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Monday Fulham Stuff - 09/11/20...
« on: November 07, 2020, 08:30:31 AM »
Results

Sunday
West Brom
0-1
Spurs
Leicester
1-0
Wolves
Man City
1-1
Liverpool
Arsenal
0-3
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Re: Monday Fulham Stuff - 09/11/20...
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2020, 04:56:45 PM »
Paper round-up: West Ham tipped to move for former Fulham star Dembele

West Ham are reportedly interested in Lyon’s former Fulham forward Moussa Dembele.

The Frenchman has been linked with a return to England for some time.

He has been linked with several Premier League clubs, including Chelsea, and is again being touted for a move back to London.

The Sun on Sunday say West Ham are set to offer £30m for Dembele if Lyon decide to sell him.

Meanwhile, the Sunday Telegraph reports that England boss Gareth Southgate has been impressed by West Ham star Declan Rice’s leadership qualities.

A number of Sunday newspapers report that Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi has flouted Covid-19 lockdown rules for the second time.

Photographs have emerged of the England international on a night out with his Chelsea team-mate Fikayko Tomori.

And Brentford are keen on Austria Under-21 international winger Husein Balic, according to the Mail on Sunday.

The newspaper say the Bees and Southampton want Balic and that there has also been interest from Celtic.

He plays for Austrian side LASK Linz and is supposedly rated at £2.8m.

Nicknamed ‘The Sprinter’, Balic is said to be one of the fastest players in world football and has apparently been clocked running 20 metres in just 2.75 seconds.



https://londonfootballnews.co.uk/west-ham/fotball-wls-west-ham-tipped-to-move-for-fulham-star/

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Re: Monday Fulham Stuff - 09/11/20...
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2020, 04:58:49 PM »
Fulham talking points: Mitro struggling, zonal marking – and who should take penalties?

Fulham suffered heartbreak when they missed a 97th-minute penalty that denied them a deserved point against West Ham.

Ademola Lookman blew it spectacularly when he tried the cheeky chip from the spot that ended up being a pass back to keeper Lucasz Fabianski.

Just before that, Tomas Soucek capitalised on a rare mistake in the Whites defence to slide home the winner.

So, who should take Fulham penalties?
Aleksandr Mitrovic missed one against Sheffield United, and therefore Lookman stepped up to the pressure kick.

He gets an A-plus for shouldering the responsibility, but the kick? Woeful effort, Ade. Re-sit required.

Next up, how about Harrison Reed or Tom Cairney, even if it’s been a while for the captain?

Whoever won’t want to make it a hat-trick of misses so far this season.

Bobby Decordova-Reid’s impact
His boss was singing his praises this week, but the Fulham forward is one of those who has to make good on the few chances coming his way.

On the 70th minute that golden chance came after a wonderful nutmeg on a hapless Hammer, but BDR’s shot didn’t need more than a regulation save from Fabianski.

If you think I’m too hard on BDR, I wasn’t the one who substituted him a few minutes later

Antonee Robinson or Joe Bryan?
One has speed; the other’s pretty nifty from a free-kick.

If you’re a Fulham fan you’ll know who’s who.

For the newly arrived, Robinson looks a steal at a bit over £1m after he joined from hard-up Wigan.

He did a number on anyone trying to outrun him on the West Ham right, and as the coaches tell us, there’s no substitute for speed.

The rest you can coach or develop through experience – but you’ve either got raw pace or you haven’t.

As former Fulham boss Kit Symons said of Ryan Fredericks, now a Hammer, “he can catch pigeons”.

Even so, Bryan has developed into something of a dead-ball specialist.

But over 90 minutes?

You want your defenders to get up and down in the modern game – and you need them to do it quickly.

The case for zonal marking
Fulham defended most of the West Ham set-pieces marking space.

The idea that you’re not running around the box like a headless chicken picking up the man trying to make you look like a mug has the thumbs-up from Scott Parker.

But as devotees of shadow marking say: ‘space never scored a goal’.

Seb Haller nearly ripped up the Whites plan with a header that struck the first-half crossbar.

But otherwise the plan held Hammers at bay – just about.

Big-ups list – and one down
Alphonse Areola has grabbed his chance to make the keeper’s shirt his own with both hands – well, he would, wouldn’t he. He made a string of acrobatic saves to frustrate West Ham.

Cairney was back to his best, and nearly everyone else put in a shift.

But big Mitro? That’s the trouble with being a striker: you score and you’re a hero. You don’t, and the finger points.

There’s no hiding place for the keeper and a club’s main striker. It’s been seven games since Mitro found the net in a white shirt.



https://www.westlondonsport.com/fulham/fulham-talking-points-mitro-struggling-zonal-marking-and-who-should-take-penalties


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Re: Monday Fulham Stuff - 09/11/20...
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2020, 05:00:00 PM »
Yannick Bolasie and Oumar Niasse support former Everton team-mate Ademola Lookman as Scott Parker fumes

Former Everton winger Ademola Lookman missed a last-minute penalty against West Ham United while on loan at Fulham

Yannick Bolasie and Oumar Niasse sent messages of support to former Everton team-mate Ademola Lookman after his last-minute penalty miss for Fulham at West Ham United on Saturday evening.

Fulham trailed United by a single goal when Lookman stepped up to take the spot-kick in the 99th minute.

The 23-year-old, on-loan from RB Leipzig, who he joined permanently from Everton for a fee of £22.5m in 2019, attempted to delicately chip the ball over Lukas Fabianski only to see his effort saved by the goalkeeper.

"Top, top player," Bolasie wrote on Instagram. "Sometimes we learn the hard way."

Former Everton striker Niasse, a free agent following his summer release, added: "Just a lesson and you move on."

But Fulham manager Scott Parker admitted he was 'angry' at the manner in which Lookman attempted the kick.

"The boy has made a mistake, that's clear," he said. "You can miss a penalty, but you can't miss a penalty like that. He knows that. When you're young you have to learn quick.

"He's disappointed and rightly so. Everyone can miss penalties of course but in a certain way. This is football, growing as an individual and we'll learn from this.

"I'm not going to shirk away from the penalty miss, I'm angry, and he [Lookman] is as well. You just can't miss a penalty like that. If you take one like that, you have to score."



https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/yannick-bolasie-oumar-niasse-support-19242960

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Re: Monday Fulham Stuff - 09/11/20...
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2020, 05:03:39 PM »
Ademola Lookman adamant his penalty failure at West Ham will not hold him back

Ademola Lookman has vowed to step up and score his next penalty as Fulham manager Scott Parker tipped him to bounce back from his spot-kick shocker against West Ham.

Six minutes into stoppage-time, Fulham – trailing 1-0 – were handed a lifeline when Said Benrahma tripped Tom Cairney in the area.

But with the last kick of the match, Lookman attempted a Panenka-style penalty and watched in horror as his harmless chip down the middle floated into the arms of Hammers goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Lookman appeared inconsolable after his penalty miss and vowed to come back stronger.


He tweeted: “After yesterdays mistake, I take full responsibility and onus for it.

“To my team-mates, manager and the supporters I vow to put the next one in. I will not let one failure hold me back.”

Parker fumed afterwards: “You can miss a penalty, but you can’t miss a penalty like that!”

But the manager added: “He’ll bounce back. He’ll bounce back well. I know he will. He is an unbelievable character. A great professional, wants to learn. And he’s made a little bit of a mistake.

“So yeah, he’ll bounce back. The team will get around him. The team have let him know, I’ve let him know. And we move on now.

“On Saturday it was Ade. Two weeks ago, it was someone else, another individual. And this is part and parcel of the process.

“It’s a young team, young players who are learning and this is what happens. Like I keep saying you need to learn quickly from these moments and keep improving.”

West Ham hit the crossbar twice, through Sebastien Haller and Aaron Cresswell, but had to wait until the first minute of injury time for Tomas Soucek to sweep them ahead from Benrahma’s cross.

Fulham justifiably claimed Haller was offside in the build-up but – after a VAR check – the goal stood to get Czech midfielder Soucek off the mark for the season.

“I am very happy with the goal,” said Soucek. “I’ve had many chances so far this season and I scored a goal against Wolves which they made an own goal, so finally I’ve scored a normal goal for the team.”



https://www.fourfourtwo.com/news/ademola-lookman-adamant-his-penalty-failure-at-west-ham-will-not-hold-him-back-1604834772000

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Re: Monday Fulham Stuff - 09/11/20...
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2020, 05:04:18 PM »
Barcelona Legend Aims Dig At Fulham's Lookman After Missing Panenka Penalty Vs West Ham

West Ham defeated Fulham 1-0 in a Premier League clash at the London Stadium on Saturday night courtesy of Tomas Soucek's game-winning goal in the first minute of second half stoppage time.

Ademola Lookman squandered a golden opportunity to earn the Cottagers one point when he missed from the spot under huge pressure.

The VAR encouraged referee Robert Jones to check the incident after Hammers winger Benrahma fouled Tom
Cairney right at the end of the game and he pointed to the spot after review.

The RB Leipzig loanee made a complete harsh of the penalty, attempting a Panenka which was easily saved by goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

After the final whistle, Lookman was on the verge of tears but was comforted by his teammates.

Former Barcelona striker and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker aimed a dig at the 2017 FIFA U20 World Cup winner for fluffing his Panenka penalty.

Lineker posted on Twitter : "Lookman goes for the Panenka and fluffs it. Can’t imagine what that feels like 😬".

Tosin Adarabioyo and Ola Aina started alongside Lookman in yesterday's matchday eight clash and the trio went the distance.

Despite the setback, Scott Parker's side remain in seventeenth position with four points heading into the international break.

Ifeanyi Emmanuel



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Re: Monday Fulham Stuff - 09/11/20...
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2020, 05:05:39 PM »
Fulham’s Ademola Lookman takes ‘full responsibility’ after shocking penalty miss in West Ham defeat

Fulham’s Ademola Lookman has taken ‘full responsibility’ after missing a panenka-style penalty with the last kick of the game in a dramatic defeat to West Ham.

The Premier League clash appeared on course to finish goalless before West Ham star Tomas Soucek turned home Said Benrahma’s pass in the first minute of injury time. But newly-promoted Fulham were then awarded a 95th-minue penalty when Benrahma clipped Tom Cairney in the box.

Lookman stepped up instead of Aleksandar Mitrovic, who missed his previous penalty, but his chipped effort was saved comfortably by West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

The shocking penalty denied Fulham – currently 17th in the Premier League table – a deserved point and Lookman took ‘full onus’ after the defeat.

The 23-year-old said on social media: ‘After yesterdays mistake, I take full responsibility and onus for it.

‘To my teammates, manager and the supporters I vow to put the next one in. I will not let one failure hold me back.’

Fulham boss Scott Parker, meanwhile, admitted he was ‘angry’ and ‘disappointed’ with former Everton and Charlton Athletic forward Lookman.

The ex-England U21 star joined Fulham over the summer on a season-long loan deal from Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig and had impressed up until the penalty miss.



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Re: Monday Fulham Stuff - 09/11/20...
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2020, 05:08:17 PM »
Fulham’s Ademola Lookman vows to score his next penalty after miss against West Ham

Lookman appeared inconsolable after his penalty miss


West Ham’s Fabian Balbuena consoles Ademola Lookman at full-time
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Ademola Lookman has vowed to step up and score his next penalty as Fulham manager Scott Parker tipped him to bounce back from his spot-kick shocker against West Ham.

Six minutes into stoppage-time, Fulham - trailing 1-0 - were handed a lifeline when Said Benrahma tripped Tom Cairney in the area.

But with the last kick of the match, Lookman attempted a Panenka-style penalty and watched in horror as his harmless chip down the middle floated into the arms of Hammers goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Lookman appeared inconsolable after his penalty miss and vowed to come back stronger.

He tweeted: "After yesterdays mistake, I take full responsibility and onus for it.

"To my team-mates, manager and the supporters I vow to put the next one in. I will not let one failure hold me back."

Parker fumed afterwards: "You can miss a penalty, but you can't miss a penalty like that!"

But the manager added: "He'll bounce back. He'll bounce back well. I know he will. He is an unbelievable character. A great professional, wants to learn. And he's made a little bit of a mistake.

"So yeah, he'll bounce back. The team will get around him. The team have let him know, I've let him know. And we move on now.

"On Saturday it was Ade. Two weeks ago, it was someone else, another individual. And this is part and parcel of the process.

"It's a young team, young players who are learning and this is what happens. Like I keep saying you need to learn quickly from these moments and keep improving."

West Ham hit the crossbar twice, through Sebastien Haller and Aaron Cresswell, but had to wait until the first minute of injury time for Tomas Soucek to sweep them ahead from Benrahma's cross.

Fulham justifiably claimed Haller was offside in the build-up but - after a VAR check - the goal stood to get Czech midfielder Soucek off the mark for the season.

"I am very happy with the goal," said Soucek. "I've had many chances so far this season and I scored a goal against Wolves which they made an own goal, so finally I've scored a normal goal for the team."



https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/fulham-ademola-lookman-penalty-west-ham-b1695217.html

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Re: Monday Fulham Stuff - 09/11/20...
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2020, 05:10:17 PM »
Five Thoughts: West Ham United 1-0 Fulham
Let’s make one thing clear before we mull over the fatty innards of Saturday night’s cruel defeat: Fulham are 17th, out of the relegation zone, and we did not deserve the result that unjustly came our way. For what it’s worth, Scott Parker’s Whites took the game to David Moyes’ excelling West Ham United and we are not, by any stretch, resident whipping boys.

An open, end-to-end encounter at the London Stadium made for a box office display (literally) and I’m actually proud of what Fulham exhibited in the East End. We are gelling, weathering teething problems, and we imposed notable problems for the Hammers to solve and that is a credible breakthrough.

The November international intermission has come at the right time. We’ve two weeks to adjust, adapt and prepare for a difficult string of fixtures and following our last two outings, we’ve an encouraging basis to work with and reasons to be quietly optimistic. Sure, picking up nothing when it could’ve been something stings like a bitch, but we’ve experienced this all too many times before and whilst points were dropped, our heads remained high.

Look Away, Panenka
This, this is a burning topic that’s on everyone’s lips and finger tips and now the heat of the moment’s simmered, I’ll try to make sense of Ademola Lookman’s atrocious Panenka calamity with grace and decorum, rather than red-faced effing and jeffing. You’ve seconds of the game left and a chance to share the spoils from the spot is on the cards. Lookman, a young professional that’s been around long enough to know it was a critical instance, stepped up to fire home from 12-yards. A long pause between the incident and decision stunts the phase’s intensity, but the objective remained the same. Laces, head over the ball, conviction. Anything less spells failure. Refraining from purpose and responsibility, the 23-year-old – who’d never taken a senior penalty before – discarded the precarious position our club is in domestically and allowed his egotistic foolishness to taint his execution. Immortalised on social media, etched on our retinas, what Lookman did is inexcusable, punishable, and to waste a prime scoring opportunity so thriftlessly, that epitomises the term “Fulhamish” in all its associated irony.

Lookman has since taken to certain platforms to apologise for his abomination and I respect him for admitting the fact he messed up severely, although I can’t begin to comprehend what his intentions were when he took ownership of the ball, and that still bothers me. Parker, in his post-match press conference, said it himself; you can miss penalties, but you can’t, under any circumstance, miss them like that. His pathetic rendition stinks of arrogance and immodesty and a scathing dressing down is the least he truly deserves. Knowing that every single point matters for a club like Fulham in the top-flight, that will surely come back to haunt us. I never set out to butcher a player’s reputation and Lookman has been a revelation since joining on loan from Red Bull Leipzig, but that doesn’t scream commitment to me, it was the complete antithesis.

He soured our Saturday evening, mockingly, although I’m certain he’ll bounce back after the international break with a showing of immeasurable redemption. He’s the brightest spark in our offensive ranks, a talent that ultimately has to realise his limitations, evidently, and though I immediately took to the bird app to vent my sheer discontent, rightfully, I am still very much behind the winger and I hope he uses this repulsive mistake as fuel for his timely resurgence. We’ve all dropped clangers and as much as I’d like to slap him round the back of the bonce, dwelling won’t solve anything. We have to move on. One thing I will not condone and fervently object to is racially-charged slurs and remarks, and to resort to such a slant is cowardly, spineless and embarrassingly idiotic. Some took to their personal accounts to do exactly that, and that is not what football, society, our club or any conceivable faction of life itself stands for, and it never will be. He screwed up, we’re pissed, but we’ve two weeks to lick our wounds and join forces again. End of autopsy.

Complimentary Midfield Cohesion
One area of the pitch I’m intrigued by is our midfield and how each component compliments Parker’s industrious, and albeit formative, vision. Welcomed back into the starting XI, Harrison Reed replaced an absent Mario Lemina and stamped his own approval upon proceedings. Screening across the back four, Reed mopped up behind his midfield colleagues logically, keeping the Hammers at an arm’s length. This is all we’ve ever known of the former Southampton man and to witness him lay down the law in his customary modus operandi highly appealing and symbolic of the work ethic Parker’s striving to instil.

Issued a licence to venture forward and construct, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa grappled with Declan Rice, pitting enforcement against youthful exuberance and the contest was an enlightening spectacle. Anguissa was marginally off the boil but still had enough in his locker to disturb the England international’s composure and in fleeting junctures the Cameroonian anchor stole a march on the game’s complexion and supremacy, as it were, was divvied out between two integral cogs of both respective set-ups.

Revelling within a purple patch of his own, Tom Cairney was convincingly instrumental in his deeds, supporting and innovating as regularly as possible. TC purifies our system, tempering the void between panic and profitability and he managed his duties boastingly across the breadth of the engine room in a free-roaming role. I actually thought that he deliberately slowed the tempo of our advancements on purpose, just to restore a practical equilibrium. We could have rushed and squandered our counter attacks but Cairney mediated our progression, and that’s a feature of his leadership. He’s not a vocal captain, he’s one that lets his left foot and vision do the talking and this upturn in form is his way of reintroducing himself to the player that initially warranted the armband.

We Played Well
So, you mean to tell me it wasn’t all doom and gloom in the murky atmosphere of the London Stadium? Correct, we actually played well. Our midfield worked suitably and as it was against West Bromwich Albion, our defensive and offensive departments were organised and regimented, right up until a freak lapse in judgement and communication presented Tomas Soucek’s injury time winner. I’m not suggesting it was clockwork, squeaky clean, although the effects of repetition and rehearsal are gradually transforming us into a stubborn, stringent contingent.

The hosts recycled possession systematically and we reset with structure and order. Aerially, we dealt with the Hammers’ bombardment, clearing our lines ruthlessly. Tosin Adarabioyo was fixated on punching erratic passes through the centre of the park, but he held his discipline whilst banishing in-swinging crosses and his burgeoning understanding with Joachim Andersen’s certainly noticeable. They’re a functional central duo and hiccups will happen, but I’m satisfied with their shared application. On the flanks, Ola Aina kept up with a marauding Jarrod Bowen and on the opposite channel, Antonee Robinson restrained Arthur Masuaku and eclipsed Pablo Fornals for pace as the Spaniard floundered in his attempts to shake the searing American’s surveillance. Defensively, we’re still a prototype, although the personnel we’re currently fielding is competently qualified, far from the insecure deficiencies our rear-guard submitted at the start of the campaign.

Moving forward, I’d still appreciate more incisive movement, however we did exact spells where we jabbed the Irons back into their own defensive quarters and we dispensed possession with a refreshing zest and zeal. Work is yet to be completed but as a collective, we’re no longer hideously unbalanced, unstable or estranged, we’re pragmatic, rational and realistic, even if that all-important killer instinct’s still MIA. Parker believes in his camp, Aina conveyed this to the media last week, and the aspiring gaffer’s persistence and resolve is beginning to impact upon our performances. Adversity, blunders, affliction, they’re not gone for good but the horizon is bright and alluring and if we continue to conduct ourselves with an enduring unification, we’ll be the team on the right side of these results sooner rather than later.

Mitro’s Faulty Trigger
He may have supplied both of Monday’s goals, but something really isn’t right about Aleksandar Mitrovic at this current section of the season. Goal shy, visibly frustrated, Mitro’s prolific tendencies have been expended and there’s no clear indication to when the once trigger-happy marksman will snap out of this unfavourable slump. He’s not languishing, yet, but the 26-year-old passed up glancing headers, whilst climbing above a pint-sized Aaron Cresswell, and also shirked the opportunity to dispatch the last-minute penalty and that is seriously out of character. He’s missed a couple, but surely that isn’t a long-term fault? Everything is in his head and it needs clearing, pronto.

His confidence has reduced itself to a meagre measurement, he thrives on the satisfaction of beating the ‘keeper and dominating his markers but amid his shallow conviction, signs of his usual self were present. As per, Mitro strived to wrench the Hammers back line open, pinning himself against West Ham’s centre-halves in order to hold up play to his teammates’ benefit. He was constrained by Angelo Ogbonna throughout and the pair eventually exchanged choice words and locked eyeballs and though that may be interpreted as an act of petulance in some respects, impassioned altercations are all part of Mitro’s familiar disposition and I was somewhat glad to see his fierce desire stoke up with flashes of defiance. Alas, the bitter truth still remains, we’re failing to sufficiently accommodate his presence and our goal threat is waning as a result.

Crosses went amiss and the service on the night sailed innocuously out of the deprived striker’s reach – over the next fortnight, we have to devise a method in the final third that directly demands goals from our main outlet because our current stratagem is almost suppressive. Mitro’s significance is too valuable to ignore, and though he appears to be someone that can tackle every obstacle himself, he requires a helping hand. We have the highest ratio of crosses in the league, but perhaps we have to mix things up a little, to revitalise the Serb’s pertinence upon proceedings. I’m no coach, however driven skimmers across the box, actually committing fullbacks from wide to pull balls back from the byline, these are all viable alternatives to simply hoisting detectable crosses into congested penalty areas where Mitro’s often outnumbered.

Areola’s Defining Impact
Individual performances, positive or negative, are scrupulously examined on a weekly basis and Alphonse Areola is in line for a substantial pat on the back, following his superb exploits between the sticks in Stratford. We may have lost the game, but that was not at his disservice, in fact, he kept us in the game with a hefty catalogue of smart, prompt stops and that merits recognition. From his distribution, filtering though to his ready reflexes, our first-choice’s outing was laden with calibre-determining pluses.

West Ham stung the Frenchman’s palms from range within the early stages with swirling pile drivers that ricocheted wildly. The Hammers were fired up in the first 10 minutes and with rock solid wrists, Areola deflected danger without compromise, dampening the hosts’ avidity. The Paris Saint-Germain loanee cut a level-headed figure within his 18-yard box and from set-pieces, crosses and impending sieges on his penalty area, the 27-year-old stopper was vocal, organising his defensive department and commanding their composition. Towards the back end of the game, Areola remained vigilant and stuck to his duties with an unwavering dedication.

Cresswell rattled the crossbar from a central position although the fullback’s free-kick was actually brushed onto the woodwork by an outstretched Areola, the finest of interventions, defining his nimble capabilities. Said Benrahma jinked into a striking position on the byline and took aim, twice, at Areola’s near post but on both occasions the ‘keeper shielded his target, covering his angles acutely. Goal difference may weigh heavily on our hopes of staying up and Areola kept the score line at a bare minimum on Saturday night. The goals we’ve conceded this season have not been through faults of his own and it’s worth remembering that we genuinely have a ‘keeper of unbelievable pedigree on our books and for that, despite the result, I am eternally grateful, because things could be a hell of a lot worse.



https://www.fulhamish.co.uk/post/2020-11-08-five-thoughts-west-ham-united-1-0-fulham/


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Re: Monday Fulham Stuff - 09/11/20...
« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2020, 11:16:59 PM »
Antonee Robinson let Scott Parker down with disappointing display against West Ham

Whilst Ademola Lookman may the focal point of a lot of Fulham fans’ anger following his failed panenka penalty attempt in Saturday’s defeat against West Ham, Antonee Robinson should not escape criticism for his disappointing display.

The left-back, who was signed from Wigan Athletic during the recent summer transfer window, made just his fifth appearance in the Premier League at the London Stadium but struggled throughout the game.

As per SofaScore, the USA international picked up a disappointing 6.6 rating for his display, managing to lose possession an extraordinary 26 times, which was the most of any Fulham player on the night.

Although the 23-year-old won five out of nine of his ground duels, and both of his aerial duels in the match, it was his attacking play that seemingly let him down as he completed just 31 out of 45 of his passes.

Scott Parker was clearly angry with Lookman after his penalty miss cost the Cottagers a point on Saturday but looking at Robinson’s stats, he will surely be frustrated that his left-back was so profligate with the ball.

The young defender has been one of Parker’s better players in the Premier League thus far, having averaged a 6.94 rating across his five appearances, which rates him as their fourth-best player in the top-flight so far this season (per WhoScored).

Therefore, it would perhaps be unfair to criticise the summer signing too much for his performance against the Hammers, as his overall performances since joining have been fairly impressive.

However, he will surely need to work on his passing in particular and ensure that he doesn’t lose possession as much if he is going to keep his place in Parker’s side going forward.

It will be interesting to see if the USA international keeps his place for Fulham’s next game against Everton following the international break.



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Re: Monday Fulham Stuff - 09/11/20...
« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2020, 11:18:52 PM »
Republic of Ireland: Christie replaces injured Stevens in squad


Cyrus Christie made his Republic debut in 2014 and has won 22 caps

Cyrus Christie has come into the Republic of Ireland squad in place of the injured Enda Stevens for the games against England, Wales and Bulgaria.

Stevens will return to Sheffield United after being assessed by the medical team on Sunday.

Nottingham Forest defender Christie fills the void as the Republic prepare for Thursday's friendly with England.

That is followed by two Nations Cup games, starting with Wales three days later and then Bulgaria on 18 November.

The Irish squad reported for duty in London on Sunday and will have a first training session on Monday before the Wembley game against England.

Manager Stephen Kenny named a 26-man squad on Thursday, with Luton Town striker James Collins recalled for the triple-header.

Captain Seamus Coleman also returns after missing October's matches because of injury.

Kenny's side have drawn two and lost two of their opening four Nations League matches. They are third in League B Group 4, eight points behind leaders Wales.

Republic squad:

Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (West Ham United), Caoimhín Kelleher (Liverpool), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth).

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Cyrus Christie (Nottingham Forest), Kevin Long (Burnley), Shane Duffy (Celtic, on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion), John Egan (Sheffield United), Dara O'Shea (West Bromwich Albion).

Midfielders: Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), James McCarthy (Crystal Palace), Harry Arter (Nottingham Forest), Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle United), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Jayson Molumby (Brighton and Hove Albion), Robbie Brady (Burnley), Jack Byrne (Shamrock Rovers).

Forwards: Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion), Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (Stoke City), Aaron Connolly (Brighton and Hove Albion), Adam Idah (Norwich City), James Collins (Luton Town), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth), Daryl Horgan (Wycombe Wanderers).



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