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Fulham - A Rollercoaster Ride!

Fulham - A Rollercoaster Ride!

After last night`s defeat in the FA Cup, our attention must start to be focussed on the forthcoming Premier League clash with Bolton Wanderers.

Victory last night; would have seen us take the relatively short journey to Underhill to take on a Barnet side that beat Swindon Town 2-0 on penalties. We`d have seriously fancied our chances of making the last sixteen of the FA Cup and then anything might have been possible, however, that`s all in the past now and it`s time to concentrate on Premier League survival.

Our FA Cup exit gives us a blank weekend and a chance to regroup before we head off to play Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium. After seeing Sam Allardyce leave to take the helm at Newcastle, albeit a short lived affair, Bolton handed their managerial role to Chris Hutchings. The new manager didn`t make the desired impact and has since been replaced by Gary Megson. In recent weeks Megson has seen his talisman forward, Nicolas Anelka, sold to our near neighbours. Chelsea.

Subsequently, Bolton find themselves in a similar position to us, although not quite as bad, of having to fight for Premier League survival. It looks like being the first of several six pointers that Megson and Hodgson need to negotiate if they are to ensure neither of their sides slip into the Championship. Considering our recent away form, no wins since September 2006, a point would normally be considered a good result, in this case it`s probably fair to say a point is as good as a loss.

Prior to the Bristol Rovers defeat, Hodgson had suggested that Bristol and Bolton were teams we should be looking to defeat.

Although the game is almost a week away, it`s interesting to speculate just how Hodgson`s team will line up. Will he decide to ring the changes and introduce the signings he`s already made and those that are in the pipeline or will be introduce them on a gradual basis?

With Dejan Stefanovic likely to be suspended following his sending off at the Memorial Ground, there is every chance that Brede Hangeland will get an immediate introduction to life in the Premier League, that is off course if his international clearance has come through. Also likely to make a debut is our recent midfield acquisition, Leon Andreasen possibly partnering Jimmy Bullard and Danny Murphy in a midfield three. Up front, it remains a lottery with regard to who`ll feature. Will Nevland, Cousin or Litmanen feature or will the obstacles have been overcome enabling Marlon King to start?

Despite all the doom and gloom you cannot help but feel that these are interesting times at Craven Cottage. We may be on something akin to a rollercoaster ride but like the steepest plunges on the steepest of rides you know there`s a slow climb to come before it all comes to a juddering halt next May. Let`s hope the wheeling and dealing sees Fulham climb just high enough to endure it all again next season.

Writer:Andrew Joyce
Date:Wednesday January 23 2008
Time: 4:57PM


Don't rollercoasters work on the prinicple of a big drop?
23/01/2008 17:47:00
smart arse merlin ;-)
23/01/2008 18:21:00
Go back to when MAF purchased the club, the media said and i quote, " they (Fulham fans) are on one hell of a roller coaster, they might as well enjoy the ride because who knows where it will take them ". I remember reading it as if it was yesterday. Merlin could well be right, what goes up must come down.
23/01/2008 18:38:00
I think you'll find that Sammy Lee took over at Bolton and not Chris Hutchings who took over at Wigan, easy mistake as they're both ***** appointments like our summer coup!!!
23/01/2008 18:38:00
You have signed a amazing talent in Eddie Johnson. I have personally seen him play a good number of footy matches over here in the states. He is extremely fast, much quicker than Dempsey, and has a great shot. Please give him a chance to settle down and not have to go through 3 managers in a year like Clints had to go through. By the way I havent heard any news on McBride. When will he be back?
24/01/2008 04:22:00
I am so glad that we bought him!!! hopefully it will be like last year when clint dempsey kept us up! he will forever be a hero in my eyes for that
24/01/2008 10:29:00
gunnerkid107, Super Mac has this week played 70 minutes for the reserves behind closed doors, this will now be the start of his first team return.
24/01/2008 17:05:00
Thanks martintheveg
24/01/2008 22:28:00
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