We do not have a squad of world beaters - I think we all know and accept that however, we do have a team of average but hardworking players who clearly have a desire to improve Fulham's standing in the championship and an ambition to play in the Premier League. Of course with the disappointment we have experienced in the last four or five years and the suck it and see policy of our Board during that time, we all want to see instant success after witnessing a complete overhaul last summer. And that is the point of my post. We have pretty much rebuilt the entire squad just a couple of months ago and it would be wrong of us to expect that these players will take on Slavisa's tactics and get it right in every single game in such a short period of time. I do however, see improvements in many areas of our play compared to recent years and have a little confidence that with time, we will continue to improve so that second half performances, like that against Norwich, are not that far away for 90 minutes. An 18 point haul at this stage of the season with just two points gap between Fulham and sixth place should be seen as a reasonable position to be in given that we should improve even more over the coming games. Last Friday I was feeling quite depressed with the lack of points in September so I decided to try and step back, analyse the situation as I do for my day job and once I looked more pragmatically at the situation I could see that there is actually light at the end of the tunnel. Like most of us I have always looked at the last result or the last performance but when you peel it back, we actually aren't doing that bad and apart from the Toon there really is no other stand out team in this league this year so promotion, although looking a tough ask right now, might actually not be completely out of the question. Just a thought...
This MST, is a very good a fair article, and I must agree with your sentiments. We have had an erratic start to our season, and but for our home form, we would be sitting pretty in a play off place already. I would like to point out, that after 13 matches played last season, we were sitting in 11th place in the table, as we are now, and we only have one point more on 18, as we had 17 points at the same stage last season. However, we only picked up 11 points from the next 15 matches in 2015/16, and surely, we will improve on that. Like you I don't believe, that apart, from Newcastle(Who we have already beaten of course)there is a side that is going to be better than us, once we really do gel, and we will be up there challenging for a top 6 spot. What makes my blood really boil, is losing to QPR, with those two missed penalties. If we had only won that match, as we should have done, we would have been up there already With 33 games still to go for all of us, it's a really open season in the Championship and there is no reason that we shouldn't play among the challengers.
posted by LTS (Guest) - Wednesday 19th October 2016, 11:43 PM
MST did you want to cancel your season ticket last week as you were running out of patience with the club?? have you now changed your mind after a great 2nd half performance? After watching Man City last night, I think we can be a bit harsh on Fulham when they are not playing well.
posted by John (Guest) - Thursday 20th October 2016, 7:42 AM
had time to look at most teams in the Championship either live or televised game, I think there are 11 better teams than us so finishing 12th is about right for our talent. It will be another season of mediocrity, the worst type of season as we will not have anything to play for by the beginning of March. There will have to be a big change in culture at the club if we want to aspire to anything better, personally with the current status quo can't see anything better.
posted by Riverside (Guest) - Thursday 20th October 2016, 11:27 AM
Riverside, you a bit of a pessimist. You must be joking if you think that there are 11 teams better than us in the Championship. At present we are sitting in 11th place, so there must be 13 teams worse than us for a start. Can you honestly say, that apart from possibly Newcastle, who, as it has already been pointed out, we have already beaten. Norwich (they were lucky to take a point off of us on Tuesday)
Huddersfield (Lost at home to a Preston side, that we beat away)
Brighton (They also couldn't beat Preston at home)
Bristol City (yes, I know that we lost at home heavily, but that was a fluke result, as will be proved when we next play them)
Birmingham (they beat us with a penalty, and we had a man sent off)
Sheffield Wednesday (we have yet to play them, but they are not the team that they were last season)
Reading (A very ordinary side, for what I have seen of them)
Brentford (like us, they blow hot and cold, but I would say that we are as good, if not better than them)
QPR (you must be joking if you think that they are better than us.Yes we lost at home, to that lot, but we had 25 shots on goal in one of the most one sided games I have seen for some time, and we also missed two penalties. Do you really think that they are better than us ?)
You say that we will have nothing to play for by the end of the season, and 12th is about our mark. Well Riverside, that would be better than being in a relegation fight, in which we have been involved over the last few seasons. I am convinced with a bit of luck in running, we will be up there with the best of them. Have faith, in the lads and Joka.
posted by Ian Huntely (Guest) - Thursday 20th October 2016, 1:53 PM
Of course I hope you are right, but I don't think so. Additionally, you have missed the point, I think there are teams currently below us in the league that are playing better football and I think they will finish above us likewise there are teams currently above us that I think we will finish higher than. Of course, it is a subjective view but based on watching most of the teams this season...and based on knowing what our club is capable of at the moment. By the way, one of the most exciting seasons as a Fulham fan was the great escape year. Personally, I can't stand mediocrity.
posted by Riverside (Guest) - Thursday 20th October 2016, 2:19 PM
Why dont we play the same team we did against Newcastle and use the same tactics.??
posted by HARRY (Guest) - Thursday 20th October 2016, 6:54 PM