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Title: Saturday Fulham Stuff (03/112/11)...
Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:12:04 AM
Ruiz - Goals will come
Costa Rican striker vows to provide cutting edge for Cottagers

Bryan Ruiz: Confident he can be a regular source of goals in the Premier League

Bryan Ruiz claims to be happy with the start he has made at Fulham and is confident he can be the regular goal-getter they crave.

The Cottagers spent big on the Costa Rica international over the summer, with a sizeable fee required to lure him away from FC Twente and keep him out of the clutches of a Premier League rival.

Ruiz arrived in England with a prolific scoring record from his time in Holland and Fulham were hoping to see him carry on in that vein at Craven Cottage.

The 26-year-old has found the target just once so far, with seven of his nine appearances having come off the bench.

Ruiz is looking to hold down a starting berth in the near future and has vowed to recapture the form that made him a fans' favourite at Twente.


"I was not frustrated by my start at Fulham but of course I would like it to have been better," he said.

"It is a process I have to follow with Fulham in the Premier League and I am feeling very good. I feel strong and hopefully I will get more minutes.

"I think I can help provide goals. All the players will do our best and do better in the team.

"I think we have good quality up front. We have many good players that can score and create chances.

"We have to improve that because I know we can do much better. Personally, I will try to do my best as I know my team-mates will do too."


Having been forced to sit out a midweek Europa League clash with former employers Twente, Ruiz's next opportunity to impress will come in Monday's Premier League meeting with Liverpool and the South American claims he is ready and raring to go if selected by Martin Jol.
"It was really nice to play against Arsenal [last weekend] and I am fit to play on Monday," he said.

"The team did well and I felt very good so I enjoyed it.

"Liverpool is a good team and it is a tough game, but we have to try and win against everyone at home.

"It was a shame to lose against Twente, but that is football. Fulham didn't play the best match and Twente, you could say, deserved to win the match more." (
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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:14:39 AM
Fulham    v    Liverpool
Barclays Premier League
Venue: Craven Cottage Date: Monday, 5 December Kick-off: 2000 GMT Coverage: Watch live on Sky Sports 1; live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and local radio; live text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobiles

Fulham captain Danny Murphy was also a distinguished Liverpool midfielder

Fulham's Republic of Ireland winger Damien Duff looks doubtful for the visit of Liverpool after suffering a recurrence of an old calf injury.

But forward Mousa Dembele could be fit and Clint Dempsey should return from a thigh complaint, while Bryan Ruiz is available for selection again.

Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva has a season-ending cruciate ligament problem in his left knee.

With Steven Gerrard still out injured, Jay Spearing may replace him.

Eleven months after he returned to the club as manager following a 20-year absence, Anfield idol Kenny Dalglish is still thrilling Liverpool supporters with his canny guidance of their beloved club.

The stifling fear and numbing caution that briefly enveloped it under former boss Roy Hodgson has disappeared amid a tornado of positivity and energetic forward-thinking, both metaphorically and literally.

It's going to be a tough game...but we're at home and we have to try and win against every team, no matter who they are
Fulham forward Bryan Luiz

The Reds would be sitting pretty in the Champions League spots but for some inspired goalkeeping at Anfield of late, where five of their seven Premier League home games have been drawn. It's surely a matter of time before the searing form of Luis Suarez is properly rewarded.

Fulham are yet to really get going under former Tottenham boss Martin Jol. Just two wins so far this season testify to that, though the Cottagers did come away from Arsenal's Emirates Stadium with a 1-1 draw last weekend and have a stable squad packed with experienced players such as Danny Murphy, Brede Hangeland, Clint Dempsey and Bobby Zamora. Relegation, surely, is not a genuine worry.

After a late FC Twente winner on Thursday, Fulham - the 2010 Europa League finalists - must now win their final group game to guarantee progression to the last 32. Failure to do so may not be a disaster if the extra rest it would afford allows Fulham's Premier League form to seriously pick up next year.


Liverpool beat Fulham 5-2 at Craven Cottage in this fixture last season, Maxi Rodriguez scoring his second hat-trick in three games.
Fulham have failed to score in six of their last eight Premier League games against Liverpool.
In 20 Premier League games between the two clubs (going back to 2001), Fulham have won just three.
Liverpool beat Fulham 10-0 in a League Cup second-round match at Anfield in 1986.

Fulham have won just one of their last eight Premier League games at Craven Cottage (W1 D4 L3), a run which started with that 2-5 defeat by Liverpool in May.
This is Fulham's joint-worst record, in terms of points gained, after 13 games. Their 12 to date ranks alongside their total in 2005-2006 and 2007-2008.
Headers account for just 7% of Fulham's goals. That is the lowest percentage in the Premier League.

Liverpool are unbeaten in 11 matches in all competitions.
They have allowed their opponents fewer shots on target against them than any other team in the Premier League (44).
Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez averages 8.2 touches per game inside the opposition penalty area, more than any other top-flight player. (
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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:17:09 AM
Bryan Ruiz confident he can provide Fulham goals


Bryan Ruiz believes he can help provide the goals Fulham have lacked so far this season.

The 26-year-old winger watched from the stands last night as the Cottagers suffered a last-gasp 1-0 Europa League defeat to his former club FC Twente in Holland.

Ruiz was ineligible for the encounter that saw Fulham struggle going forward, which has become a hallmark of their season.

Aside from a 6-0 defeat of QPR, goals have been hard to come by but summer signing Ruiz is confident he can help sway things after a stop-start beginning to life in west London.

"I was not frustrated by my start at Fulham but of course I would like it to have been better," he said.

"It is a process I have to follow with Fulham in the Premier League and I am feeling very good.

"I feel strong and hopefully I will get more minutes.

"I think I can help provide goals. All the players will do our best and do better in the team.

"I think we have good quality up front. We have many good players that can score and create chances.

"We have to improve that because I know we can do much better.

"Personally, I will try to do my best as I know my team-mates will do too."

While not involved last night, Ruiz was a focal point of proceedings as he was honoured before the game kicked-off by the home side.

The Costa Rica international left Twente in the summer and was given a hero's welcome at De Grolsch Veste, where he did a lap of honour after receiving gifts from the club.

"It was really, really nice and very emotional to be on the pitch and say goodbye to the supporters," Ruiz said after the 15-minute fanfare.

"They invited me over a couple of weeks ago.

"I could not say goodbye to them before so it was nice to have the chance.

"I got a good reception and I am very thankful what they have done. For me it was remarkable.

"I have such good memories here and am thankful to them."

He added: "I think Fulham fans [now] know how special my stay in Twente was.

"I spent two years and won the championship, which had never happened here before.

"I won the cup and Super Cup twice so they recognised my job here and I am really thankful."

Ruiz hopes one day to receive such adulation in west London, but first wants to help Fulham get over last night's loss in the upcoming match with Liverpool.

"It was really nice to play against Arsenal [last weekend] and I am fit to play on Monday," he said.

"The team did well and I felt very good so I enjoyed it.

"Liverpool is a good team and it is a tough game, but we have to try and win against everyone at home.

"It was a shame to lose against Twente, but that is football.

"Fulham didn't play the best match and Twente, you could say, deserved to win the match more." (
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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:19:12 AM
United boss backs Fulham youngster to come good


NAS Bashir has backed Fulham's Corey Gameiro to come good after a testing start to his Hayes and Yeading loan spell.

The 18-year-old striker was withdrawn at half-time during his home debut as Hayes and Yeading were thumped 4-0 at home by Newport County on Tuesday night.

But the pacy Australian is making his way back from an injury that has interrupted his progress since he signed a two-year contract with the Cottagers in January.

Bashir says an initial one-month loan spell can help both Gameiro find his feet in English football once again and boost Hayes and Yeading's league position near the bottom of the Blue Square Premier.

"Corey has shown some good signs, but he has come in off the back of a long-term ankle injury," said Bashir. "But we will work with him and hopefully he can be good for us in moving forward.

"He is at a Premier League club and is an Australian youth international. He will add to what we have got and hopefully help us move up the table."
Gameiro's eye-catching form for the Fulham youth team after joining the club in 2010 resulted in him earning promotion to the reserves, but injury has curtailed his promising start. 

Hayes and Yeading travel to Hampton and Richmond Borough in the Middlesex Senior Cup tomorrow for the first part of a knockout double-header as they are back at the Beveree next Saturday for an FA Trophy first round tie.

Though assistant manager Tristan Lewis said earlier this week that the FA Trophy is the priority, Saturday's county cup tie has assumed greater importance after the midweek debacle at home to Newport.

Goalkeeper Carl Pentney may not be risked though after missing the Newport match due to an ankle injury.

Meanwhile, striker Lloyd Owusu has gone back to Barnet after the end of his one-month loan with Hayes and Yeading choosing not to extend the deal before last Thursday's emergency loan deadline. (
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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:23:43 AM
Fulham v LIVERPOOL: Henderson and Spearing to battle for injured Lucas' starting role

Hammer blow: Lucas had impressed this term

Lucas Leiva has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury so Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has to find a replacement in central midfield for Monday's trip to Fulham.

Summer signing Jordan Henderson and Jay Spearing, who has been a back-up all season, look the most likely contenders.

Captain Steven Gerrard is still sidelined with an ankle infection.

Provisional squad: Reina, Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Enrique, Henderson, Adam, Spearing, Downing, Kuyt, Suarez, Doni, Kelly, Carragher, Coates, Shelvey, Coady, Rodriguez, Carroll, Bellamy.

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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:24:51 AM
Ruiz: I can fire Fulham


Bryan Ruiz believes he can help provide the goals Fulham have lacked so far this season.

The 26-year-old winger watched from the stands as the Cottagers suffered a last-gasp 1-0 Europa League defeat to his former club FC Twente in Holland.

Ruiz was ineligible for the encounter that saw Fulham struggle going forward, which has become a hallmark of their season.

Aside from a 6-0 defeat of QPR, goals have been hard to come by but summer signing Ruiz is confident he can help sway things after a stop-start beginning to life in west London.

"I was not frustrated by my start at Fulham but of course I would like it to have been better," he said.

"It is a process I have to follow with Fulham in the Premier League and I am feeling very good. I feel strong and hopefully I will get more minutes. I think I can help provide goals. All the players will do our best and do better in the team.

"I think we have good quality up front.

"We have many good players that can score and create chances.

"We have to improve that because I know we can do much better.

"Personally, I will try to do my best as I know my team-mates will do too." (
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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:26:20 AM
Marc Janko

Another goal conceded in the final 15. Ugh.

And does anyone remember the goal scorer? I sure do. Rich even had a quality piece about him. Oh well…

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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:29:07 AM
Fulham v Liverpool: match preview
Read a full match preview of the Premier League game between Fulham and Liverpool at Craven Cottage on Monday Dec 05 2011, kick-off 20:00 GMT.

Monday, December 5
Fulham v Liverpool
Craven Cottage
Kick-off: 20.00 GMT
TV: Live Sky Sports 1

Fulham (Probable, 4-4-2): Schwarzer; Baird, Senderos, Hangelaand, Riise; Ruiz, Etuhu, Murphy, Dempsey; Zamora, Johnson.
Out: Kelly (groin), Grygera, Davies (both knee).
Tests: Duff (calf), Dembele (leg), Dempsey (thigh).

Liverpool (Probable, 4-4-2): Reina; Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique; Maxi, Adam, Spearing, Downing; Kuyt, Suarez. Out: Gerrard (ankle), Lucas (knee).

Referee: Kevin Friend (Matches 7, R0 Y31).

Team News
Damien Duff looks doubtful for Fulham's Monday night game at Craven Cottage.

The Republic of Ireland international was forced off in the first half of their Europa League 1-0 defeat at FC Twente following a 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.

Match Notes
The loss of midfielder Lucas through long-term injury provoked a somewhat hysterical reaction at Anfield.

The Brazilian has developed into an excellent player, but his absence should not derail his team’s recent upsurge.

Expect Jay Spearing to rise to prominence as a replacement, while Maxi Rodriguez will look to build on last season’s Craven Cottage hat-trick.

Fulham may have to revert to a defensive formation or suffer the consequences of an open contest as they did in their last meeting with the Merseysiders.

Stat of the game: Fulham have yet to concede a penalty – or receive a red card in the Premier League.

Betting: Home 2-1, Away 23-20, Draw 21-10.

Chris Bascombe’s prediction: Fulham 1 Liverpool 3. (
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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:30:07 AM
Duff big doubt for 'Pool clash

MARTIN Jol last night 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 by 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 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.

Meanwhile, Stoke boss Tony Pulis is hoping the draw for the last 32 of the Europa League will deal his side a kinder hand than they received in the group stages.

The Potters last night became the first English side this season to book their passage through to the knockout rounds thanks to a gritty 1-1 draw against Dynamo Kiev.

A Matthew Upson own goal in the first half gave the hosts an uphill task but they dominated the second period and got their reward nine minutes from time from Kenwyne Jones.

Pulis said: "What I'm desperate for is that we get a western European team. The supporters will be delighted if we can draw a team that's close enough to travel to." (
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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:31:26 AM
FC Twente v Fulham ~ Player Ratings
by LORK on DECEMBER 2, 2011

For 88 minutes it was a poor game which threatened to get become intriguing once in a while but those threats were just empty. Then Fulham managed to impressively disintigrate, firstly by switching off and allowing Janko to steal in at the far post, secondly with Andy Johnson inexplicably getting himself sent off.

How much blame can be attributed to Jol? Well had we stayed at 0-0, as we should have done, we would have been saying job done. And actually, looking at the game, we were relatively comfortable defensively despite all their play. We weren’t particuarly making last ditch blocks, and Schwarzer didn’t have to stretch himself once and that is no exaggurating. Both sides had two clear chances all game (Janko and De Jong for Twente, AJ and Zamora for us), so analysing the game like that and it would seem that it was a game that deserved a 0-0. However, alot of weight is given to intent in games like that, and we showed nothing in possession, asides from two or three passages of play, that demonstrated an intention of taking the game to Twente. Compare that with how we played against Arsenal, when our passing was progressive, and that makes the game very disappointing. Alot of credit must go to Twente who closed down our back four superbly, and very high up the pitch, so we couldn’t really pass out of our half with ease and when we lost the ball we were deep in our half. With a bit more invention, with our midfield dropping deeper or moving more intelligently, we could have perhaps played better.

Schwarzer – 6, wasn’t trouble one bit, not a save to make, not a difficult cross to claim. Communicated with defenders well, and had to kick long under pressure fairly frequently; when he did they were long and effective.

Kelly – 5, got burnt by Chadli twice fairly early on, and from then I thought that we were going to be in for a difficult game against him. However, Kelly seemed to pick up the pace of the game… until John came on in the second half and started causing all sorts of trouble down that side. Maybe needed Johnson or Etuhu to help cover a bit more but still, was beaten quite easily. Then he switched off totally for the goal. Disappointing display after what had been a good season so far for him.

Hangeland – 7, had to deal with alot of balls into the box because Twente were struggling to create opportunities and made a load of defensive clearances with his head. Also came across and intercepted well, didn’t need to go to ground much because we were never really that desperate. Also seemed like the only Fulham defender interested in playing the ball out of defence. Not sure how much blame can be given to him for the goal, not sure if he should have stopped but not sure if he would have made it, and anyway it was Kelly’s ball to deal with.

Hughes – 6, like Hangeland got his head to the ball well from crosses. Maybe could have given Kelly more assistance, but most of his problems were quite far out wide.

Riise – 6, his performance wasn’t great but I have sympathy for him. Up until Duff went off we were comfortable down that side but Frei does not cover like Duff does, and so Riise was left isolated. For the goal, the winger had all the time in the world on Riise’s side to cross the ball in but Riise had to come across to cover Hangeland who pressed the ball (and when the cross went in you could see how out of position Hangeland was, he and Hughes were in each others areas of the defence). Pitiful going forward though, offered little.

Etuhu – 6.5, again a good showing from Etuhu. The cliched wastefulness in possession wasn’t evident, he used the ball well overall when he had it which you can’t say for most of the team, and when we were defending he won the ball back often, and covered the defence well. I expect Sidwell will come back into the team when he recovers from injury. and so does Etuhu, but I hope he’s gone some way to proving the detractors wrong.

Murphy – 5.5, in a game where we are struggling on the ball and denied space Murphy was always going to struggle. Not to the extent that he was a liability, infact two of our brightest moments came from him with the through ball to AJ and the freekick to Zamora, but asides from that he really couldn’t get into the game. He wasn’t helped by our shocking movement.

Johnson – 4, I never, ever, ever want to see AJ at right mid ever. He offers us literally nothing. It just doesn’t make sense. His awareness of space to take the ball into and his ability to beat a man just doesn’t suit it at all. He won’t come short, take the ball, pass, move, he’ll just push up on the left back. His two best moments came when he found himself upfront; one when Murphy almost found him with a through ball and the second when the ball was palmed out to him and he should have scored from 8 yards. I can’t blame him really, and surely Jol must see that. Our best performance of the season came with AJ and Zamora upfront with Dembele on the right. If Jol was worried about being exposed defensively then that doesn’t make sense either, since AJ under Roy dropped deep without the ball and protected the midfield and Dembele works really hard and effectively when we defend too. If he wanted a 4-4-1-1 with Dembele up top then play Kasami, just don’t play Johnson out there. And then there’s the sending off which is so nonsensical I don’t really want to write about it. As far as I’m concerned, AJ can go in January.

Duff – 6, kinda involved, saw a fair amount of the ball anyway, before his calf injury reappeared.

Dembele – 6, worked quite hard and sometimes threatened to create. Problem was when he did create space there was no one ahead of him to pass to.

Zamora – 5.5, his layoffs were poor all game and why he didn’t run infront of his defender when Frei cut the ball back from the byline I don’t know (something that AJ perhaps would have done…). When we struggled to hold the ball we needed Zamora to play well and he didn’t.


Frei – 6, if there was one bright point out of the game at Twente it was Frei. He demonstrated why calls for him to start were still very premature, he’s naive defensively and his movement off the ball isn’t great, but he at least offered us some sort of ‘cutting edge’. When he ran at defenders we managed to creat stuff, and if we were more offensive perhaps we could have reaped rewards. I was pleased when he came on for Duff because I thought Frei more than anyone on our bench could give us the outlet we were sorely lacking. A really good sub for now, and as he matures he’ll be a very exciting player.

Kasami – N/A, came on late for the injured Dembele, and like Frei showed some offensive enthusiasm at least.

Sa – N/A, a token sub for Zamora. Put the defenders under pressure when closing down at least. Suprised to see him after he played for the reserves but good to see him back. Hopefully he’ll play against Odense. (
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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:32:28 AM
Woodrow Turns Pro

The Club can confirm that Cauley Woodrow has signed a professional contract that will keep the player at Fulham until June 2014.

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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:33:24 AM
Manchester City Fixture

Fulham’s Barclays Premier League fixture against Manchester City at Eastlands on Saturday 4th February has been selected for televised coverage on ESPN. The fixture will now kick-off at 5:30pm.

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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:34:22 AM
Euro Watch

With just one victory standing between Fulham and the knockout stages of the UEFA Europa League for the second time in three seasons, we're asking Whites fans to share their European tour experiences every step of the way.

Having had such a great response to our requests for your photos from our European away trips up to this point, we're now inviting anyone that travelled to Enschede in the Netherlands for the match against FC Twente to send in their pictures from your journey to Holland, hanging out with fellow Fulham fans, or from the match itself.

Please send any pictures you have to, along with brief captions, and we'll feature the best in the matchday programme for the crunch home match against Odense BK.

The closing date for submissions is Wednesday 7th December at 12pm. We look forward to seeing your snaps!

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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:35:23 AM
It`s Not Hughes!

Yesterday we reported on how our former boss, Mark Hughes, was being linked with the vacant post at Sunderland.

Having shown Steve Bruce the door, Hughes perhaps had aspirations of walking back into a top-flight job.

Well it appears that the job has now been filled but it isn`t Hughes who has got the nod.

Instead it looks very much like Sunderland have given Martin O`Neill the chance to resurrect his Premier League managerial career.

I wonder how that`ll go down with the Aston Villa fans he left in the lurch!

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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:36:14 AM
Duff Blow

After the defeat to Twente last night, Martin Jol confirmed that Damien Duff will be sidelined this weekend.

As the pundits suggested, Damien had a recurrence of the calf problem that had affected him recently with Jol confirming,

"Duff has (suffered a recurrence) of the old problem with his calf injury that kept him out for two weeks. He came back and had the same problem."

Unfortunate to say the least!

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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:37:22 AM
Jol on FC Twente Defeat

The manner in which we lost, in Holland last night, was disappointing.

I was one of the thousands that thought we`d done the hard work but to concede that late goal and then see AJ sent off was a bitter pill to swallow.

After the game, Martin Jol had a few words to say about the match, starting with the red card that will rule AJ out of the must-win game against Odense,

"It was probably not what you want. You need all your players, especially Andy, who has scored goals in Europe."

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

"It could have been a nice game. They`ve got a good team. They score goals. It would have been only the second time in about 42 games if they hadn`t scored."

"We knew we`d have to win the last game anyway. But the goal was disappointing."

"Somebody slipped and then we speculated on the offside. Normally we are very good at defending crosses."

All eyes are now focused on Odense, apart from when we indulge in the small matter of a Premier League game this weekend against high-flying Liverpool.

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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:38:00 AM
Winger Target?

It looks as if Martin Jol is casting a watchful eye or two on the lower leagues when it comes to adding to our squad.

Having already been linked with the young Bournemouth player, Marc Pugh, we`re now linked with another Football League up and coming star.

The lad in question is Albert Adomah who is currently on the books of Bristol City.

It`s inferred that we could be trying to lure the lad to Craven Cottage this January, but as you`d probably expect, we`re not alone in expressing an apparent interest with manager-less Sunderland also said to be interested.

As Shaw Taylor used to say on Police 5 - keep`em peeled!

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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:39:18 AM
Woodrow signs professional contract
by DAN on DECEMBER 2, 2011


Fulham confirmed this afternoon that teenage striker Cauley Woodrow has signed a professional contract with the club until June 2014.

The striker, who celebrates his seventeenth birthday today, signed for Fulham last March from Luton Town for a six figure fee.
Woodrow, who has represented England at under-17 level, and has impressed as a regular goalscorer for Fulham’s under-18 side this season. (
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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:40:21 AM
Win with Jack Wolfskin

Liverpool will be visiting SW6 this Monday (Kick-Off 8pm) and if you have secured your ticket you could be in with a chance of taking part in the half-time competition that will take place on the turf at Craven Cottage.

Four brand new participants will be positioned in each corner of the pitch with a ball and have one kick to get their ball as close to the centre spot as they can. The closest ball wins!

Entering this competition is easy. If you have a ticket for the Liverpool game, simply visit our Fulham FC Official Facebook page and “like” the status regarding the competition*.

Thanks to our Official Outdoor Equipment Partner Jack Wolfskin, the four lucky fans that have been selected will have the chance to leave the game with some fantastic products. Up for grabs this time is the Jack Wolfskin Beanie, Jack Wolfskin Paw Gloves and Jack Wolfskin Bike and Hike Pack.

So enter the competition today and you could be gracing the Craven Cottage pitch on Monday! Be sure to visit one of the Jack Wolfskin stores in Covent Garden, Regent Street or Westfield if you aren’t lucky enough to be the winner this time.

*If you enter this competition, please check your Facebook message inbox at 12:00pm on Monday to see if you have been selected. Please do not enter if you have not got a ticket for the match against Liverpool. Good luck!


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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:41:46 AM
Opta Stats: Liverpool to keep Fulham's misfiring attack quiet

Michael Lintorn has completed his weekly forage through Opta's magnificent stats, using them to pick out some bets for this weekend's Premier League games...

Fulham v Liverpool (Monday, 20:00, Sky Sports 1)
Fulham have failed to score in six of their last eight Premier League games against Liverpool
Having been shut out on Thursday by Twente, Fulham's only goal in their last three outings was a Thomas Vermaelen own goal. That's not the kind of record that you want to take into a clash with a club who you traditionally struggle against, especially when they are in sensational form. Liverpool have conceded just twice in five games, and those blemishes were inflicted by Chelsea and Manchester City. (
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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:43:54 AM
Squad sheets: Fulham v Liverpool

Mixed emotions will accompany Liverpool on their annual trip to the Thames. The squad will reflect fondly on how they beat the hosts 5-2 in this fixture last season with a breathless and, at times, awesome, attacking display, but there will also be sadness at the recent loss of Lucas Leiva to a season-ending knee injury. The Brazil midfielder has become an integral part of Kenny Dalglish's side and without him they may struggle significantly. Fulham, buoyed by last week's draw at Arsenal, will aim to test the visitors' resolve. Sachin Nakrani

Venue Craven Cottage

Tickets Sold out

Last season Fulham 2 Liverpool 5

Referee K Friend

This season's matches 7 Y31, R0, 4.43 cards per game

Odds Fulham 12-5 Liverpool 11-10 Draw 23-10

Fulham v Liverpool: Probable starters in bold, contenders in light. Photograph: Graphic


Subs from Etheridge, Somogyi, Kasami, Ruiz, Gecov, Sidwell, Johnson, Frei, Burn, Kacaniklic, Marsh-Brown, Tankovic, Davies Doubtful Duff (calf)

Injured Kelly (groin, 5 Dec), Senderos (thigh, 5 Dec), Sa (hamstring, 10 Dec), Grygera (knee, May)

Suspended None

Form guide DDLWLL

Disciplinary record Y30 R0

Leading scorer Johnson, Zamora, Dempsey 3


Subs from Doni, Downing, Kelly, Carragher, Carroll, Coates, Aurélio, Wilson, Flanagan, Henderson

Doubtful None

Injured Gerrard (ankle, Dec), Lucas (knee, Aug)

Suspended None

Form guide DWDWDD

Disciplinary record Y21 R2

Leading scorer Suárez 4

Match pointers

• A total of 12 points from 13 games represents Fulham's joint-worst start to a Premier League season

• Liverpool have won their last three away league games; they have not won four in a row since May 2009

• Danny Murphy has committed more fouls (18) than any other Fulham player this season

• Luis Suárez is averaging 8.2 touches per game inside the opposition penalty area, a Premier League high

• Headed goals account for just 7% of Fulham's tally this season, a division low (
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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:47:49 AM
Fulham V Liverpool | Tactical & Stats Preview

And what a week that was. From Chelsea to City and back again. Two fantastic performances put in by the players. Then right back down to earth with the hide-under-the-duvet moment when we found out the unfortunate news of Lucas’s bad injury. After putting in a couple of bone crunching displays against City and Chelsea, Lucas was just starting to get the far reaching acclaim most of us thought he should have been getting a year ago. Sod’s law they say, or Murphy’s law where I hail from. Whatever law it is, it’s suddenly caused me to be prone to muttering “it’s not fair, it’s not fair” sporadically throughout my working day. I’m sure all LFC fans will join me in wishing the lad good luck, and reiterating our most prestigious adage to him: you’ll not walk alone on this journey Lucas. Get well soon.

Next up is Monday night football with the fuzzy upper-lipped Neville one.  A tactically aware guilty pleasure anyone? As mentioned above Liverpool go into the game on the back of, well not two, but three very promising displays, the two away games against Chelsea, and the home game against the runaway league leaders City at Anfield. If we can maintain that kind of elevated performance level against Fulham then we might not have too much to worry about. Liverpool’s form in all competitions reads something like this: WDWDWWDDWWW that makes 11 games unbeaten in all competitions. Our last defeat, nearly 3 months ago, now fading into distance, was against Tottenham on 18th September 2011. We are most definitely on a roll people, and after the madness of the H & G and Hodgson era’s who could begrudge us. Our December fixtures which includes 6 games are: Fulham (away), QPR (home), Villa (away), Wigan (away), Blackburn (home) and Newcastle (home). Certainly if we can just sort out our home form against supposedly teams we should beat then these are all games that are very winnable. Certainly we should be aiming to be still unbeaten come January. If we can win the majority of these games I would expect us to be in at least third place come the turn of the year. Currently we are sixth in the table on 23 points. With two teams above us, Newcastle and Chelsea meeting this weekend, on 26 and 25 points respectively, a loss for either one may give us a chance of moving up a place in the table if we beat Fulham on Monday night. Whatever the result, if we win our game we will have gained some points on those two above us.

Fulham go into the game on the back of an away 1-0 loss in the Europa League against FC Twente on Thursday. Preceding that though, in the Premier League they had an impressive away performance against Arsenal at the Emirates where the game ended 1-1. Fulham led the game from the 65th minute with Arsenal equalising in the 82nd, so Fulham fans were probably a little dis-heartened that they didn’t come away with the win in the end. Fulham’s form and with only one win in the last 6 reads: DDLWLL – that one and only win a 2-0 away win against Wigan. The losses were against Spurs, Everton and Stoke. You wouldn’t say that was very impressive form at the moment. They sit 15th in the table on 13 points with Swansea and WBA immediately above them on 15 points. So they could conceivably go above those two teams with a win against ourselves at Craven Cottage.

Fulham Scouting Report
So let’s take a look at how Fulham set up, their formation, and who their key men have been so far this season. Martin Jol plays a pretty solid 4-4-2, with the standard 2 full backs and holding player in midfield alongside a more attacking minded midfielder that will link defence with attack.

Jol is another advocate of the passing game, and he likes his teams to keep the ball on the ground – for a team sitting in 15th place it’s quite surprising they have completed 4523 accurate open play passes, the average in the Premier League so far this season per team is 4253. That gives them a pass completion rate of 80% and as you can see from the Open Play Pass Completion chart, it puts them on a par with us for the season. Along with Swansea it’s nice to see some of the teams outside the top six adapting this more aesthetically pleasing approach to the game. Certainly since Barcelona have started to dominate it’s giving teams more confidence to try this passing game rather than the kick and hope physical game the Premier League has become known for the last few years.

This is how I think Fulham will line up. Senderos and Hangeland should occupy the two centre back positions with Riise and Baird as full backs who will try to get forward and provide width and support the attack when they can. Etuhu should patrol in front of the back four and come across to cover any of the full backs who get caught out of position when up field. Murphy will sit slightly advanced from Etuhu and try to provide some through balls for Fulham’s forward line. He’ll keep Fulham’s game ticking over and will also look for long passes out to the wings when he can. Due to Duff being injured, Ruiz started away against Arsenal so I’m assuming he will start against us out on the right wing. He won’t only provide width as he is comfortable at coming inside, shooting with his left foot and linking up with Dembele and Zamora up front. Dembele will occupy that zone in between the lines in front of the back four and don’t be surprised to see him drop back beyond the halfway line to get an extra man in midfield for Fulham. Zamora will fill the target man role up front and he will give Fulham quite a physical presence in that area. He is a clever player who has been around a while, he can hold the ball up well, will run into the channels and fight and scrap for every ball. He will also bring players into the game with his hold up play. Something our centre halves will need to be wary off.

Lastly, and most interestingly is Dempsey’s position. He will start out on the left but if you study his average positions in the games he has played, he quite often drifts inside and will make a lot of his passes in the zone Dembele occupies – as you can see from the Guardian Chalkboard’s heatmap above – in both the games against Fulham and Tottenham. Particularly in the game against Spurs, you can see his passing percentages of 38% and 21%, so 49% of his passes were actually so far forward you could mistake them for Zamora’s. Furthermore, with 0/3 accurate crosses for the season, this may be as result of his emphasis to come inside, either way, we don’t have to worry too much about Dempsey getting to the byline and putting crosses into our box.

In the above table the red highlighted areas indicate a stat which is best in that particular area and the yellow indicates who has the the worst stat. For example Clint Dempsey has the worst amount of shots off target at 14, while Danny Murphy only has 2 shots off target all season. Just taking a quick glance at the table you can notice the amount of stats that Murphy comes out top on, with Dempsey coming in a close second.  Both Murphy and Dempsey have played 13 games this season, however, Murphy has completed 663 passes, almost twice the amount of Dempsey on 349. 60% of Murphy’s passes also go forward – coming out top in that area. He also has the best crossing accuracy and chances created on the table at 29% and 33 chances created respectively. He shoots the least often, every 180 minutes, but is the most accurate with his shooting with 67%. It’s clear that a lot of Fulham’s midfield play comes through Murphy so it will be imperative both our centre midfield players close him down and not give him too much time on the ball.

Not to be overlooked is Clint Dempsey, as in the Goal attempts section on the table he comes out top in most areas. Dempsey has scored 3 goals, equal with Zamora who is a centre forward, has had more shots on target at 20, shoots more often with a shot every 34 minutes and also has a shot on target every 58 minutes. Again, clear that Dempsey, despite playing in midfield, is the most danger in front of goal. So it will be extremely important that the right side of our defence and our holding midfielder are prepared for his shooting and try to get out and close down them shots. In fact it’s not just Dempsey who is accurate when it comes to shooting – from the chart attached you can see Fulham are fifth best in the Premier League table of shooting accuracy with 49%.

Liverpool Offensive/Defensive Formation
n the last 3 games we have managed to beat Chelsea away twice, and matched, if not bettered City’s billionaire backed team at Anfield. So what has changed from the dull bore draws against Swansea and Norwich et al. The team has been set up mostly with quick thinking players who have a keen footballing brain and can spot when to pass and when not to pass. Including Maxi and Bellamy in the games has been the catalyst to linking up our whole attacking sense of being. As a result, here is my graphic in how I would set up our team against Fulham. At this stage of the season I think the back four just picks itself. Although Carra & Coates came in and done brilliantly against Chelsea in the Carling Cup I just don’t see the point in changing the back four when they performed so well against a full strength City and Chelsea side in the league games. Maybe I’m just old school – but you don’t change a performing back four. Agger has been outstanding in recent games and we missed his passing skills at the back when he was out injured. Enrique has been a revelation on the left side, and with Johnson coming back into form and scoring a brilliant goal against Chelsea, I see no need to change the full backs. That leaves Skrtel fighting for a place with Carra. However, as the below table of stats show – Skrtel has been holding his own at the centre of our defence. He comes out top on tackles % won at 93% and aerial duels % won at 86.9%. Not to mention 20 headed clearances and 34 successful clearances. When you throw in the partnership he is beginning to form with Agger I believe at this moment in time they are the centre back pairing to go with.

When it comes to the midfield I believe Adam picks himself at the moment. The other position is open up to more debate. With Lucas’s unfortunate injury it leaves a space open for somebody to really stake their claim. For me, with this game being played away, and against Etuhu and Danny Murphy in the Fulham midfield, I would go with Spearing. I believe we really need his tenacity in midfield for this game. At the moment I think Henderson might be slightly lightweight for the centre midfield role. Especially away in a game like this. Perhaps if it was a home game against Fulham, I would try Adam in the Alonso role, sitting in front of the back four, and have Henderson in his usual position as an attacking midfielder, linking defence with attack. I just feel this is a game too soon for Henderson to step in. I could be very wrong, but it is just my opinion for the moment.

Another player I would like to see continue in the team is Maxi. At the heart of our most recent revival his passing accuracy and incisive runs might be the difference against Fulham. In the above proposed team graphic I have Maxi on the right, but I would like himself and Downing to switch positions during the game, as I believe Fulham could be vulnerable to a more traditional winger. That is why I’ve included Downing in the team as opposed to Kuyt. Fulham are a team who play quite narrow and when you look at their average positions (see StatsZone graphic) in games their midfield can become quite congested. Arsenal who also like to play through the centre, had a hard time breaking them down due to this congested midfield. This is something we have to try to avoid happening in our game with them. Notice how far infield both Dempsey and Ruiz are in the Statzone graphic. This is where I think Downing will be important. If he can hug the touchline on either side then it will drag either Ruiz or Dempsey out wide to cover his full back. This in turn will leave some much needed space in midfield for Suarez and Bellamy to operate.

Lastly I would like to see Bellamy and Suarez given the chance to let their partnership up front develop some more. In the league game against Chelsea, in particular they really did flourish. With Bellamy scoring and providing goals now it would seem he has a bit more form than Andy Carroll at the moment. Add that to the fact that Maxi, Bellamy and Suarez are starting to develop an understanding up front, I believe this is the frontline we should start with against Fulham.

So is there an area of the Fulham defence that can be exploited? Let’s take a look at the stats for the Fulham defence for this season. Again, red highlighted is a positive, yellow a negative. Quite a mixed bag in the table. From the stats it would seem that Hangeland is the more combative of the centre halves. He has 101 ground 50-50′s in total from 13 games played, nearly twice as much as Riise with 58 in second place. That is 7.7 ground 50-50′s per game. Hangeland also comes out tops in the aerial 50-50′s with 53, again nearly twice as much as his nearest team-mate.  With Senderos with only 25 ground 50-50′s with 5 games played he is averaging only 5 per game. Senderos has also only made 3 tackles from his 5 games played. From this we can conclude that maybe Senderos doesn’t get involved too much in the physical side of defending, and rather than jumping into tackles, likes to jockey his player and try to nick the ball from him. For that reason it would seem Bellamy and Suarez would be the perfect forwards for him to go up against. As a consequence I believe if we can get Suarez and Bellamy to drift away from Senderos and try to receive the ball in and around Hangeland, we may get some success from Hangeland’s propensity to jump into tackles. Bellamy and Suarez may be too tricky for him on occasions. I expect we might see Hangeland concede a few free kicks from trying to keep up with Bellamy and Suarez if they play.

Summary LFC defence
1. Watch Riise with his left foot – and his crosses. Total of 45 crosses attempted this season. Only Duff with more on 74.

2. Dempsey will come inside and shoot. Has high shooting stats. Right side of our team should be wary of his shooting and playing in between the lines and we should look to close him down.

3. Murphy is the playmaker. Will set up chances. Will get the ball forward quickly and will try incisive through balls to his team-mates. Spearing and Adam must get close to him and try to stop him playing.

4. Zamora – clever at holding the ball up. Will take the ball into his feet and try to bring other players into the game. Our centre halves must be aware of him backing into them and spinning off them. Our defensive midfielder must try to win any second balls that come from him.

Summary LFC attack
1. Adam should try to bring Downing into play with cross-field passes. This will stretch Fulham’s narrow midfield and create space in the centre for Suarez and Bellamy to operate.

2. Downing and Maxi to switch wings during the game to try to exploit a weakness in Fulham defence.

3. Maxi to link up with Suarez and Bellamy and make runs beyond the Fulham centre backs who are not the quickest.

4. Suarez and Bellamy to try to receive the ball on Hangeland’s side and try to draw tackles so they can win free kicks or dribble past Hangeland as he is prone to jumping in.

If we follow these points I believe we will have a great chance of winning the game. Here’s to 3 points and a win. (
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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:49:26 AM
Vital Preview: Fulham vs. Liverpool

It`s been a dramatic week for Liverpool and after the high of Tuesday`s Carling Cup quarter-final victory over Chelsea, the Merseysiders return to the capital on Monday night for a league encounter with Fulham. Unfortunately the trip to Craven Cottage will be made without Lucas Leiva after the key midfielder suffered a season ending knee injury at Stamford Bridge. Preceding the midweek cup progression, the Reds had also impressed in their last league outing despite dropping another 2 points at home against table toppers Manchester City. So far this season, despite having played a game less on their travels, Liverpool have picked up more points away from L1 than at Anfield (12 points from 6 away compared to 11 from 7 at home). Kenny Dalglish`s men will no doubt start as favourites to add another 3 points to the tally against Martin Jol`s struggling Cottagers who currently lie 15th in the table.

Vital Quotes:
"I am sure I will come back stronger. I will achieve everything that I dream with the LFC shirt. I am sure I'll never walk alone." Tweeted by injured star Lucas

"It could be my toughest job. I think so, yes. At other clubs where I've been you win six out of ten games, and it is easier of course." Fulham boss Martin Jol

Fulham Team News:
Experienced winger Damien Duff is a big doubt for Fulham following the recurrence of a calf injury during the 1-0 loss to FC Twente in the Europa League on Thursday night. Also unlikely to feature are midfielder Steve Sidwell (hernia) and long-term absentee Simon Davies (knee). £10.6m signing Bryan Ruiz is available after being cup-tied in midweek and will hope to begin repaying the club`s big investment with goals, having so far struggled to adapt to the rigours of English football. Fellow attacking players Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey look likely to recover from minor knocks in time to start. Missing since the beginning of November, Czech international defender Zdenek Grygera will be out for another six months with the same anterior cruciate ligament injury that befell Lucas this week.

Player to watch: Moussa Dembele
The 24-year-old Belgium international has been in a rich vein of form over recent weeks and manager Martin Jol has moved to ward off potential suitors after Lokomotiv Moscow and Tottenham were both linked with the former AZ Alkmaar striker. Dembele has great pace and technique, which allied to his good footwork make him a dangerous player. If he can become more clinical in front of goal a glittering future lies ahead. Dembele netted for Fulham against Liverpool last season but his team were soundly beaten 5-2 at Craven Cottage.

Liverpool Team News:
In the face of losing Lucas for the season, Liverpool will be hoping to get a fit Steven Gerrard back quickly although this game will surely come too soon. Sensing the need to boost the squad strength in midfield, Jonjo Shelvey has returned from his impressive loan spell at Championship outfit Blackpool. More likely to replace Lucas in the starting line-up however is local lad Jay Spearing whose 4 starts this season have all come in the Carling Cup. Another option is moving Jordan Henderson to his favoured central position, the summer signing from Sunderland having mainly featured on the right-hand side of midfield to date. Liverpool have no other known injury concerns but do have some difficult selection decisions. Jamie Carragher, Martin Kelly, Maxi Rodriguez and Craig Bellamy all impressed against Chelsea and will be hoping to retain their places against Fulham.

Player to watch: Stuart Downing
Rested against Chelsea on Tuesday night, the England international has had an inconsistent time since joining for £20m from Aston Villa in July. His natural strengths of pace, width and directness are things Liverpool have lacked over the past few seasons and on paper the former Middlesbrough man looked an astute signing. After a bright start to his career at Anfield, Downing has flattered to deceive in many games and only shown glimpses of his true ability. However, the 27-year-old followed a great performance for England recently by starring against Manchester City last time out and will now be hoping to add consistency to his performances in a red shirt.

Match Facts & Stats
• Liverpool and Fulham have met a total of 61 times in all competitions. Liverpool hold the upper hand overall with 35 wins to Fulham`s 10 (16 draws).

• Liverpool are on an unbeaten run of 11 matches in all competitions.

• Kenny Dalglish has never lost to Fulham whilst at Liverpool, with two draws as a player and four wins in the dugout.

• Fulham have failed to score in six of their last eight Premier League games against Liverpool.

• Liverpool are yet to register a draw at Craven Cottage in the Premiership era with 6 wins and 4 draws to date.

• Liverpool have won 104 corners so far this season in the league, more than any other team in the top division.

Ref Watch:
Leicestershire official Kevin Friend is the Premier League`s appointed official for this contest. So far this season the 40-year-old has officiated in 11 games and produced 41 yellow and 1 red card in the process. Friend has taken charge of both sides on one previous occasion with Liverpool winning 2-1 against Wolves in September and Fulham losing by the same score against Newcastle back in August.

Match Prediction:
Despite the disappointing loss of Lucas, Liverpool should still have too much for a decent if under performing Fulham. It won`t be easy however and the likes of Dembele, Dempsey and Brende Hangeland plus former Liverpool players Danny Murphy and John Arne Riise are all top quality players. It will be interesting to see what team Dalglish selects as traditionally Fulham are a fairly physical team and accordingly you could expect the likes of Carragher and Andy Carroll to be selected. I hope not and we again utilise Craig Bellamy as chief support to Luis Suarez. My prediction is a 2-1 away win.

Next Fixtures:
Liverpool - Premier League vs QPR at Anfield on Saturday 10th Decmber 2011, kick off 3.00pm.

Fulham - Premier League vs Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday 10th December 2011, kick off 3.00pm.

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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:51:11 AM
Fatigue not an excuse for England's failures insists Schwarzer

Mark Schwarzer insists end-of-season fatigue cannot be used as an excuse for England's failure at major tournaments.
The Fulham goalkeeper, Australia's most capped player with 94 appearances, said: 'After the 2009-10 season, when we got to the Europa League final and I played 70 games, I went to a World Cup. If that doesn't lift anyone then nothing will.'

Tired and tested: Mark Schwarzer says there can be no excuses

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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:53:11 AM
Fulham express interest in signing Spanish legend Raul in the summer

Fulham are leading the chase for Spain's all-time leading goalscorer Raul.

The striker's contract with Schalke expires at the end of the season but he is unlikely to stay in Germany, having only been offered a one-year deal.

Hit man: Schalke and former Real Madrid striker Raul, left,

Fulham have already been in contact with his representatives but have not made an offer.

Blackburn also retain an interest in the former Real Madrid star, 34, but are unlikely to be able to afford him.

Meanwhile, Steve Kean wants to move for Greek midfielder Georgios Fotakis.

Sportsmail revealed Rovers' interest and they sent scouts to watch the £1m-rated 30-year-old in PAOK Salonika's Europa League win over Spurs this week.

Kean intends to ask the club to sanction a move at a board meeting on Monday.

The Blackburn manager wants three players in January, including a striker and a defender

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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:54:29 AM
Fulham mull summer move for Raul
by DAN on DECEMBER 3, 2011


Fulham are considering making a move to bring Spanish legend Raul to Craven Cottage in the summer, according to the Daily Mail.

The 34 year-old, who is Spain’s leading international goalscorer, will be out of contract at Schalke at the end of this season and looks unlikely to stay with the Bundesliga side having only been offered a one-year deal. The paper claims that Fulham have already had initial discussions with Raul’s agent but have had to table a formal offer. The same report lists Blackburn as being interested in bringing the former Real Madrid striker to the Premier League.

Raul, who is Real’s highest all-time scorer, has scored 25 goals in 66 appearances for Schalke since leaving the Bernabeu in August 2010. (
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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:55:47 AM
Gameiro backed to shine at Hayes
by DAN on DECEMBER 3, 2011


Hayes and Yeading manager Nas Bashir says Corey Gameiro can shine with the Blue Square Premier side despite a difficult start to his loan spell at Church Road.

The Fulham striker, who made his debut for the club in the defeat at Alfreton Town, was substituted at half-time in midweek as Hayes were humbled 4-0 at home by Newport County. But Bashir believes the Australian teenager can display his undoubted talent once he shakes off an ankle injury that has disrupted his season with Fulham to date.

Corey has shown some good signs, but he has come in off the back of a long-term ankle injury. But we will work with him and hopefully he can be good for us in moving forward.

He is at a Premier League club and is an Australian youth international. He will add to what we have got and hopefully help us move up the table.

Gameiro has been sent out on loan to build up his match fitness after that ankle injury curtailed a bright start to the new season with the Whites. Such was his goalscoring form in the Under-18 side that the 18 year-old was promoted to Billy McKinlay’s reserve side. Gameiro is expected to feature in the Middlesex Senior Cup tie at Hampton and Richmond later today. (
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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:57:03 AM
Fulham watching Dijon defender
by DAN on DECEMBER 3, 2011


The Sun are reporting that Fulham are keeping tabs on Dijon defender Abdoulaye Bamba.

Martin Jol is in the market for a right back when the transfer window reopens in January after Zdenek Grygera was ruled out for six months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament against Tottenham last month. Bamba was a highly-rated youth footballer in Italy after moving from his native Ivory Coast when he was a young boy. Bamba spent nearly a decade with Italian giants Juventus but moved to Dijon when he signed his first professional contract – a two-year deal with the French side.

Bamba, 21, has made 23 appearances for Dijon after helping the Reds reach the top flight after gaining their first promotion ever in the 2010-11 season. The Sun believes a bid of around £200,00 would be enough to bring the youngster to the Premier League. (
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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 08:59:05 AM
Fulham v Liverpool FC Preview: Kenny Dalglish eyes more capital joy

LIVERPOOL FC have been enjoying their short stays in the capital.

Already this season Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool FC men have celebrated a first ever victory at the Emirates Stadium and two impressive wins at Stamford Bridge.

September’s day to forget at Tottenham remains the only blot on their copybook.

Liverpool FC return to London on Monday night with the glorious memories of last season’s trip to Craven Cottage still fresh.

It was an evening which showcased just how far LFC had come under Dalglish as they ruthlessly put Fulham to the sword with a scintillating attacking display.

Liverpool FC were 3-0 up inside 16 minutes and a 5-2 defeat flattered the hosts. Maxi Rodriguez helped himself to a hat-trick with Dirk Kuyt and Luis Suarez completing the rout.

If the Reds can reach those heights again they will equal a club record.

Only twice in their history have Liverpool secured seven successive away wins in all competitions and they haven’t achieved the feat since 1988.

After a week in which his players more than matched Manchester City and then dumped Chelsea out of the Carling Cup, Dalglish is looking for high standards to be maintained against Martin Jol’s side.

“We’ve had some good results in London and let’s hope it continues,” Dalglish said.

“We won’t rest on our laurels. We played really well at Fulham last year but this is a different game, they have a different manager and there are new players for them and for us.

“Fulham have done well. Martin is a good coach so I’m sure they’ll respond well to his thoughts.

“Sometimes it takes a little bit of time to put your own thoughts into the team, but Fulham are very good at home.

“We know it’s going to be difficult. They have had a decent run and drew at Arsenal last weekend.

“But at the moment I think we’re making it difficult for other teams as well. We will see what we can get.”

Liverpool FC received plenty of plaudits for their display against unbeaten leaders Manchester City at Anfield last Sunday which deserved more than a point.

But Dalglish insists no-one was in the mood to celebrate a share of the spoils.

“We’re never going to be happy with a draw against anybody – we’re happy with wins,” he said.

“We were delighted with the way we played, but I think we set our standards a little bit higher than drawing against people.

“I think we deserve better than that, I think we are better than that, and it’s up to us to stand up and be counted and start winning games.

“We’ve done fantastically well and in most of the games we’ve played at home I think we should have come away with three points.

“We’ll continue preaching the same philosophy and eventually it is going to come good.”

The Reds are unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions since the hammering they endured at White Hart Lane 11 weeks ago.

A feature of that run has been the manner in which Dalglish’s side have finished games strongly and the boss says that’s testament to the hard yards put in at Melwood.

He said: “We’ve been delighted with the approach from our players on and off the pitch.

“If you train well you will last the pace better and we certainly haven’t had a problem with fitness for any one of our players.

“It’s a credit to them as well as the coaching staff, Steve (Clarke) and Kevin (Keen), as well as the fitness people. You only get out of life what you put into it.

“I don’t think there is any one of our players who lack fitness or desire. We’re happy we’ve got both of them in abundance.”

Tuesday’s Carling Cup victory over Chelsea was overshadowed by the serious knee injury suffered by Lucas Leiva which will rule him out for the rest of the season.

But the tie also underlined the strength of Dalglish’s squad.

He made seven changes but with Jamie Carragher, Sebastian Coates, Martin Kelly, Jay Spearing, Maxi Rodriguez, Andy Carroll and Craig Bellamy coming into the side the Reds were comfortable winners.

Dalglish admits he has some tough selection decisions to make ahead of the clash with Fulham.

“The strength of your squad is the ability of the ones who don’t play as often as the others,” he said. “There are some of the lads who started the other night who would like to have played more often than they have done, but there is strong opposition here for places.

“It’s great credit to them they can go out and put in a fantastic performance like that.

“It does make it more difficult to select a team but it makes it more pleasant as well when you watch them play.

“It’s never easy to leave anybody out. They train all week and want to play, but until somebody allows us to put 20 on the pitch we’re going to have a problem.

“All they can do is keep themselves fit and prepared. If they keep themselves prepared, they give themselves the best opportunity of impressing – and they certainly were impressive on Tuesday night.

“I don’t get any enjoyment out of leaving anybody out of the team. You can sympathise with them if they’re disappointed – but then you’d be disappointed if they weren’t disappointed.”

Fulham have won just twice in the league so far this season and find themselves only three points above the drop zone.

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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 09:11:34 AM

Celtic determined to keep Everton, Fulham target Matthews

Celtic are keen to hold onto young full-back Adam Matthews amidst interest from Everton and Fulham.

The 19-year old Wales international has started 12 of the Hoops’ 16 league games this season but there are fears he may lose his first team spot when Swedish defender Mikael Lustig joins the club in January.

Despite that speculation, Lennon is determined to keep Matthews at Parkhead as the Toffees and Cottagers continue to keep an eye on him.

He also indicated that Liverpool and Newcastle United targets Beram Kayal, Ki Sung-yeung and Gary Hooper are required Celtic players.

"We think they are very talented players, but we are certainly in no rush to let Adam go,” Lennon said. (
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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 09:27:15 AM
John Arne Riise gears up for Liverpool showdown


JOHN Arne Riise admits his time at Anfield was the best in his career - but will be out to show Liverpool what they're missing on Monday night.

The Fulham full-back faces his former club for the first time since returning to England in the summer when the Reds come to Craven Cottage.

Riise made more than 300 appearances during a seven-year spell at Anfield, scooping five trophies before being sold to Roma in 2008.

However, the Norwegian insists he has unfinished business in the Premier League, and is hell-bent on pushing the Whites up the table by getting one over his old club.

He said: “I felt those seven years were the best seven years of my career.

“I was lucky enough to come into a squad who had just won the treble in 2000/2001 and it just went on from there, winning the the Champions League and the FA Cup and the Carling Cup and stuff was like a dream come true.

“It was hard to leave, I had a lot of friends there and I got to love the club and it's supporters. I just left because that was my choice and I didn't have much choice to stay if I wanted to improve as a player and play.

“But it was always in my mind that I wanted to return to the Premier League. So after two years it was quite an easy decision to come back.

“I have heard people say that they haven't really replaced me but that is not my concern. If they wanted me back they could have made an effort.

“I know a few of the fans wanted me back but I hadn't heard anything and it wasn't even an issue because what's happened has gone.”

Riise almost signed for Fulham 10 years ago, but chose Liverpool instead. However, he insists he's glad he finally made the move to SW6.

“It was very close,” he added, “but I ended up with Liverpool and I do not regret my decision there because what I've experienced and the games I played in.

“And I don't regret going here now. I'm very happy here.”

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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 09:55:02 AM
Former Bluebird Matthews tracked by Everton and Fulham

FORMER Cardiff City defender Adam Matthews is being tracked by Everton and Fulham – just five months after joining Celtic.

The Wales defender signed for the Glasgow giants after failing to win a place in Dave Jones’ Cardiff team last season.

Swansea-born Matthews, 19, signed a pre-contract agreement in February and his four-year contract began on July 1.

Bluebirds’ fans were left disappointed by his departure as he had shown great promise since making his City debut in a 1-1 draw at Blackpool in August 2009.

Matthews went on to make nearly 50 appearances for Cardiff and scored one goal, an incredible effort from near the halfway line in a 4-0 win at Watford.

But, after making 35 appearances in the 2009-10 season, first-team chances were few and far between last term as Jones curiously ignored Matthews’ starting claims.

Yet it did not stop Matthews making his Wales debut last May – against Scotland in the Carling Nations Cup in Dublin – and he won his fifth cap in last month’s 4-1 victory over Norway at the Cardiff City Stadium.

On that occasion he showed his versatility by slotting in at left-back rather than his usual position on the other flank.

Matthews has played 12 league matches for Celtic this season and Hoops boss Neil Lennon is keen to keep him.

“We are certainly in no rush to let Adam go,” said Lennon on the reported Premier League interest in Matthews.

Everton are looking at defensive options with long-serving right-back Tony Hibbert 31 in February.

And Fulham are short of right-back cover after Czech Republic defender Zdenek Grygera ruptured his cruciate ligament against Spurs and was ruled out for six months.

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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 11:56:19 AM
Why Liverpool will prove too strong for Fulham
Kenny Dalglish's Reds can enjoy yet another fruitful trip to west London against Fulham on Monday.

Liverpool must wish they could play in west London every week. Four trips in 2011 have yielded four wins and the Merseysiders have the chance to make it a full house when they head to Craven Cottage to face Fulham in the last Premier League fixture of the weekend on Monday night.

The three victories at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea – two of which that have come in the last fortnight – understandably made more headlines than Liverpool’s victory at Craven Cottage in May but that 5-2 win was one of the best performances of Kenny Dalglish’s 11 months in charge and I strongly fancy Liverpool to leave their favourite part of London with three points once again.

That outcome is 23/20 with bwin and it is definitely something to get on: the draw is 9/4 and Fulham are 47/20.

I’ve been a bit critical of Liverpool this season, but I do feel that there is some momentum being gathered. Since a 4-0 hammering at Tottenham in September, Liverpool’s form reads WWWDDWWDWDW and there is no denying it is an impressive unbeaten run.

Admittedly there have been a couple of frustrating home draws in that sequence, but away from home Liverpool have been incredibly consistent. In the league, that Spurs debacle aside there has been a staggeringly unlucky defeat at Stoke and four wins with an aggregate scoreline of 8-1. Add four Carling Cup away victories at Exeter, Brighton, Stoke and Chelsea and Liverpool have won eight of their ten away games this season – fantastic in anyone’s book and certainly enough to worry an average Fulham side.

Fulham fans must be sick from all the déjà vu. The Cottagers’ form is simply a re-working of seasons gone by: neat and tidy in possession and reasonably tight at the back (16 goals conceded is less than Chelsea and Arsenal), they nevertheless struggle to score with just 15 goals all term.

Six of those came in a thumping home win against Queens Park Rangers, which leaves Fulham with a record of just nine goals in their other twelve matches. That win is also their solitary victory in six home games: Everton and Spurs have left with victories while Aston Villa and Blackburn have escaped with a point.

It is not fearsome home form and even allowing for the long term absence of Lucas (a huge blow as the Brazilian has been an excellent performer for some time now), Liverpool, who have won three of their last four trips to Fulham, is the bet and 23/20 is the tempting price.

A £25 free bet on Liverpool to beat Fulham would return £53.75, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.

One other bet to consider is on Luis Suarez to hit the back of the net.

The Uruguayan embarrassed Brede Hangeland in the 5-2 win in May and I think he can do so again. Suarez is 9/2 to score first and 6/5 to net anytime.,10896.html? (,10896.html?)
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Post by: whitejc on December 03, 2011, 11:57:25 AM
Ivorian Linked!

We`ve yet another piece of transfer speculation for you!

According to one piece of gossip floating around in the red-top morning press, Fulham are taking a very close look at Abdoulaye Bamba.

On the books of Dijon, Bamba is from the Ivory Coast and is a full back. At twenty-one years of age he looks a snip at a mere £200,000

Apart from that, we know nothing else about the lad.