Managed to catch the second half of the Wisla Krakow game on Thursday. Unfortunately. I was incredibly concerned at the flatness of play up front before I became aware that Fulham had been reduced to ten men with that well-known scoundrel Moussa Dembele playing the hard man.
Even when Wisla cracked in a quality shot from 20 yards that nestled in Schwarzer's net, there appeared to be no change in tactics from Fulham.in order to claw their way back into the game. Several times Andy Johnson would be in the opposition box along with five defenders, with Fulham passing the ball around the edge before a hopeful and usually hopeless cross. Duff in particular looked lost, seemingly playing more central but not knowing where to go when he did have the ball.
Without Dempsey and Zamora and £10m Costa Rican Ruiz cup tied, there were no other goalscoring options when Orlando Sa went off with a hamstring. Those unkind might argue there were few options with the Portuguese on the pitch.
QPR match aside, these are still worrying times for Fulham, given that they reside just above the relegation zone having played just one of the top six teams, and are not showing any semblance of consistency on the pitch. Fingers crossed for the Everton match tomorrow - although they usually have the good grace to hand over three points when at the Cottage (last two seasons aside). That could put Fulham above Arsenal - and who wouldn't have taken that at the start of the season?