Friday, 20 March 2009

Fulham 1 - 2 Blackburn Rovers

Well don't say I didn't warn you? This time I actually put my money where my mouth was and backed the correct score at 10/1. I was most upset when it came to pass. In fairness, Blackburn deserved the result, especially as the team didn't capitalise on Dempsey's surprise second minute goal. There were chances, but the players just looked tired.
In fact the game turned again at around the 70 minute mark when Hodgson should have freshened things up. Instead we wait and wait and Rovers score twice with poxy goals. Up until then Schwarzer had single handedly been keeping Blackburn, and Steven Warnock in particular, at bay. Waiting until injury time before putting Nevland on, despite being behind since the 83rd minute was ridiculous beyond belief - even if he managed to get a shot off with the last kick of the game.
Most of the criticisms of Hodgson from this game have been tempered somewhat by Fulham's first away win at Bolton, which came hot on the heels of this defeat - an odd occurrence for a tired team. However I think most of the angry words are borne of frustration. The fans see a little bit more potential in the team that Woy built and are somewhat perplexed at his lack of a B game, especially when it comes to substitutions.
Still as much as third consecutive home loss signalled worrying signs that Fulham were going to be dragged into the relegation battle yet again, the Reebok victory has seen the team bound clear and once again fans are eagerly eyeing up 7th spot, which will be a UEFA place. Just think what home points against Blackburn and Hull could have down to those ambitions. However it is unlikely that such a small squad would perform well in yet another competition.
As for this weekend's game against Manchester United, it seems Woy's trying to get the champions to show some complacency after their previous two thrashings of his team. On another occasion this might have worked, but after being handed their arses at home by Liverpool last Saturday, it seems that Fulham will instead be facing somewhat of a wounded animal - ready to lash out at the next thing that comes near. The fact that Aaron Hughes and Dempsey (Fulham's best player this season in my opinion) are likely to miss the game, does not bode well. It could allow Chris Baird and Zoltan Gera the opportunity to rehabilitate themselves in front of the home fans though.

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