Monday, 23 August 2010

DEAR OH DEAR---FULHAM VS MAN UNITED REVIEW!

The negatives: WTF? Nani! When you're 2-1 up with a couple of minutes to the end of a difficult game and you are given a penalty, you just don't miss it. End of story. And since when did Nani start taking penalties when Giggs is on pitch. I thought that particular battle was settled last season when Giggs took two penalties (including the one won by Nani) in the final home game against Spurs when we really needed them to go in. I'd be surprised if I see the Portuguese lining up for our next one.

WTF Jonny Evans: I know what he's capable of but yesterday he showed one or two areas of hi game that he needs to work on if he is to remain at this level. I thought he defended very poorly. Nemanja Vidic looked ordinary because his partner was not up for it. He made Zamora look like a god---and that is unacceptable. We conceded two sloppy goals today as far as marking players. Scholes; albeit having had a good game and a trademark goal, let his man make several runs into the box without escorting him.

Javier Hernadez has finally got us talking on a weakness that he has (took some time though). He apparently isn't the best striker with back to gaol. Every pass that he got to his feet was played back to the player he received it from. That isn't such wrong move to pull off but on a pitch as tiny as Craven Cottage, the more fluid you are going forward, the better.
To be fair to Berbatov, their goalkeeper did pull off a few stunning saves but he was helped by the fact that he Bulgarian kept shooting straight at him all evening.

The worst bit of it all is that unlike the past two visits to Fulham, we were on top of this game and had the opportunity to win it with a few minutes to go but somehow blew it. That hurt most---even more than the past two defeats. That's two points dropped and for the second successive season, after just two games, we're playing catch up. We've got a couple of difficult fixtures to come after West Ham so that means we might not wait long to put our season into perspective. Given the 'computer game form' that Chelsea are in, we might have to beat Everton away, Man City and Liverpool in the same month to keep in touch. I know it's just the start of the season, but in this era of the Premier League, you cannot afford to let your rivals steal a commanding lead ahead of you.

The positives; It was a far better performance at Craven Cottage than the last two visits so something seems right about this season in that regard. All we need a major response on Saturday. The fact that we also got a point from a venue we drew blanks in the last two seasons could also play along well and Fulham did, by the way, deserve a point from the game.

It's got to be Chelsea dropping points before we do next otherwise the manager might start getting questions about his transfer activity in the summer. Speaking of the manager, (hehe) he refused to speak to the BBC---AGAIN!

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