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Thursday Fulham Stuff - 10/10/19...
« on: October 10, 2019, 08:13:58 AM »
Cairney Wins Award

Tom Cairney has been voted the PFA Bristol Street Motors Fans’ Player of the Month for September by football fans across the country.
 
The Fulham skipper won with 29% of the vote, beating Sheffield Wednesday’s Steven Fletcher in second place with 22%.
 
It was a productive month for Cairney playing every minute and scoring twice to help Fulham have an unbeaten September.
 
The final results were as follows:

    -  Tom Cairney (Fulham) - 29%
    -  Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday) -22%
    -  Nahki Wells (QPR) - 21%
    -  Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) - 12%
    -  Jordy de Wijs (Hull City) - 10%
    -  Cheyenne Dunkley (Wigan Athletic) - 6%



http://www.fulhamfc.com/news/2019/october/09/cairney-wins-award

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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2019, 08:15:24 AM »
‘Adds beef to midfield’ – The jury remains out on this Fulham player following summer move

This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Rewind’ series, this content strand is where we rewind back to a particular moment at a club, assess the initial reaction from the fans, and then proceed to evaluate and reflect on whether fans were right to react in that way….

Scott Parker would have been desperate for some fresh blood at Fulham over the summer following a disappointing campaign last time out which saw them relegated from the Premier League.


Parker was appointed as Fulham’s caretaker manager in late February following the departure of Claudio Ranieri, but he failed to keep the club in the top-flight after winning just three of his nine games in temporary charge.

However, the 38-year-old was handed the job on a permanent basis in May as Fulham identified him as the man to spearhead the club’s attempt to seal an immediate return to the top-flight from the Championship.

The Cottagers saw a number of first-team players depart the club over the summer with the likes of Jean-Michael Seri and Andre Zambo Anguissa sealing loan moves abroad, after Fulham had invested heavily in such players prior to their Premier League campaign.

This meant Fulham needed to strengthen their squad during the off-season and they did so by adding the likes of Anthony Knockaert, Ivan Cavaleiro and Harrison Reed to the club’s ranks.

They also signed Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter on a season-long loan move towards the end of the window, in a deal which could become permanent next summer if he impresses during his initial stint in West London.

In our latest FLW Rewind, we take a look back at the day Arter joined the Cottagers…

Arter has been a useful addition since his arrival at Craven Cottage. He has already made nine Championship appearances for his new club, while he has helped them to seventh in the league heading into the international break.

The industrious midfielder has added an element of steel to Fulham’s midfield, while he has been able to provide much-needed protection for the Fulham defence which has eased supporters’ concerns regarding the strength of the back four.

However, despite the qualities he brings to the side, he may still have some work to do before he fully justifies the Cottagers’ decision to sign him over the summer as some of his showings have been slightly sub-par.

He may have produced a stand-out performance during the 4-1 victory over Reading last week, but he was substituted at half-time during the 2-2 draw with Charlton after a disappointing display in the opening 45 minutes.

Furthermore, Arter sometimes needs to be careful with regard to his tough-tackling tendencies. This can regularly benefit Fulham but it could prove to be costly if he takes it too far, and he has already let his side down once this season by being dismissed against Cardiff.

He has been a solid signing for Parker’s side by providing the Fulham boss with another option in midfield, but he now needs to deliver a run of consistent and mature performances to convince the West London outfit he should be signed on a permanent deal.



https://footballleagueworld.co.uk/adds-beef-to-midfield-the-jury-remains-out-on-this-fulham-player-following-summer-move/

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« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2019, 08:16:19 AM »
‘Parker is clueless’ – Plenty of Fulham fans assess club’s managerial situation

Fulham are entering the international on the back of a six-game unbeaten run in the Championship which has seen them climb to seventh in the table.

The Cottagers endured a mixed start to the season which saw them lose to Barnsley and Nottingham Forest in their first five matches, but Scott Parker’s side have now assembled a strong run of form to take them closer to the play-offs.

Fulham will be targeting an immediate return to the Premier League following their relegation last term after Slavisa Jokanovic had guided them to promotion, which means the pressure is now on Parker to maintain this positive run.

This means the former midfielder cannot afford much margin for error in his first full season in management, and this was evinced during their latest match when Parker decided to make two half-time changes against Charlton with Fulham 1-0 down.

The West London outfit went on to draw 2-2 with Lee Bowyer’s impressive side, but many Fulham fans would have been expecting their players to take all three points against a team that was playing in League One last term.

Following this mixed start to the campaign, FLW took to Twitter to ask Fulham fans if they would take former promotion-winning manager Jokanovic back at the club’s helm instead of Parker.

Plenty of Fulham fans responded to this tweet by claiming they would currently rather have Jokanovic rather than Parker in charge at Craven Cottage, while another fan rejected this suggestion and claimed the club’s former boss is “overrated”.



https://footballleagueworld.co.uk/parker-is-clueless-plenty-of-fulham-fans-assess-clubs-managerial-situation/


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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2019, 08:19:30 AM »
Five Thoughts: Fulham 2-2 Charlton Athletic

Better late than never. To those that ventured to the Old Suffolk Punch after Fulham’s dramatic 2-2 draw against Charlton Athletic, thank you for making it a momentous afternoon that we at Fulhamish will never forget. Here’s to another 200 episodes and, perhaps, another live recording with familiar faces, legendary guests and plenty of beer – or Aperol Spritz, if you’re Collins and Betts.

The Whites versus the Addicks. That doesn’t really scream showstopping London derby, but the lunchtime kick-off down by the Thames comprised all the typical hallmarks a fierce, high-octane capital clasico should. The north-London derby pales in comparison and is basically a day out at Crufts.

Charlton is a club I refuse to hate on. Not because they’re actually fairly irreverent, but because they’re an honest community club with similar values to our own. Supporting clubs like Fulham and Charlton is a way of life, not an inevitability. If you want everlasting success and safety, follow Arsenal, Liverpool or Real Madrid. We sentence ourselves to heartache, anguish and jubilation in no particular order, but that’s why our world is better than Joe’s, the clueless Blues fan next door.

Rampant Reid Reinvigorates
The game was crying out for Bobby Reid to tamper with Charlton’s organisation and collect the ball in tight pockets, as he did against Reading. Heading into the second 45, the Cardiff City loanee replaced Sess’ and his impact upon proceedings was instant. As soon as he emerged, Reid manipulated the Red Robins’ shape and installed a trailblazing dimension to the Whites’ offensive phases. Week after week, the 26-year-old is rapidly becoming an essential component.

Two golden opportunities to net his first for Fulham came his way, but an inspired Dillon Phillips thwarted both instances exquisitely. His first, an improvised header, should have been a penalty as Forster-Caskey had a fistful of shirt and his second, in the 91st minute, was struck almost too well. All in all, Reid dispatched 6 hostile shots to no avail. What does he have to do to tally his first goal of the campaign? Imagine the scenes when he finally does spank then net, it would be pretty tasty to say the least.

Roaming the final third without being deterred or hesitant, Reid contributed to various instances that perilled Charlton’s rearguard. Rotating possession reasonably, anticipating knock downs to prolong Fulham’s stranglehold, the attacker’s adaptable artistry aided the Whites’ search for a breakthrough, yet again. Jinking towards the penalty area, Reid lifted an appetising cross into the danger zone and Tom Cairney nodded goal bound. Seconds later, following Phillip’s smart reaction save, the Whites were level. Predatory vision, invaluable ingenuity.

Sending Sess’ Sympathy
Evidently distressed and alarmed by Charlton’s persistence along the right flank, one half of hideous football was enough for Steven Sessegnon. Parker, as well as all in attendance, had seen enough of the 19-year-old’s somewhat imprudent effect on proceedings, although in hindsight, I’ve nothing but solace and sympathy for Sess’. The fledgling right-back’s promoted enthusiasm and avidity since his first-team induction, but the Mostpur Park graduate cut a crestfallen figure as he trudged of the turf at the interval.

Sess’ granted Jake Forster-Caskey the space to progress freely up the channel as he was cautious and tentative, and visitors’ 41st-minute opener subsequently culminated from the right. Inactive and stagnant, Sess’ was repeatedly conquered by Charlton’s purposeful midfielders. Swiping at routine passes, spurning standard offensive phases, the England U21 international didn’t expedition his flank with the verve and energy we’ve grown fond of and accustomed to.

One thing I always, always forget that Sess’ is still a raw talent, an unpolished diamond of the modern game with a lot to learn and discover in his budding trade. Charlton were robust, responsive and they identified Sess’ as a weaker link due to his inexperience, not incompetence. Called up to Aidy Boothroyd’s Young Lions for the October international break, Sess’ is an esteemed representative for both club and country, and sudden streaks of adversity will only build character and galvanise his desire to flourish as an undisputed starter in SW6.

Aleksandar Aggravates Addicks
A recurring feature of virtually every encounter this term, Mitro’ was pressed incessantly, this time by Jason Pearce, who was backed up by Naby Sarr and Tom Lockyer. Hurried on every touch, the Serb’s afternoon was an onerous one, as he didn’t have it all his own way. Restained by Lockyer in the 23rd minute, a penalty appeared imminent but the provoked marksman’s protests were overlooked by Keith Stroud. From that incident onward, Mitro’ held a personal vendetta.

In front of goal, Mitro’ struggled to make 7 of his 8 efforts stick. Butting balls over the frame by a matter of inches, clattering the crossbar in the 62nd minute, it was going to be one of those frustrating days for the prolific hitman, or so we thought. Moments after thumping the woodwork, Mitro’ slammed into the roof the net to restore order and parity, leaving Charlton’s defenders sprawled on the deck as he wheeled away in celebration. Mitro’ won’t have it all his own way, but he rises to the notion of being vanquished and thrives on competition. Now the Championship’s top scorer with 8 goals to his revered name, Mitro’s storming towards double figures at a frightening pace and is now justifiably the division’s head honcho.

The 25-year-old clamoured, howling a war cry for revenge and retribution. When Mitro’ sees red, tread very, very carefully. Bulldozing into aerial battles, grappling for possession unremittingly, Sarr and his colleagues resembled mere mortals and were incapable of subduing the striker’s superhuman strength. Fracases erupted between Mitro’ and Pearce, and I know who my money’s on if tempers flared further. In the 77th minute, Mitro’ flattened Pearce with a cynical body check and I’ve never laughed louder or more psychotically before in all my years of watching nerds get wailed on. A yellow was brandished, but Charlton’s No.6 certainly had it coming. If you’re to take anything constructive away from Saturday, Jason, don’t f**k with Mitro’.

Cav’ Conquers Criticism
I wanted Ivan Cavaleiro to depart at half-time because I thought he didn’t show for the ball enough and, when he did, he was ambushed by a vigilant Chris Solly. Maybe complacency initially poisoned his performance, but I wasn’t overly impressed with his underlying application. With little breathing space to weave down the left channel, Cav’ opted to dip inside and was cordoned off continually by Charlton’s observant defence. It’s painfully predictable. A player of his aptitude should be able to get in behind his direct opponent without obstruction, but he rarely opened the taps.

As rightful punishment for my bogus critique of his timid first-half outing, though, I was made to choke on my words when he spanked home an absolute piledriver in the 55th minute. Leaving Sarr spinning in an alternate dimension, the Portuguese winger harnessed his momentum to lace another screamer for Fulham. Phillips got fingertips to the meteoric cluster of synthetic matter, but there’s simply no stopping that. There must be something in the water they drink, but the Whites only net bangers.

Cav’ whipped tempting balls into inviting areas, appropriated the byline as a seasoned flanker should and grew into the game as it progressed. Spoiled by the flair we have at our disposal out wide with the 25-year-old and Anthony Knockaert, sometimes I expect far too much from the both of them, especially Cav’, but defining instances like his blistering equaliser relinquishes any lingering doubt I have over his faculties and intelligence. Sometimes, it’s best to keep your mouth shut, but if it means he blasts more thunderbolts, I’ll continue to scrutinise.

Resilience Restores Reputation
Clawing back twice to salvage a point. Refusing to crumble in the face of hardship and affliction, Fulham raised swords against a spirited Charlton outfit to spare blushes and halt humiliation at the Cottage. Lee Bowyer’s running a tight ship and his men were eager to cause an upset, and they could well have done so, if the Whites weren’t determined and unified. Parker wants to alter the club’s mindset and he’s doing so. Mistakes were made, everyone recognised their errors, but it’s the manner in which we refortified that’s deeply pleasing. Downing tools is non-existent.

We showed heart and practised resolution, a willingness to throw caution to the wind when we were chasing proceedings, at home, even against an opposition that’s exceeding expectation and quite clearly soaring with confidence. Each goal was relished by all, fans and players as one, and that collective solidarity is nothing more than compulsory to any outfit that’s vying for promotion. If you don’t have a backbone, the nous to overcome tribulation, you’ll be mauled alive and spat out for the vultures to pick at.

Those are games you should be winning, but football doesn’t give a dam about cliches. The Addicks had just beaten Leeds United and narrowly lost to Swansea City. The club from SE7 are not to be taken lightly. Thankfully for us, Fulham dug deep to silence the awesome away support. We’re going to be hemmed back and rattled in the Championship, every team in the same bracket as Charlton will want our scalp on their mantle, but we have to give as good as we get in the hard-working, no nonsense company we keep and we certainly dished out our fair share of fight and gumption.



https://www.fulhamish.co.uk/post/2019-10-09-five-thoughts-fulham-2-2-charlton-athletic/

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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2019, 08:20:42 AM »
‘Well deserved’ – These Fulham fans react to player’s positive feat

Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney was today named PFA Championship Player of the Month, as the midfielder continues his fine start to the season under new manager Scott Parker.

Scott Parker’s Fulham head into the international break in 7th – a point behind Bristol City in the final play-off spot in the Championship.

In his first full season in football management, Parker has shown glimpses of what his Fulham side are capable of.

But a string of draws has seen them fall out of the top six, and go three points behind Nottingham Forest in the second automatic promotion place.

One man who’s been impressing under Parker this season is Tom Cairney. The 28-year-old is hailed at Craven Cottage, having joined from Blackburn Rovers in 2015.

Now with over 160 appearances for the club, Cairney has been named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year on two occasions with the Cottagers – in the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons, and for the first time today was named Player of the Month.

He scored two goals last month in the draw at Sheffield Wednesday and in a 2-0 win against Wigan, and created nine chances in the process.

At hearing the announcement, Fulham fans were quick to back the verdict.

Cairney is the club captain and plenty of Fulham fans feel that he was capable of more in the short-lived spell in the Premier League last season, having scored just once in 31 games as Fulham finished 19th.

He looks on course to have his best returns for goals in a season this year though. He’s already scored five goals from 12 games in all competitions for Fulham, almost reaching the half-way point of his best record of 13 in the 2016/17 season.

He’ll be vital in any Fulham success this year. He’s adored by the Fulham fans and his manager, who will say he’s thoroughly deserved of the PFA Championship Player of the Month accolade.



https://footballleagueworld.co.uk/well-deserved-these-fulham-fans-react-to-players-positive-feat/

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« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2019, 08:21:48 AM »
Chelsea and Fulham youngsters involved in England Under-19 defeat

Chelsea’s Clinton Mola and goalkeeper Luca Ashby-Hammond of Fulham played for England Under-19s in a 3-1 defeat against France in Spain.

Sonny Hilton, also of Fulham, came on as a second-half substitute in England’s opening game of the Marbella International Cup, while Chelsea’s Henry Lawrence was an unused substitute.

England’s goal was scored by James Garner of Manchester United.

Their second game of the tournament will be against Belgium this Saturday afternoon.



https://www.westlondonsport.com/fulham/chelsea-and-fulham-youngsters-involved-in-england-under-19-defeat


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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2019, 07:34:38 PM »
I would like to know the sample number for the Jocanovic / Parker comparison. It seems absurd that the former is still being mentioned. He had a very decent half season here, a fractious two thirds of a season at Watford and is still unemployed. Not great credentials.  A comparison between Ranieri and Parker would be far more revealing and indeed relevant to where we are now.

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« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2019, 09:49:50 PM »
I would like to know the sample number for the Jocanovic / Parker comparison. It seems absurd that the former is still being mentioned. He had a very decent half season here, a fractious two thirds of a season at Watford and is still unemployed. Not great credentials.  A comparison between Ranieri and Parker would be far more revealing and indeed relevant to where we are now.

I liked Jako's champsionship side football a lot, but I think, given time this Fulham side will play even better football.

And I'm pretty sure that unlike under Jako...the defense will get much better with time.

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« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2019, 10:10:32 PM »
I'd take Jokanovic every time. I would love to be proven wrong and eat shedloads of humble pie but I feel like whenever Parker is around Fulham, mediocrity follows.


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« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2019, 07:03:30 AM »
We need to move on from Jokanovic as he's not coming back. For what it's worth I think he worked miracles considering the money spent.

We must give Parker more respect though, he deserves a lot of credit for massively improving our defence. Whilst we should be scoring more goals, in many games we've been very unlucky not to win.  For me we're on an upward curve and starting to build something.

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« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2019, 07:50:59 AM »
We need to move on from Jokanovic as he's not coming back. For what it's worth I think he worked miracles considering the money spent.

We must give Parker more respect though, he deserves a lot of credit for massively improving our defence. Whilst we should be scoring more goals, in many games we've been very unlucky not to win.  For me we're on an upward curve and starting to build something.

The fans of most championships clubs would want Jokanovic as their head coach, but it seems none of the owners are very interested in him. Telling I think, and if I was an owner I wouldn't want him either.