It’s time to grab your parka, Parker

It’s very rare that I take to blogging, my forte is running Forums, however, after that pathetic performance against Barnsley today, I thought I’d give it go.

When Parker was appointed full time coach, I was slightly sceptical, and after our car-crash of a season in the Premier League, I honestly thought we’d go for a bit more experience.

Don’t get me wrong, experience doesn’t always gain you success, especially in football, but, when the owners stated that promotion was the target this season, I was once again very sceptical.

I’ve nothing personal against Parker, I’m sure he will make a good coach someday, but, with such high expectations form the owners, was it really a good idea to place this responsibility in his hands?

If Fulham were planning on spending a couple of season in the Championship, and harbouring Parker whilst he learnt his trade, then fair enough, but that isn’t the case.

I can see what the owners have tried to do, they’ve tried to build a strong team around Parker, by keeping the likes of Mitrovic, Cairney, and adding the like Cavalerio, Knockhaert, Reid etc, in the hope that quality would see us though, but, it’s not panning out that way.

Unfortunately, we all know, that you can buy a Ferrari, but if you can’t drive it properly, then you’re not going to get the best out of it, and that is the case this season.

I look at our current squad, and I see an abundance talent there, enough to be challenging for the top two spots, and blowing some teams away whilst we do it.

Frustratingly, and even though we do go on a run of unbeaten games, the team always looks disjointed, and for the quality we have up front, we always lack a cutting edge.

If it wasn’t for Mitrovic and his 20 goals so far, I’d hate to think where we’d actually be in the league, certainly not where we are today.

For me, Parker doesn’t get the best out the squad he has, we always look disjointed, players seem to play out of their preferred positions, and we play a system where Mitrovic is constantly isolated.

On top of this, we don’t press teams enough, we play the short pass all the time, knocking it around the back, and inviting pressure on to us, which leads to mistakes.

When we do attack, the process seems so slow, we don’t utilise the channels very well, opting for inverted wingers, and by the time we do attack, other teams have nullified us.

Parkers ability to also change games also frustrates me, his subs seem odd, and we have an inability to use a plan B if teams come and work us out early.

All in all, this seems a carbon copy of what WBA went through with Darren Moore, and, although we sit third in the Championship, I feel it’s a very false position, and if we are not careful with our up and coming run of games, we could find ourselves slipping out of the playoff positions.

I was never a fan of Parker when he was appointed, nor do I have any emotional attachment to him as a player, or a coach, but I do find his style of football boring, drab, slow, uncreative, and something that doesn’t excite me like it did with Jokanovic.

The Millwall and Barnsley games were a reflection of this, with Fulham not even testing the Millwall goalkeeper after Mitrovic’s 3rd minute goal, and Barnsley today, bottom of the Championship, totally outplaying us at home.

Will the owners dare sack Parker whilst we’re sitting in 3rd position? Highly unlikely, however, I don’t see Parker getting us promoted automatically, or through the playoffs, so I’d take a gamble on someone else, in the hope they can improve things over the final stretch of 13 games.

With the likes of Derby, Forest, Leeds, WBA, Brentford all to come, we could do with all the experience we can get.

Verdict: It’s time for Parker to grab his parka.

Games for the Weekend 15/02

This Saturday we invite Barnsley to the Cottage

Fulham v Barnsley

Well the mid-week game didn’t go quite as planned, at least we didn’t loose and Mitro scored his 21st, so not all bad?

I worry that not taking the chance to gain the automatic promotion place will come back to haunt us, it’s so close at the top of the league and it would have been boost for us and a dent to Leeds’ confidence slipping out of the top two, still there’s always the next game!

“in theory” we should be comfortable this game however, thats what I thought the first game of the season when Barnsley scored their only win over us, we’ve won the 4 other games against them.


Games of Interest…

Saturday 15th
West Brom v Nottm Forest
Charlton v Blackburn
Fulham v Barnsley
Leeds v Bristol City
Preston NE v Millwall
QPR v Stoke

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Games for mid-week 02/02

We make the short across South London to the New Den to take on Millwall at their place.

Millwall v Fulham

We enjoyed our trip to Blackburn, wasn’t that the first time we’ve won there since the early eighties? Isn’t good that Mitro’s back, that was number 20 in the league, he must be a good bet for 30 for the season?
So we’re currently only outside the automatic promotion positions on goal difference, who’d have guessed that back in November?
It’s funny if results go “our way” we could be in 2nd, if they don’t we could be 5th, Tuesday evenings Brentford v Leeds and Forest v Charlton will be results to keep an eye on!

Millwall’s gave West Brom a good game on Sunday even though they lost, by all accounts the pitch wasn’t very good so that might be a leveller?

We’ve a reasonable record against Millwall, the game earlier this season we played the best football I’ve seen in quite some time, with 4 wins and a loss and a draw. If we come close to replicating the form we had in the earlier game and/or of the game in our promotion season then we should have an enjoyable evening, regardless of the result I’m sure it’ll be a good game.


Games of Interest…

Tuesday 11th
Brentford v Leeds
Nottm Forest v Charlton
Swansea v QPR

Wednesday 12th
Bristol City v Derby
Millwall v Fulham
Reading v West Brom
Stoke v Preston NE

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Games for the Weekend 08/02

We’re on our travels again, this weekend were off to Blackburn Rovers.

Blackburn Rovers v Fulham

Well we hung-on after a fantastic start on Saturday, those first 30-35 minutes were some of the best I’ve seen at the Cottage this season, the second half we managed to hang-on, at some points in this season we wouldn’t have.
Really good news that both Mitro and AK47 were back for the game and with Bobby Decordova-Reid scoring one of the best goals I’ve seen for some time, things look better on the attacking front.
As for defence the addition of Michael Hector has made a “chalk and cheese” difference to the back four, if only he could have started at the beginning of the season.

Blackburn are on a bit of a run themselves, they drew with Middlesborough at the weekend, beat QPR at home, beat Wednesday 0-5 away and drew with Preston NE.
Our results against Rovers is quite even with 5 wins, 8 loses and 6 draws so if history is anything to go by it’ll be a close game.


Games of Interest…

Friday 7th
Bristol City v Birmingham City

Saturday 8th
Wigan v Preston NE
Blackburn v Fulham
Brentford v Middlesbrough
Huddersfield v QPR
Stoke v Charlton
Nottm Forest v Leeds

Sunday 9th
Millwall v West Brom

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Games for the Weekend 01/02

Back to the Cottage this weekend when we welcome Huddersfield Town.

Fulham v Huddersfield

So now that our FA Cup adventure came to a shuddering halt last weekend we’re back to concentrating on the league.
apparently there’s an outside chance that either of Mitro’ and AK47 could be back in contention for this game, fingers crossed.

Tuesday evening Huddersfield had a 1-2 away injury time win against Hull and a creditable 0-0 home draw against our neighbours Brentford, so they’re in a reasonable run of form.

The good news for us is that we have a good history against Huddersfield with having lost only once against six wins and 2 draws.


Games of Interest…

Friday 31st
Cardiff v Reading
Derby v Stoke

Saturday 1st
Hull v Brentford
Birmingham City v Nottm Forest
Charlton v Barnsley
Fulham v Huddersfield
Leeds v Wigan
Preston NE v Swansea
QPR v Bristol City
Sheff Wed v Millwall
West Brom v Luton

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Games for the Weekend (FA Cup) 25/01

Our FA Cup adventure continues at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester City.

Man City v Fulham (FA Cup)

well this weekend we get to play Man City at their place, unfortunately we’ll be without Mitro, AK47 and Knockaert, still its the cup, 11 v 11 and anything can happen, just ask Sutton Utd, Shrewsbury Town, Hereford or Luton.


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Games for mid-week 22/01

Our rearranged game away to Charlton takes place on Wednesday evening over at the Valley

Charlton v Fulham

Although Charlton lost away to Preston NE at the weekend they had a very creditable draw against the league leaders, West Brom, the game before. They’ve also got a young manager in Lee Bowyer, it should be an interesting game “tactically” between these two managers.
Charlton have lost a couple of their loan signings, Beram Kayal went back to his parent club Brighton and Conor Gallagher switched to Swansea for the rest of the season.

Unfortunately we’ll still be without Mitro, and AK47?, so the attack will have something of a makeshift look about it, having said that Knockaert, De Cordova-Reid and Cavaleiro isn’t too bad of a front three is it.
Hector has slotted into the back four really well, I wonder what position we’d be if he’d been able to start at the beginning of the season?

We have a reasonable record against Charlton, 5 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss.


Games of Interest…

Tuesday 21st
Barnsley v Preston NE

Wednesday 22nd
Charlton v Fulham
Nottm Forest v Reading

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Games for the Week-end 17/01

Another evening kick-off at the Cottage, this time we face Jonathan Woodgate’s Middlesborough.

Fulham v Middlesborough

After an unexpected? win away to Hull last time the only fly in the ointment was Mitro’s injury, hopefully its not as serious as it looked.
Cavalerio scored another worldy, and I can’t help thinking that signing him on a permanent deal must have been done to free up a loan slot? good signing though and I wonder if Arter and Knockheart will follow.

Middlesborough are on a bit of a run, drawing with Spurs and Derby and beating both West Brom and Preston NE.
Tuesday evenings FA Cup replay against Spurs ended up a close game with ‘borough fighting back in the second half and only loosing 2-1 so they’ll be raring to go Friday evening.

Things are pretty even between us and ‘borough, we’ve won 6, lost 5 and drawn 4.


Games of Interest…

Friday 17th
Fulham v Middlesborough

Saturday 18th
QPR v Leeds
Huddersfield v Brentford
Millwall v Reading
Preston NE v Charlton
Swansea v Wigan

Sunday 19th
Nottm Forest v Luton

Monday 20th
West Brom v Stoke

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Games for the Weekend 11/01

Back to the league this weekend with an away trip to Hull City

Hull City v Fulham

So after an enjoyable cup game we’re back to the Championship and an away trip to Hull, Jimmy Bullard thinks they are a bigger club than Fulham, not that I’m still bitter.
Hull also had a win, they beat Rotherham 2-3.

Mitro will defiantly start after his weekend off, I think that Arter’s substitute appearance and wonder-goal will get him a start, I also think we’ll see AK at some point. I’ve an idea that we’ll see Hector get his first “league” start, it will be interesting to see if Mawson or Ream makes way.

We’ve not had much success against Hull with 7 losses, including a 6-0 thumping and also 0-3 last time at our place!, 3 wins and 2 draws, time to start changing those stats in our favour.


Games for the Weekend…

Saturday 11th
Brentford v QPR
Charlton v West Brom
Hull v Fulham
Leeds v Sheff Wed
Reading v Nottm Forest
Stoke v Millwall

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Games for the Weekend 04/01

FA Cup this weekend and we welcome Aston Villa to the Cottage

Fulham v Aston Villa FA Cup

So we have a break from the league this weekend to take part in the FA Cup.
I would imagine that Villa will be looking to get a little revenge for the play off final but to be honest I can’t see either team too bothered about a cup run, I’m sure both would see it as a distraction.


Games of Interest…

Saturday 4th
Bristol City v Shrewsbury Town
Millwall v Newport County
Rochdale v Hull
Fulham v Aston Villa
Watford v Tranmere Rovers
Fleetwood Town v Portsmouth
Man City v Port Vale

Sunday 5th
Crewe v Barnsley
Sheff Utd v AFC Fylde

Monday 6th
Arsenal v Leeds

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