially after Stefanovic blatantly handled as Wright-Phillips turned a cross back into the area.

Then the wheels fell off big time.

W e failed to defend a Belletti corner kick, Alex rose to head back across goal and Kalou headed powerfully home. Never mind I thought, one point would do. Then ten minutes later it was effectively over as a competition. Belletti threw in a good looking free kick and Dempsey tried to exchange shirts with Ballack some thirty minutes early, It was a penalty.

Ballack strode forward and drilled it low into the corner sending Niemi the wrong way. Hodgson threw on three substitutes but to no avail. We`re staring relegation in the face.

The sad thing is that we couldn`t beat the `Chavs` when they had eight star names missing and were there for the taking in that first half. Hodgson, you`ve one hell of a job on your hands.

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Writer:Andrew Joyce
Date:Tuesday January 1 2008
Time: 5:48PM

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I didn't see the game, I was driving while you were playing. I nearly crashed when you scored, such was my joy! It sounded like you deserved something from the game? And the commentators said the pen against you was harsh. Was it?
simmy8_2000
01/01/2008 18:24:00
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I'm begining to worry for Fulham.. hopefully Hodgson can turn it around for you guys ...but the more you lose the harder it gets.. I'm a Pompey fan so been there and done it (just) ..Hopefully the tie with Bristol Rovers will allow your guys to get their minds off of the league for a few days but then it's back against West Ham and Arsenal - You guys really have it tough at the mo...
Chix
01/01/2008 18:31:00
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Penalty harsh! They got away with a blatant one earlier!
merlin
01/01/2008 18:53:00
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be honest lads - Fulham (the home team) offered nothing in the second half going forward!
merlin
01/01/2008 18:55:00
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Nothing better than starting the New Year with three lovely points in the bag eh lads? :))
Blue is the colour
01/01/2008 20:07:00
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i did not see the game but i am glad we came out with all three points.way to hang in there!
kaybee
02/01/2008 00:06:00
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I am amazed of the reaction of all the Chelscum fans when you drew level i didn't text them all when fulham scored!!!!!
Backslash2010
03/01/2008 17:51:00
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