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17 unbeaten and another three points on the road at Carrow Road

Not our best display but winning when not performing at our best has to be a positive sign and withVilla drawing it was a good weekend for us all round

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  2. 31 March 2018

  3. A five hour journey (around two hours longer than normal) via a clockwise circuit of the M25 in rainy conditions wasn’t the best way to arrive to watch the Whites take on Norwich at Carrow Road for this Good Friday fixture but on the bright side it meant that when the supporters’ coaches parked up at 14:30, we didn’t have to worry about killing time before the three o’clock kick-off.
  4. What can one say about the game? Ayité started in place of Ryan Sessengon who was amongst  the subs, otherwise an unchanged line-up, Mitoviiç leading the line, Odoi in defence with Kalas on the bench so perhaps he’ll be ready to start on Tuesday.

  5. Fulham and Norwich both started confidently with Fulham having the upper hand, Norwich played the first 45 minutes like an away team, not pressing us, and obviously attempting to play on the break. Our football was slicker, more confident and somewhat better than a thoroughly ordinary Norwich showing. However the Fulham team were decidedly below par and it occurred to the faithful that the QPR second half performance had still not been erased form the psyche.

  6. Mitroviç was oddly stiff legged after his international adventures and although tried to make a nuisance of himself, opportunities for him largely weren’t happening, his 27th minute header missed the target, summing up the mood of the moment. Matt Targett has to get a mention, he was a constant thron when supporting attacks and solid and effective in the left of our defence, all round a great addition to the team.

  7. The first half drizzled out, honours even, with the away team having had the lion’s share of the ball and having played the more attractive football but with no penetration and hardly any clear chances. Thee were attempts at both ends, an early Ayité penalty claim. Denis Odoi stopped a goal bound shot right at the end of the half but the whistle blew to leave us pondering, whether we could wake up from such a muted first half performance
  8. Fulham looked much more like the team that had gone 16 unbeaten once the second half rolled on but Norwich had obviously had a half time an ear bashing and they came out looking more like a home team, pushing up and threatening the Fulham half. This had the effect of allowing our possession to take on a more menacing form.
  9. Mitro did head the ball in the net for a disallowed goal having climbed all over the defender and keeper, I’d have given that one but the ref (Keith Stroud) had already shown his mettle and was having none of it. That ref was as inconsistent as any we’ve suffered in recent seasons (and we’ve had enough of those!) so nobody in the away section seemed surprised.

  10. Floys Ayité was subbed after 54 minutes allowing Tottenham (or is it Chelsea, Manchester United, Barcelona or maybe PSG?) bound Ryan Sessengon, to make an appearance. This totally revived the Whites and immediately brought us to life, Mitro coming close with a diving header. There was no doubt that having the pacy wünderkind running at them and Mitro pushing up, gaps were now appearing in the Norwich defence.
  11. The pressure nearly paid off in the 64th minute when the Norwich ‘keeper Gunn was nearly beaten, parrying a shot out to young Ryan who lofted the ball from 30 yards for what looked like a certain goal, only for Zimmerman to get back to clear off the line. We took the lead on the 66th minute when Targett placed a lovely cross into the danger area, Mitro headed it fiercely at the goal causing the keeper to push it straight to Johansen who gleefully whacked it into the net.
  12. Two minutes later, MacDonald, who’d been the first to be yellow carded 13 minutes into the second half was substituted for Norwood. On the 70th minute Lucas Piazon put in a dangerous cross which was deflected to Tom Cairney who struck the ball decisively into the Norwich goal.
  13. AK came on for a leaden legged Mitro on the 76th minute, and those fresh leags of his helped keep the Norwich rearguard on their toes, Fulham were totally dominant now, however Norwich were losing it and tackles and niggles abounded, the useless ref penalising Fulham unfairly and letting one or two Canaries, who had slipped off their perch and didn’t like it, get away with some debatable gamesmanship. The 6 minutes added time only enabled the joyous Whites’ fans more time to celebrate in front of an ever emptying home support.
  14. All in all a great result, earned from a decent but not entirely convincing performance, I’ll settle for that in the remaining seven games.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 5 August 2017

Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London

Attendance: 20,134

Referee: James Linington

Fulham

Line-up: Button; Fredericks, Kalas, Ream, Ryan Sessegnon (Odoi 69'); Cairney, Norwood (Cissé 63'), Johansen; Sone Aluko, Floyd Ayité (Kamara 63'), Kebano

Unused substitutes: Rodák, Madl, Lucas Piazon, Tayo Edun

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Norwich City

Line-up: Gunn; Martin, Zimmermann, Franke; Wildschut (Josh Murphy 59'), Maddison, Reed (Hoolahan 80'), Vrancic, Husband; Watkins, Jerome (Nélson Oliveira 64')

Unused substitutes: McGovern, Ivo Pinto, Godfrey, Tettey

Manager: Daniel Farke



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Another 3 points on the road and now we’re unbeaten in 19!

A very fruitful awayday at Hillsborough, coupled with the other two wins in the previous 8 days and together with the Cardiff and Villa results, equals a Whites’ paradise!

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    Thursday, 19 April 2018


On a dull but rain free, temperate afternoon in Sheffield, the Super Whites once again displayed .their brand of classy, patient play to earn another valuable three points on the road

Once again the team started with just one change over the starters against Leeds, Floyd Ayité sat on the bench while Sheyi Ojo started in his place.

The puzzling thing was that once again, the opposition failed to put us under any meaningful pressure in the opening exchanges and allowed Fulham to pass their way around as if the match was a curious warm-up.

The early stages were passive with neither team looking that dynamic but in keeping with many games this season, Fulham enjoyed greater possession and spent more time in the Wednesday half, however, although we huffed and puffed we just couldn’t make our dominance count.

We definitely showed our intent when after more moderate pressure in the Wednesday 18 yard area, Ojo poked the ball into the net on 11 minutes, sadly offside, though from the away supporters’ end, that wasn’t obvious.

This energised the Whites and although by no means firing on all cylinders we kept the pressure up and Ojo attacking the Wednesday left, beat the defence and hit a not terribly convincing ‘shot’ which the Sheffield keeper Wildsmith easily leapt on. People behind me were on Ojo’s back throughout and it did seem that he was suffering from a lack of first team action and as the first half progressed he seemed to lose more confidence, the rest of the team appeared reluctant to give him the ball, or maybe I was imagining that. Mentally, I was willing him to do a few mazy runs and score a spectacular solo goal, sadly to no avail.

Ryan Sessegnon was seeing a fair bit of action without setting the place alight but around 24 minutes he nearly finished a great team move, heading a cross from Mitroviç onto the bar. Not long after that, Kevin McDonald fancied scoring for the second game running but his stinging shot was palmed away by George Boyd, Fulham’s dominance was becoming ever clearer as the clocked ticked on.

The half jogged on in the same vein but still no goals, we came close in the 43rd minute following an incursion by Ryan Fredericks down the right whose cross was met by Mitro’s head forcing an tremendous save from Wildsmith, we were all jumping up and down convinced it would cross the line but no, 0-0 at the whistle for the end of the half.

Well, said we during the break, something needs to change to stir things up as despite being on top, the goals were not coming. Ojo was on everybody’s lips as he’d looked more tentative than the rest of the team so after fifteen minutes in the same vein as the first, off he went to be replaced by Ayité.

Floyd certainly announced an increase in Fulham’s impetus and looked up for the challenge but sadly he pulled up after a challenge and he too was doomed to play no further part in the game, Neeskens Kebano replaced him to become our second substitute.

This further increased the pressure that Fulham were applying and Kebano was relishing his chance to put in a performance, he was making a difference and Sessegnon and Mitroviç likewise became ever more influential up front. Those of us in the away end were treated to constant activity in the mouth of Wednesday’s goal.

The clock was running down and despite increasing dominance and more attempts on goal, the score was still zero, in the 73rd minute Johansen forded a good save from the keeper following a fine assist from the impressive Neeskens.

The goal we had all been lusting for finally arrived on the 78th minute when Ryan Sessegnon penetrated the Owl’s back line and laid a finely struck pass across to Mitro who wasted no breath smashing the ball home.

On the eightieth minute, Neeskens was nearly rewarded for his excellent contribution, nearly converting a chance created by a good through ball by McDonald only for the busy keeper Wildsmith to thwart his shot.

Throughout the game, there had been persistent fouling and niggly, devious nonsense from some of Wednesday’s players, their hulking number 17 was misbehaving all game to no avail, however the ref finally came to his senses to book number 36 Daniel Pudil, following up with a yellow for Butterfield in the 91st for another scything swipe at Mitro.

When the whistle went at  the end of 93 minutes, the afternoon ended perfectly for the travelers, only one goal, not a totally eye-catching showing but a satisfying, dominant and profession performance and only two points now separate the Whites and second placed Cardiff.

Whew, what a season this is turning out to be, it’s no exaggeration that Tuesday’s home game against Reading now becomes a ‘Must Win’ when the Villa against Cardiff game on the same evening is taken into consideration, I can’t wait!


Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 7 April 2018

Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Hillsborough, Sheffield

Attendance: 25,653

Referee: Steve Martin

Sheffield Wednesday

Line-up: Wildsmith; Frederico Venâncio, Lees, Pudil; Hunt, Pelupessy, Bannan (Butterfield 31'), Reach, Boyd (Marco Matias 86'); Nuhiu, Lucas João (Forestieri 76')

Unused substitutes: Dawson, Thorniley, Jones, Rhodes

Manager: Jos Luhukay

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Odoi, Ream, Targett; McDonald, Johansen; Sheyi Ojo (Floyd Ayité 62' (Kebano 72')), Cairney, Ryan Sessegnon; Mitrovic

Unused substitutes: Button, Christie, Kalas, Norwood, Kamara

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic


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Now it’s 18 unbeaten

A decent first half performance against Leeds with a little good fortune and a few scares but overall a fair result. Twelve home and 9 away wins, could be worse!

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  2. 04 April 2018


Well last night saw another Fulhamish display, moments of class, passing, movement and a goal off the bum of a defender who didn’t know it had gone in. I’d say that was probably the sort of thing Fulham fans dream of.

It’s not too shabby to begin April with a win and let’s hope the team can take the confidence this will bring away to Hillsborough on Saturday, a repeat of the same fixture last season would be heartily appreciated, though let’s hope none of the Supporters’ buses breaks down on the way home this time!

The starting line up differed from our Good Friday team that started against Norwich, in that Ryan Sessegnon started in place of Lucas Piazon, who had a mixed game against the Canaries.

There were some excellent moments of Fulham dominance last night but Leeds certainly didn’t come down to help us celebrate, they were all over us in the first minutes like a hot rash, however they have been very inconsistent this season and lack a deadly sharp end at times so with Bettenelli on top form and the Ream inspired back line, mostly it was pretty safe near our goalmouth.

The best chances fell to the Whites, the 4th minute incursion down the left by Matt Targett from a ball fed in by Stefan Johansen  led to a a square ball to Mitro who looked like he’d grabbed another, it was a little behind him and his shot squirmed wide. Mitroviç looked sluggish, as he had against Norwich, it’s possible that his international journeys have affected him a little. Having daid that, he harassed and generally kept the Leeds defence on their game throughout.

In the tenth minute, Floyd Ayité smacked a post, leading to a corner from which Mitro headed goal-wards forcing the Leeds Keeper a youthful Bailey Peacock-Farrell proved he’s not a name from the Domesday Book but an accomplished young keeper.

Cue a Fulham dominated period which culminated in our opening goal, to say it was fortuitous is no exaggeration, a corner to the Whites attacking the Putney End saw the ball ricochet around from Mitroviç’s flick-flopped  stab, eventually smacking Kevin MacDonald on his rear end and finishing in the net, he looked suitably abashed but we celebrated it all the same. The half carried on much as before with an untroubled Fulham team, trooping off for their half time cuppa one nil up.

The second half bore similarities to our previous two games, we seemed to have become lethargic, against QPR and again at Norwich, I jokingly remarked at that game, that it seemed the opposition must have smuggled something into the interval Ovaltine, Russian Spies were mentioned.

Leeds had obviously been given a stern talking to as they pushed further up and their first half aggressive tackling and harassing tactics became more numerous, “ih oh” we said, they’ll kick Ryan and Tom and wind Fredericks and Johansen up and try to ruffle our lilywhite feathers. They did all of this but fortunately we re-imposed ourselves on them so that it seemed that we’d be on the scoresheet again before the final whistle.


Young Ryan S. came close in the 59th minute after a jinking run, his on-target shot was parried away by young B. P-F.

Leeds, undaunted kept up the pressure and did indeed peg Fuham back and enjoyed a fair bit of possession in the Putney half, however our more than capable team are custom made to take advantage of a high pressing opposition and so it proved.

Caleb Ekuban, who had looked a right handful without really living up to it all night, smacked a goal-bound effort which Bettenelli swallowed up and quickly fed the ball out, the ball moving forward as the Fulham attack headed towards the Hammersmith End, Cairney feed Mitro right on the precipice of the box and suddenly the ball blurred past the Leeds keeper into the onion bag.

From this stage on, Leeds huffed and puffed and we contained them, so even with five additional minutes at the end the evening ran out to another excellent home victory.

I’m looking forward to Hillsborough next!

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Tuesday 3 April 2018

Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London

Attendance: 21,538

Referee: Peter Bankes

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Odoi, Ream, Targett; Johansen, McDonald (Kalas 88'), Cairney; Floyd Ayité (Norwood 67'), Mitrovic, Ryan Sessegnon

Unused substitutes: Button, Christie, Kebano, Lucas Piazon, Kamara

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

Leeds United

Line-up: Peacock-Farrell; Dallas, Jansson, Pennington, Berardi; O'Kane (Phillips 23'), Vieira; Alioski (Grot 72'), Samuel Sáiz, Pablo Hernández; Ekuban (Lasogga 72')

Unused substitutes: Lonergan, Pearce, Anita, Cibicki

Manager: Paul Heckingbottom

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