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Title: Friday Fulham Stuff (02/12/11)...
Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 07:25:29 AM
 
Centre Half Chase?

Keen to shape the squad into his own and having already spoken about how the starting eleven is basically what he inherited; does Jol have his eyes on another centre back?

One news source is convinced he does with the Benfica centre back Mario Jardel the man in his sights.

Jardel, now twenty-five, is currently unable to make the first team at the Portuguese club and the news source suggests a loan deal, in January, or a cut price transfer could very well be on the cards.

Anther rumour we suggest that you might want to pay close attention to!



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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 07:26:18 AM
 
Zamora Boost

There`s a claim amongst the hidden agenda many tabloid papers have that infers that Bobby Zamora may have a problem when it comes to making the England 2012 Euro Finals squad.

With Fulham having started their season so early, courtesy of the Europa League qualification campaign, the word fatigue seems to be thrown into the equation when Bobby is talked about.

The claim has seen Martin Jol spring to his strikers defence pointing out that Bobby is often rested and that he is the best of his type in the English game, with Jol remarking in the media,

"We feel we have a situation where we have players that can replace him if it is getting a problem."

"I think he has a good rhythm now and if there is a physical problem, he will tell me. We will make an assessment and I feel Bobby is a typical number nine for us,"

"He is different playing for England and, while you can always pick up an injury, I feel he has a great chance of going to the European Championship."

"Bobby is a target man and holds up the ball very well. He`s probably the best in England or one of the best."

"The only thing you hope for is by the end of the season he gets an average of 10 or 12 goals and I am 100 per cent certain he will."

Bobby for England still has a nice ring to it don`t you think!



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Title: Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (02/12/11)...
Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 07:27:11 AM
 
Nothing Has Changed?

As we prepare to continue our Europa League campaign with a fixture against Twente tonight, Martin Jol has come up with an interesting comment in the tabloid press.

The Dutchman, returning to home soil, has commented on how when he took over the managerial role, back in the summer, had a few words with Mr Al Fayed concerning the squad he had inherited, words that have re0surfaced this morning and words that read,

"When I first spoke to the chairman, I said we have the oldest team in the top flight."

"We`ve since offloaded eight or nine players who were on the bench all the time and we`ve lowered the average age."

"But my line-up is not much different from last season. This could be my toughest challenge."

All fair points but some might say that those Jol has brought in have done nothing with regards to making first team places their own!



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Title: Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (02/12/11)...
Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 07:28:02 AM
 
Striker Hunt

Back in those days when the sun shone, namely the August transfer window, Fulham, according to the press, made a last-gasp move to lure a striker to Craven Cottage.

Those same press reports indicate the move fell through but is about to be resurrected with Martin Jol keen to bring the twenty-five year old Marseille striker, Andre-Pierre Gignac, to Craven Cottage this January.

Gignac has fallen out of favour at Marseille and Jol is keen to bolster a squad that can, at times, be considered a little thin on the ground. But, naturally, Fulham do have competition with Wolfsburg also interested.

One to keep an eye on though we think!



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Title: Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (02/12/11)...
Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 07:33:44 AM
 
FC Twente 1 Fulham 0: Cottagers' Euro hopes hit by late Janko strike

Fulham must win their final group game to guarantee a place in the last 32 of the Europa League without their leading goalscorer in Europe, Andrew Johnson.

An 89th-minute goal from FC Twente substitute Marc Janko ended the club’s hard-fought bid to earn a draw in Holland and Johnson was sent off three minutes later.

The striker has often been Fulham’s saviour in the competition this season, scoring eight goals, but two second-half bookings earned him a red card in stoppage time.

The second - for kicking the ball away after conceding a free-kick - was a particularly silly offence, but Fulham boss Martin Jol insisted he had no problem with Johnson’s attitude. The 30-year-old will be suspended for the clash against Odense at Craven Cottage on December 14, which does little to help his chances of earning a new contract before his deal expires at the end of the season.

Jol said: ‘It was probably not what you want, a player sent off in the final minutes. You need all your players, especially Andy Johnson. But he did a good job. There was no complaint with his attitude. ‘We knew we’d have to win the last game anyway, but the goal was disappointing.’

The night began with a farewell ceremony for Bryan Ruiz, who was ineligible to play after leaving Twente for Fulham on transfer deadline day. He travelled to Holland, but looked slightly embarrassed as Twente fans serenaded him and waved ‘Bye Bye Bryan’ scarves. He has made an inauspicious start at Fulham, but perhaps it showed the 1,300 fans here why their club spent £10.7m on him.

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Tough time: Fulham coach Martin Jol

Mark Schwarzer made a couple of early saves from Nacer Chadli - another linked with Fulham during the summer - as the Premier League side struggled to win and maintain possession. Johnson switched with Moussa Dembele, who began on the left, and the powerful Belgian caused problems, but Twente’s Douglas largely shackled Bobby Zamora.

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Heartbreak: Fulham conceded a late winner

Twente had already qualified for the knockout stages but looked more intent on winning, with Fulham happy to sit back and absorb pressure.

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Rare chance: Andy Johnson is thwarted by Nikolay Mihailov

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Battle: Leroy Fer of Twente Enschede challenges Dickson Etuhu

The introduction of Ola John - younger brother of former Fulham striker Collins - at half-time seemed to invigorate Twente. Emir Bajrami fired wide before Luuk de Jong missed the target from a John cross after 69 minutes.

Zamora rolled the ball wide from a Danny Murphy free-kick two minutes later, and Janko broke the deadlock in the 89th minute when he nipped in front of Aaron Hughes and Brede Hangeland - who appeared to be trying to play offside - and steered Roberto Rosales’ cross past Schwarzer.

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Close encounter: Moussa Dembele goes up with FC Twente's Douglas

MATCH FACTS
FC Twente: Mihailov, Rosales, Wisgerhof, Douglas, Tiendalli, Brama, Fer, Landzaat (John 46), Bajrami, de Jong, Chadli (Janko 79). Subs not used: Marsman, Cornelisse, Bengtsson, Buysse, Gouriye.
Goal: Janko 89.
Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Dembele (Kasami 83), Etuhu, Murphy, Duff (Frei 33), Johnson, Zamora (Orlando Sa 87). Subs not used: Etheridge, Senderos, Gecov, Briggs.
Booked: Johnson.
Sent off: Johnson.
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (Cro)
Attendance: 21,000.


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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 07:36:20 AM
 
Fulham downed in Enschede
Marc Janko came off the bench to score for Twente


Fulham's chances of qualification to the last 32 of the Europa League hang in the balance after their last-gasp 1-0 defeat to Twente in the Netherlands on Thursday.

A late Marc Janko strike condemned the Cottagers to the loss in their penultimate Group K game, keeping them in second place on seven points but just one ahead of Wisla Krakow, who won 2-1 at Odense.

Things went from bad to worse for Fulham in injury time when Andy Johnson was sent off for a second yellow card, meaning that he will miss the all-important final group match with Odense which the London team need to win to be sure of qualification to the knockout stages.

First-half stalemate

Martin Jol's side struggled against the club he played for between 1979 and 1982, failing to muster a single shot in a first half that Twente dominated.

Nacer Chadli had the first shot of the match after 13 minutes with a drive that Mark Schwarzer saved down to his right.

The reported Fulham target tested the Australia international again moments later, before Leroy Fer unleashed a fierce shot from the edge of the box that Schwarzer did well to stop.

While the west Londoners were looking organised at the back, they were struggling to find a rhythm and get the ball out of their half.

Fulham were forced to alter their flat-looking attack in the 34th minute when Damien Duff was forced off with a knock.

Kerim Frei replaced the Republic of Ireland international and the visitors soon eked out their first chance, with Johnson thwarted by the onrushing Nikolay Mihaylov when through on goal.

The visitors started the second period brightly and six minutes after the restart Kelly's cross was headed wide by Johnson under pressure from Peter Wisgerhof.

Twente were also attacking with intent and brought on Ola John to help utilise the space down the flanks.

End-to-end action
The 19-year-old was proving dangerous down the left as Twente began to assert their authority once more, with Emir Bajrami shooting just wide from 25 yards.

Chadli and Douglas both attempted long-range efforts with the latter coming close before Johnson wriggled free in the box at the other end only to snatch at the ball and shoot across the face of goal.

Play was starting to sway from end to end and, after a Frei cross caused trouble in the Twente box, Luuk de Jong wasted a gilt-edged chance to break the deadlock as he headed wide from six yards.

Both sides were looking dangerous going forward and Bobby Zamora was unfortunate to direct a well-worked Danny Murphy free-kick wide in the 71st minute.

Fulham pushed forward in numbers as rain began to pour down in a final 10 minutes that saw Dembele limp off.

Things got worse for the visitors when neat play from Twente saw Janko turn home Roberto Rosales' cross.

The goal two minutes from time was compounded further by Johnson's sending-off in stoppage time for a second yellow card after he kicked the ball away.


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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 07:38:55 AM
 
FC Twente 1-0 Fulham

Fulham suffered a last-gasp defeat to FC Twente as they wasted the chance to make the Europa League knockout stage this evening.

The Cottagers knew three points in Holland would guarantee qualification from Group K, but they ultimately claimed none as Austrian substitute Marc Janko stabbed home from close range.

Martin Jol's side struggled against the club he played for between 1979 and 1982, failing to muster a single shot in a first half that Twente dominated.

Fulham's poor first period was compounded by an injury to Damien Duff, although the west Londoners looked a more cohesive attacking unit after the restart.

Mousa Dembele limped off as Fulham pushed forward towards the end and Janko scored two minutes from time.

The win was Twente's first against English opposition and things got worse for the Cottagers when Andrew Johnson was sent off in stoppage time, meaning he will miss the all-important final group match with Odense, which Fulham need to win to be sure of qualification for the last 32.

Jol named a strong Fulham line-up for the game as they looked to qualify with a game to spare.

Duff, Johnson, Aaron Hughes and Stephen Kelly were all drafted in, with Bryan Ruiz among those dropping out.

The Costa Rica international - a former Twente favourite - was not involved in the match due to ineligibility but was honoured before the game kicked off by the Tukkers.

Nacer Chadli had the first shot of the match after 13 minutes with a drive that Mark Schwarzer saved down to his right.

The reported Fulham target tested the Australia international again moments later, before Leroy Fer unleashed a fierce shot from the edge of the box that Schwarzer did well to stop.

While the west Londoners were looking organised at the back, they were struggling to find a rhythm and get the ball out of their half.

Fulham were forced to alter their flat-looking attack in the 34th minute when Duff was forced off with a knock.

Kerim Frei replaced the Republic of Ireland international and the visitors soon eked out their first chance, with Johnson thwarted by the onrushing Nikolay Mihaylov when through on goal.

The visitors started the second period brightly and six minutes after the restart Kelly's cross was headed wide by Johnson under pressure from Peter Wisgerhof.

Twente were also attacking with intent and brought on Ola John - brother of former Fulham striker Collins John - to help utilise the space down the flanks.

The 19-year-old was proving dangerous down the left as Twente began to assert their authority once more, with Emir Bajrami shooting just wide from 25 yards.

Chadli and Douglas both attempted long-range efforts with the latter coming close before Johnson wriggled free in the box at the other end only to snatch at the ball and shoot across the face of goal.

Play was starting to sway from end to end and, after a Frei cross caused trouble in the Twente box, Luuk de Jong wasted a gilt-edged chance to break the deadlock as he headed wide from six yards.

Both sides were looking dangerous going forward and Bobby Zamora was unfortunate to direct a well-worked Danny Murphy free-kick wide in the 71st minute.

Fulham pushed forward in numbers as rain began to pour down in a final 10 minutes that saw Dembele limp off.

Things got worse for the visitors when neat play from Twente saw Janko turn home Roberto Rosales' cross.

The goal two minutes from time was compounded further by Johnson's sending-off in stoppage time for a second yellow card after he kicked the ball away.



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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 07:40:44 AM
 
Fulham falter as Twente sew up Group K

FC Twente 1-0 Fulham FC
Marc Janko struck an 89th-minute winner as the Dutch side sealed top spot in Group K, though the 2010 finalists could join them in the last 32.

Marc Janko's last-minute winner ensured FC Twente topped Group K although Fulham FC remain well-placed to join them in the UEFA Europa League round of 32.

The hosts winless run against English opposition was set to stretch to 13 matches when Roberto Rosales whipped in a low cross that substitute Janko side-footed in from close range to move the Tukkers six points clear at the Group K summit. Martin Jol's side, who had Andrew Johnson dismissed in added time, remain second but now only hold a one-point advantage over Wisła Kraków with a home game against eliminated Odense BK to come in a fortnight.

The first half was a cagey affair, punctuated by a duel between Twente schemer Nacer Chadli and Fulham custodian Mark Schwarzer. The keeper held sway with two important saves in the opening quarter of an hour, on both occasions diving low to his right to deny the talented 22-year-old.

Ola John had set up a competition-leading four goals in the group stage before this meeting and coach Co Adriaanse sent him on at half-time in a bid to broaden his side's creativity. The switch breathed life into the hosts with John instrumental in a dominant spell, even if only Emir Bajrami's swerving drive seriously threatened the Cottagers' rearguard before the hour mark.

Jol's charges should have hit the front against the side he represented as a player when defensive confusion allowed Johnson in on Nikolay Mihaylov, but the No8 scuffed wide of the far upright. Twente went close, too, as John's teasing cross was met by De Jong glancing header; he failed to get enough purchase. Janko was less profligate, though, with Johnson picking up his second yellow card by kicking the ball away in frustration in the dying seconds.



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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 07:42:42 AM
 
Johnson sent off as Fulham are beaten

FC Twente 1 Fulham 0

Marc Janko’s 89th-minute goal left Fulham needing to win their final Group K match to be sure of a place in the knockout phase of the Europa League.

And striker Andrew Johnson will miss that game – at home to Danish outfit Odense – after being sent off in injury time in Enschede.

Fulham were on course for an important point before Roberto Rosales whipped the ball in from the right for substitute Janko to score from six yards out.

The visitors were then dealt another blow when Johnson, who had already been booked, petulantly kicked the ball away after being penalised for a foul on Ola John and was shown a second yellow card.

The Whites’ late lapse means FC Twente win the group - and that Fulham will go out if they fail to beat Odense and Wisla Krakov manage an upset against the Dutch side in a fortnight.

A point in the Netherlands would have left Fulham needing only a draw at Craven Cottage to go through.

Fulham’s line-up seemed full of attacking intent, with Johnson, Bobby Zamora and Moussa Dembele all starting.

But they spent most of the game defending, with Zamora man-marked up front and both Johnson and Demeble working hard on the flanks.

Twente, already through to the next stage, have scored 63 goals in all competitions this season but were mainly restricted to long-range efforts by Martin Jol’s men.

The dangerous Nacer Chandli was twice denied by Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, who also did well to keep out Leroy Fer’s shot.

Fulham were forced into a change 10 minutes before the interval, when Damien Duff went off after suffering an apparent recurrence of the calf injury that kept him out of Saturday’s draw at Arsenal.

The Irishman was replaced by exciting youngster Kerim Frei, who created an opening shortly after the hour mark.

Frei galloped towards the penalty area and picked out Dembele, who went down under a challenge from Wout Brama which referee Marijo Stahonja deemed fair.

Johnson then missed Fulham’s best chance of the match, dragging a shot wide after Stephen Kelly’s pass had ricocheted into his path.

Luuk de Jong was even more wasteful at the other end after being set up by John.

The younger brother of former Fulham player Collins John cut in from the left and crossed for the unmarked striker, who headed wide.

That miss was almost punished when Zamora nudged the ball narrowly wide after Danny Murphy’s cleverly-taken free-kick.

Having defended so well, Fulham switched off and Twente were able to nick a winner.

Emir Bajrami was given time to find Rosales, and Kelly allowed Janko to creep in front of him and meet the Venezuelan’s low cross with a simple finish.

Johnson’s subsequent moment of madness may yet prove costly, but Fulham remain very strong favourites to progress.



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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 07:44:03 AM
 
MONDAY RECOVERY LOOKS TOUGH FOR DUFF

Martin Jol has revealed Damien Duff is set to miss Monday night's Premier League clash with Liverpool after he limped off during Fulham's 1-0 Europa League Group K defeat to FC Twente.

The Cottagers knew three points in Holland would guarantee qualification for the last 32, but left empty-handed after substitute Marc Janko stabbed home from close range late on.

Andrew Johnson was sent off in stoppage time for a second booking, while injuries to Duff and Mousa Dembele compounded a bad evening for the west Londoners.

Clint Dempsey missed the trip to Holland with a thigh complaint but could return for Monday's clash, although Jol revealed Duff might not be able to line up alongside the American against the Reds.

"Duff has (suffered a recurrence) of the old problem with his calf injury that kept him out for two weeks," the Dutchman said.

"He came back and had the same problem, but hopefully Dembele is fine. Damien could be a doubt but I expect Mousa to play and Clint could return."

On his side's performance against one of his old clubs, Jol added: "It could have been a nice game. They have got a good team and they score goals.

"Last Sunday was the first time in a while they had not scored a goal (they drew 0-0 with Vitesse Arnhem) so it would have been only the second time in about 42 games they hadn't scored.

"That would have been good, although one point would not have been ideal.

"We need to win the last game, anyway, but the goal was disappointing.

"We did well defensively, stopping their crosses, but somebody slipped and then we speculated on the offside.

"We are normally very good at defending crosses and the problem was keeping the ball in their half. Dembele had asked for a substitution and we couldn't keep the ball in their half so they broke us and they scored."

The defeat, coupled with Wisla Krakow's win at Odense, means Fulham must beat the latter in two weeks to be sure of qualification.

Johnson's red card will see him miss that game and Jol admitted the striker's absence is far from ideal.

"It was probably not what you want, a player sent off in the final minutes out of frustration," he said.

"It was a second booking, and he knew that he was booked.

"You need all your players, especially Andy Johnson, who has scored goals in Europe.

"He did a very good job for the team. There is no complaint whatsoever with his attitude."

Dembele believes the Cottagers can overcome the disappointment of the defeat to Twente and qualify for the last 32 of the competition.

He said: "Everybody will work hard enough to win the final game. It's very important to us and I think we'll win it."

On this setback, the 24-year-old Belgian added on ESPN: "We tried to play our way and we would have been happy to take a point, but Twente had most of the game so maybe they deserved to win.

"What happened at the end is a bit disappointing for us, but we're not playing badly as a team."

This victory was Twente's first against English opposition in 13 European games and manager Co Adriaanse was proud of his team's effort.

"It was a difficult match because Fulham got back to their own game in the second half," he said.

"Twente had to be patient and maintain the tempo, but we didn't make the mistake of playing long balls and deserved the win with the late goal."



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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 07:45:13 AM
 
Late goal for Twente wrecks Fulham's night

FULHAM need a win in their final group fixture at home to Odense in a fortnight to ensure qualification for next year's knock-outs stages after a deflating night in Holland.

The Whites looked all set to collect a point, but with two minutes to go, sub Marc Janko coverted a cross and the agony was compounded when Andrew Johnson picked up a second yellow card in injury time for kicking the ball away in frustration when he was pulled up for a foul.

He will miss that game against the Danes - who at least will have nothing to play for after defeat by Wisla Krakow - but that was not the only headache for boss Martin Jol.

The gamble to rush back Damien Duff from a calf injury backfired, with the Irishman breaking down after half an hour, while Moussa Dembele also limped off.

It may not have been spectacular, but Jol's men appeared to have got the job done in Enschede - frustrating the home side for the most part, who have a fine recent home record in both domestic and European competition.

After a drab first half, the game picked up in the second half, with both sides having chances to snatch victory.

Luuk de Jong somehow headed wide from close range after being picked out by sub Ola John, the younger brother of former Fulham striker Collins John.

But at the other end, Johnson and Bobby Zamora also passed up good opportunities as the Whites sensed a late chance to secure progress to the knock-outs with a win.



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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 07:46:47 AM
 
Dembele still backs Fulham to qualify

Mousa Dembele believes Fulham can overcome the disappointment of Thursday night's Europa League defeat and qualify for the last 32 of the competition.

Marc Janko stabbed home an 89th-minute goal to give FC Twente a 1-0 win which ensures they will finish top of Group K.

However, Fulham will join them in the knockout stages if they win their final group match at home to Odense on December 14.

Dembele, 24, told ESPN: "Everybody will work hard enough to win the final game. It's very important to us and I think we'll win it.''

On their setback in Holland, the Belgian said: "We tried to play our way and we would have been happy to take a point, but Twente had most of the game so maybe they deserved to win.

"What happened at the end is a bit disappointing for us, but we're not playing badly as a team.''

Martin Jol also confirmed that midfielder Damien Duff suffered a calf injury during the match, but no news on how long the midfielder will be out for is expected until he is evaluated back in London.


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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 07:48:47 AM
 
Twente's late winner punishes Fulham as Andrew Johnson sees red

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The Twente goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov foils Fulham Andrew Johnson, who was
later sent off in the dying minute's of the Londoners' defeat.
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Fulham's hopes of qualifying for the knockout phase of the Europa League rest on their final Group K game against Odense at Craven Cottage on 14 December after suffering a last-minute defeat by Twente in their penultimate match in Enschede.

They can take some consolation, though, from the fact that qualification is in their own hands and they will secure second place in the group with a victory over the Danes who cannot go through. The manner of the defeat was not deserved but the result itself was fair given that Fulham were forced to defend en masse for large periods of the game.

Martin Jol had named a strong starting XI, knowing that victory would earn qualification with a game to spare, and recalled Damien Duff, Andrew Johnson, Aaron Hughes and Stephen Kelly to his line-up. It was his record signing, however, the cup-tied Bryan Ruiz, who stole the pre-match attention. The Costa Rica forward, who was ineligible after scoring twice for Twente in European competition in August, joined the Cottagers on transfer deadline day and was acclaimed as the returning, prodigal son. He was given a hero's welcome including gifts to reward his service at De Grolsch Veste and applauded all four sides of the stadium on his lap of honour.

After the 15-minute fanfare ended, the match began tentatively as both teams defended deeply and kept possession. Nacer Chadli had the first shot of the match after 13 minutes with a drive that Mark Schwarzer saved down to his right. The Twente winger, who is reportedly a January transfer target for Jol, tested the Australia goalkeeper again moments later, before Leroy Fer unleashed a fierce shot from the edge of the box that Schwarzer did well to stop.

While the west Londoners were looking organised at the back, they were struggling to find a rhythm and get the ball out of their half. Fulham were forced to alter their flat-looking attack in the 34th minute when Damien Duff was forced off with a calf injury which is likely to prevent him participating in Monday's match against Liverpool. Kerim Frei replaced him and the visitors soon after created their first chance but Johnson, on a frustrating night for the forward, was thwarted by the onrushing Nikolay Mihaylov when through on goal.

Fulham began the second half brightly and six minutes after the restart Kelly's cross was headed wide by Johnson under pressure from Peter Wisgerhof. Twente were also attacking with intent and brought on Ola John – the brother of the former Fulham striker Collins John – to help exploit the space Fulham's midfield were vacating down the flanks.

The 19-year-old immediately impressed down the left as Twente began to assert their authority once more, with Emir Bajrami shooting just wide from 25 yards. Chadli and Douglas both attempted long-range efforts with the latter coming close before Johnson wriggled free in the box at the other end only to snatch at the ball and shoot across the face of goal.

After a Frei cross caused trouble in the Twente box, Luuk de Jong wasted a gilt-edged chance to break the deadlock as he headed from six yards. Both sides were looking dangerous going forward and Bobby Zamora was unfortunate to direct a well-worked Danny Murphy free-kick wide in the 71st minute.

Fulham pushed forward in numbers as rain began to pour down in a final 10 minutes that saw Moussa Dembélé limp off. Things got worse for the visitors when a fluid attacking moved ended with the substitute Marc Janko steering Roberto Rosales's cross beyond Schwarzer. "We're very good at defending crosses so that was harsh," said Jol. The goal a minute from time was compounded further by Johnson's sending-off in stoppage time for a second yellow card after kicking the ball away. The forward will now miss the decisive tie in a fortnight. "That was not what you want," said Jol.



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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 07:51:20 AM
 
Fate still in Fulham’s hands despite Dutch defeat

Fulham still have qualification for the knockout stages of the Europa League in their own hands despite going down to a late defeat to FC Twente in the Netherlands on Thursday.

With the match in Enschede heading for a goalless draw, giant Austrian Marc Janko struck with a minute remaining to guarantee the Dutch side top spot in Group K.

Martin Jol's men, who finished the game with 10 men after Andy Johnson was sent off for a second booking in stoppage time, are second in the section with seven points.

The Cottagers will secure their place in the last 32 of the competition by matching Wisla Krakow's result in the final round of group games in two weeks' time.

Wisla won 2-1 away to Odense and lie a point behind Fulham before hosting Twente in their last match, while Fulham still have to play Odense in London.

After all three British representatives in action on Wednesday night lost, a strong Fulham line-up were looking to become the first visiting side to win in Enschede this season.

Fulham coach Martin Jol—a former Twente player—sent out an attacking line-up but they failed to muster a single shot on goal in a quiet first-half.

The match did spring to life after the break, and Andy Johnson squandered a golden chance to put the Premier League side ahead on 65 minutes.

Scorer of eight goals in Europe already this season, Johnson dragged his shot wide after the ball had broken to him inside the area.

Luuk De Jong then missed the target with a free header from point-blank range at the other end, before a Danny Murphy free-kick was turned just wide by Bobby Zamora.

Under increasingly heavy rain, Twente struck the decisive blow when an Emir Bajrami cross from the right was turned home by substitute Janko.

Elsewhere, Raul further underlined his status as the greatest European goalscorer of all-time with the winner for Schalke in their home clash with Steaua Bucharest in Group J.

Raul Rusescu cancelled out Kyriakos Papadopoulos' opener in Gelsenkirchen, but the Spanish legend netted the winner just before the hour-mark.

It was the former Real Madrid man's 74th goal in UEFA competitions, putting him four clear of Filippo Inzaghi at the top of the all-time list.

The win secured Schalke top spot in the group with a game to spare, while second place remains up for grabs after AEK Larnaca of Cyprus beat Maccabi Haifa 2-1 in Nicosia.

In Group L, Anderlecht made it five wins from five with a 2-1 defeat of AEK Athens in Greece.

They are already through to the knockout stages, where they will be joined by Lokomotiv Moscow, who beat Sturm Graz 3-1 in Russia.

Top 10 all-time leading scorers in UEFA competition:

1. Raul (Schalke 04) 74 goals

2. Filippo Inzaghi (AC Milan) 70

3. Andriy Shevchenko (Dynamo Kiev) 67

4. Gerd Müller (*) 62

5. Ruud van Nistelrooy (Malaga) 62

6. Thierry Henry (Red Bulls New York) 59

7. Henrik Larsson (*) 59

8. Eusebio (*) 56

9. Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus) 54

10. Alfredo Di Stefano (*) 50

(*) denotes now retired



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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 07:53:17 AM
 
Dembele confident of progress
Fulham midfielder eyes victory over Odense

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Moussa Dembele (left): Fulham midfielder confident of further progress in Europa League despite defeat to Twente

Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele remains confident of his side's progress to the last 32 of the Europa League despite their 1-0 away defeat to FC Twente on Thursday.

A Marc Janko strike on 89 minutes condemned the Cottagers to a loss in the Netherlands in their penultimate game in Group K, meaning that they will need to secure maximum points against Odense at home in two weeks' time to qualify for the knockout stages.

Martin Jol's side are currently second in the group with seven points from five matches, one more than Wisla Krakow, who won 2-1 at Odense and host Twente in their final game, with the Dutch club have already booked their berth in the next round of the competition.

Dembele, though, believes that his side have what it takes to qualify for the round of 32 of the Europa League.

"Everybody will work hard enough to win the final game," he said. "It's very important to us and I think we'll win it."

On the setback in Enschedee, the 24-year-old Belgian added on ESPN: "We tried to play our way and we would have been happy to take a point, but Twente had most of the game so maybe they deserved to win.

"What happened at the end is a bit disappointing for us, but we're not playing badly as a team."


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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 07:55:58 AM
 
Jol's Reaction
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A disappointing late goal from FC Twente’s Marc Janko secured all three points for the Dutch side on Thursday evening.

The defeat means that Fulham will have to wait until the final game of the group stage to learn if they will have secured a place in the Round of 32.

“That’s always disappointing because in the second-half we did well defensively from their crosses,” assessed Martin Jol after the match. “Normally we’re very good at defending crosses so that was harsh.

"We put on Kasami for Dembele, who had asked for a substitution, then you hope to keep the ball in their half – but we couldn’t do that and they broke and scored.

“Duff has got a problem with his calf, he was out for two weeks then he came back but it’s the same problem. Dembele hopefully is fine. Damien could be a problem for Monday [against Liverpool] but I expect Mousa to play.”

Andrew Johnson’s night also ended early after the striker was dismissed for his second bookable offence in the final moments of the game.

“That was not what you want,” said Jol of the sending off. “We need all of our players and Andy Johnson is scoring goals.”



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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 07:57:56 AM
 
Europa League round-up: Wisla Krakow's Odense win threatens Fulham
• Dudu Biton and Patryk Malecki goals give Poles hope
• Draw against Lazio gives Vaslui chance to progress

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Wisla Krakow's Dragan Paljic celebrates his side's second goal at Odense in their
2-1 Europa League win. Photograph: Dresling Jens/AP


Wisla Krakow gave themselves hope of advancing to the Europa League's knockout stage at the expense of Fulham with a 2-1 win over Odense in Denmark. Dudu Biton and Patryk Malecki scored for the Poles, who must now beat Twente in their final game and hope Fulham slip up. Fulham were beaten 1-0 at Twente.

Anderlecht stretched their 100% record at the top of Group L to five games with a 2-1 win at pointless AEK Athens, while their group rivals Lokomotiv Moscow also did enough to secure qualification.

Guillaume Gillet scored both goals for Anderlecht either side of an effort from Dimitris Sialmas for the Greeks, who had long since given up hope of qualification.

Lokomotiv eased past Sturm Graz 3-1 in Moscow. Maicon's opener was cancelled out by Florian Kainz for the Austrians before late goals from Dmitri Sychev and Denis Glushakov took the home side through.

Schalke confirmed qualification as Group J winners with a 2-1 home win against Steaua Bucharest, while AEK Larnaca opened up the race for the runners-up spot by beating Maccabi Haifa.

Schalke went ahead in the 25th minute through Kiriakos Papadopoulos and, despite Raul Rusescu's quick equaliser, the Germans clinched victory early in the second half when Raúl put away a Klaas-Jan Huntelaar pass.

Goals from the Spanish pair Gonzalo García and Gorka Pintado gave Larnaca a 2-1 home win against their Israeli opponents, a result that moved them level with Steaua on five points, one point behind Maccabi.

Haifa host Schalke in their final group game knowing victory will be enough to send them through but, if they slip up, the winners of Steaua's clash with AEK in Bucharest will grab second place.

Kenwyne Jones scored a priceless 81st-minute equaliser for Stoke at home to Dynamo Kyiv which was enough to send the Premier League side through to the knockout stages as Group D winners.

Ricardo Quaresma struck a dramatic injury-time winner for Besiktas whose 3-2 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel means they will join Stoke in the next stage if they win their final match.

Quaresma and Ibrahim Toreman had put the Turkish side 2-0 up either side of half-time but Shiran Yeini and Moshe Lugasi looked to have grabbed a vital point for Maccabi until Quaresma struck with his second.

Romanians Vaslui fought a fine rearguard action to claim a goalless draw at home to the Serie A giants Lazio and leave themselves a fine chance of progressing as runners-up from Group D.

Sporting Lisbon wrapped up their place as group winners after a 2-0 win over Zurich, goals from Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Valeri Bojinov seeing the Portuguese side home in comfortable fashion.

Vaslui's point leaves them locked together with Lazio heading into the final set of games - with the Romanians away to rock-bottom Zurich and Lazio at home to the group winners.

Athletic Bilbao's 2-1 win over Slovan Bratislava earned their qualification from Group F but Paris St-Germain's surprise 2-0 defeat by Salzburg gave the Austrians a glimmer of hope.

Oscar de Marcos and Markel Susaeta scored for Bilbao, who will win the group unless the French side beat them by more than two goals in their final group match next month.

But Paris have other immediate concerns, with goals from Jakob Jantscher and Dusan Svento meaning they can still sneak second place if Paris lose their final match and the Austrians win in Bratislava.



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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 08:00:33 AM
 
FC Twente 1 Fulham 0: match report
Read a full match report of the Group K Europa League game between FC Twente and Fulham at the De Grolsch Veste Stadium, Enschede on Thursday Dec 1 2011.

Fulham suffered a last-gasp defeat to FC Twente as they wasted the chance to make the Europa League knockout stage this evening.

The Cottagers knew three points in Holland would guarantee qualification from Group K, but they ultimately claimed none as Austrian substitute Marc Janko stabbed home from close range.

Martin Jol's side struggled against the club he played for between 1979 and 1982, failing to muster a single shot in a first half that Twente dominated.

Fulham's poor first period was compounded by an injury to Damien Duff, although the west Londoners looked a more cohesive attacking unit after the restart.

Mousa Dembele limped off as Fulham pushed forward towards the end and Janko scored two minutes from time.

The win was Twente's first against English opposition and things got worse for the Cottagers when Andrew Johnson was sent off in stoppage time, meaning he will miss the all-important final group match with Odense, which Fulham need to win to be sure of qualification for the last 32.

Jol named a strong Fulham line-up for the game as they looked to qualify with a game to spare.

Duff, Johnson, Aaron Hughes and Stephen Kelly were all drafted in, with Bryan Ruiz among those dropping out.

The Costa Rica international - a former Twente favourite - was not involved in the match due to ineligibility but was honoured before the game kicked off by the Tukkers.

Nacer Chadli had the first shot of the match after 13 minutes with a drive that Mark Schwarzer saved down to his right.

The reported Fulham target tested the Australia international again moments later, before Leroy Fer unleashed a fierce shot from the edge of the box that Schwarzer did well to stop.

While the west Londoners were looking organised at the back, they were struggling to find a rhythm and get the ball out of their half.

Fulham were forced to alter their flat-looking attack in the 34th minute when Duff was forced off with a knock.

Kerim Frei replaced the Republic of Ireland international and the visitors soon eked out their first chance, with Johnson thwarted by the onrushing Nikolay Mihaylov when through on goal.

The visitors started the second period brightly and six minutes after the restart Kelly's cross was headed wide by Johnson under pressure from Peter Wisgerhof.

Twente were also attacking with intent and brought on Ola John - brother of former Fulham striker Collins John - to help utilise the space down the flanks.

The 19-year-old was proving dangerous down the left as Twente began to assert their authority once more, with Emir Bajrami shooting just wide from 25 yards.

Chadli and Douglas both attempted long-range efforts with the latter coming close before Johnson wriggled free in the box at the other end only to snatch at the ball and shoot across the face of goal.

Play was starting to sway from end to end and, after a Frei cross caused trouble in the Twente box, Luuk de Jong wasted a gilt-edged chance to break the deadlock as he headed wide from six yards.

Both sides were looking dangerous going forward and Bobby Zamora was unfortunate to direct a well-worked Danny Murphy free-kick wide in the 71st minute.

Fulham pushed forward in numbers as rain began to pour down in a final 10 minutes that saw Dembele limp off.

Things got worse for the visitors when neat play from Twente saw Janko turn home Roberto Rosales' cross.

The goal two minutes from time was compounded further by Johnson's sending-off in stoppage time for a second yellow card after he kicked the ball away.


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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 08:01:57 AM
 
Fulham Join Everton In Race To Sign £7.5 Million Rated French Hit Man

Fulham have been joined in the race to sign French striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, as Everton along with Wolfsburg signal their interest.

Martin Jol is failed to bring the 25-year-old to Craven Cottage on deadline day however the player has been deemed surplus to requirements at his current club Marseille and was punished for reportedly arguing with coach Didier Deschamps over his squad status and was relegated to reserves as a result of the spat.

Fulham had thought they were the only club interested in Gignac who has appeared for Marseille just twice this year but Everton have emerged as contenders and could make a move for him in January as they are desperately in need of a new striker to boost them up the league.

Gignac could be available at around £7.5 million in January however there is growing interest from Wolfsburg who may rival any bid from the Premier League.



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Title: Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (02/12/11)...
Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 08:03:18 AM
 
Duff blow for Fulham
Jol reveals injury concern over winger

Fulham manager Martin Jol has revealed that winger Damien Duff will miss his side's Premier League clash with Liverpool on Monday.

Duff suffered a calf injury during the Cottagers' 1-0 away defeat to Twente in the Europa League Group K fixture on Thursday and was substituted in the first half.

Midfielder Moussa Dembele too picked up a knock and was taken off with seven minutes remaining on the clock, leaving Jol a disappointed man.

"Duff has (suffered a recurrence) of the old problem with his calf injury that kept him out for two weeks," the Dutchman said.

"He came back and had the same problem, but hopefully Dembele is fine. Damien could be a doubt but I expect Mousa to play and Clint (Dempsey) could return (from thigh problem)."

Disappointing

The loss in the Netherlands means that Fulham are now second in Group K with seven points from four matches, a point ahead of Wisla Krakow.

The Premier League side need to win against Odense at home in two weeks' time in their final group match to secure their place in the last 32.

Reflecting on his team's loss in Enschede against his former club, Jol said: "It could have been a nice game.

"They have got a good team and they score goals.

"Last Sunday was the first time in a while they had not scored a goal (they drew 0-0 with Vitesse Arnhem) so it would have been only the second time in about 42 games they hadn't scored.

"That would have been good, although one point would not have been ideal.

"We need to win the last game, anyway, but the goal was disappointing.

"We did well defensively, stopping their crosses, but somebody slipped and then we speculated on the offside.

"We are normally very good at defending crosses and the problem was keeping the ball in their half. Dembele had asked for a substitution and we couldn't keep the ball in their half so they broke us and they scored."



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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 08:04:26 AM
 
Jol counts cost of disappointing night against FC Twente

MARTIN Jol lamented the late goal his side conceded to lose in Holland in their penultimate Europa League group stage match - saying it was preventable.

The 1-0 defeat leaves the Whites still needing a win in their final match against Danes Odense on December 14 to guarantee a place in the knock-out stages.

“That’s always disappointing because in the second-half we did well defensively from their crosses,” said the Fulham manager. “Normally we’re very good at defending crosses so that was harsh.

"We put on Kasami for Dembele, who had asked for a substitution, then you hope to keep the ball in their half – but we couldn’t do that and they broke and scored.

“Duff has got a problem with his calf, he was out for two weeks then he came back but it’s the same problem. Dembele hopefully is fine. Damien could be a problem for Monday [against Liverpool] but I expect Mousa to play.”

Jol was also left to rue the late dismissal of Andrew Johnson, which rules out the striker for the Odense game.

“That was not what you want,” Jol said. “We need all of our players and Andy Johnson is scoring goals.”



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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 08:06:39 AM
 
Jol laments Fulham's injuries

Martin Jol, the Fulham manager, last night revealed Damien Duff is set to miss Monday night's Premier League game with Liverpool after he limped off during Fulham's Europa League defeat to FC Twente.

Fulham knew three points in the Netherlands would guarantee qualification for the last 32, but left empty-handed after substitute Marc Janko stabbed home from close range late on. Andy Johnson was sent off in stoppage time for a second booking, while injuries to Duff and Mousa Dembélé compounded a bad evening for the west Londoners.

"Duff has [suffered a recurrence] of the old problem with his calf injury that kept him out for two weeks," Jol said. "He came back and had the same problem, but hopefully Dembélé is fine. Damien could be a doubt but I expect Mousa to play and Clint [Dempsey] could return."

On his side's performance against one of his old clubs, Jol added: "It could have been a nice game. They have got a good team and they score goals. Last Sunday was the first time in a while they had not scored a goal [they drew 0-0 with Vitesse Arnhem] so it would have been only the second time in about 42 games they hadn't scored.

"That would have been good, although one point would not have been ideal. We need to win the last game, anyway, but the goal was disappointing."

The defeat, coupled with Wisla Krakow's win at Odense, means Fulham must beat the latter in two weeks to be sure of qualification. Johnson's red card will see him miss that game and Jol admitted the striker's absence is far from ideal.

"It was probably not what you want, a player sent off in the final minutes out of frustration," he said. "It was a second booking, and he knew that he was booked."

FC Twente (4-3-3): Mihailov; Rosales, Wisgerhof, Douglas, Tiendalli; Brama, Fer (John, h-t), Landzaat; Bajrami, De Jong, Chadli (Janko, 79). Substitutes not used Marsman (gk), Cornelisse, Bengtsson, Buysse, Gouriye.

Fulham (4-4-2): Schwarzer; Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise; Dembélé (Kasami, 83), Murphy, Etuhu, Duff (Frei, 34); Johnson, Zamora (Orlando Sa, 87). Substitutes not used Etheridge (gk), Senderos, Gecov, Briggs.

Referee M Strahonja (Croatia).



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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 08:09:41 AM
 
Fulham winger Duff doubtful for Liverpool clash after injury blow

Martin Jol revealed Damien Duff is set to miss Monday night's Premier League clash with Liverpool after he limped off during Fulham's 1-0 Europa League Group K defeat to FC Twente.

The Cottagers knew three points in Holland would guarantee qualification for the last 32, but left empty-handed after substitute Marc Janko stabbed home from close range late on.

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Injury blow: Damien Duff

Andrew Johnson was sent off in stoppage time for a second booking, while injuries to Duff and Mousa Dembele compounded a bad evening for the west Londoners.

Clint Dempsey missed the trip to Holland with a thigh complaint but could return for Monday's clash, although Jol revealed Duff might not be able to line up alongside the American against the Reds.
 
'Duff has (suffered a recurrence) of the old problem with his calf injury that kept him out for two weeks,' the Dutchman said.

'He came back and had the same problem, but hopefully Dembele is fine. Damien could be a doubt but I expect Mousa to play and Clint could return.'

On his side's performance against one of his old clubs, Jol added: 'It could have been a nice game. They have got a good team and they score goals.

'Last Sunday was the first time in a while they had not scored a goal (they drew 0-0 with Vitesse Arnhem) so it would have been only the second time in about 42 games they hadn't scored.

'That would have been good, although one point would not have been ideal.

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Red mist: Andrew Johnson is sent off

'We need to win the last game, anyway, but the goal was disappointing.

'We did well defensively, stopping their crosses, but somebody slipped and then we speculated on the offside.

'We are normally very good at defending crosses and the problem was keeping the ball in their half. Dembele had asked for a substitution and we couldn't keep the ball in their half so they broke us and they scored.'

The defeat, coupled with Wisla Krakow's win at Odense, means Fulham must beat the latter in two weeks to be sure of qualification.

Johnson's red card will see him miss that game and Jol admitted the striker's absence is far from ideal.

'It was probably not what you want, a player sent off in the final minutes out of frustration,' he said. 'It was a second booking, and he knew that he was booked.

'You need all your players, especially Andy Johnson, who has scored goals in Europe.

'He did a very good job for the team. There is no complaint whatsoever with his attitude.'

The victory was Twente's first against English opposition in 13 European games and manager Co Adriaanse was proud of his team's effort.

'It was a difficult match because Fulham got back to their own game in the second half,' he said.

'Twente had to be patient and maintain the tempo, but we didn't make the mistake of playing long balls and deserved the win with the late goal.'


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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 08:11:30 AM
 
Late goal and red card dash Fulham hopes of easy route

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FC TWENTE 1 vs FULHAM 0

FULHAM manager Martin Jol refused to blame striker Andy Johnson after his stoppage-time red card completed a miserable Europa League night in Holland for the Cottagers.

An 89th-minute winner from Marc Janko condemned the west Londoners to a defeat that leaves them needing to win their final group fixture against Odense to guarantee a last 32 place.

To compound the gloom, Fulham lost winger Damien Duff and Mousa Dembele to injury, before Johnson earned a second yellow card for kicking the ball away, meaning he will miss the showdown against the Danes in a fortnight.

“It was probably not what you want, a player sent off in the final minutes out of frustration. It was a second booking, and he knew that he was booked. You need all your players, especially Andy Johnson, who has scored goals in Europe,” admitted Jol, but he added: “He did a very good job for the team. There is no complaint whatsoever with his attitude.”

Jol, already deprived of several midfielders and attacking players due to injury, revealed Duff had suffered a recurrence of a calf complaint and is likely to miss Monday’s Premier League visit of Liverpool. Dembele is, however, expected to recover to face the Reds, the Dutchman added.

Dembele’s injury contributed to Twente’s late winner, which came when the dangerous Emir Bajrami crossed from the right for towering Austria forward Janko to tap his 17th goal of the season past Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.

Fulham arrived knowing that three points would send them through, but offered little threat until after the break, when Johnson squandered a chance to give them an undeserved lead. Bobby Zamora’s challenge for a loose ball caused a ricochet to fall kindly to Johnson, only for him to screw it several yards wide.

By then Twente were looking ominous, Bajrami flashing a dipping effort close to Scwharzer’s post and then Luuk de Jong nodding Ola John’s left-wing cross wide from an inviting position.

Still Zamora could have pilfered victory for the visitors, had he diverted Danny Murphy’s free-kick on target, but Janko would have the final word before Johnson invited suspension.

MATCH ANALYSIS

BY FRANK DALLERES

KEY MOMENT

Andy Johnson was presented with a gleaming opportunity to put Fulham in front after 65 minutes, when the ball broke to him eight yards out at a slight angle, but the former England striker could not adjust his feet quickly enough and dragged his shot well wide. It only got worse for Johnson, who was sent off in stoppage time.

DUGOUT VIEW

It was a difficult match because Fulham got back to their own game in the second half. Twente had to be patient and maintain the tempo, but we didn't make the mistake of playing long balls and deserved the win with the late goal.

FC Twente boss Co Adriaanse on his team’s first win over English opposition in 13 attempts

TALKING POINT

While most teams have played around 20 games this season, last night was the 27th of an already gruelling campaign for Fulham. With one of the oldest squads in the top flight, Martin Jol’s enthusiasm for a prolonged European adventure must be increasingly tempered by concerns that a repeat of the 2009-10 run to the final could burn them out long before their rivals. And while they remain only three points above the relegation zone, they cannot afford to let their performance dip.



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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 08:12:40 AM
 
Rumour Mill: WBA and Fulham Watching Adomah

West Brom and Fulham are both supposed to be keeping tabs on Albert Adomah according to newspaper reports.

Both Premier League sides are expected to make an offer during the January transfer window, but they are just two who are interested.

The 23 year old, who has hit five goals for City this term, is also being watched by the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic.



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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 08:14:27 AM
 
Martin Jol frustrated by Andy Johnson red card

Martin Jol admits Fulham's vital Europa League clash with Odense has been made harder by Andrew Johnson's absence.

The Cottagers suffered a last-gasp 1-0 defeat to FC Twente last night as they wasted the chance to make the knockout stage.

Fulham knew three points in Holland would guarantee qualification from Group K, but they ultimately claimed none as Austrian substitute Marc Janko stabbed home from close range.

Johnson's red card in stoppage time compounded matters and means he will miss the all-important final group match with Odense.

"It was probably not what you want, a player sent off in the final minutes out of frustration," Jol said.

"It was a second booking, and he knew that he was booked. You need all your players, especially Andy Johnson, who has scored goals in Europe. He did a very good job for the team. There is no complaint whatsoever with his attitude."

Jol's side struggled against the club he played for between 1979 and 1982, failing to muster a single shot in a first half that Twente dominated.

Fulham improved in the second period but wasted the chance of a point late on, much to Jol's frustration.

"It could have been a nice game," he said. "They've got a good team and they score goals.

"Last Sunday was the first time in a while they had not scored a goal [as they drew 0-0 with Vitesse Arnhem] so it would have been only the second time in about 42 games they hadn't scored. That would have been good, although one point would not have been ideal.

"We need to win the last game, anyway, but the goal was disappointing. We did well defensively, stopping their crosses, but somebody slipped and then we speculated on the offside. We are normally very good at defending crosses and the problem was keeping the ball in their half.

"[Mousa] Dembele had asked for a substitution and we couldn't keep the ball in their half so they broke us and they scored. I thought Twente played very well with good attacking football and lots of pressure.

"They dominated the first half but recovered after the break and did better, getting a few chances."

The victory was Twente's first against English opponents in 13 European games and manager Co Adriaanse was proud of his team's effort.

"It was a difficult match because Fulham got back to their own in the second half," he said. "Twente had to be patient and maintain the tempo, but we didn't make the mistake of playing long balls and deserved the win with the late goal."



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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 08:15:58 AM
 
Damien Duff is likely to miss Fulham’s clash against Liverpool FC on Monday night

MARTIN Jol has revealed Damien Duff is set to miss Monday night’s Premier League clash with Liverpool FC after he limped off during Fulham’s 1-0 Europa League Group K defeat to FC Twente.

The Cottagers knew three points in Holland would guarantee qualification for the last 32, but left empty-handed after substitute Marc Janko stabbed home from close range late on.

Andrew Johnson was sent off in stoppage time for a second booking, while injuries to Duff and Mousa Dembele compounded a bad evening for the west Londoners.

Clint Dempsey missed the trip to Holland with a thigh complaint but could return for Monday’s clash, although Jol revealed Duff might not be able to line up alongside the American against the Reds.

“Duff has (suffered a recurrence) of the old problem with his calf injury that kept him out for two weeks,” the Dutchman said.

“He came back and had the same problem, but hopefully Dembele is fine. Damien could be a doubt but I expect Mousa to play and Clint could return.”

On his side’s performance against one of his old clubs, Jol added: “It could have been a nice game. They have got a good team and they score goals.

“Last Sunday was the first time in a while they had not scored a goal (they drew 0-0 with Vitesse Arnhem) so it would have been only the second time in about 42 games they hadn’t scored.



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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 08:19:02 AM
 
Lawro's prediction
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Fulham v Liverpool (2000 GMT)
I remember this fixture from the end of last season when Luis Suarez absolutely annihilated Fulham defenders Brede Hangeland and Aaron Hughes. He completely took them apart and Liverpool were 3-0 up within the first 20 minutes.

Losing Lucas Leiva for the season is a big blow for Liverpool but Reds boss Kenny Dalglish has got competition for places and strength in depth too.

We saw that in the win over Chelsea in the Carling Cup on Tuesday and I think Suarez's form means the whole club is on a high at the moment. Andy Carroll has not been convincing but Craig Bellamy and Suarez have hit it off, and so has Maxi Rodriguez.

They are busy and quick players who can play one-touch football and that has made a big difference to Liverpool.

Having said all that, Fulham are at home and they can be a bit of a handful themselves, and their strikers will cause Liverpool a few problems too.

If I lived in London and could have a season ticket to any team, I would go and watch Fulham. Everything about Craven Cottage is really good - there is no pressure on them to win, and the atmosphere is great because it is a proper old ground in a nice area where you can get a beer.

They are a club who knows what they are and where they are - and I can see them getting a point on Monday night.

Prediction: 1-1


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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 08:47:04 AM
 
Andrew Johnson red card has made our Europa League job harder, says Fulham coach Martin Jol
Martin Jol admits Fulham's vital Europa League clash with Odense has been made harder by Andrew Johnson's absence.

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Under the cosh: Fulham must now beat Odense to qualify for next phase Photo: REUTERS

Fulham suffered a last-gasp 1-0 defeat to FC Twente last night as they wasted the chance to make the knockout stage.

Fulham knew three points in Holland would guarantee qualification from Group K, but they ultimately claimed none as Austrian substitute Marc Janko stabbed home from close range.

Johnson's red card in stoppage time compounded matters and means he will miss the all-important final group match with Odense.

"It was probably not what you want, a player sent off in the final minutes out of frustration," Jol said.

"It was a second booking, and he knew that he was booked. You need all your players, especially Andy Johnson, who has scored goals in Europe.

"He did a very good job for the team. There is no complaint whatsoever with his attitude."

Jol's side struggled against the club he played for between 1979 and 1982, failing to muster a single shot in a first half that Twente dominated.

Fulham improved in the second period but wasted the chance of a point late on, much to Jol's frustration.

"It could have been a nice game," he said. "They've got a good team and they score goals.

"Last Sunday was the first time in a while they had not scored a goal [as they drew 0-0 with Vitesse Arnhem] so it would have been only the second time in about 42 games they hadn't scored.

"We need to win the last game, anyway, but the goal was disappointing.

"We did well defensively, stopping their crosses, but somebody slipped and then we speculated on the offside. We are normally very good at defending crosses and the problem was keeping the ball in their half.

"[Mousa] Dembele had asked for a substitution and we couldn't keep the ball in their half so they broke us and they scored.

"I thought Twente played very well with good attacking football and lots of pressure.

"They dominated the first half but recovered after the break and did better, getting a few chances."

Victory was Twente's first against English opponents in 13 European games and manager Co Adriaanse was proud of his team's effort.

"It was a difficult match because Fulham got back to their own in the second half," he said.

"Twente had to be patient and maintain the tempo, but we didn't make the mistake of playing long balls and deserved the win with the late goal."


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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 08:49:38 AM
 
FC Twente 1 -0 Fulham

We bought Bryan Ruiz from FC Twente for 10 million, or whatever it was. There’s an element of food-chaining here, isn’t there? We bought their best player; they didn’t buy ours. Which ought to imply that we’re a better team, particularly as Ruiz – promising though he may be – is not yet in Fulham’s best XI.

I appreciate that this is not how the world works, but clearly something doesn’t quite add up. In the pre-match talks Schteve Maclaren talked about Twente’s midfield three being up against Etuhu and Murphy in the Fulham midfield as a point of interest, and this immediately set the alarm bells ringing: games are frequently won and lost in the engine room, and if Twente are devoting three players to that element and we only have two, it could lead to a lot of possession for them.

Which it did, to the point where Fulham almost appeared stumped. No – not one – shots on target all game, and only 2-3 shots at all in the entire match. We couldn’t get any forward momentum going and seemed somewhat otherworldly in our approach. Zamora and Johnson – neither well suppported nor supporting one another – played like men serving out their notice period, which they may very well be if the rumours are correct.

The game’s high points from Fulham came from Danny Murphy passes: the first slid AJ through deliciously, but the ‘keeper was alert and smothered the ball in the nick of time. The second, from a free-kick on the right flank, saw Zamora circle back around the Twente marking corps, then stab Murphy’s clever pass wide with the outside of his boot. It trickled just past the post.

But of course Twente were putting together chances, too, notably a freeish header that dropped just the right side of the post when scoring might have been simpler. They got a winner late on when a tidy (and quickly played) right-wing cross found its way into the six yard box. Kelly was caught the wrong side of his man and the finish was simple. A deserved win for the hosts.

Hard to know what to make of all this. We haven’t scored a goal in several hours now – own goals not counted – and the expression on Martin Jol’s face seems to be saying “crikey, we should be better than this. Why aren’t we better than this?”….. If he is going to impose his ideas on the team fully, and make wholesale changes he needs to be bold in doing so. There is a feeling of compromise about the team at the moment, that we are playing a certain way that doesn’t quite fit anyone’s preference, using players that are too good to ignore but who don’t really display the traits the manager would like to be working with.

Or not. Football is about long seasons and fatigue is likely to already be a problem. Form comes, form goes, and we all read too much into things. The problem with continually changing the manager is that we cannot necessarily differentiate between a temporary bad run and a wholly bad situation.



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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 08:52:27 AM
 
Fulham hit by Duff injury


Fulham suffered a last-gasp defeat to FC Twente as they wasted the chance to make the knockout stage last night.

The Cottagers knew three points in Holland would guarantee qualification from Group K, but they ultimately claimed none as Austrian substitute Marc Janko stabbed home from close range.

Martin Jol's side struggled against the club he played for between 1979 and 1982, failing to muster a shot in a first half that Twente dominated.

Fulham's poor first period was compounded by an injury to Damien Duff in the 34th minute, although the west Londoners looked a more cohesive attacking unit after the restart.

Fulham pushed forward in numbers as rain began to pour down in a final 10 minutes that saw Moussa Dembele also limp off.

Things got worse for the visitors when neat play from Twente saw Janko turn home Roberto Rosales' cross. The goal two minutes from time was compounded further by Andrew Johnson's sending-off in stoppage-time, meaning he will miss the all-important final group match with Odense, which Fulham need to win.


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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 08:53:33 AM
 
Europa League: Fulham defiant after defeat to FC Twente

FC Twente 1 Fulham: Fulham’s Mousa Dembele believes the Cottagers can overcome the disappointment of last night's Europa League defeat and qualify for the last 32 of the competition.

Marc Janko stabbed home an 89th-minute goal to give FC Twente a 1-0 win which ensures they will finish top of Group K.

However, Fulham will join them in the knockout stages if they win their final group match at home to Odense on December 14.

Dembele said: “Everybody will work hard enough to win the final game. It's very important to us and I think we'll win it.”

On tonight's setback, the 24-year-old Belgian added: “We tried to play our way and we would have been happy to take a point, but Twente had most of the game so maybe they deserved to win.

“What happened at the end is a bit disappointing for us, but we're not playing badly as a team.”

Martin Jol's side struggled against the club he played for between 1979 and 1982, failing to muster a single shot in a first half that Twente dominated.

Fulham's poor first period was compounded by an injury to Damien Duff, although the west Londoners looked a more cohesive attacking unit after the restart.

Dembele limped off as Fulham pushed forward and Janko scored two minutes from time.

The win was Twente's first against English opposition and things got worse for the Cottagers when Andrew Johnson was sent off in stoppage time.



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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 08:55:21 AM
 
Late lapse against Twente leaves jittery Fulham with work to do
Moussa Dembele believes Fulham can overcome the disappointment of last night's Europa League defeat and still qualify for the last 32 of the competition.

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Miscue: Andrew Johnson, centre, fires wide to the relief of goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov and Peter Wisgerhof of Twente (Picture: Reuters)

Marc Janko stabbed home an 89th-minute goal to give Twente a 1-0 win which ensures they will finish top of Group K.

However, Fulham will join them in the knockout stages if they win their final group match at home to Odense on December 14.

Dembele said: 'Everybody will work hard enough to win the final game. It's very important to us and I think we’ll win it.'

And on last night's setback, the Belgian added: 'We would have been happy with a point, but Twente had most of the game so maybe they deserved it.

'What happened at the end is a bit disappointing for us, but we're not playing badly as a team.'

Martin Jol's side struggled against the club he played for between 1979 and 1982, failing to muster a single shot in a first half that the Dutch team dominated.

Fulham's poor first period was compounded by an injury to Damien Duff, although the west Londoners looked a more cohesive attacking unit after the restart.

Dembele limped off as Fulham pushed forward towards the end and Janko scored two minutes from time.

The win was Twente's first against English opposition and things got worse for the Cottagers when Andy Johnson was sent off after picking up a second booking in stoppage time, ruling him out of the Odense game.


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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 12:40:25 PM
 
Fulham v Liverpool preview
Team news ahead of Monday evening's Premier League clash between Fulham and Liverpool at Craven Cottage (8pm).

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Damien Duff looks doubtful for Fulham.

The Ireland international was forced off in the first half of Thursday night's Europa League 1-0 defeat at FC Twente after the recurrence of a calf injury.

Mousa Dembele also limped off but could feature at Craven Cottage, while Clint Dempsey should return from a thigh complaint. Bryan Ruiz comes back into contention after being cup-tied against former club Twente.

Fulham (from): Provisional squad: Schwarzer, Etheridge, Baird, Riise, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, Dembele, Briggs, Kasami, Duff, Murphy, Gecov, Etuhu, Ruiz, Dempsey, Frei, Johnson, Zamora, Sa.

Liverpool team news to follow...



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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 12:41:52 PM
 
Retail Christmas Offer
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Today we bring you another exciting Daily Advent offer with a £10 adult and £5 junior discount on the Fulham 2011/12 Home Shirt.

This season’s all white Home Shirt is a classic design and will be worn on numerous occasions by the Fulham First Team Squad throughout the 2011/12 campaign.

With the Official Main Team Sponsor FxPro and FFC crest on clear display, show everyone which team you support and wear your colours with pride!

This discount is available for both the adult and junior shirts, and as an extra special treat we are extending the offer through Monday 5th December; so you have plenty of opportunities to buy your shirt in time for the big game against Liverpool.

Why not spend your exclusive discount on the official Barclays Premier League shirt printing? Personalise your Fulham kit with your favourite player and you can play as Dempsey, Zamora, Hangelend and the rest of the squad every time you pull your new shirt on.

Check back daily to the Fulham retail store for our new and exciting Advent Offers.

Happy Christmas!



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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 12:45:15 PM
 
Keeper concerns for Town

Ipswich could once again be without goalkeepers David Stockdale and Richard Wright when Watford visit Portman Road.

Arran Lee-Barrett became the third Town goalkeeper to start in as many games when they were thrashed 4-0 by Burnley on Tuesday, and he will play again should Stockdale and Wright miss out.

The duo are both struggling with shoulder injuries. Stockdale, on loan from Fulham, is considered the most likely to return having missed the Tractor Boys' last two games.

Ipswich's defence could be boosted by the return of centre-back Ibrahima Sonko.

In his absence, Jewell's side have conceded 13 goals in their last four outings but he has trained all week after tearing his hamstring.

Captain Grant Leadbitter (groin) is still sidelined.



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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 12:46:53 PM
 
Stats Preview: Fulham vs Liverpool

Fulham v Liverpool
Premier League, Monday 6th December 2011

Liverpool travel to Craven Cottage to face Fulham in the Monday night fixture.

This fixture last season saw the Reds come away emphatic winners, with Maxi Rodriguez grabbing a hat-trick.

Fulham
• Fulham became the first team since October 2nd to prevent Robin van Persie from scoring in a Barclays Premier League game with their 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage.

• Dickson Etuhu covered most ground for Fulham in that game with 6.88 miles, while Clint Dempsey has the highest average ground covered per game for Fulham 6.83 miles per game.

• Chris Baird made a terrific goal line clearance to foil van Persie. Baird has averaged 6.11 miles per game this season for Fulham, and made an incredible 43 interceptions (the third highest in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index).

• Mark Schwarzer put in a vintage performance to keep Arsenal at bay. The Australian ‘keeper has made 80 saves so far this season, second behind Wolves’ Wayne Hennessy for saves made.

Liverpool
• Liverpool gave league leaders Man City perhaps their toughest test to date in their 1-1 draw in their last Barclays Premier League outing.

• Charlie Adam covered the most ground for Liverpool in that game with 6.85 miles.

• Adam also has the highest average distance covered per game at Liverpool with 6.81 miles, ahead of Leiva Lucas with 6.78 miles.

• Charlie Adam’s shot was diverted in for Lescott’s own goal, and the midfielder also tested Joe Hart in the second half. Adam has hit 14 shots on target this season, 64% of those attempted.

• Adam has also contributed six assists and delivered 28 crosses.

• Jose Reina is the 5th ranked goalkeeper in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index having made 54 saves so far this season and conceded 12 goals, averaging 4.5 saves per goal conceded.


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Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 12:48:13 PM
 
Fulham (A): Match Preview

Liverpool’s reward for their 2-0 victory over Chelsea on Tuesday night is a two-legged semi-final against Manchester City in January, with the winners set to face either Crystal Palace or Cardiff at Wembley. Before then we have seven league games (freezing wintery weather permitting) to keep us occupied with the first of these fixtures at Craven Cottage against Martin Jol’s Fulham on Monday night.

Our last trip to the Cottage saw us produce a fantastic display of attacking football as we ran out 5-2 winners and more of the same would do very nicely. The loss of Lucas to a serious knee injury is a big blow to Liverpool and has resulted in the recall of Jonjo Shelvey from his loan spell at Blackpool.

It will be interesting to see who Dalglish and Clarke decide to partner with Adam in centre midfield. The continued absence of Steven Gerrard means it is likely to be one of Jordan Henderson, Jay Spearing or the returnee Shelvey. None of the players mentioned can match Lucas in terms of what he brings to the team (although Spearing is probably the most similar in-terms of style, if not of the same quality) so it may mean a change in tactics or formation to find the right balance until the Brazilian returns.

Liverpool’s away Premier League record against Fulham:

•    P: 10 W: 6 D: 0 L: 4 F: 19 A: 14 GD: +5 Pts: 18

Liverpool’s overall record against Fulham in the league (including PL stats):

•    Total – P: 48 W: 27 D: 13 L: 8 F: 90 A: 46
•    Home – P: 24 W: 17 D: 7 L: 0 F: 56 A: 15
•    Away – P: 24 W: 10 D: 6 L: 8 F: 34 A: 31

Liverpool’s biggest victories and defeats at Fulham (league):

•    Biggest win (overall): 4-2 (16/10/2004)
•    Biggest defeat (overall): 3-1 (twice)
•    Biggest win (Premier League): 5-2 (9/5/2011)
•    Biggest defeat (Premier League): 3-1 (31/10/2009)



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Title: Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (02/12/11)...
Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 12:50:14 PM
 
Fulham v Liverpool: Pre-match stats

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Liverpool have been enjoying their trips to London with this season, securing three wins out of four in the capital. The exception being the clash against Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham, a game where the Reds had two men sent off.

In the last fortnight Kenny Dalglish’s team have twice despatched Chelsea with controlled ease, sending out a stark reminder of what they are capable of doing to their Barclays Premier League rivals.

Liverpool’s second team showed just how good they were when they beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last Tuesday. Jay Spearing was inspiring and Sebastian Coates alongside Jamie Carragher was a giant at the back.

Craig Bellamy was a constant menace and Martin Kelly and Maxi Rodriguez not only scored, but produced assured displays. In a sense of déjà vu, Maxi and Liverpool’s right back scored the goals against Chelsea in the last two clashes.

Back to Fulham and ahead of Monday’s clash at Craven Cottage. GMF has skimmed Opta and some archive material, and made note of some interesting titbits:

- Since Liverpool beat Fulham 2-5 at Craven Cottage last May Martin Jol’s men have won just one home game.

- The Lilywhites have not scored in their last 8 clashes with Liverpool.

- Liverpool have allowed their opponents fewer shots (44) on target against them than any other team.

- Fulham have scored the least amount of headed goals in the Barclays Premier League. (7%).

- The Reds have three league away wins. A win on Monday night will match the four in a row record achieved in May 2009.

- With 12 points, this season’s points tally so far is the joint worst record the Cottagers have collected in the top flight after 13 games. ( 2005/06 and 2007/08).

- On the same note Andy Carroll has had the most headers on goal than any other top league player (18) and also achieved the highest number of headers on target (eight).

- Carroll’s strike partner Luis Suarez has achieved more touches in the opposing penalty area per than any other Premier League player (8.2).

- The Reds have won more corners than any other team in the Barclays Premier League. (104).

- In 1986, 13,498 fans watched Liverpool smash Fulham 10-0 in a second round League Cup tie. Midfield enforcer Steve McMahon scored four, Ian Rush and John Wark netted two, with one each from Stevie Nicol, and Ronnie Whelan. McMahon also missed a penalty.


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Title: Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (02/12/11)...
Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 12:51:24 PM
 
Ruiz Targets Reds
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Fulham’s star summer signing, Bryan Ruiz, received a stunning reception before Thursday night’s UEFA Europa League match between FC Twente and Fulham in Holland.

Ruiz spent just two seasons at FC Twente and received a hero’s welcome on his return and the Costa Rican was clearly moved by the experience before turning his attention to playing an integral role for Fulham against Liverpool on Monday night.

“FC Twente invited me over a couple of weeks ago and it was very nice for me,” Ruiz told fulhamfc.com. “It was an emotional occasion being able to say goodbye to the supporters on the pitch.

“I didn’t get to say goodbye before my move so to be given the chance to do that was good and it was a great reception. I’m very thankful for that. I have good memories of my time at FC Twente.

“During my two years here Twente won the championship for the first ever time so I think they recognise the job I did.

“I’m fully fit now and it was really nice to play against Arsenal last weekend. I felt really good and we got a good result at the Emirates which is the most important thing.

“It’s going to be a tough game against Liverpool on Monday night but we’re at home and we have to try and win against every team no matter who they are.

“I’ve not been frustrated this season but of course I would have liked a better start. I’m feeling really good now and strong and I hope to help the Team now.

“We’ve got a lot of good quality players that can create chances and score goals so I’m sure we’ll do much better and improve. I’ll be doing my best to do that.”



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Title: Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (02/12/11)...
Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 12:53:21 PM
 
Etuhu expects Fulham axe

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DICKSON Etuhu admits he's resigned to being dropped from Fulham's starting XI once Steve Sidwell returns to fitness.

The Nigerian midfielder has only made a handful of Premier League starts for the Whites this season, and told the Gazette last month that he will assess his future in January if he continues to warm the bench.

However, Etuhu has played the last three games as Sidwell is currently recovering from a hernia operation.

But the 29-year-old insists he expects to be stuck on the sidelines again once the midfielder returns to action.

He said: “It's nice to be playing again. It feels great to wake up in the morning knowing that I'm going to be involved.

“I feel I've done well. I was pleased with the way I played against Sunderland and in the Arsenal game as well.

“But there's no battle on. The manager picks the team and I expect Stevie [Sidwell] to come straight back in.

“I have gone most of the season not playing. It's nothing personal against Siddy - he's a great player and a good friend of mine.

“But at the end of the day I've not got been given a chance. I've only got that because he's been injured.

“I've been here four years and played under every manager. It's a strange season for me and come January we'll look at that.”


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Title: Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (02/12/11)...
Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 12:54:59 PM
 
Line-Up Confirmed
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The final member of the First Team attending Tuesday evening’s Christmas at the Cottage has been confirmed.

John Arne Riise will be joining Orlando Sa, Kerim Frei, Clint Dempsey and Bryan Ruiz at the Cottage on 6th December (6pm-8pm).

Carol singers, Santa, mince pies and mulled wine, Christmas at the Cottage will undoubtedly get you into the Christmas spirit.

What’s more, the event is free to attend so why not pop down to Craven Cottage and enjoy an evening with your favourite Fulham players.

A limited number of places are available for our Christmas at the Cottage Dinner. Find out more and book your place today!



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Title: Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (02/12/11)...
Post by: whitejc on December 02, 2011, 12:57:03 PM
 
FULHAM v Liverpool: Duff provides major concern for Jol after limping off mid-week

Damien Duff looks doubtful for Fulham's Barclays Premier League encounter with Liverpool on Monday.

The Ireland international was forced off in the first half of last night's Europa League 1-0 defeat at FC Twente after the recurrence of a calf injury.

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Fitness race: Damien Duff (left) will be assessed before the Reds clash

Mousa Dembele also limped off but could feature at Craven Cottage, while Clint Dempsey should return from a thigh complaint. Bryan Ruiz comes back into contention after being cup-tied against former club Twente.

Provisional squad: Provisional squad: Schwarzer, Etheridge, Baird, Riise, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, Dembele, Briggs, Kasami, Duff, Murphy, Gecov, Etuhu, Ruiz, Dempsey, Frei, Johnson, Zamora, Sa.



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