There’s only one F in Fulham
The Fulham Fanzine
It was no walkover but we deserved better
We're certainly due some better luck
billp TOOFIF Updated Monday, 18 March 2019
FFC v Liverpool MAR 16 2019
Our pre-match ramblings…
If you're a statistician, you could be forgiven if you chalk this one up as another nil points! Well we've hardly covered ourselves in glory in the last one hudred and six years and 68 games. We've beaten them less than a fifth of the games we've played and they've won three times more than we have.
On a different note, it's another Sunday game. What with evening games, midday kick-offs and Sunday fixtures, don't you just love the Premier League?
It must be time we got back a bit of last seasons' style
Stats reproduced from 11v11.com
Liverpool v FFC
Sunday 17 March 2019 14:15
Fulham 1 Liverpool 2 (HT 1-0)
billp TOOFIF Monday, 18 March 2019
Another chapter in the 'so near, yet so far!' story
The most lengthy conversation piece between the regulars at our pre-match ritual was “just how long it would be before we conceded our customary 2 goals and how many goals were we likely to lose by”.
The consensus from some was that we’d be 2 down by 20 minutes and we could easily see a repeat of the famous 10 nil. For my part, I reckoned we’d score one but with the evidence of our previous performances, I couldn’t see us conceding less than the usual 2.
From the off and for most of the 90 odd minutes, Fulham played a clueless and negative formation, content to stay deep and not press the opposition, give the ball away cheaply and spend long periods in our own half passing backwards instead of attacking Liverpool.
Frustrating and boring summed up much of this performance and we duly paid the price by falling asleep and gifting a soft goal.
Liverpool frankly didn’t look that special and the highly praised Mo Sala spent more time handling his opponents, buffeting and barging and then falling over as if he was receiving the treatment he was doling out than doing anything meaningful, his pyrotechnics were lamentable at times and he was largely ineffectual, Joe Bryan kept him honest for most of the game.
There were though many passages of play where Fulham looked like a decent team, dare I say that Anguissa was having a very good game, winning tackles and breaking up play in his midfield rôle and playing a positive part in our forward movevment, he was, overall, probably our best player. Seri was back in and he was not too bad and even Fousa-Mensa was not too terrible.
Apart from the forementioned, Tom Cairney, together with most of the rest of the defence and midfield were somewhat off the pace but still we managed to take the game to Liverpool until the inevitable lapse of concentration which allowed Mané to slip in with a well-taken but soft goal after 26 miniutes.
The half ended with the Whites trailing to that lone goal and we were not too depressed as despite not hitting the heights, there had been enough from the team to give us some hope.
The second half saw Liverpool woken up from their 'Just do enough' posture and came at us from the off and could have scored a couple more but for a profligate header from Wijnaldum from a decent Mané cross and a Rico save from van Dijk.
Then fro the second game running we scored an offside goal, this time Ayité who had together with Babel had quite a few incursions, Floyd being the more energetic and consistently dangerous, his goal was a delicious finish to a very good footballing build up, typical!.
Fulham got their reward for perseverance in the 74th minute with a somewhat comical equaliser by Babel who despite often backtracking was persistent to the end and capitalising on a mix up between Alisson and van Dijk, no masterpiece from the Dutch Artist this time.
We all knew that we couldn't be so lucky, after all, we always let in at least 2 and so it proved. The second Liverpool goal came from what fseemed rom my seat a rather soft penalty, Mané taking over Salah's comic rôle of falling over like Pinnochio with his strings cut.
And that was that, encouraging but could do better!
Fulham's record since our first game in 1912
Reproduced from 11v11.com
Competition: Premier League
Date: Sunday 17 March 2019
Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Referee: Craig Pawson
Line-up: Rico; Fosu-Mensah (Christie 73'), Chambers, Ream, Bryan; Cairney (Kebano 82'), Zambo Anguissa, Seri (Ryan Sessegnon 65'); Ayité, Mitrovic, Babel
Unused substitutes: Fabri, Odoi, McDonald, Vietto
Manager: Scott Parker
Line-up: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Lallana (Milner 72'); Mohamed Salah (Sturridge 90'), Roberto Firmino (Origi 72'), Mané
Unused substitutes: Mignolet, Lovren, Moreno, Shaqiri
Manager: Jürgen Klopp