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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (05.03.10)
« Reply #40 on: March 05, 2010, 03:30:49 PM »
http://www.thepost.ie/breakingnews/sport/eyeyidideyid/


Fitness test for Murphy


05/03/2010 - 15:04:38

Fulham captain Danny Murphy will undergo a fitness test before tomorrow’s FA Cup quarter-final against Tottenham at Craven Cottage.

Murphy is struggling with a groin strain and could miss out, but left-back Paul Konchesky may feature after making a full recovery from his ankle injury.

Andrew Johnson, Clint Dempsey and John Pantsil remain in the treatment room, all with ankle injuries.

Team (from): Schwarzer, Zuberbuhler, Baird, Kelly, Shorey, Stoor, Konchesky, Hangeland, Hughes, Smalling, Gera, Duff, Murphy, Greening, Davies, Etuhu, Riise, Nevland, Elm, Okaka, Zamora, Marsh-Brown.

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (05.03.10)
« Reply #41 on: March 05, 2010, 03:38:00 PM »
http://www.fansfc.com/story/19429.html

Malbranque fighting for Sunderland future

09:00 AM 05 March, 2010


Steed Malbranque is fighting for his Sunderland Football Club future.

The French playmaker has been a hit in England since he first turned up at Fulham in the summer of 2001, when he made the move to London from Lyon.

He spent five seasons at Craven Cottage before making a move to Tottenham Hotspur, where he again impressed before moving to the Black Cats in 2008.

Malbranque, 30, has struggled for form this season, though, and although Steve Bruce’s side is often crying out for creativity, the Journal believes the midfielder could be sold in the summer.

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (05.03.10)
« Reply #42 on: March 05, 2010, 03:40:06 PM »
http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2010/03/05/atherton_interview_2/

Atherton thinks the ROI on Google AdWords is not as good as it was with the print model, and that Dabs suffered a lot of click fraud when he was there. Click fraud occurs when a business receives a lot of automated clicking on their ads, for the purpose of generating a charge per click without having actual interest in the target of the ad's link. “I'm a big disbeliever they've got click fraud sorted,” Atherton says.

Once he'd established Dabs' “perfect” online systems, Atherton considers some of his best decisions to have been in Premier League football sponsorship. “We got the Fulham shirts very cheap for a premiership club.” This figure was probably around £1.5m for a two year deal in 2003. Bolton's shirts were unavailable at the time, but Dabs got its name in its Reebok Stadium tunnel, for a bargain figure which increased seven-fold the following season.

At the time BT bought Dabs, rival eBuyer caught up with the business and surpassed it. Atherton believes it ran a sustained “penny under Dabs” strategy to help achieve this. Ebuyer is backed by mega-multimillionaire kitchen magnate Malcolm Healey.

“It was perfectly legal and a very smart tactic. They were determined to get revenue, revenue, revenue and when one of Britain's 20 richest people decides to take on Dabs – they're going to win.”

Atherton started Dabs.com in 1990. Highlights under his watch include boosting profits from £500,000 to £5m in one four-year period, and getting sales to £190m. ®


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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (05.03.10)
« Reply #43 on: March 05, 2010, 03:41:21 PM »
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/05032010/63/injury-doubt-defoe.html


Injury doubt over Defoe



Fri, 05 Mar 13:16:31 2010

       
Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has hamstring problems and is a doubt for the FA Cup quarter-final against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Ledley King (thigh), Tom Huddlestone (groin), Jermaine Jenas (groin), Aaron Lennon (groin) and David Bentley (groin) are already ruled out.

Carlo Cudicini (wrist and pelvis) and Jonathan Woodgate (groin) are long-term absentees, while Younes Kaboul and Kyle Walker are cup-tied.

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (05.03.10)
« Reply #44 on: March 05, 2010, 03:45:14 PM »
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Fulham FC v Tottenham Hotspur FC - FA Cup preview and betting tips


Betting Press Staff - 5 Mar 2010


Craven Cottage set for an enthralling cup tie as Fulham FC entertain Tottenham Hotspur FC.

The last time Spurs travelled across London to Craven Cottage, they left with a nil-nil draw, and then just over a month ago, they beat the Fulham two-nil at White Hart Lane. Harry Redknapp’s side enjoy playing Fulham, although 6/4 (Boylesports) that they win on Saturday is far too short, against a side who are unbeaten in their last eight matches in all competitions.

Fulham have won nine out of fourteen at home in the Premier League this season, and they have an excellent defensive record at Craven Cottage. They are 11/5 (Victor Chandler) to beat Spurs, and if they can stop Jermaine Defoe (6/1, Coral) and Roman Pavlyuchenko (13/2, Bet365) from scoring, then they have a great chance of victory.

Fulham are 11/4 (SkyBet) to keep a clean sheet, and 9/2 (SkyBet) to win to nil on Saturday, and five shut-outs in their last eight matches suggest Roy Hodgson’s side are definitely capable of stopping opponents from scoring.

Bobby Zamora is playing the best football of his life at Fulham, and the former Spurs striker will be keen to maintain his excellent scoring record this season with the game’s opener (13/2, SkyBet), and a Zamora goal in a one-nil Fulham win (17/2, SkyBet) is a not inconceivable outcome to the game. That double pays a respectable 33/1 with SkyBet.

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Win Market – Fulham (11/5, Victor Chandler)

Win to Nil – Fulham (9/2, SkyBet)


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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (05.03.10)
« Reply #45 on: March 05, 2010, 03:46:13 PM »
http://www.football365.com/story/0,17033,8742_6004662,00.html

Reading's win at Anfield kick-started this season's competition, and they have earned their tie on Sunday lunchtime. But if I worked for E.ON or the FA, then I would be hoping that they advance no further. The presence of Tottenham in the semi-finals would add a deal of interest, but there is at least some romance to Roy Hodgson's Fulham so a Spurs defeat would be no disaster. Villa, though, and Chelsea are the best available ingredients for the last four, and as the best two teams left I hope they contest the final, whatever the attractions of a Pompey return or a rare shot at a trophy for Stoke or Birmingham.


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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (05.03.10)
« Reply #46 on: March 05, 2010, 03:47:18 PM »
http://www.sportinglife.com/football/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=soccer/10/03/05/SOCCER_Tottenham_Nightlead.html&TEAMHD=soccer

REDKNAPP ADMITS TO NUMBERS WORRY
 
By Mike McGrath, Press Association Sport


Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp admits he cannot fill his bench with senior players for the FA Cup quarter-final against Fulham after Jermain Defoe returned from England duty with a hamstring complaint.

Defoe is rated as 50-50 for the clash at Craven Cottage, with Ledley King already ruled out with a thigh injury and groin problems accounting for Aaron Lennon, David Bentley and Jermaine Jenas, while Tom Huddlestone has damaged ankle ligaments.

"Jermain has had tight hamstrings, run down his legs like sciatica-type pain," Redknapp said. "He felt it after the game at Wembley, he didn't feel very good with it at all.

"He felt his back was tight before the game and he'd been having treatment on the back of his hamstrings here, but they all seem to roll into one. The physios will see if they can work their magic on him."

Redknapp upset the odds against Manchester United in the last eight of the competition two seasons ago and accepts it will require another backs-to-the-wall display to get past Roy Hodgson's men, given his selection problems.

Younes Kaboul and Kyle Walker are cup-tied, so Andros Townsend and Jake Livermore have been recalled from loans to help with numbers.

"It's quite easy to pick the team at the moment because I think we've got about 12 fit players," Redknapp said. "We'll have to play people out of position but we've still got 11 very good players."

Jenas underwent an operation in Germany this week, while Huddlestone's foot is in a protective boot and he needs another scan before it is known how long he will be out.

Lennon's injury is also worrying as he has not played since December and a comeback date has not been set, with the winger given the instructions to rest for six weeks.

"It'll take a bit of time," said Redknapp, assessing Lennon's recovery.

Redknapp at least has his available strikers in top form. Roman Pavlyuchenko has scored six in his last four appearances, while Peter Crouch came off the bench for England and scored twice against Egypt on Wednesday.

"When we took him to Portsmouth from QPR, if you'd have said he would play for England people probably would've laughed at you," Redknapp said. "But he's done fantastic. His goal record with England is superb - he's a must now to go to the World Cup and he's bang in the driving seat to have a chance to start.

"He brings something very different and, when he plays, the results have been excellent.

"He could be England's super-sub or super-starter - I think he's capable of both. He'll never let you down and always do the job."

Crouch considers his 2006 FA Cup win with Liverpool as the high point of his club career - and he is desperate for success with Spurs.

He told Sky Sports News: "This club deserves to get to a final. I've been lucky enough to win it, it's a fantastic feeling and hopefully I can do it again with Tottenham.

"We are in the fight for fourth place and that will go to the wire, but we're in the cup as well so it's exciting times."

Redknapp is expecting a tough test against Fulham, adding: "To beat Shakhtar Donetsk over two legs was one of the great performances because they're UEFA Cup holders.

"Fulham are a well-drilled, organised team. Roy gets everything out of them. People like Danny Murphy, Roy's resurrected their careers almost. It'll be a very difficult game."

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (05.03.10)
« Reply #47 on: March 05, 2010, 03:48:39 PM »
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/05032010/58/fa-cup-match-facts-fulham-v-spurs.html

FA Cup - Match Facts : Fulham v Spurs


Opta - Fri, 05 Mar 12:24:00 2010

 
Match facts and stats ahead of the Fulham v Tottenham FA Cup sixth round match.

 
Only two goals have been scored in the last three games between Fulham and Tottenham.

The last FA Cup meeting between these London sides saw Tottenham win 4-0 at Craven Cottage in 2007, with both Robbie Keane and Dimitar Berbatov netting braces.

These sides have been drawn together four times in the FA Cup, with Tottenham progressing on all four occasions.

The FA Cup defeat in 2007 is the only time Fulham have lost to Spurs at home in their last nine meetings at the Cottage.

This is the second consecutive season that Fulham have reached the FA Cup quarter finals; losing 4-0 at home to Manchester United in their last-eight match last term.

Spurs have lost three consecutive FA Cup quarter final ties, two of these coming against London clubs.

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (05.03.10)
« Reply #48 on: March 05, 2010, 03:49:42 PM »
Harry Redknapp confident Tottenham striker Peter Crouch can be super starter or super sub for England

By Laura Williamson


Last updated at 1:59 PM on 05th March 2010


Peter Crouch can be England’s ‘super starter’ in the World Cup, according to  Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp.

The Spurs striker came off the bench to score two goals against Egypt on  Wednesday night but his club manager thinks he is good enough to start for his  country in South Africa.

Redknapp said: ‘He could be England’s super sub or super starter – I think he’s capable of both. He’ll score goals whether he starts or comes off the bench. 

 Tall order: Club boss Harry Redknapp thinks Peter Crouch can play a vital role for his country in this summer's World Cup.... but he might not start for Spurs this weekend because of the form of Roman Pavlyuchenko (below)

 ‘He’s a good all-round player and his goal record with England is superb. He’s a must now, to go (to South Africa), and he’s bang in the driving seat to have a chance to start, I would imagine.

‘It was great to see Crouchy come on and score his goals (on Wednesday night). He took both goals really well and led the line great. You’ll always get an honest performance from Crouchy – he’s a fantastic person as well.

'He’ll never  let you down and always do the job.

‘When we took him to Portsmouth to QPR, if you’d have said he would play for England people probably would’ve laughed at you. But he’s done fantastic.’

Yet, despite bagging two goals in England’s 3-1 win earlier this week, Crouch may be relegated to the bench for Tottenham’s FA Cup quarter-final against Fulham on Saturday, owing to the sparkling recent form of Roman Pavlyuchenko.

First-choice striker Jermain Defoe is, however, rated as 50-50 for the clash at Craven Cottage after aggravating a hamstring strain at Wembley on Wednesday.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1255721/Harry-Redknapp-confident-Tottenham-striker-Peter-Crouch-super-starter-super-sub-England.html#ixzz0hJlVba1q


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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (05.03.10)
« Reply #49 on: March 05, 2010, 03:51:03 PM »
http://betting.betfair.com/football/fa-cup/fa-cup-betting-fulham-v-tottenham-050310.html

FA Cup Betting: Fulham v Tottenham

FA Cup  / Jaymes Monte / 05 March 2010 / Leave a comment


Roy Hodgson has given a master class in getting the most from a small squad this season, but for how long can he continue to stretch his players to the limit?
Jaymes Monte analyses an FA Cup game which he hopes will be an entirely different spectacle from that which he witnessed last Sunday...

"With Fulham suffering just three home defeats all season – Arsenal, Aston Villa and Chelsea – it is difficult to justify Spurs being such clear favourites at 2.5. Yet that display against Sunderland is still too fresh in the memory to suggest backing Fulham at 3.2, what if it wasn’t a resolute away performance? What if they really are on running on empty? "

I had the displeasure of paying to attend the Sunderland versus Fulham game last week and let me tell you that reports of it being one of the worst games of the season are not exaggerated. The best way of describing the game is to say that it was a team that didn't want to win playing against a team who didn't know how to win. However, we shouldn't denigrate or criticise Fulham, after all this is the cornerstone from which they have built their success under Roy Hodgson - win your home games and anything that you can pick up on your travels is a bonus.

Unfortunately, there is little that can be taken from that game which can be applied to this one. Fulham's defence coped amicably with the strains of having played in Ukraine less than 72 hours earlier, but they were never fully stretched by a lacklustre Sunderland attack. They lacked any potency or intent going forward but that was more a case of not wanting to stretch the game and expose their defence too much. In short; Fulham dictated the pace and style of the game at the Stadium of Light, but this week's FA Cup tie against Tottenham is an entirely different proposition.

The first question to ask is whether Hodgson would welcome another game for his stretched squad in an already hectic season. The answer to that will undoubtedly be yes if that game is an FA Cup semi-final, but if it is a quarter-final replay then he would maybe think twice. On the other hand, if Fulham have aspirations of playing Europa League football again next season then it would have to be suggested that the FA Cup is their only realistic route. Ironically, Tottenham have the squad to cope with a European campaign and whilst securing fourth place in the Premier League will be their primary target they have the resources to do both that and continue on their FA Cup glory trail.

With Fulham suffering just three home defeats all season - Arsenal, Aston Villa and Chelsea - it is difficult to justify Spurs being such clear favourites at 2.5. Yet that display against Sunderland is still too fresh in the memory to suggest backing Fulham at 3.2, what if it wasn't a resolute away performance? What if they really are on running on empty? And if the replay is such an undesirable consequence for the Premier League manager these days, should we really be backing the draw at 3.4? One of them has to come in, but I'll be damned if I know where the value is here.

Perhaps goals are the way forward. Spurs have strikers who are in form in Roman Pavlyuchenko - five goals in just 192 minutes of football - and Peter Crouch - two goals and a man of the match performance for England in midweek - yet one of them could miss out at the expense of Jermain Defoe - 22 goals in all competitions this season - if he is declared fit. Over 2.5 goals is priced at 2.2 and looks like it could be the better value, especially for in-running traders, but you may want a saver on Tottenham to keep a clean sheet at 3.3 because I feel Fulham will need to score for this one to come in.

Harry Redknapp will be hoping that he finds himself in Hodgson's predicament come this time next season and they will certainly be better equipped to cope with it. But for now all the plaudits must go to The Cottagers and their success in keeping a Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League campaign on track simultaneously. They are 14.5 to win the FA Cup and 22.0 to win the Europa League but either or both would surely be a step too far.

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (05.03.10)
« Reply #50 on: March 05, 2010, 03:51:58 PM »
http://www.football.virginmedia.com/page/BristolRovers/NewsDetail/0,,12555~1985320,00.html

Trollope keen on duo stay

 05 Mar 2010


Bristol Rovers boss Paul Trollope is keen to keep on-loan duo Wayne Brown and Paul Heffernan at the club for as long as possible.

Brown, who is currently nursing an ankle injury, extended his loan from Fulham by a further month this week, while Trollope is also keen to keep Doncaster striker Heffernan, who has revealed his own desire to prolong his spell with the League One club.

Trollope told Press Association Sport: "We believe that Fulham are talking to Wayne about extending his contract. I think they've been pleased with how he's progressed over the last few years.

"He's a player who's a big interest to us, somebody who ticks all our boxes of quality, motivation and his athleticism, so he's one that whatever happens with the situation at Fulham, we'll be looking closer at his situation for next year."

On Heffernan, Trollope added: "He's a player who's made a decent impression and we'll be speaking to Doncaster in the not so distant future about maybe extending it for the remainder of the season. His attributes have been there for all to see and he's done well for us.

"The lad's out of contract in the summer so the situation at Doncaster needs clarifying...But certainly he's a player that's fitted in with how we do things very well and we've got a keen interest in him."

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (05.03.10)
« Reply #51 on: March 05, 2010, 03:53:12 PM »
http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/fa-league-cups/tottenham-face-injury-crisis-ahead-of-fulham-tie-1916858.html

Tottenham face injury crisis ahead of Fulham tie


By Mike McGrath, PA


Friday, 5 March 2010


Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp admits he cannot fill his bench with senior players for the FA Cup quarter-final against Fulham after Jermain Defoe returned from England duty with a hamstring complaint.

Defoe is rated as 50-50 for the clash at Craven Cottage, with Ledley King already ruled out with a thigh injury and groin problems accounting for Aaron Lennon, David Bentley and Jermaine Jenas, while Tom Huddlestone has damaged ankle ligaments.

"Jermain has had tight hamstrings, run down his legs like sciatica-type pain," Redknapp said. "He felt it after the game at Wembley, he didn't feel very good with it at all.

"He felt his back was tight before the game and he'd been having treatment on the back of his hamstrings here, but they all seem to roll into one. The physios will see if they can work their magic on him."

Redknapp upset the odds against Manchester United in the last eight of the competition two seasons ago and accepts it will require another backs-to-the-wall display to get past Roy Hodgson's men, given his selection problems.

Younes Kaboul and Kyle Walker are cup-tied, so Andros Townsend and Jake Livermore have been recalled from loans to help with numbers.

"It's quite easy to pick the team at the moment because I think we've got about 12 fit players," Redknapp said. "We'll have to play people out of position but we've still got 11 very good players."

Jenas underwent an operation in Germany this week, while Huddlestone's foot is in a protective boot and he needs another scan before it is known how long he will be out.

Lennon's injury is also worrying as he has not played since December and a comeback date has not been set, with the winger given the instructions to rest for six weeks.

"It'll take a bit of time," said Redknapp, assessing Lennon's recovery.

Redknapp at least has his available strikers in top form. Roman Pavlyuchenko has scored six in his last four appearances, while Peter Crouch came off the bench for England and scored twice against Egypt on Wednesday.

"When we took him to Portsmouth from QPR, if you'd have said he would play for England people probably would've laughed at you," Redknapp said. "But he's done fantastic. His goal record with England is superb - he's a must now to go to the World Cup and he's bang in the driving seat to have a chance to start.

"He brings something very different and, when he plays, the results have been excellent.

"He could be England's super-sub or super-starter - I think he's capable of both. He'll never let you down and always do the job."

Crouch considers his 2006 FA Cup win with Liverpool as the high point of his club career - and he is desperate for success with Spurs.

He told Sky Sports News: "This club deserves to get to a final. I've been lucky enough to win it, it's a fantastic feeling and hopefully I can do it again with Tottenham.

"We are in the fight for fourth place and that will go to the wire, but we're in the cup as well so it's exciting times."

Redknapp is expecting a tough test against Fulham, adding: "To beat Shakhtar Donetsk over two legs was one of the great performances because they're UEFA Cup holders.

"Fulham are a well-drilled, organised team. Roy gets everything out of them. People like Danny Murphy, Roy's resurrected their careers almost. It'll be a very difficult game."


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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (05.03.10)
« Reply #52 on: March 05, 2010, 03:54:29 PM »
http://www.thefa.com/TheFACup/FACompetitions/TheFACup/Match%20Centres%2009-10/Sixth%20Round%20Proper/Fulham%20v%20Tottenham/MatchPreviews/dawson-050310.aspx

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EXCLUSIVE: Dawson's double aim



By Marc Isaacs - Friday, 05 March, 2010



Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson admits he would love the chance to lead his side out at Wembley in The FA Cup Semi-Final and says his team are confident they can win the competition this season.
 
Dawson has been handed the captain’s armband following injuries to Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate and is now producing some of the best football of his career.
 
After beating Bolton in a tricky Fifth Round replay at White Hart Lane, Tottenham now travel across the capital to face Fulham in the Quarter Finals.
 
Dawson is looking forward to a tough London derby at Craven Cottage and feels his side have enough quality to win The FA Cup for the first time since 1991.
 
“We are looking forward to it. We are 90 minutes away from Wembley," Dawson exclusively told TheFA.com.

"Let's hope we can achieve another win like we did against Bolton and then we can look forward to a day out at Wembley. 
 
“We have a lot of work to do before that. We will take it game-by-game and we have to concentrate on the next one coming up.

“When you go to Wembley you want to win The Cup. If we go there in a Semi-Final, we will certainly want to go back there again. It is not just about one day out, it is Cup Final day that you want to be there for, not just the Semi-Finals.  You want to win The Cup, it is as simple as that.

“Every game we go into we believe we can win. This year you look at the teams that have gone out of The Cup, but the teams that are still in will all be thinking the same as us. 
 
“We went to Fulham on Boxing Day and Craven Cottage is always a tough place to go. We went there a few years ago in The FA Cup and got a good win and hopefully we can do the same this time, but we know it will be a tough game.

“They will have a massive belief that they can go on and win The Cup, so our first aim is to go and win at Fulham which will be a tough game in itself.”
 
Dawson is also relishing the chance to meet up with several former Tottenham players at Craven Cottage. Simon Davies and Danny Murphy both played alongside Dawson at White Hart Lane, while Bobby Zamora also enjoyed a brief spell in north London before making the move to Fulham.
 
Zamora has hit a rich vein of form for Fulham this season and Dawson knows he could be the dangerman once again.
 
“Whenever you play against Bobby you know you are going to be in for a tough game.  He is certainly on fire at the moment and scoring some good goals," he added.

“The way he holds the ball up and his goalscoring, you know he is a top player. 

“Simon Davies was here when I first came to Tottenham and Murphy joined us here too.

"I played with Bobby for the Under-21's, but not while I was at Tottenham. They are good players and we know they are a good team so we are looking forward to it.

"You come up against so many good players like him in the Premier League and this will be another good test"

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (05.03.10)
« Reply #53 on: March 05, 2010, 03:57:32 PM »
Great Escape Reprints -- another rich, Friday, March 05, 03:34:02pm (83.244.183.135)


Will be ordering these on Sunday probably, so if you'd like one please do put an order in. Ta!





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After much umming and arring I'm going to run a second print run of the now out of print Great Escape Fulham Review.

The trick here is that it's going to be a bit more expensive, as I'm not going to run off 3/400 of them (20/30 more likely). So to cover this I'm going to ask for £10 a copy. Hopefully this doesn't scare too many people off, but it's costing me a lot more to print them. All 06/07 and 08/09 (and 09/10 for that matter, when it's done) remain at the bargain £5 price.

If you'd like to pre-order please go to www.godsfoot.com. When I get a few orders in I'll get them printed up and sent out.

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Re: Friday Fulham Stuff (05.03.10)
« Reply #54 on: March 05, 2010, 05:03:03 PM »
http://www.fulhamfc.com/Club/News/NewsArticles/2010/March/QFPreview.aspx
Team News
Friday 5th March 2010




Roy Hodgson revealed that Paul Konchesky is in contention for Saturday's FA Cup clash at the Cottage |whilst captain Danny Murphy will face a fitness test on Saturday morning.

"Paul Konchesky is back in contention for a place in the Team, "said Hodgson during Friday afternoon's press conference. "He’s recovered from his January injury.

"Danny Murphy will have a fitness test tomorrow [Saturday] morning and we’ll assess whether the injury he picked up when he had to leave the field at Sunderland has fully healed. It will be touch and go.

“Other than that it is the long term injuries of Pantsil, Dempsey, Andrew Johnson and KG Dikgacoi. They are the players that remain out of contention."

No one at Fulham is underestimating the task at hand at the Cottage on Saturday but as Hodgson explained, the players are clearly relishing the opportunity to fight for a place in the Semi-Finals of the FA Cup at Wembley on Saturday evening.

“We’ve been preparing for the game with the players today [Friday] and yesterday, looking into the Tottenham team, and I must say, they’ve got an enormous array of riches, not least in the attacking area of the field.

“We expect them to be remarkably difficult to play against and expect it to be a very tough game; one worthy of this level of the competition.

“We know what’s ahead – if we are lucky enough to win it we’ve got a trip to Wembley for the first time in 25 years. That in itself is all the motivation we need.

“My Wembley appearances have been extremely limited and it would be great on a personal note to lead the Team out for a Semi-Final at Wembley. More importantly I think it would be great for the Club.

“These are the type of goals you can set yourself at the start of the season and when you get this close to them you realise you’re never going to have a better opportunity to cross the line.

“They [the players] deserve the plaudits that come their way but I know they’re not satisfied. They want to take it a step further and now it’s a question of whether we’re good enough.

“Our players on Saturday will be fully aware that this is a great opportunity that has come our way and we’ve worked for it. Now we’ve got to do what’s necessary to bring home the bacon.”



Read more: http://www.fulhamfc.com/Club/News/NewsArticles/2010/March/QFPreview.aspx#ixzz0hK3u4huY