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Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (13/09/17)...
« Reply #15 on: September 13, 2017, 07:44:10 AM »
 
Reading FC: Royals Under 18s let two-goal lead slip in defeat to Fulham

READING FC surrendered a two-goal lead in a 5-2 home defeat to Fulham in the Under 18 Premier League.

Royals broke the deadlock at Hogwood Park shortly before the break thanks to a fine strike from Jazz Wallace from the edge of the box.

Then Ethan Coleman stepped off the bench to double Reading’s lead early in the second half with a clinical header from a free kick.

However, Fulham quickly recovered and pulled one back within 90 seconds through Nicolas Santos-Clase.

Royals were then stunned by a 19-minute hat-trick by Cameron Thompson to put the visitors 4-2 ahead.

 Reece York completed the comeback with Fulham’s fifth, though Reading U18 boss David Dodds put his young side’s defeat into context.

“Fulham were quite a senior team, I think they had two first years (scholars) and the rest were second years,” he said.

"We had the opposite, we had some Under 17s and some Under-16s in there as well.

 "We got a little bit of fatigue in the second half, and then we had a really good chance at 3-2 down.

"It was a disappointing performance, it was an unusual one being 2-0 up then getting beaten 5-2, but hopefully they'll learn from it.”

Reading U18s: Rosario, Elva-Fontaine, Nditi, Burley, Dorsett (Pendlebury 75'), Buchanan (Coleman 46'), Sparta, Matete (Lawless 60'), Moore, Wallace, Nolan. Subs not used: Hillson, Lawrence.



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Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (13/09/17)...
« Reply #16 on: September 13, 2017, 07:47:09 AM »
 
Introducing Seasons

Introducing Seasons, Fulham Football Club’s new Wine Lounge at Craven Cottage.


Designed in a contemporary style and delivered in collaboration with BoConcept – the Danish furniture specialists whose stunning creations have long adorned the most stylish interiors – Seasons is a totally unique concept which offers stunning interiors alongside unique vistas over the River Thames, courtesy of its Riverside Stand location.
 
Whether you are looking to impress business clients or simply treat loved ones to a special matchday experience, Seasons Wine Lounge is the ideal venue from which to sit back and enjoy unrivalled hospitality with London’s original football club.
 
As part of your matchday experience, you’ll take in all the match action from Directors’ Area seating, but not before enjoying signature tapas-style dishes and our exclusive selection of wines – all expertly hand-picked to be paired with the food on offer.
 
Be one of the first to experience Seasons, with places now available to purchase for Fulham’s fixture against Middlesbrough on Saturday 23rd September, kick-off 3pm.

Priced at £159 per person (+VAT), secure your place online or call our Hospitality team on 0208 336 7555 today.
 
Seasons Wine Lounge truly delivers both on and off the pitch with the Reds flowing inside and the Whites scoring outside!



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Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (13/09/17)...
« Reply #17 on: September 13, 2017, 07:49:38 AM »
 
Fulham v Hull City
WED, 13 Sept 2017Championship
Venue: Craven Cottage



Rui Fonte has scored once in two appearances for Fulham

Fulham will again be without Tom Cairney (knee) and Sheyi Ojo (ankle).

However, Rui Fonte and Neeskens Kebano are expected to return to bolster Slavisa Jokanovic's attacking options.

Hull City boss Leonid Slutsky could make changes to the team beaten 5-0 at Derby last time out.

Forward Frazier Campbell (groin) returns to the squad while Jackson Irvine could make his first start for the Tigers after coming off the bench against the Rams.

SAM's prediction
Home win 54%   Draw 24%   Away win 22%

SAM, the Sports Analytics Machine, is a super-computer built by @ProfIanMcHale of the University of Liverpool.


Match facts
    Nine of the last 15 league meetings between these sides at Fulham have ended in draws, with both sides winning three apiece in the other six encounters.
    Hull, who picked up a victory at Craven Cottage in their last league visit there, have not won back-to-back away league games there since October 1911.
    Hull's games this season have seen 24 goals; no side has seen more goals in their games with Hull scoring 12 but also conceding 12.
    Fulham have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last 12 league games at Craven Cottage, they last went on a longer run without a shutout in February 1989 (13 successive games).
    However, the Cottagers have scored in 20 of their last 21 home games in the league.



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« Reply #18 on: September 13, 2017, 07:50:43 AM »

New Fulham deal for de la Torre
by Dan on September 12, 2017


Promising American midfielder Luca de la Torre has signed a new contract with Fulham – which will keep him at Craven Cottage until the summer of 2020.

The Texan attacking midfielder is considered one of the finest products to come through the Motspur Park academy in recent seasons and starred on his introduction to the first team last season. De la Torre made his debut in the League Cup during the first round victory at Leyton Orient and was an influential substitute as Slavisa Jokanovic’s side put out Premier League Middlesbrough the following month.

The 19 year-old, who helped the USA’s Under-20 side win their first ever CONCAF championship back in January, told Fulham’s official website of his delight at extending his stay in SW6:

    It’s a great feeling. I’ve been at this club for a few years now and it definitely feels like home for me. There are a lot of opportunities for me this year to play well for both Fulham and the USA, and I’m looking forward to grabbing the opportunity with both hands.

He is hoping to make a significant impact again this term after recovering from an untimely injury.

    I was a bit unlucky at the beginning of the season, I was injured during pre-season and I’ve been out since but now I’m back in training so hopefully it’s onwards and upwards from here.



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« Reply #19 on: September 13, 2017, 07:53:52 AM »
 
From Fulham heroics to England embarrassment - The highs and lows of Roy Hodgson's managerial career

Former England boss Roy Hodgson is back in the game after joining Crystal Palace. We take a look at the highs and lows of his career...

Roy Hodgson's hiatus from football is over after the 70-year-old manager signed a two-year contract at Crystal Palace, succeeding Frank de Boer following the Dutchman's sacking on Monday.

The experienced coach has been out of the game since England were eliminated by Iceland in Euro 2016's round of 16.

But for every disappointment he endured with England and other sides, there have been plenty of highlights during a long and distinguished career.

From having a major influence on Scandinavian football to enduring a difficult spell with Liverpool; we identify Hodgson's highs and lows...

THE HIGHS

Scandinavian success


After a modest playing career in England, Hodgson became manager of lowly Swedish side Halmstad in 1976 and went on to produce one of the most remarkable feats in the country's football history, guiding the team to the league title a year after narrowly escaping relegation. They won the title again in 1979.

Hodgson later took over at Malmo in 1985 and led them to five consecutive league titles, writing his name into the folklore of the club and league, while he also masterminded a European Cup victory over Inter in the first round of the 1989-90 edition.

Hodgson and his friend Bob Houghton, who is credited as being responsible for securing him the Halmstad job, are often said to have revolutionised Swedish football with their implementation of zonal marking and high-intensity strategies, and both remain revered figures.

Switzerland at the World Cup

In 1992, Hodgson and Uli Stielike swapped positions at Neuchatel Xamax and Switzerland, giving the Englishman his first national team job. He was an instant success, with the Swiss losing just one match on their way to qualifying for the 1994 World Cup, finishing second behind only eventual finalists Italy in Group 1.

Switzerland had not reached a major competition since 1966 in England and they were then drawn into a favourable group alongside hosts United States, Romania and Colombia.

Hodgson guided them through the group as runners-up before a 3-0 defeat to Spain ended their World Cup dream, but Switzerland were by no means disgraced.

Steadying the ship at Inter

Hodgson was brought to Inter early in the 1995-96 season with the club rooted to the bottom of the Serie A table and in dire form, and the Englishman orchestrated a decent campaign which culminated in a seventh-place finish.

He stayed for another season and left after seeing further improvement in the form of a third-placed finish and then-president Massimo Moratti was mightily grateful for the job he did.

Speaking in 2010, Moratti said: "Roy Hodgson was an important person in the development of Inter Milan to the point we have reached today. He saved us at the right time. When he came we were in trouble and things appeared dark. He didn't panic, he was calm and made us calm. Disaster was averted at the most important time. Everyone at Inter will remember him for that and his contribution. He is considered by us all as an important person in our history. He left an endowment to this club that's important in our history."

Fulham take on Europe

Much like Inter, Fulham were also struggling when Hodgson took over as manager in the 2007-08 season, but by the end of the following campaign things were very different at Craven Cottage, as he took them to seventh, their highest ever finish in the Premier League.

That meant Europea League football came to the Cottage in 2009-10 and, against the odds, Fulham went all the way to the final, defeating the likes of Basel, Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus, Wolfsburg and Hamburg along the way.

Eventually Atletico Madrid halted them in the final, with Quique Sanchez Flores' men running out 2-1 winners, but Hodgson's achievement with Fulham remained an impressive one and secured him a big move to Liverpool.

THE LOWS

Bristol City "disaster"


After initially following Houghton to Bristol as assistant manager in 1980, two years later Hodgson succeeded his friend and took the top job himself.

However, at the time Bristol were mired in financial trouble and Hodgson lasted four months in the job before being dismissed after a poor run of results.

Hodgson, speaking to BBC Sport in 2012, painted a bleak picture of the situation: "Bristol City was nothing short of a disaster in that we had only been there for a matter of weeks before the banks started to pull the rug from underneath the club. My job when I eventually took over, as caretaker manager, was quite simply to carry on in the aftermath of all the players leaving the club and just fulfilling the fixtures."

Listless Liverpool

Following his heroics at Fulham, it was no surprise to see Hodgson courted by bigger clubs and Liverpool duly came calling in July 2010 after parting company with Rafa Benitez.

But his time at Anfield looked making repetitive replies that aren't funny!  almost from the start, when it was revealed the club's hierarchy had rejected the application of club legend Kenny Dalglish in favour of Hodgson, who also faced accusations of not being able to handle Liverpool's star players.

Although he appeared to have steadied things just before the turn of the year with a run of victories, Hodgson and the club parted ways in early January, ending a turbulent period for the manager.

2014 World Cup woes

After rebuilding his reputation with West Brom in the wake of his Liverpool struggles, Hodgson landed arguably the biggest job of his career, as he replaced Fabio Capello as England manager in May 2012, on the eve of an unspectacular Euro 2012 campaign which ended with a 4-2 penalty shoot-out defeat to Italy in the quarter-finals.

Despite that, Hodgson was given the benefit of the doubt and remained in charge, with England subsequently cruising to World Cup qualification unbeaten, but little went right in Brazil.

England failed to win any of their three group games and were dumped out before the knockout phase for the first time at a World Cup since 1958. Still Hodgson clung on to his job, however.

Euro 2016 embarrassment

Qualification for Euro 2016 was also pretty simple for Hodgson's England, winning all of their matches, and he received praise for beginning to bring through some of the country's younger talent.

But the team only just scraped through their group at the finals, with performances receiving criticism for a lack of style and perceived unpreparedness.

And the final nail in the coffin for Hodgson's time in charge of England came with a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Iceland in the first knockout round, which prompted the manager to step down ahead of his contract expiring.



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Re: Wednesday Fulham Stuff (13/09/17)...
« Reply #20 on: September 13, 2017, 07:56:07 AM »
 
PREVIEW: Fulham v Hull City

Leonid Slutsky apologised to the fans following Friday's abysmal showing at Derby County. Just as well that match wasn't on the telly and broadcast to the whole nation... oh. Yet, Slutsky is hardly the villain of this piece. Being told 'the supermarket is shut' only to see two key members of the squad leave shortly after, tells you all you need to know about the hollow words of the Allams. For now, the Russian will be low down on the hit-list for who to blame concerning the current shenanigans going on at this club.

Indeed, the City boss has received some positive news on the injury front, as Fraizer Campbell is added to the squad that will travel to London, after he overcame a recent groin problem that was troubling the striker. Jackson Irvine will be hoping to get a full debut in midfield following his move from Burton Albion late in the transfer window, after a brief appearance from the bench during the mismatch with Derby County.

On to Fulham, then. Surprisingly, the Cottagers are yet to win a home game this season. Then, along come Hull City, right on cue... However, before we all throw our collective hands up in despair, the Tigers' record at Craven Cottage is pretty good - and we won there last time we met in the league. Ex-Tiger Tom Cairney is still missing from the team through injury, along with Sheyi Ojo. But, manager Slavisa Jokanovic is hoping to welcome back Rui Fonte and Neeskens Kebano to his selection options. 




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« Reply #21 on: September 13, 2017, 07:57:42 AM »

Why Roy Hodgson deserves another chance
by Dan on September 12, 2017


The back of this morning’s Times newspaper made Roy Hodgson out to be a senile old man. The headline to Alyson Rudd’s piece on his impending appointment as Crystal Palace’s successor to Frank de Boer said he would ‘take [the] Palace job aged 70‘. I’ve searched in vain for similar stories denoting Harry Redknapp’s age when he aged to coach Birmingham City last season and found none. This isn’t the first time Hodgson has been decried in such a manner. The back page of the Sun made fun of his speech impediment the day after his unveiling as England manager.

Of course, it is that spell in charge of the national team that garners most attention. Being beaten by Iceland, after all, is his most recent act as a football manager. That defeat cut him deeper than anybody else but, whilst it showed that international football had progressed significantly since he had seen Switzerland to their best finish at a major tournament, it also served as a timely reminder that England, once the creators of the game, were no longer a footballing powerhouse. The suggestion on a national radio station by Joey Barton that England’s performances under Hodgson deserved to see him ‘taken out to the garden and shot’ was crass even by that particular cretin’s standards.

Liverpool fans were never particularly wild about Hodgson either. He didn’t fit the mould of Anfield managers or play the type of football that such a storied club desired. It is his achievements after Anfield, with West Bromwich Albion that are probably most appropriate to compare with the situation he inherits at Selhurst Park this evening. When he was appointed at the Hawthorns, the Baggies were hovering above the relegation zone on goal difference, but after five wins and five draws in their last twelve fixtures, Albion finished eleventh in the Premier League – their highest ever position in three decades. The following year, Hodgson guided the Baggies to tenth with wins over Wolves, Chelsea and Liverpool, before accepting the FA’s approach to replace Fabio Capello.

Hodgson’s methods are meticulous and repetitive, not exactly designed to appeal to the modern footballer. More than one high-profile player has decried his training sessions as devoid of entertainment and several pundits based in this country have railed against his sterile football, but Hodgson’s sides are built not to get beat. His teams might be regimented but there’s no substitute for organisation and discipline, qualities that can go a long way when facing modern sides who can be cavalier in their approach.

No Fulham fan will need reminding of Hodgson’s miracles by the river Thames. Fulham were down among the dead men when he was appointed to replace a desperately out of his depth Lawrie Sanchez – but Hodgson was regarded as yesterday’s man even then. One young journalist even asked his colleagues who Hodgson was following Fulham’s unveiling – presumably having only been brought up on a surfeit of Premier League football. The Whites’ great escape in 2008 was the stuff of legend – spurred on by a win at Manchester City from 2-0 down when relegation seemed a formality, Fulham went on to beat Birmingham and home and then survive courtesy of Danny Murphy’s header at Portsmouth.

Hodgson was mocked for paying big money to bring in Bobby Zamora and John Pantsil from West Ham, but the following season brought a seventh place finish, with wins over Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United, and a place in the Europa League, which initially appeared a distraction with its summer start. It soon became anything but. Progression through the group stages with a memorable victory in Basel seemed a real achievement, but the journey was just getting started. Fulham disposed of the holders Shakhtar Donestsk, before overturning a three goal deficit to knock out Juventus – with Chris Baird and Dickson Etuhu in central midfield – and toppling Wolfsburg and Hamburg to reach the final against the might of Atletico Madrid. His side, with no stars and a work ethic that made light of their 60 game season, were only beaten with three minutes of extra time remaining by opponents who could count David de Gea, Raul Garcia, Diego Forlan and Sergio Aguero amongst their number. His fellow coaches voted him the LMA’s manager of the year by a landslide margin never seen since.

Hodgson’s achievements on the continent are less well-known but worth recalling given that his longevity in the game is now being used against him. He won a total of eight Swedish titles with Halmstads and Malmo in a period where he was crediting with reinventing the domestic game, reached a UEFA Cup final with Inter Milan and won the Danish double whilst coaching FC Copenhagen. Nobody in Scandinavia would hear a word said against Hodgson either. He was ‘knighted’ for his services to Finnish football after he stupendously almost guided the national side to Euro 2008.

There is plenty to be said about the process that led Crystal Palace to appoint de Boer and the shoddy nature of his dismissal after just four games. Much of the media reportage following the Dutchman’s departure has focused on the fact that, with players paid north of £100,000 a week, the south London club can’t afford to drop out of the top flight. The last time they were in trouble they opted for Sam Allardyce. He spoke on Monday Night Football last night about just how difficult it is to catch up to the rest when you are marooned at the bottom. Hodgson knows just how tough the task is. He also has a track record of securing survival. Palace couldn’t have picked a better man to get themselves out of this fine mess.



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« Reply #22 on: September 13, 2017, 08:00:03 AM »
 
Ian Holloway hails QPR depth after former Leeds and Fulham man comes off the bench to score equaliser against Millwall

Speaking after the game, Holloway reflected on an action-packed 90 minutes, and says he is pleased that he now has the option to make effective substitutions to change games.

QPR manager Ian Holloway has hailed his side for fighting back to secure a 2-2 draw against Millwall.

Speaking after the game, Holloway reflected on an action-packed 90 minutes, and says he is pleased that he now has the option to make effective substitutions to change games.

He said: "It’s a very emotional game isn’t it. It’s a wonderful local derby, everything’s happening, everyone is getting stuck in, they scored a brilliant goal, a wonder goal. What a fantastic strike.

"It rocked us to the core then we didn’t quite do what we needed to do, and then in the second half when we looked like we were going to, and then we let another one in against 10 men.

"Normally QPR would fold but I’m really pleased that we kept solid and understood where the spare man was. We didn’t just launch it even when Smithy’s come on, how many saves has their keeper made? I’ll have to have a look at it. Unbelievable.

"We hit the bar twice and we could have had a hat-full. I’m saying, we understood where the spare man was, we worked it to the spare man with the right balance and then we’ve put it in the box and our bench is so strong these days that I can cause anybody problems.

"So if it’s not working, keep believing, keep going and i’ll make some changes and hopefully we’ll have a chance in every game."



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« Reply #23 on: September 13, 2017, 08:02:23 AM »
 
Jackson Irvine says it's now time for Hull City to stand up and be counted

The Tigers are aiming to bounce back from their humbling defeat at Derby County

 Jackson Irvine believes Hull City ’s trip to Fulham provides an early test of character as a new-look squad aims to quickly banish the memories of their Derby County horror show.

City return to action at Craven Cottage tonight in need of a lift after seeing their campaign suffer a shuddering setback when soundly beaten 5-0 at Pride Park last time out.

A third defeat in four games leaves head coach Leonid Slutsky targeting immediate improvements and Irvine wants to help inspire a timely reaction in the capital.

“It’s important to see how we bounce back from a result like that, to see the character we’ve got in the squad,” said Irvine, who is in contention to make his full City debut tonight.

“We just have to learn from it very quickly and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“It’s also important in these periods because these short burst of games between international windows leading up to Christmas can be very important to your season.

“You’d rather have the points sooner rather than later so if we can get points on the board now it stands us in good stead for later in the year. All it takes is a run of six and seven games and you can fly up the league, even less than that sometimes.

“That was only our first game with the full set of players we’re going to have until January and the more time we spend together, the more we’ll gel. That’s the beauty of the Championship, that turnaround to put things right very quickly.”

Five nights after a humbling loss at Derby, City face another tough assignment away to a Fulham side that finished in the Championship play-offs last season.

“We’ve had a discussion about the game and we’ll just look to move on from it as quickly as possible,” said Irvine.

“I remember last season Huddersfield got beat 5-0 at one point (away to Fulham) and Reading got beat 7-1 (at Norwich) at another point. Sometimes these results happen when you want to play expansive, attacking football.

“Every team in the Championship possesses the quality to punish you on the day. Hopefully we’ll do that to plenty of other teams this season.”

Irvine, signed from Burton two weeks ago in a £2m deal, made his first appearance for City when coming off the bench for the final 20 minutes at Pride Park.

The Australian was unable to salvage a lost cause with the Tigers already trailing 5-0 but tonight he is being considered for a first start in City’s midfield as Slutsky considers changes.

“It wasn’t the ideal situation to play your first game but football very rarely goes to plan,” said Irvine, who scored in Burton’s 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage last season.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had a positive result on my debuts for any of my clubs so hopefully we can change things around. Fulham will be another tough game for us.”



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« Reply #24 on: September 13, 2017, 08:04:07 AM »
 
Leonid Slutsky urges his Hull City side to embrace "serious pressure" at Fulham

Tigers search for capital gains after losing 5-0 at Derby County last time out

A year ago this week Leonid Slutsky was preparing for the start of another Champions League campaign with CSKA Moscow, joining a group where he would his pit his tactical wits against Tottenham, Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen.

Tonight’s trip to Fulham in the Championship is a much less glamorous challenge for the Russian but Hull City’s 5-0 defeat at Derby County last Friday ensures his managerial skills are left to face another big test.

In only his sixth league game in charge of the Tigers, Slutsky was forced to digest the heaviest loss of his professional coaching career at Pride Park. Apologies were made to supporters and promises were made that lessons would quickly be learned.

Slutsky’s honesty and charm continues to see him command the universal backing of supporters but he knows the importance of bouncing back in the capital this evening.

“The match against Fulham is not only a match, it’s a big test of our character and our willpower,” Slutsky said ahead of leading his City troops to West London this evening.

“It’s a key moment in this situation and we must show a reaction after an unbelievable defeat against Derby.

“It’s a serious pressure, of course, because everybody understands that we must recover quickly in a short time.

“It’s a serious pressure for each player, staff, the head coach and the supporters. It’s a very difficult moment in the building of a new team.”

After the opening month had concluded with an emphatic victory over Bolton Wanderers and then brought the recruitment of new boys Jackson Irvine, Nouha Dicko and Fakayo Tomori, a cautious optimism has soon been diluted by Friday’s defeat at Derby.

A third defeat of the Championship season was the most dispiriting day of Slutksy’s short reign and also suggested City remain a work in progress following a turbulent summer.

Slutsky will consider changes, such as starts in midfield for David Meyler and Irvine and a potential recall for Fraizer Campbell, but he wants to see a reaction carried from the training ground to Craven Cottage.

“In training always everything is good,” said Slutsky. “I didn’t see any problems in training sessions because each player is very professional and training very hard in each training session.

“I couldn’t understand our problems because each training session I didn’t have a problem with the players.

“It’s a very unpredictable situation. Maybe it’s better because we don’t have a time to think more about the situation or maybe it will be bad because we don’t have time to change some things.”

Slutsky afforded himself no time for self-pity over the weekend, heading straight to the capital from Derby to witness Fulham’s 1-1 draw at home to Cardiff.

A third home game without a win leaves the Cottagers level-pegging with City ahead of tonight’s meeting, with both teams in need of a victory to kick-start their season.

“I went a lot of times last season and I watched the game against Cardiff on Saturday,” added Slutsky, who lived in London after leaving CSKA Moscow last December.

“Fulham are more dangerous now in the counter attack, rather than the possession attack but the class of their players they can play in all kinds of situations. Last season their quality of game, they were the best in the Championship.”



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« Reply #25 on: September 13, 2017, 08:06:22 AM »
 
Patience required as Slutsky looks for the right solutions

AFTER a night as chastening as last Friday, Hull City could be forgiven for looking at tonight’s assignment in the capital with some trepidation.

Fulham, joint favourites for promotion alongside Aston Villa before a ball was kicked in anger this season, may have had a slow start but there is no doubting the attacking armoury at Slavisa Jokanovic’s disposal.

The Londoners were the joint top scorers in last season’s Championship, meaning a defence that was cut open almost at will in the 5-0 hammering at Derby County will have to be on its guard. Slutsky’s task since that embarrassing loss has been to lift spirits and instil some pride back in a group of players who left the field at Pride Park shell-shocked. “It was very difficult to explain my emotions on Friday night,” said the Hull head coach ahead of taking on a Fulham side who have lost just one and drawn four of their half dozen league games this season. “No-one believes in our team but I must change that situation. “If I am speaking only about problems, that is not a good position. I must solve our problems.

“My target now is to change this situation. We need patience but we don’t have too much time. We have to bounce back in our next match.” Hull were beaten 4-1 at Craven Cottage in the FA Cup last season but tonight’s likely XI will be very different to the one fielded by Marco Silva with only Evandro and David Meyler of the 14 players on duty that January afternoon still at the club. Jon Toral is one of those who arrived during the summer window to replace the host of big name departures and he admits there must be a response to that sorry loss at Derby in what was his full debut for the Tigers. “It was a bad result on Friday,” he said. “We need to react quickly in the Fulham game. We need to be ready to put it right. “Our heads went down after the penalty (missed by Seb Larsson at 1-0). We have to react better and keep ourselves in the game. “The team and staff have been fantastic with me and I am very grateful for that. I am looking forward to putting the Derby game aside and kicking on. We have to look to Fulham and be ready.” Evandro and Fraizer Campbell will be assessed after recovering from injury as Hull look to claim a first away win in the league this season at the fourth attempt.

Last six games: Fulham DDLLWD, Hull City WLLLWL.
Referee: T Robinson (West Sussex).
Last time: Fulham 4 Hull City 1; January 29, 2017; FA Cup.




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« Reply #26 on: September 13, 2017, 10:11:17 AM »
 
Fulham v Hull City: Patience required as Slutsky looks to find right solutions for Tigers

AFTER a night as chastening as last Friday, Hull City could be forgiven for looking at tonight’s assignment in the capital with some trepidation....

Fulham, joint favourites for promotion alongside Aston Villa before a ball was kicked in anger this season, may have had a slow start but there is no doubting the attacking armoury at Slavisa Jokanovic’s disposal.

The Londoners were the joint top scorers in last season’s Championship, meaning a defence that was cut open almost at will in the 5-0 hammering at Derby County will have to be on its guard.

Slutsky’s task since that embarrassing loss has been to lift spirits and instil some pride back in a group of players who left the field at Pride Park shell-shocked.

“It was very difficult to explain my emotions on Friday night,” said the Hull head coach ahead of taking on a Fulham side who have lost just one and drawn four of their half dozen league games this season. “No-one believes in our team but I must change that situation.

“If I am speaking only about problems, that is not a good position. I must solve our problems.

“My target now is to change this situation. We need patience but we don’t have too much time. We have to bounce back in our next match.”

Hull were beaten 4-1 at Craven Cottage in the FA Cup last season but tonight’s likely XI will be very different to the one fielded by Marco Silva with only Evandro and David Meyler of the 14 players on duty that January afternoon still at the club.

Jon Toral is one of those who arrived during the summer window to replace the host of big name departures and he admits there must be a response to that sorry loss at Derby in what was his full debut for the Tigers.

“It was a bad result on Friday,” he said. “We need to react quickly in the Fulham game. We need to be ready to put it right.

“Our heads went down after the penalty (missed by Seb Larsson at 1-0). We have to react better and keep ourselves in the game.

“The team and staff have been fantastic with me and I am very grateful for that. I am looking forward to putting the Derby game aside and kicking on. We have to look to Fulham and be ready.”

Evandro and Fraizer Campbell will be assessed after recovering from injury as Hull look to claim a first away win in the league this season at the fourth attempt.

Last six games: Fulham DDLLWD, Hull City WLLLWL.

Referee: T Robinson (West Sussex).

Last time: Fulham 4 Hull City 1; January 29, 2017; FA Cup.



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« Reply #27 on: September 13, 2017, 10:13:05 AM »
 
Did You Know: Fulham (a)

Get to know our next Sky Bet Championship opponents - Fulham - a little better, with six facts you may not have known about the Cottagers.

1 The Club was born when a school teacher and churchwarden formed a team for local boys at Fulham St Andrew’s Church in 1879. Although cricket initially took the priority, seven years later, the team won their first silverware, the West London Amateur Cup, beating St Matthew's 2-1 in the Final.

2 Fulham’s first recorded all-white kit came in 1903, and ever since then the Club has played in all-white shirts and black shorts, with socks going through various evolutions of black and/or white.

3 The first England international to play for the Club was Albert Wilkes, who joined from Aston Villa in 1907 after winning five caps. It wasn’t until 1922 when a Fulham player played for England: Frank Osborne against Ireland in October.

4 The Fulham mascot is Billy the Badger, who was the winning design sent in by Kyle Jackson after an online competition run by the club. Billy the Badger wears the number 79 Fulham shirt, in reference to the club's year of founding (1879).

5 Fulham are a member of the European Club Association having qualified three times for European Competition - qualifying for the Intertoto Cup and the Europa League (twice) - and have never lost a home game in European competitions.

6 Sean Davis is the only player to have represented Fulham in all four divisions.



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Category One Status Retained

The Club is pleased to announce that our Academy has retained its Category One status.

Under the Elite Player Performance Plan, Fulham has held the highest possible status since its introduction in the summer of 2012, and will now continue to enjoy the benefits that come with it.

“It’s really important for a club for our size and standing, to be competing with the best clubs’ youth development in the country,” commented Academy Director Huw Jennings.

“We’re very proud of our Academy and we are delighted to have received further affirmation of our work.”


The Club recently built an indoor facility at our Motspur Park Training Ground as part of a redevelopment project funded entirely by Chairman Shahid Khan, and have further invested by purchasing the land adjacent that was previously owned by the BBC.

“The other thing that is critical to us is the demonstration of the fantastic support we have had from the ownership and the executive of the Club,” Jennings added.

“They have backed the programme with a massive injection of cash into our facility development both last season and also for the long term future with the acquisition of the former BBC ground.

“When the rules relating to facilities changed, we knew that it was going to be a very tall order to first of all gain the planning consent, to build the new facilities, and to get them completed in time to the satisfaction of the Category One auditors.

“We managed to achieve both and I think that’s attributed to a fantastic team effort. I should absolutely compliment [Chief Operating Officer] Darren Preston and his team, the facilities development programme was an outstanding achievement.

“The best thing for me about the facility development is that absolutely everyone at the Club and within our local community benefits.”

The Club recently built an indoor facility at our Motspur Park Training Ground as part of a redevelopment project funded entirely by Chairman Shahid Khan, and have further invested by purchasing the land adjacent that was previously owned by the BBC.

“The other thing that is critical to us is the demonstration of the fantastic support we have had from the ownership and the executive of the Club,” Jennings added.

“They have backed the programme with a massive injection of cash into our facility development both last season and also for the long term future with the acquisition of the former BBC ground.

“When the rules relating to facilities changed, we knew that it was going to be a very tall order to first of all gain the planning consent, to build the new facilities, and to get them completed in time to the satisfaction of the Category One auditors.

“We managed to achieve both and I think that’s attributed to a fantastic team effort. I should absolutely compliment [Chief Operating Officer] Darren Preston and his team, the facilities development programme was an outstanding achievement.

“The best thing for me about the facility development is that absolutely everyone at the Club and within our local community benefits.”


Asked about the role high-class facilities play in bringing through and developing players, Jennings responded: “No-one should anticipate that having a good Academy is because you have good facilities.

“You need to have a culture and environment that enables the best young players to develop and reach their full potential.

“If you look at the quality of facilities available throughout academy football, then you clearly have to be aspiring to have the best available for your own programme.

“Almost without exception people comment on the warmth of the welcome when they come to Fulham, and that starts with the reception team and goes all the way through to every member of staff who works at the Club.

“That more than anything means a huge amount to me and my team in the Academy, that the Club is fully supportive of the Academy programme.

“There is no doubt that when you build and develop facilities, and when you demonstrate you want to move the Academy forward, that is attractive for players to join the Club and, frankly, also for players to stay at the Club.

“Those things are critical to success, and in any industry you need to be demonstrating that you are moving forward and aspiring to develop your programme to be the best you can be, and we are no different.”



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« Reply #29 on: September 13, 2017, 01:02:16 PM »
 
Our Character Faces A Serious Test Now - Slutsky

Head Coach Leonid Slutsky knows his players will face a serious test of their character when they take on Fulham at Craven Cottage tonight (KO 7.45pm).

The Tigers are still licking their wounds after a 5-0 drubbing at Derby last Friday and will be looking to bounce back against the Cottagers, with Slutsky admitting the side owe their travelling fans a performance.

"This isn't just a match for us now, it is a big test for our character and for our willpower," said Slutsky.

"It is a key moment in this season and we must show a reaction after what happened at Derby and that unbelievable defeat.

"It is a serious pressure now because everybody understands that we must recover quickly from what happened. The pressure is for the players, for the staff and for the Head Coach after a difficult moment in building a new team.

"Maybe it is better that we have this midweek game because it means there isn't as much time to think about what happened at Derby, but it also means we haven't had as much time to change some things because really we want to change some very important things in the team.

"It is important that we give the travelling fans a good performance. We still apologise to those that went to Derby. We know that a Wednesday night is not the best time for fans to be travelling to a game in London, but we hope that the fans that do go to the game will be right behind the team as the support is very important to us."

Slutsky's men will come up against a Fulham side that has matched the Tigers' points tally for the season so far and the Russian is expecting a tough evening at a ground he knows well.

"I think they have changed their model a little bit since last season," added Slutsky.

"They have very fast players in attack and are very dangerous on the counter-attack. However, they don't just rely on this and the class of player they have means they are good at many different systems.

"For quality, I think Fulham were the best team in the Championship last season and they are a very dangerous side.

"I have been to Craven Cottage many times and I was there at the weekend to watch Fulham's match against Cardiff."



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