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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:32:16 AM
 
Kacaniklic agent makes Cottagers claim

The agent of Fulham starlet Alex Kacaniklic has confirmed that the winger is still fully committed to staying at Craven Cottage.

The 21-year-old Sweden international has been heavily linked with several Italian Serie A clubs since the start of this season. Suggestions of a departure from the Cottagers intensified this week, when Kacaniklic was praised for his performance in his country's thrilling fightback from 4-0 down to draw 4-4 in Germany on Tuesday.

However, while Kacaniklic has struggled for first-team football under Cottagers boss Martin Jol, despite impressing during a loan spell at Watford last season, the youngster's representative, Miroslav Jaganjac, is adamant that he is happy to stay put given that he only signed a new deal to keep him on board until 2014 during the summer.

He told FotbollDirekt.se: "I don't want to comment on the speculation.

"What I can say is Alex is young, he is performing and good clubs want good players.

"Of course there's a bigger interest, but the only important thing right now is Fulham.

"His effort against a world class defender such as Boateng and the match against Germany, the major clubs watched that game for sure.

"But I point out that he is happy at Fulham and now he wants nothing more than to make it as good as possible and lift the team."


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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:33:23 AM
 
Christian Walton: Plymouth Argyle say no Fulham bid

Plymouth Argyle manager Carl Fletcher says Fulham have not made a bid for teenage goalkeeper Christian Walton.

It has been reported that Fulham are ready to spend £300,000  on the 16-year-old, who not played a first-team game.

"From our point of view we've got some good youngsters," Fletcher said.

"And from my point of view we want to keep them here and progress them through, and they can play lots of games for Argyle, and then we can sell them for massive money."

Cornish-born Walton has been at Argyle since the age of 10 and progressed up through the club's youth system.

He has had first-team experience when he was an unused substitute in Argyle's FA Cup first round draw against Stourbridge last year.

However Fletcher conceded that if the price was right the club would have to let Walton go.

"At the end of the day if someone's prepared to pay good money for a player, any player, whoever it may be, the club as a business has to look at that and you can't turn it down," he told BBC Radio Devon.

"He's a good prospect and we'd like him here to play some games and play for the first team in years to come, but at the end of the day every player has his price."



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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:34:18 AM
 
Everton Sold Out

Tickets for our home fixture against Everton are now sold out. Supporters yet to secure their seats for the game are advised to check other options.

Season Ticket Holders unable to attend the match are able to sell their tickets to Fulham Members through our Official Ticket Marketplace partner viagogo.

Hospitality packages are still available for this game, with spaces in our beautiful Riverside Restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious hot meal prior to kick-off. After your meal, you can take your Riverside Stand seats in the Directors Area to watch all the action unfold.


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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:36:22 AM
 
Harriers get Peniket for FA Cup
Kidderminster Harriers have been granted permission from Fulham to play on-loan striker Richard Peniket in their FA Cup tie at Grimsby.

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But Harriers defender Kevin Austin could be turning out for Brackley after agreeing to join the Blue Square North club on a month's loan.

The 27-year-old joined in the summer from Burton Albion but hasn't figured since appearing in the club's opening five straight defeats.

However, Peniket is allowed to figure but could be on the bench with Ryan Rowe and Anthony Malbon currently preferred in attack.

Harriers' other loanee, Adam Watkins, has not been allowed to play by his parent club Luton, with his terms up a week on Saturday.

Peniket is with Harriers until January having arrived at Aggborough at the end of August but has yet to score in eight appearances.

However, Harriers assistant boss Gary Whild insists management have been pleased with the contribution of the 19-year-old.

He said: "I think he has done well and settled in here – he is a bright young lad and has some local roots being a Stourbridge lad.

“Other than stating the obvious in saying he would like to have scored a few goals, I think he has made a decent contribution for us."

Whild admitted he wasn't surprised Watkins is not allowed to feature on Saturday, as he is further up the pecking order at Luton.

He said: "Adam is still very much part of Luton’s plans and they are a side at the same level as us.

“Richard would tell you himself that he isn’t about to feature for Fulham in the competition in the very near future.

“He’s come here until January and Fulham want him to keep developing, which he has been doing.

“It would be strange for them to not want him to feature in such a big game, so the situation is perfectly understandable.”



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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:38:21 AM
 
Former Fulham favourite eyes Craven Cottage return

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Sean Davis

SEAN Davis revealed this week the biggest mistake of his football life was to leave Fulham.

The former Whites midfielder had conceded defeat in a three-year battle to overcome a sickening knee injury and admits he would love to return to Craven Cottage in some capacity.

The 33-year-old former England squad member has had to bring the curtain down on a career that started at the Cottage when he was 17. An hour before his debut in front of nearly 6,000 against Cambridge 16 years ago next week, the apprentice was cleaning boots with other hopefuls.

"Leave that bunch of muppets," said assistant manager Alan Cork. "I’ve got another job for you," was how Davis remembered the moment, adding: "I came on as sub, and all through the game I was as nervous as hell. I think I may have only touched the ball once."

Davis had to wait another three seasons before the manager who would change his life recognised the defensive midfielder the club needed.

"Jean Tigana and me had a bit of a love-hate relationship but his coaching and training methods were miles ahead of anyone else," said Davis.

"I’ve been lucky because Paul Bracewell and Ray Wilkins were also midfielders who managed the club, and they looked after me too."

There was a glorious Championship-winning season under Tigana in 2001 when Davis came into his own as the club returned to the top flight for the first time in 32 years and became the only club ever to reach 100 points twice.

But three years later, Davis believed the glory days were over and he needed to move on – a decision he now regrets.

"It wasn’t about the money that made me join Spurs," he said. "Fulham were offering me more to stay. But Tigana and big names left, and that was a huge blow I thought.

"But, as I discovered, the grass is not always greener."

Injuries blighted his time at White Hart Lane and Davis was none too enamoured when his little girl needed specialist treatment at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and he was still forced to attend training.

"Spurs showed a lack of compassion and respect at that moment," he said, "but the injuries were also a problem."

Ironically for a man who would like to get back to the Cottage, the current Whites boss is not high on Davis’s Christmas card list either.

"Martin Jol is a great coach, but we didn’t see eye to eye," said Davis. "When I was asked to train with Clive Allen and the reserves the writing was on the wall."

Portsmouth and Bolton were the next stopping-off points that went with another batch of mixed successes before Davis finally called it a day.

"I’m not sure about doing my (coaching) badges," he said. "But I remember back to being a kid in Battersea Park plucked out of all there but knowing there were many more who could have made it with the right mentoring.

"It would be great to do that for Fulham."

Davis has one passing tinge of regret. He was until 2008 the only footballer to have played in all four divisions with the same club – a record equalled by Hull’s Ian Ashbee when the Tigers were promoted to the Premier League via the play-offs.

"I think I was lucky, I came from the bottom and worked upwards. It made me work all the harder," added Davis.

"It may sound cheesy, but when I was sidelined during the last three years, I would play highlights of that Fulham 2001 season on an old video cassette that made me all the prouder."



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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:40:24 AM
 
Opta Stats: Fulham to heap misery on struggling Villa

Christian Crowther uses the Opta stats to predict convincing wins for Fulham and Arsenal...

Fulham v Aston Villa (Saturday, 15:00)

Only Norwich (6.8%) have a worse chance conversion rate than Paul Lambert's Villa side this season (9.8%)
These are naturally the type of stats which worry fans and are inherently synonymous with teams planted at the wrong end of the table. Aston Villa have shown plenty to trouble their supporters and are currently hovering precariously above the relegation zone. Therefore, a trip to Fulham where the Cottagers have won nine of their last 13 games and, in stark contrast to their visitors, actually have the best chance conversion rate in the top flight, will offer little solace.


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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 03:25:07 PM
 
Fulham v Villa: Bowery hails Lambert's winning mentality

Jordan Bowery says the pre-match message from manager Paul Lambert will be no different this week when Villa travel to Fulham: "Go out and win!"

Bowery insists that's been the positive outlook of the gaffer before each game this term.

Villa's new powerful forward says this firm focus on picking up three points is "drilled" into the players.

Bowery is relishing travelling to the capital with the claret and blues and says confidence in camp is high, despite the Tottenham loss in the last encounter.

He said: "We're looking forward to the Fulham game. We lost at Tottenham but we could have won that game, we had some good chances and played some good football.

"We won't dwell on that result though. We'll concentrate on the performance and try to beat Fulham.

"We're confident and we'll be going up there to win. We just need to keep our focus and play well on the day.

"They have a good team with some good players but we'll be aiming to win.

"That's what the manager drills into us. We'll go there to try and get the three points."

Make sure you're here to back the boys against Norwich City.


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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 03:26:12 PM
 
Fulham v Villa: Delph on why pre-match training sessions are perfect

Fabian Delph has hailed Villa's pre-match training sessions, saying they are perfectly tailored to each weekend's game.

Delph admits he loves working with Paul Lambert and Ian Culverhouse at Bodymoor Heath because of the bright, bubbly environment.

But it's the days preceding a matchday where sessions really come alive, with work done specifically for the upcoming match.

He said: "We are going into every game thinking we can win the game. The gaffer has instilled a winning mentality into the team and in training it is all about winning.

"His assistant Ian Culverhouse puts on sessions that are geared towards the weekend and his sessions are unbelievable.

"There are a lot of points made in sessions and everything is aimed towards that weekend's match.

"Fulham will be a tough game but I don't see why we can't go there and do well."

Delph accepts Villa haven't hit top-form yet but believes the signs are encouraging as the season continues.

He added: "It will be an interesting clash. Obviously from last season we have changed our system and we are attacking a lot more.

"It could take a while for us to adapt but I think in games so far, especially against Manchester City, we have shown a great mentality.

"We played with the ball and I think we were excellent possession-wise. We have shown that in other games as well."

Make sure you're here to back the boys against Norwich City.



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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 03:29:27 PM
 
FM Preview: Fulham v Aston Villa 20 Oct 2012

Fulham prepare to entertain Aston Villa at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon, and hold the advantage on previous meetings between the two. Of the 29 games played, Cottagers have recorded 13 wins, and Aston Villa have come away with 4 victories.

The most recent encounter between these two sides at Craven Cottage was just last season, in August 2011, when they played out a goalless draw in a Premier League match.

Recent encounters between the teams
Season   Date   Team   Result   Team   Comp
2011/2012   Sat 10 Mar   Aston Villa   1 - 0   Fulham   Premier League
2011/2012   Sat 13 Aug   Fulham   0-0   Aston Villa   Premier League
2010/2011   Sat 05 Feb   Aston Villa   2 - 2   Fulham   Premier League
2010/2011   Sat 06 Nov   Fulham   1 - 1   Aston Villa   Premier League
2009/2010   Sat 30 Jan   Fulham   0 - 2   Aston Villa   Premier League
2009/2010   Sun 30 Aug   Aston Villa   2 - 0   Fulham   Premier League
2008/2009   Sat 09 May   Fulham   3 - 1   Aston Villa   Premier League
 
Recent respective form guides
Fulham have lost just once in their last six home games, winning four and drawing the other one. These high-scoring games have yielded a total of 14 goals for the Cottagers, with 5 goals against.

In complete contrast to Fulham, Aston Villa are having a torrid time on their travels, accumulating just 1 victory and 1 draw from their last six played. While the Villans have hit 6 goals, 12 have hit the back of the wrong net.

Fulham's 10 points from 7 games sees them lie inside the top half of the table, in 9th position.

Aston Villa are hovering perilously just above the relegation zone, with 5 points from 7 matches.

Current overall team form
Team   P   W   D   L   F   A   P
Fulham   6   2   1   3   8   9   7
Aston Villa   6   2   2   2   9   10   8
 
FootyMad's prediction ...
Fulham may be coming up against a decent side in Aston Villa, but we do believe that its going to result in a narrow home win for the Cottagers. Home Win

Sequence statistics
Team   Sequences
Fulham   6 games since last home draw.
Not won in the 2 most recent games.
Aston Villa   4 games since last away draw.
No win in the 2 most recent games.


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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 03:30:38 PM
 
Excellence of Hughes stifles Ronaldo threat

So, how do you stop Cristiano Ronaldo then? Put Aaron Hughes on him, that's how!

After Tuesday night's 1-1 draw, the Portugal skipper will have been wishing that Hughes had not come out of international retirement.

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill will be grateful that he did.

The 32-year-old from Cookstown had a terrific game in Porto marshalling Real Madrid's finest in a way that might now enter coaching manuals.

Barcelona defenders will definitely be reading that chapter because while Ronaldo gets plenty of joy against them, he was stifled by the excellence of Hughes, playing at right-back rather than the central defensive position he occupies so well for his club.

Typically Hughes didn't want to take all the credit for keeping Ronaldo relatively quiet on his 100th cap and insisted that Hull City's Corry Evans in front of him deserved much praise in not allowing the Madrid master to run riot like he has done all over the world in recent years.

“Corry had a fantastic game in front of me,” said Hughes.

“It maybe goes unseen a little bit the amount of work he puts in, but from my point of view when someone like Ronaldo is running at you, you can keep him one way because you know Corry is coming at the other side to protect your inside. That helps a lot.”

Hughes added that he felt the Portuguese threat wasn't just going to come from Ronaldo which was why it was so vital that the Northern Ireland team kept their discipline.

The former Newcastle and Aston Villa ace stated: “It’s not just Ronaldo you have to watch because their movement up front is so good.

“He’ll drift over to the right side and Nani will come over from the left, then they’ll both drift over to one side and you’ll end up with two or three of them on your side.

“In that respect, that’s where your team shape and things you work on during the week are important.

“It’s a great point and the thing that stands out most is the performance. In terms of the opposition we came out with not much chance — that’s what people were saying anyway — but we delivered on what we’d worked on all week in training and got our reward.”

Hughes felt that the performance against Portugal was similar to the one in Russia at the start of the World Cup qualifying campaign, but unfortunately the trip to Moscow ended in a 2-0 defeat.

Then came the disappointing 1-1 draw against Luxembourg at Windsor Park. Northern Ireland are back in Belfast next month for a home match with Azerbaijan.

“The next game is totally different again,” said Hughes.

“After the draw in Portugal expectations will be up again that we should beat Azerbaijan but they’ll not be an easy team to defeat.

“We’re hoping though that our home form will be good and we can pick up a few points at Windsor and if that gets us back into contention for the last few games in the group that'll be great.

“Our draw with Portugal is something to build on. We won’t get carried away, certainly, but we’ve set a standard now that we know we can play to.”



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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 03:32:34 PM
 
Fulham v Aston Villa: Mat Kendrick's pre-match notes

A quick look at the facts and figures ahead of Aston Villa's visit to Fulham.

WHO'S HOT: Christian Benteke banished his Spurs nightmare with two goals for Belgium.

WHAT'S NOT: Villa's recent Premier League win record - their last top-flight vctory away came at Wolves in January.

LAST FIVE GAMES

FULHAM LWWLD

VILLA WLWDL

VILLA: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett, El Ahmadi, Delph, Agbonlahor, Holman, Bent, Benteke, Given, Bannan, Weimann, Albrighton, Lichaj, Westwood, Herd.Injured: Ireland (arm), Bennett (gashed leg), El Ahmadi (leg), Dunne (groin), Gardner (knee).Referee: C Foy (Merseyside)

FORECAST Draw

LAST TIME THEY MET

March 10 2012, Villa 1 Fulham 0: Andi Weimann scores a dramatic last-gasp winner, which is widely regarded as the goal that ultimately kept Villa up.



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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 03:34:20 PM
 
STATS: Fulham’s improving work rate vs Holman’s defensive work for Aston Villa

- Fulham v Aston Villa 15:00

- Fulham could only take a point out of their game with newly promoted Southampton, despite goals from Keiron Richardson and an own goal earnt from a deflected John Arne Riise shot

- Southampton are consistently one of the hardest working teams in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, and they brought that out in Fulham in their last match. Fulham covered 67.85 miles in that game, by far their most as a team so far this season, while Bryan Ruiz’s 6.94 miles is a high for an individual Fulham player this season

- Despite the result, Fulham’s Damien Duff remains in the top ten in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index have scored three goals so far this season and also contributed an assist. Duff has also delivered 13 crosses.

- Fulham’s old guard have been leading the way this season. Riise is another Fulham veteran who continues to impress this season, and has contributed three assists so far this season, while Steve Sidwell has both won and attempted the fifth highest number of tackles in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index with 20 won and 35 attempted

- Mark Schwarzer, another established player, has been the busiest goalkeeper in the league so far this season with 42 saves so far

- Striker Hugo Rodallega, in contrast, is a new addition making an impact at Craven Cottage. He may only have one goal to his name, but he has had twenty shots at goal so far this season with fourteen on target (the 7th highest shots on target for a player this season)

- Aston Villa continued to slide down the Premier League table with a 2-0 defeat against Spurs, a result made all the worse because of injury to young defender Joe Bennett

- Another young player for Villa, 23 year old defender Cieran Clark, is ranked fourth for blocks so far this season with ten

- Another bright point is that Villa’s 61.29 miles against Spurs was the second highest distance posted by Spurs in a single game so far this season

- Villa striker Brett Holman has been doing his best to win the ball back in Villa’s attacking third, having attempted more tackles than any other striker in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index this season

- Karim El Ahmadi has been the focal point of his team this season, receiving the ball 336 times, more than any other Villa player


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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 03:35:13 PM
 
Moves like Dejagah

Deadline-day signing Ashkan Dejagah is the main interview in the official matchday programme for the visit of Aston Villa on Saturday.

A thigh injury has meant the flying winger hadn’t had a chance to impress the Fulham fans since his move to SW6 - but he speaks of his desire to shine in a white shirt as he nears full fitness.

The new-look programme - available in both traditional print format and digitally - also includes exclusive interviews with Martin Jol, Ray Houghton, David Stockdale, Moritz Volz, Terry Angus and Academy starlet Patrick Roberts.

While Jol pens his regular column, Stockdale takes the Fulham 50 challenge, and former defender Volz is the subject of our Cult Heroes feature. Ex-Fulham and Villa star Houghton gives his views on Saturday’s encounter, while Whites legend Angus assesses a troubled week in the world of football.

With all the usual news and views from in and around the Training Ground, plus much more besides, including the chance to win Football Manager 2013, the official Fulham programme really is the essential matchday accessory. Priced £3.50, the 84-page publication is available from various sellers on Stevenage Road from two hours before kick-off. Fans can also order copies online by heading here.

From this season, Fulham have also launched a brand new digital edition of the programme, giving you access to exclusive video content, interviews and highlights from 9am on every home matchday.

This week’s content includes video interviews with Bryan Ruiz and John Arne Riise, plus highlights from recent Under-18 and Under-21 fixtures. Click here for more details of how to download your digital edition.


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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 03:38:40 PM
 
Eagles Await U18s

Fulham’s Under-18s return to match action on Saturday (11am) when they host Crystal Palace at Motspur Park.

After winning their first four games of the new campaign, the Whites have lost their last two matches, the most recent an unlucky 2-1 defeat at Chelsea.

Palace, meanwhile, are without a win from their opening six games and were defeated 4-3 by Fulham in a seven-goal thriller earlier this season.

That day, Moussa Dembele scored a hat-trick, with Cauley Woodrow also on target from the penalty spot.

Please note that the home game versus Manchester City was the last match that could be attended by Fulham Members. Only Season Ticket Holders are now allowed entry to matches.


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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 03:39:41 PM
 
Fulham v Aston Villa: A look at the opposition

It's not quite Fortress Fulham, but two resounding wins for the Cottagers from their first three home matches of the season show what a tough task Villa face tomorrow.

Although Martin Jols men lost 2-1 to champions Manchester City at Craven Cottage, they scored eight goals in victories over Norwich and West Brom in front of their own fans.

Fulham kicked off by sticking five past the Canaries without reply before beating the Baggies 3-0 in West London.

They are currently ninth in the Premier League table with 10-points from their first seven games after scoring 15 goals and conceding 11.

In recent seasons, Fulham have been stronger at home than on their travels and to date this campaign is not much different.

They lost 3-2 and 3-0 at Manchester United and West Ham respectively, although in their most recent away games they won 2-1 at Wigan and drew 2-2 at Southampton.

Jol has made light of losing Clint Dempsey to Tottenham on transfer deadline day, replacing last seasons 23-goal striker with Dimitar Berbatov before the window closed.

Berbatov has been an instant hit at Craven Cottage since opening his account by scoring a winning double on a dream home debut against West Brom.

But the Bulgarian international has missed the past two matches after picking up hip and thigh injuries in training.

Berbatovs comeback was originally pencilled in for tomorrow, but Jol is yet to confirm whether or not the former Manchester United enigma will be available to face Villa.



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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 03:41:40 PM
 
10 Years At The Top

To celebrate Saturday's home fixture against Aston Villa, we're running a special promotion at our Fulham Road and Craven Cottage Stores.

Purchase any adult replica Home, Away or Third Shirt and claim your copy of 10 Years at the Top absolutely free!

This fantastic offer runs until 12pm on Saturday 20th October, while stocks last.

Don't miss out on your chance for a free copy of this outstanding collector's book, worth £35!



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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 03:44:06 PM
 
Stan's battle helps Steve Sidwell come through his own gloom
Fulham midfielder nearly quit the game but says mate Petrov's illness puts his own worries into perspective

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Roaring back: Steve Sidwell (left) has sparkled for Fulham this season after overcoming a career-threatening hernia problem

Steve Sidwell knows all about the dark places a footballer visits when he is faced with a real threat to his health and career.

Fulham’s combative midfielder today revealed how he feared his playing days were over when he suffered severe complications following a hernia operation last season.

“It was tough, very tough,” he said. “I even sat down with my advisors and got the paperwork out to look at what circumstances I’d be in if I had to throw the towel in. That was a really bad time.”

Dark days indeed. Yet Sidwell is also the first to acknowledge there is always somebody worse off than yourself and when the 29-year-old Londoner lines up against former club Aston Villa at Craven Cottage tomorrow he will spare a special thought for his close friend Stiliyan ‘Stan’ Petrov, who is battling acute leukaemia.

The two men were team-mates at Villa Park and Sidwell said: “Stan’s illness puts everything into perspective. What I went through last season doesn’t even come into it.

“I remember the phone call I received when he was first diagnosed. I was playing golf and I actually walked off the course. I couldn’t play on. Until you’ve met Stan you wouldn’t believe how nice he is and what a gentleman he is. Everybody loves him.

“When I came off the course I knew his phone would be busy so I just sent him a text saying I wished him all the best and to get in touch if he needed anything. The first text he sent back read, ‘I’ll beat it’.

“That’s the sort of person Stan is. He’s a strong character, he’ll get through it.”

Indeed, Petrov is now in remission but will play no part in tomorrow’s match. As for Sidwell, the chances of him ever wearing a Fulham shirt again seemed unlikely as last season drew to a close.

Sidwell arrived at the Cottage in January 2011 by way of Arsenal, Reading, Chelsea and Villa. Then manager Mark Hughes saw him as the kind of midfielder every side needs, a tireless worker prepared to defend tenaciously and then gallop the length of the pitch to support the attack and chip in with the occasional goal.

All was going well until February when Sidwell underwent what should have been a routine hernia operation.

He recalled: “It turned into a groin problem and that became an abdominal problem. It was an absolute nightmare for me.

“We went to see specialist after specialist but no one could put their finger on what was wrong. There was just no light at the end of the tunnel.

“Playing football is something I’ve done since I was five, I didn’t know anything else and it was scary. The last operation I had was near enough going to be the last throw of the dice. Fortunately, it worked.”

Like Petrov, Sidwell has received vital support from good people, in his case Fulham’s medical staff who helped him come through his rehabilitation, and his wife, Krystell, who was “a driving force for me staying strong”.

Strong enough to score two goals while appearing in all eight of Fulham’s games so far this term and to have formed a solid defensive midfield partnership with Chris Baird.

That bond has gone a long way towards easing the problems presented by the departures of Clint Dempsey, Mousa Dembele, Danny Murphy and Dickson Etuhu, and a long-term injury to Mahamadou Diarra.

While striker Dimitar Berbatov is set to return from injury tomorrow, Fulham boss Martin Jol will almost certainly have to make do without Bryan Ruiz, who came back from international duty with Costa Rica carrying a thigh complaint.

But Jol can count on Sidwell, even if the player himself is still not satisfied with his game.

“I’m happy that I’m playing but I can do much more,” he said.

Typical of his commitment, Sidwell has volunteered for extra training, explaining: “After our last game at Southampton I pulled the fitness coach to one side and said I needed to do some more stuff.

“We had a few days off during the international break but I came in every day, cracked on, and I’m feeling fitter and stronger.”

Having come so close to seeing his career curtailed and knowing it could be a while before Petrov laces up his boots again, some overtime is hardly an irritation.

Sidwell said: “I’m just thankful to be on the football pitch.”


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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 03:59:35 PM
 
Ireland returns but doubts over Villa trio for Fulham clash

Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland will return to the squad for tomorrow’s Premier League clash at Fulham after missing three games with a broken bone in his arm.

Villa boss Paul Lambert will assess the freshness of goalkeeper Brad Guzan and midfielders Brett Holman and Karim El Ahmadi after gruelling midweek trips back from playing for the United States, Australia and Morocco respectively.

Full-back Joe Bennett is expected to be fit after suffering a leg injury during the 2-0 defeat at Tottenham a fortnight ago - but central defender Richard Dunne (groin) remains a long-term casualty.

Provisional squad: Guzan, Given, Lowton, Bennett, Lichaj, Clark, Vlaar, Baker, Herd, El Ahmadi, Ireland, Westwood, Bannan, Delph, Holman, N’Zogbia, Bent, Agbonlahor, Benteke, Bowery, Weimann, Burke, Johnson, Williams.



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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:01:22 PM
 
Fulham's Richardson eyes Aston Villa start

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Kieran Richardson

KIERAN Richardson hopes his goalscoring cameo at Southampton before the international break was enough to earn him his first home start against Aston Villa tomorrow.

The former Man United and England midfielder came off the bench at St Mary’s to score his first goal for Fulham.

It looked like being the winner until he marred his afternoon by giving away the free kick from which Saints grabbed a last-gasp equaliser.

"I’m really happy that I’ve got my first goal now and hopefully it’s the first of many," Richardson told the Chronicle.

"It’s always good to start well with a new club and my first goal will help. Hopefully I did enough to impress the manager and I can start against Aston Villa, make my full home debut and hopefully crack on from there.

"I want to show the fans what I can do. I’ve been working hard with the physios and the fitness coaches, getting my levels up.

"I was disappointed with my first showing at West Ham. Maybe it was a bit too soon for me because my fitness wasn’t up to the right levels."

Richardson believes Villa are ideal opponents both for him and the Whites right now, and says they are the type of team Fulham need to beat to fulfil their ambitions.

"They’ve been going through a bit of a tough spell, so hopefully we can get at them," said the 27-year-old. "

At home we’re very, very strong. We want to improve on last season and you’ve got the players here to do that.

"You want to be pushing for that Europe spot. Obviously we don’t want to get carried away with ourselves, but with the team we’ve got, we can do anything we want."



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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:03:07 PM
 
Fulham star reveals ambitious target ahead of Aston Villa clash

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Fulham's Kieran Richardson runs away to celebrate scoring the second goal at
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Fulham winger Kieran Richardson is desperate for the Whites to improve on their ninth placed finish last season.

Martin Jol’s side finished with 52 points, level with Liverpool and 12 behind sixth-placed Chelsea.

And the former England international has revealed that that is the primary target before looking to close the gap on the top six.

“You want to improve on last season,” Richardson said.

“With the players we have in the dressing room we can do well.

“The standard is very high in training. Defensively we are very very strong.

“We want to be pushing for a Europe spot. We can do anything we want.”

The Whites host Aston Villa tomorrow and Richardson is desperate to be involved in his first game at Craven Cottage.

“I hope to be involved,” he explained. “Hopefully I can impress the manager and show the fans what I can do.

“Aston Villa are going through a tough spell at the moment. But we are the home team and with the players we have we can do anything.”

Last time out, Richardson scored his first goal for the club against Southampton but he has already moved on from that strike.

“I’m not one of those players who dwell on things,” the former Sunderland man admitted. “I’m looking forward to Aston Villa.”

With England lacking presence on the left wing against Poland some good performances by the 27-year-old could catapult him into Roy Hodgson’s plans but that is not in Richardson’s plans at the moment.

“I want to play well for Fulham first,” he said. “Any player wants to play for their country.”



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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:04:22 PM
 
The Perfectionist

One of the stars of the 2012/13 campaign so far for Fulham has been midfield dynamo Steve Sidwell, with the 29-year-old’s return to match action almost equivalent to signing a new player.

A near ever present in the previous season until injuries curtailed his progress; a gruelling rehabilitation period saw him return to action after a dark period for the man dubbed ‘special one Iniesta’ by the Fulham faithful.

“It was a hernia that turned into groin that turned into abdominal,” Sidwell explained. “It stemmed into an absolute nightmare. We went to see specialist after specialist and nobody could really put their finger on it. I’d rather someone said you’ve done this or that and you’re going to be out for ‘x’ amount of months but there was just no light at the end of the tunnel.

“The last operation I had could have been the last throw of the dice, but it worked. There was a time when I sat down with my advisors and got paperwork out to look at what circumstances I would be in if I had to throw in the towel. That actually was a really bad time as football is something I’ve done since I was five years old and don’t know anything else. It was scary.

“Fortunately I had this operation that worked and I did all the rehab. The people here that worked with me have been fantastic to get me back playing.”

His energetic performances at the heart of Fulham’s midfield have earned him glowing critiques this season. A classic box-to-box player, Sidwell complements his dogged style of play with a welcome flair, notching two goals already this term.

But while the ease with which he has found his rhythm should be applauded, the man himself continually strives to improve as a footballer.

“I’m so critical of myself and my performances,” Steve said. “I don’t think I’ve performed anywhere near as well as I can. During the international break these last two weeks I’ve done extra fitness training because I need to push myself to the level where I know I can be.

“That winning mentality is driven into you from an early age. This season I’ve got two goals and I’m happy that I’m playing but I can do much more.

“I pulled the Fitness Coach to one side after the Southampton game and said that we need to crack on and do some more stuff, and obviously the staff here are all for that. We had a few days off during the international break but I came in every day and I’m feeling fitter and stronger and I’ll continue to do that until I reach that standard where I know I can be.     

“I set a target and I set my standards high. I want to reach them and if I don’t then I’m disappointed.”

Sidwell is currently partnered in the middle of the park by the versatile Chris Baird. The pair have earned rave reviews from Manager Martin Jol and Steve admitted it’s important to have players like ‘Bairdinho’ in the Team.

“I think me and Bairdy are two honest pros that are going to give 110 per cent,” he said. “There are no airs and graces about us, we just get on with our job. We don’t mind doing the dirty work as well as other stuff, and we do a job for the Team.

“I think if you’ve got those players in the Team - it doesn’t matter what position - then you’re going to do well. Of course you need players that can change a game on its head, which we’ve got, but you need the lads to do the gritty stuff as well.

“When I came to Fulham, my game reached another level on a passing and creative side. That was because of the ethos of the Team - passing the ball well - and if you come into this Team that’s how you’ve got to play.”

Sidwell will be reacquainted with some familiar faces when Aston Villa visit the Cottage on Saturday (3pm), although they are still without club captain Stiliyan Petrov.

The Bulgarian is in recovery after it was confirmed his acute leukaemia was in remission, and Sidwell confessed that it hit him hard when he first learnt of his former teammate’s condition.

“I remember the phone call I got when someone told me,” he recalled. “I was out on the golf course and had to walk off the course. Until you’ve met Stan you wouldn’t believe how nice he is, a real gentleman. I spoke to a lot of players around at the time at Villa and the way it hit that club was like an absolute bomb because he was such a big figure in the dressing room and around the ground.

“When I came off the golf course I just sent him a text to say ‘I wish you all the best and let me know if you need anything.’ His first text back was to say, ‘thank you very much, I’ll beat it.’ That’s the sort of person he is.

“I’ve kept in contact with him and we had a Villa fundraising day for him a few months back that I went up to with a few old players. It puts it all into perspective. He’s a strong character and he’ll get through it. He has got a great family and great people around him which obviously helps.”


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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:08:06 PM
 
Fulham v Villa: Sidwell on Petrov's powerful personality
Steve Sidwell on Stiliyan Petrov.

Ex-Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell admits he was rocked by news of Stan Petrov's leukaemia diagnosis but heartened by a text message from his former skipper insisting: "Don't worry, I'll beat it!"

Sidwell was playing golf when he got a call telling him of Petrov's health bulletin.

The special one-haired central star was so distraught he immediately trudged off the course.

But the Fulham ace, due to face Villa this weekend, was put at ease by a note sent to him from Petrov.

Sidwell also insists one of the reasons for Villa's tough campaign last time out was the dressing room agony over Petrov's diagnosis.

The midfield marauder says the news hit the claret and blue camp "like a bomb."

He said: "I remember the phone call I got when someone told me. I was out on a golf course.

"I actually came off. I walked off the golf course. Until you've met Stan and people know him you wouldn't believe how nice he is, a real gentleman.

"I spoke to a lot of players around at the time at Villa and the way it hit that club was like an absolute bomb because he was such a big figure in the dressing room and around the ground.

"Everyone loved him and still loves him now.

"My time out injured last year doesn't even come into it.

"When I came off the golf course, I knew people would be texting him. I just sent him a text to say 'I wish you all the best and if you need anything.'

"His first text back was to say 'thank-you very much I'll beat it'. That's the sort of person he is.

"I've kept in contact with him and we had a Villa fundraising day for him a few months back that I went up to with a few old players.

"It puts it all into perspective. He's a strong character and he'll get through it and he has got a great family around him and great people around him which obviously helps."



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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:10:05 PM
 
Fulham - Aston Villa Preview: Villans look to improve on their worst ever start to a campaign
Paul Lambert's side travel to Craven Cottage hoping to put the brakes on their slide towards the relegation zone, while the hosts look to build on a positive start to their season

PROBABLE LINEUPS
FULHAM
Scwarzer
Baird, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise
Duff, Sidwell, Riether, Kacaniklic
Berbatov, Rodallega

ASTON VILLA
Guzan
Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett
Albrighton, El Ahmadi, Delph, Holman
Agbonlahor, Benteke

Fulham are waiting on the fitness of Bryan Ruiz, as the forward picked up a thigh injury on international duty with Costa Rica in midweek.

However, Martin Jol's side are bouyed by the return of Mladen Petric (calf), and Dimitar Berbatov is also expected to recover from a thigh injury which kept him out of the Southampton clash.

Philippe Senderos could make the substitutes' bench after returning from an injury which has kept him out of action for the season so far.

Aston Villa are without long-term absentee Richard Dunne, who is still a week or two away after undergoing a groin operation in August.

Meanwhile, Stephen Ireland could feature after recovering from a broken wrist, but it is unlikely Paul Lambert will risk him in the starting XI. Joe Bennett has returned to fitness after suffering a gashed leg.

Darren Bent looks unlikely to start, with speculation rife as to the former Spurs man's future. Gabriel Agbonlahor will probably be be partnered by Christian Benteke, who scored for Belgium in the international break.

    DID YOU KNOW?
This season has been Aston Villa’s worst ever start to a campaign, taking just five points from seven matches.

Fulham have not won any of their last six meetings with the Villans, drawing three and losing three.

The visitors have won on just one of their last seven visits to London, having already lost in the capital twice this season.

The hosts have lost just two of their last 13 Premier League encounters at Craven Cottage.

Only Norwich (6.8%) have a worse chance conversion rate than Aston Villa (9.8%) this season.

Only Barcelona (66.7%) have better shooting accuracy than Fulham (63.5%) across Europe’s top five leagues this season.

Darren Bent (pictured right) has been caught offside 112 times since August 2010, more than any other player in the Premier League.

The home side have conceded the joint-most headed goals (four) in the top-flight this season.

The away side have failed to score in five of their last seven games on the road.

At least three goals have been scored in all seven of Fulham’s Premier League games this season.


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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:12:21 PM
 
Fulham’s solid home form enough to send Aston Villa home point-less
Aston Villa have only won on one of their last eight trips to Fulham

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Aston Villa fans are still waiting for their fortunes to turn under Paul Lambert’s guidance, having won just once in the Premier League to date.

With Fulham looking as solid as ever at home, it’s difficult to envisage them picking up their second three points of the campaign at Craven Cottage, which the price of 7/2 for an away win suggests.

They’ve picked up just one win in eight trips to this corner of west London and the return to fitness of Balkan strikers Mladen Petric and Dimitar Berbatov will be an unwelcome sight for the Villans.

The pair have netted five goals in a combined seven appearances and, unsurprisingly, they head the first goalscorer betting. Bulgarian Berbatov can be backed at 9/2 to break the deadlock, while Croatian international Petric is an 11/2 shot to beat him to it.

Christian Benteke’s two goals in as many games for Belgium will provide Villa’s Scottish manager with some much needed encouragement, with the Birmingham club needing wins quickly to quell any relegation talk.

The former Club Brugge man is a bigger price than Darren Bent to score both first and at any time, despite Lambert’s preference to start him in a 4-3-3 set up. This, therefore, makes his 5/2 to net at any time excellent value.

Another strong bet is the 11/10 available for one or neither team to score in the game. Just one goal was managed by either side in two meetings last term, which would have been the fifth time in eight renewals that this bet would have come in.

Fulham’s consistency and Villa’s issues in the final third point to a low-scoring affair at the Cottage; back 1-0 to the hosts at 13/2.


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Post by: mr-ska on October 19, 2012, 04:15:44 PM

Following an international break that saw several of Martin Jol's Whites playing for their countries, Fulham return to Craven Cottage tomorrow for our Barclays Premier League fixture with Aston Villa.

THE OPPOSITION
Tomorrow's opponents Aston Villa have enjoyed a mixed start to the 2012/13 campaign, progressing well in the Capital One Cup, most notably beating Manchester City, however winning only one league game so far.

The start is not what Villa manager Paul Lambert, who moved from Norwich this summer, would have wanted, and with his side suffering their fourth league defeat against Tottenham Hotspur prior to the international break, he'll be hoping for a change in fortune.


FREE "10 YEARS AT THE TOP" BOOK
Supporters who purchase any Adult 2012/13 Replica Shirt in store tomorrow will receive a FREE copy of our 10 Years At The Top book*.
The collector's book celebrates our first 10 years in the Premier League, in a magnificent photographic record that captures the unique spirit of Fulham Football Club, our players and our loyal fans.

This offer applies to any of our three Kappa Replica range shirts and must be purchased in either the Fulham Road or Stadium Store before 12 noon.

KICK IT OUT
Tomorrow's fixture is the Club's dedicated One Game, One Community weeks of action fixture.

Here at Fulham we take a zero tolerance approach towards any form of discrimination and endorse Kick It Out's message to make football available to all.

We encourage our fans to show their support for the campaign and its work, and to ensure Craven Cottage is a safe and comfortable environment for everybody to enjoy their football.

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT ON OUR BIG SCREENS
Fulham supporters now have the chance to show their support for the lads on our two stadium screens.

Selected tweets will be displayed by those supporters who use the hashtag #ffcbigscreen. Tweet at any time between now and the end of the match!

ARRIVE EARLY OFFERS AND LIVE SCREENINGS
For fans sat in the Riverside and Hammersmith Stands, prior to Kick-Off we will be screening the second half of Tottenham v Chelsea.

All beer and wine is just £3.20 until 2.15pm. This discount will then be applied at the Riverside Bar after our game, for the live screening of Norwich City v Arsenal.

Also, fans who buy any hot food item and any drink before Kick-Off will receive a free Mars bar. This offer is available at all FFC fixed concessions**.

CHECK-IN WITH FULHAM ON FOURSQUARE
This Saturday, Fulham FC and foursquare will be running a matchday special.

From 1:30pm until Kick-Off, check-in at Craven Cottage and on your first purchase of beer or wine inside the stadium, you'll receive a complimentary drink of your choice (includes beer and wine).

If you aren't familiar with foursquare, you can get involved in just a few easy steps. Firstly download the free foursquare app onto your Smartphone, if you don’t already have it, and register your details. When you arrive at the ground open the app, hit the check-in button and check-in to 'Craven Cottage'.

As always, we look forward to welcoming you to the Cottage on Saturday.

Fulham Football Club

*Limited Availability, while stocks last. Shirt must be purchased before 12 noon on Sat 20th Oct to be eligible.
**Available until stocks last.
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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:16:27 PM
 
Fulham v Aston Villa

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By Steve Bower
BBC Match of the Day commentator

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE
Venue: Craven Cottage Date: Saturday, 20 October


TEAM NEWS

Fulham forwards Dimitar Berbatov and Mladen Petric have recovered from respective hip and calf injuries.

Mahamadou Diarra could also feature after a knee problem, but Bryan Ruiz is a doubt after suffering a groin injury on international duty last weekend.

Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland should return after missing three games with a broken bone in his wrist.

Joe Bennett will keep his place after recovering from a gashed leg, but Ciaran Clark is a slight injury doubt.

MATCH PREVIEW

This fixture opened last season's campaign for these two clubs and they have enjoyed different fortunes since. The goalless draw was Martin Jol's first match in charge of Fulham and he has steadily built on the solid foundations at the club. He'll face a different Scotsman in the opposite dug out at Craven Cottage, as Paul Lambert looks for just his second league win since succeeding Alex McLeish.

It's been a tough challenge for the new Villa boss, with five points from 21 representing their worst start since 1986.
 There has to be a touch of realism to their expectations. Some of their new faces have come from lower divisions and some from abroad, and they have to be given time to gel and adjust to the demands of the top flight. They joined a squad that won just seven matches last season and recorded the club's worst Premier League points tally.

Scoring goals has been a problem and even Darren Bent has lost his place in recent weeks, while they'll be hoping that Christian Benteke can follow up his goal for Belgium against Scotland this week with another one in the Premeir League to help them get any sort of result.

That is far from straight forward at Craven Cottage though, where Fulham are traditionally strong and only four teams won last season. They also pushed the champions all the way in their last home game. They have won four matches already and will still be frustrated that figure isn't five after events at Southampton last time out.

I watched them win at Wigan last month and they look more of a threat in front of goal this season with the likes of Berbatov, Rodallega, Petric and Ruiz.

Villa haven't won away since January and will need to be at their very best to prevent Fulham having another profitable day in front of goal.

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head
Fulham have only won three of their 22 Premier League meetings with Aston Villa. All of those victories have come at home.

The goalless draw between these sides on the opening day of last season was the fifth stalemate in their last eight encounters at Craven Cottage.

Fulham
Fulham have won nine and drawn two of their 13 home matches in 2012, earning 29 points out of a possible 39.

Martin Jol's have scored 15 goals this season, a tally bettered only by Manchester United (17) prior to this weekend's matches.

However, they have already dropped eight points from winning positions - only Southampton (11 points) have a worse record.

Only Barcelona (66.7%) have a better shooting accuracy than Fulham (63.5%) across Europe's top five leagues this season.

Aston Villa
Five points after seven matches is Villa's worst start to a top-flight season since 1986-87, when they were relegated.

They are winless in their last 12 Premier League away matches spanning 10 months (D5, L7).

Only Sunderland and Norwich have scored fewer goals than the six mustered by Villa in their seven Premier League matches.

They have not conceded a first-half goal in their last five league matches - but let in eight second-half goals during that time.


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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:18:20 PM
 
LAWRO'S PREDICTION
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Fulham v Aston Villa
The key for Fulham could be whether Dimitar Berbatov is fit after his hip injury because he is already a very important player for them.

The Cottagers were very poor in the first half of their draw against Southampton last time out, but they are a different animal at home and this is the sort of game they could and should win.

Martin Jol's side are ticking over nicely in mid-table and I get the feeling that they are going to stay there for the foreseeable future.

Aston Villa, meanwhile, are in for a long, hard season.

The dilemma for their manager Paul Lambert is that, when he plays with a lone striker, Christian Benteke gives them something extra in terms of holding the ball up, while in Darren Bent they have a goal poacher.

Lambert's problem is trying to marry the two together. Maybe his best option is to bite the bullet and play the pair of them to try to win as many games as possible, but I can't see him trying that at Craven Cottage.
Prediction: 2-1

Fulham are a different animal at home and this is the sort of game they could and should win


http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/19916120 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/19916120)
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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:20:20 PM
 
Fulham v Aston Villa: match preview
Read a full match preview of the Premier League game between Fulham and Aston Villa at Craven Cottage on Saturday Oct 20 2012, kick-off 15:00 BST.

Saturday, October 20
Fulham v Aston Villa
Craven Cottage
Kick-off: 15.00 BST
TV: Highlights BBC ONE Match of the Day.


Fulham (Possible, 4-5-1): Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise; Duff, Sidwell, Baird, Kacaniklic, Ruiz; Rodallega.
Out: Davies (hip).
Test: Ruiz (ankle).

Aston Villa (Possible, 4-2-3-1): Guzan; Lowton, Clark, Vlaar, Bennett; El Ahmadi, Delph; Albrighton, Holman, Agbonlahor; Benteke.
Out: Dunne (groin), Gardner (knee), Petrov (ill), Enda (match fitness).
Test: Bennett (leg).

Referee: Chris Foy. Matches: 5. R0 Y5.

Team News
Dimitar Berbatov is amongst the players Fulham can welcome back against Aston Villa.

The Bulgarian returns from a problem with his hip and upper thigh and will be joined in Martin Jol's side by fellow striker Mladen Petric, who has recovered from a calf problem.

Mahamadou Diarra's recovery from a knee injury means he could also be involved, although Simon Davies remains sidelined and Bryan Ruiz is a doubt.

Midfielder Stephen Ireland returns to the Villa squad at Craven Cottage.

Villa boss Paul Lambert will assess the freshness of goalkeeper Brad Guzan and midfielders Brett Holman and Karim El Ahmadi after gruelling midweek trips back from playing for the United States, Australia and Morocco respectively.

Full-back Joe Bennett is expected to be fit after suffering a leg injury during the 2-0 defeat at Tottenham a fortnight ago.
But central defender Richard Dunne remains a long-term casualty.

Match Notes
Aston Villa are enduring their worst start to a Premier League season, with just five points so far, and face a Fulham side whose new-found attacking brio has made them the division's joint-second highest scorers.

Villa, though, possess a strong recent record against Fulham, who have conceded costly late goals in their previous two games.

Villa striker Christian Benteke, who was on form for Belgium, must deliver – with frustrated, dropped colleague Darren Bent wanting to return.

Betting: Home 5-6, Away 3-1, Draw 5-2.

Stat of the game: Villa have failed to win in their last 12 away games in the Premier League, scoring just five goals and conceding 21.

Arindam Rej's prediction: Fulham 2 Aston Villa 1.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/competitions/premier-league/9615494/Fulham-v-Aston-Villa-match-preview.html (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/competitions/premier-league/9615494/Fulham-v-Aston-Villa-match-preview.html)
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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:21:49 PM
 
Fulham v Aston Villa – Match Preview

Aston Villa travel to Craven Cottage on Saturday, hoping that summer signing Christian Benteke can replicate the goal scoring form he showed for Belgium during the international break.

The 21-year-old – signed from Genk for £7million – has yet to hit his stride for Villa, but was on target in each of Belgium’s World Cup qualifiers against Serbia and Scotland respectively.

Paul Lambert will be hoping his form continues, with Villa having only managed six goals in their opening seven fixtures, which has contributed to them finding themselves currently languishing in 16th place.

Fulham have made a solid start to their season, currently sitting 9th with 10 points from their opening seven games. Martin Jol looks to have a fully fit forward line to choose from, with Dimitar Berbatov and Mladen Petric both recovering from injury.

Jol could however be without Bryan Ruiz, after the attacker injured his thigh whilst playing for Costa Rica last week.

Lambert hopes to welcome back Stephen Ireland to the Villa midfield after he missed the last two with a wrist injury, as Villa look to halt a run of three league games without a win.

Prediction: Fulham 2-1 Aston Villa


http://www.footballfancast.com/preview/fulham-v-aston-villa-match-preview (http://www.footballfancast.com/preview/fulham-v-aston-villa-match-preview)
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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:24:07 PM
 
Fulham vs Aston Villa - Match preview and team news

Martin Jol’s Fulham entertain an Aston Villa side managed by Paul Lambert, who is a man desperate to return Villa to their former glory. Villa sit 16th in the Premier League and travel to Craven Cottage to face a Fulham side who are comfortably in the top half and playing some good football.

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Lambert made the move from Norwich City to Villa Park this summer, having guided the Canaries from League One to the Premier League and maintaining their top-flight status after the first season. Norwich have found this season troublesome, but the same can be said for Villa who are a team in transition under the Scotsman. Villa are now three games without victory and are struggling for goals with only six scored in their seven games so far.

One man Lambert will look to for that clinical edge is Belgian international Christian Benteke. The 21 year old was signed for £7m from Genk and has scored once in the four games he has played so far. Benteke got two goals during the international break and is expected to lead the line for Villa against Fulham with the aim of securing his place as top striker at Villa Park ahead of Darren Bent. Lambert hopes that Stephen Ireland will be back for the trip to London having missed the last two games with a cracked bone in his wrist.

Fulham have plenty of attacking options with Dimitar Berbatov and Mladen Petric back in contention following injury, as well as Hugo Rodallega looking for a place up front. However, Jol could be without winger Bryan Ruiz who injured his thigh during Costa Rica’s 1-0 win over El Salvador during the international break. Fulham drew 2-2 at Southampton with a late equaliser costing Jol’s side points for the third time in their last three fixtures.

Craven Cottage has only seen one Fulham defeat and that was a late goal from Sergio Aguero to give Manchester City victory. Fulham have scored nine goals in front of their home fans so far this season and could be expecting more goals at Craven Cottage against a weak Aston Villa outfit. The Cottagers look to have coped with the losses of Clint Dempsey and Mousa Dembele and Jol’s side will be eager on strengthening their position in the top-half of the table.



http://www.adifferentleague.co.uk/p6_0_17190_fulham-vs-aston-villa-match-preview-and-team-news.html (http://www.adifferentleague.co.uk/p6_0_17190_fulham-vs-aston-villa-match-preview-and-team-news.html)
Title: Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (19/10/12)...
Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:26:42 PM
 
Kacaniklic agent claims a 'number of clubs' keen on Fulham youngster
 
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The agent of Fulham starlet Alex Kacaniklic claims there are a number of clubs interested in his client - but says the young Swede is committed to life at Craven Cottage.

Kacaniklic moved to west London from Liverpool as part of Paul Konchesky's transfer to the Merseyside club in 2010.

After a brief loan spell at Watford, the youngster made his Fulham debut against Norwich in March this year.

The departures of Andy Johnson, Mousa Dembele and Clint Dempsey have allowed manager Martin Jol to field him on a more regular basis this term and he has shone down Fulham's left wing, bamboozling defenders with his trickery and forming a strong relationship with new recruit Dimitar Berbatov.

His strong start to the season has unsurprisingly led to the Sweden international being linked with a move elsewhere, but his representative Miroslav Jaganjac says the 21-year-old is concentrating on continuing his progress at Fulham.

"What I can say is Alex is young, he is performing and good clubs want good players," Jaganjac told FotbollDirekt.se.
"There are a number of interested clubs but the most important thing right now is Fulham."



Read more at http://www.talksport.co.uk/sports-news/football/premier-league/transfer-rumours/121019/kacaniklic-agent-claims-number-clubs-keen-fulham-youngster-1?#0i20vkY6wjzAHmW0.99 (http://www.talksport.co.uk/sports-news/football/premier-league/transfer-rumours/121019/kacaniklic-agent-claims-number-clubs-keen-fulham-youngster-1?#0i20vkY6wjzAHmW0.99)
Title: Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (19/10/12)...
Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:28:11 PM
 
FULHAM v Aston Villa: Striking boost as Berbatov and Petric shake off injuries

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Back in attack: Dimitar Berbatov has made a strong
start to his Fulham career since joining this summer


Dimitar Berbatov is amongst the players Fulham can welcome back for Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa.

The Bulgarian returns from a problem with his hip/upper thigh and will be joined in Martin Jol's side by fellow striker Mladen Petric, who has recovered from a calf problem.

Mahamadou Diarra's recovery from a knee injury means he could also be involved, although Simon Davies (hip) remains sidelined and Bryan Ruiz (groin) is a doubt.

Provisional squad: Schwarzer, Stockdale, Riether, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, Senderos, Baird, Smith, Riise, Briggs, Sidwell, Duff, Diarra, Richardson, Kacaniklic, Kasami, Karagounis, Frei, Dejagah, Ruiz, Berbatov, Petric, Rodallega, Trotta.



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2220177/FULHAM-v-Aston-Villa-Striking-boost-Dimitar-Berbatov-Mladen-Petric-shake-injuries.html#ixzz29l820QC1 (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2220177/FULHAM-v-Aston-Villa-Striking-boost-Dimitar-Berbatov-Mladen-Petric-shake-injuries.html#ixzz29l820QC1)
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Title: Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (19/10/12)...
Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:32:51 PM
 
Travel advice for Fulham game on November 10

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Arsenal Football Club would like to advise supporters travelling to the home match against Fulham on Saturday, November 10 that due to engineering work taking place, the Piccadilly line will be closed between Wood Green and Cockfosters.

Supporters travelling to and from stations between Wood Green and Cockfosters are advised to use either rail replacement bus services or use First Capital Connect services from New Barnet, Oakleigh Park and New Southgate stations to Finsbury Park where valid London Underground tickets will be accepted.



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Title: Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (19/10/12)...
Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:34:19 PM
 
Richardson: The sky is the limit

Kieran Richardson has said that Fulham have set their sights on qualifying for European football, ahead of Saturday's Premier League meeting with Aston Villa.

Despite the congestion in the top half of the table, Richardson's aim does not appear unrealistic given how Fulham finished level on points with Liverpool last season and just 12 behind Chelsea.

Martin Jol's ninth-placed side have made an encouraging start to the 2012-13 season, and Richardson believes his team-mates have enough quality to finish high up the table.

"You want to improve on last season," Richardson said. "With the players we have in the dressing room we can do well. The standard is very high in training. Defensively we are very, very strong.

"We want to be pushing for a European spot. We can do anything we want."



http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/1194256?&cc=5739 (http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/1194256?&cc=5739)
Title: Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (19/10/12)...
Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:38:46 PM
 
Fulham’s Age Old Problem

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Note: For those older readers, the use of  ‘old’ in this article is purely in a footballing context

With club football finally about to get back underway after yet another asinine international break, I thought I would investigate one of the less heralded issues that Fulham currently have at the moment – the age of the squad.

To put it simply, Fulham have an old squad. Although over the last season Fulham have gotten younger, the average age remains over 30 years old. In fact you could put together a pretty good team by selecting over 30 players only:

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This team would be the oldest ever fielded in the premier league with an average age of 32.4yrs old. Jol has consistently said that he wants to reduce the age of the squad and has so far been unable to achieve this. I have a fair amount of sympathy for him here – there was a definite move to replace key players with younger players until late this summer when Dempsey and Dembele decided to jump ship and Fulham were forced into panic signing the likes of Karagounis and Tavares. Despite letting go a fair few youngsters (Gecov, Sa, Dembele) the age of players brought in (28.7yrs) was almost exactly the same as those let go ( 28.6yrs).

So, is the old age of the squad a big deal? I’m not so sure. Firstly, football has changed so much over the last 10 years that being in your thirties no longer represents the terminal decline of your career. A good premier league professional should be able to perform to a very high standard up to the age of 33, and players being influential up to 35-36yrs old is no longer that odd, particularly defenders.

Secondly, Fulham may have an old squad, but look at the age of the Fulham bench in each game this season:

V Norwich – 26.8

V Man Utd – 26.8

V Sheffield Wed – 24.7

V West Ham – 25.5

V West Brom – 24.5

V Wigan – 27.1

V Man City – 24.7

V Southampton -  26.5

Overall AVG – 25.8

Encouragingly, much like with the over 30s, you can put together a good under 30s team with an average age of 25.5yrs old (although, unsurprisingly, defence is a bit of an issue):

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Thirdly, and this is an important point, all of the players who are over 30 years old (except Berbatov) have only one year remaining on their contract. This is an important factor to take into consideration because it gives a high level of flexibility when it comes to lowering the age of the squad. The players over 30 who left (Johnson, Murphy) or were sold (Zamora, Etuhu) all wanted expensive multi-year contracts or already had them.

So is there an age problem at Fulham? I would argue that it is a concern, but Fulham are in a good position to continue with the squad overhaul and the introduction of younger players because of the flexible contract situations and young age of the reserve players.


http://cravencottagenewsround.wordpress.com/2012/10/19/fulhams-age-old-problem/? (http://cravencottagenewsround.wordpress.com/2012/10/19/fulhams-age-old-problem/?)
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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:39:47 PM
 
Shot In The Arm From Fulham Injury Boost
by LRCN on OCTOBER 19, 2012

Jol announced some welcome news ahead of tomorrow’s home match, declaring the return to fitness of Frei, Petric, Berbatov and Dejagah. After an injury-hit start to the season Jol will be pleased to have almost the entire roster available to him – Ruiz and Diarra are not certain, but possible, which leaves Davies the only man to be ruled out for certain – for the first time since the transfer window.

LRCN


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Title: Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (19/10/12)...
Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:41:57 PM
 
Former Burton Albion boss is a contender to be the new Canada manager

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Paul Peschisolido: A contender for the Canada manager's job

Sky Sports understands former Birmingham and Fulham striker Paul Peschisolido is in the frame for the Canada manager's job.

Canada are on the look-out for a new boss following Stephen Hart's resignation earlier this week.

Hart quit his role in the wake of humiliating 8-1 defeat to Honduras on Tuesday that ended Canada's hopes of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup finals.

The Canadian Soccer Association are now drawing up a short-list and former Canada star Peschisolido is thought to be among their targets.

Peschisolido is highly-regarded in Canada having won over 50 caps for his country during his 12-year international career.

The 41-year-old is thought to be keen to get back into management after leaving Burton Albion last March following three years in charge of the Brewers.

A number of names have been linked with the vacant Canada post with Peschisolido the only boss to have managed in Europe before.


http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/16229/8179207? (http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/16229/8179207?)
Title: Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (19/10/12)...
Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:43:22 PM
 
Diarra recovery impresses Jol

Dimitar Berbatov is ready to return for Fulham and could be joined by Mahamadou Diarra after what Martin Jol described as a "miracle" recovery.

It has been an amazing turnaround for Diarra as only last month the Whites boss revealed there were fears the midfielder could be ruled out for the majority of the season.

Diarra damaged his left knee on his return from international exile with Mali and required surgery, which could have seen him miss five months had it shown a cruciate ligament problem.

Fortunately for Fulham, it was the best case scenario but, even still, Jol has been surprised by the speed of recovery.

"Diarra is back," the Fulham manager said. "He is almost a miracle, you know?

"I thought it would be a bit longer, but they always said it could be three or four weeks or possibly longer.

"He needed an operation and, having said that, he is still coming back. He will be involved."

Diarra's return is one of a number of boosts for Jol, who can call upon talisman Berbatov and fellow summer signing Mladen Petric in Saturday's Premier League clash against Aston Villa at Craven Cottage.

The pair have recovered from their respective injuries and, aside from long-term absentee Simon Davies, it leaves the Dutchman only to sweat on the fitness of Bryan Ruiz.

"Most of the players are back," Jol said. "Dimitar trained with us for the last 10 days and was good, but Bryan Ruiz is a doubt.

"He has got a little problem with his groin, but Berbatov will certainly be involved and will play. Most of them are back in contention."

Fulham will be looking to continue their sturdy start to the season on Saturday, where Steve Sidwell is likely to line up against former club Villa just months after he considered quitting football due to ongoing injury problems.

"Steve Sidwell was very good when he started with Danny Murphy in midfield," Jol said.

"He then had his problem with his hernia and came back, then needed an operation again - but he was probably not as fit as he was before.

"But from pre-season when he came back, I think he is the old Steve Sidwell so he is an important member of our squad.

"He has got a certain type of quality. We've got good footballers but he is one that is complete and good without the ball as well."

The Dutchman was also quick to heap praise on Alex Kacaniklic, who has become an increasingly important player for the west Londoners since breaking into the at the end of last season.

The 21-year-old has also impressed on the international stage, scoring for Sweden in their recent 2-1 defeat of Faroe Islands and then helping his country to a 4-4 draw in Germany - after they had trailed 4-0.

"I feel it is the same for all these youngsters," Jol said of the left winger Kacaniklic. "They need a chance.

"They are talents and of course you can be a talent when you're 25 if you don't get a chance, but I gave him this chance and I gave Kerim Frei the chance.

"We've got Kieran Richardson in that position and he created three chances and two goals for us when he came on against Southampton.

"There is good rivalry between them so we will have to wait to see who is playing tomorrow.

"Even if 'Kaca' is not in the team, he is doing well. I will help him to be a very good player but I know there is some interest in 'Kaca' - it is not very serious otherwise I would tell you."

Another Scandinavian attracting admiring glances is centre-back Brede Hangeland, whose current contract expires at the end of the season.

"There are no developments yet," Jol said. "Talks are always ongoing and [the club] were talking today with him and his manager."



http://www.teamtalk.com/fulham/8179231/Diarra-recovery-impresses-Jol? (http://www.teamtalk.com/fulham/8179231/Diarra-recovery-impresses-Jol?)
Title: Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (19/10/12)...
Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:44:59 PM
 
Dimitar Berbatov and Mahamadou Diarra return to Fulham squad for visit of Aston Villa

Dimitar Berbatov will return to the Fulham starting line-up against Aston Villa tomorrow and could be joined by Mahamadou Diarra after what Martin Jol described as a “miracle” recovery.

It has been an amazing turnaround for Diarra as only last month the Whites boss revealed there were fears the midfielder could be ruled out for the majority of the season.

Diarra damaged his left knee on his return from international exile with Mali and required surgery, which could have seen him miss five months had it shown a cruciate ligament problem.

Fortunately for Fulham it was the best case scenario but, even still, Jol has been surprised by the speed of recovery.

"Diarra is back," the Fulham manager said. "He is almost a miracle, you know?

"I thought it would be a bit longer, but they always said it could be three or four weeks or possibly longer.

"He needed an operation and, having said that, he is still coming back. He will be involved."

Diarra's return is one of a number of boosts for Jol, who can call upon talisman Berbatov and fellow summer signing Mladen Petric against Villa.

The pair have recovered from their respective injuries and, aside from long-term absentee Simon Davies, it leaves the Dutchman only to sweat on the fitness of Bryan Ruiz.

"Most of the players are back," Jol said. "Dimitar trained with us for the last 10 days and was good, but Bryan Ruiz is a doubt.

"He has got a little problem with his groin, but Berbatov will certainly be involved and will play. Most of them are back in contention."

Fulham will be looking to continue their sturdy start to the season tomorrow, where Steve Sidwell is likely to line up against former club Villa just months after he considered quitting football due to ongoing injury problems.

"Steve Sidwell was very good when he started with Danny Murphy in midfield," Jol said.

"He then had his problem with his hernia and came back, then needed an operation again - but he was probably not as fit as he was before.

"But from pre-season when he came back, I think he is the old Steve Sidwell so he is an important member of our squad.

"He has got a certain type of quality. We've got good footballers but he is one that is complete and good without the ball as well."

The Dutchman was also quick to heap praise on Alex Kacaniklic, who has become an increasingly important player for the west Londoners since breaking into the at the end of last season.

The 21-year-old has also impressed on the international stage, scoring for Sweden in their recent 2-1 defeat of Faroe Islands and then helping his country to a 4-4 draw in Germany - after they had trailed 4-0.

"I feel it is the same for all these youngsters," Jol said of the left winger Kacaniklic. "They need a chance.

"They are talents and of course you can be a talent when you're 25 if you don't get a chance, but I gave him this chance and I gave Kerim Frei the chance.

"We've got Kieran Richardson in that position and he created three chances and two goals for us when he came on against Southampton.

"There is good rivalry between them so we will have to wait to see who is playing tomorrow.

"Even if 'Kaca' is not in the team, he is doing well. I will help him to be a very good player but I know there is some interest in 'Kaca' - it is not very serious otherwise I would tell you."

Another Scandinavian attracting admiring glances is centre-back Brede Hangeland, whose current contract expires at the end of the season.

"There are no developments yet," Jol said. "Talks are always ongoing and [the club] were talking today with him and his manager."

PA


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Title: Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (19/10/12)...
Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:46:32 PM
 
Fulham boss Martin Jol calls Mahamdou Diarra's recovery 'a miracle'

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Mahamadou Diarra: Knee surgery

Martin Jol reckons Mahamadou Diarra's quick recovery from a knee injury is "almost a miracle".

The Mali midfielder could feature for Fulham against Aston Villa on Saturday - barely a month after Jol feared he could miss most of the season.

Diarra's rehabilitation after surgery has gone without a hitch, and his manager said: "He is almost a miracle, you know? I thought it would be a bit longer.

"He needed an operation and, having said that, he is still coming back. He will be involved."

Diarra faces competition for a midfield place from a rejuvenated Steve Sidwell, whose injury problems led him to consider retirement earlier this year.

Jol said: "I think he is the old Steve Sidwell, so he is an important member of our squad. He has got a certain type of quality. We've got good footballers but he is one that is complete and good without the ball as well."


http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11681/8179290? (http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11681/8179290?)
Title: Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (19/10/12)...
Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:48:05 PM
 
Alexander Kacaniklic remains fully committed to Fulham amid transfer speculation

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Alex Kacaniklic: Has been a regular for Fulham so far this season

The agent of Alex Kacaniklic claims his client remains fully committed to Fulham as reports link him with a move to Italy.

A number of Serie A clubs are said to be closely monitoring the 21-year-old's situation at Craven Cottage ahead of the January transfer window.

Kacaniklic has been a regular for Fulham so far this season and has earned senior international recognition with Sweden.
His performances have drawn admiring glances from afar, but his representative maintains that a player who joined Fulham as part of the deal which took Paul Koncheksy to Liverpool in 2010 has no intention of moving on any time soon.

"Of course the interest has increased since he started playing in the Premier League," Miro Jaganjac told Fotbolldirekt.se.

"Right now, though, the most important thing is Fulham.

"There are some fantastic clubs interested. He is young and playing well, and good clubs are interested in good players.

"But he is happy at Fulham and right now all he wants to do is play well for them and offer them a boost."



http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11095/8179296/? (http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11095/8179296/?)
Title: Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (19/10/12)...
Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:49:33 PM
 
Walton Bid Denial!
   
Not that long ago we reported on an apparent interest in the young Plymouth keeper Christian Walton.

It had been inferred that Fulham had made a bid, believed to be between £250,000 and £300,000 to bring the 16 year-old to Craven Cottage

Well it appears that any bid is news to Plymouth with their manager, Carl Fletcher, dismissing any knowledge of a bid and instead insisting that his young star is going nowhere, commenting to the local Devon media,

"From our point of view we have some good youngsters."

"And from my point of view we want to keep them here and progress them through, and they can play lots of games for Argyle and we can sell them for lots of money."

I wonder if, after all their well documented cash-problems when Peter Reid was in charge at Home Park, they`d sell if a decent offer were to come in!



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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:50:59 PM
 
Fulham whizzkid happy at Craven Cottage despite Italian interest

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Alex Kacaniklic is happy at Fulham, his agent has said.
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Transfer news: Alex Kacaniklic’s agent has said the midfielder is happy at Fulham despite reports link him with a move to Italy.

A host of Serie A clubs are keeping tabs on the 21-year-old, who broke into the west Londoners’ side at the end of last term and has continued to impress in both a white shirt and the yellow jersey of the Swedish national side.

His Craven Cottage boss, Martin Jol, today said that there are clubs interested in signing the youngster, though he claims there is nothing serious to report.

And now Miro Jaganjac has said his client his happy in the English capital, telling Fotbolldirekt.se: “Of course, the interest has increased since he started playing in the Premier League.

“Right now, though, the most important thing is Fulham.

“There are some fantastic clubs interested. He is young and playing well, and good clubs are interested in good players.

“But he is happy at Fulham and right now all he wants to do is play well for them and offer them a boost.”

Jol also confirmed today that contract talks are ongoing with centre back Brede Hangeland.

“There are no developments yet,” the manager said. “Talks are always ongoing and [the club] were talking today with him and his manager.”


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Post by: whitejc on October 19, 2012, 04:52:16 PM
 
Fulham continue Hangeland talks

FULHAM have re-opened contract talks with Brede Hangeland in a bid to tie the defender's long-term future to Fulham.

The Norwegian centre-half is in the final 12 months of his current deal at Craven Cottage, but the club have begun negotiations to extend his stay in SW6.

Aaron Hughes agreed fresh terms last month and Martin Jol hopes Hangeland will join his defensive partner in committing his future.

When asked if there had been any developments, the Dutchman replied: “No. Talks are always ongoing - not every day - but we're talking with him and his management today.”



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