Games for the Weekend 20/11…

We welcome Barnsley to the Cottage for a 3 o’clock kick off.

After a struggle at Peterborough, Mitro and Rodak saved the day we managed to grind out our sixth win on the bounce. Over on the forum “Jamie88” and “Dr Know” pointed out that the last time(s) we achieved this type of run was in 2000-01 season, 11 wins, and 1998-99 when we won 8 in a row. During our fabulous 23 match unbeaten run, under Jokanovic, we “only” managed 5 wins in a row.

Mitro has now scored 20 times, to put that in some sort of perspective here’s how he ranks against some the other teams in the Championship…
Mitro – 20
Swansea – 20
Reading – 20
Middlesbrough – 19
Bristol City – 19
Birmingham – 18
Preston NE – 18
Blackpool – 18
Millwall – 17
Peterborough – 17
Cardiff – 16
Derby – 13
Barnsley – 12
Hull – 11

As well as scoring for us Mitro’ continues to bang ’em in for Serbia, he managed a 90th minute winner against Portugal over the weekend knocking out Cristiano Ronaldo from the World Cup.

Mitro’ has 13 goal contributions in 7 games for club and country. 8 goals in 5 starts for Serbia, 20 in 17 for Fulham, better than anyone in Europe to date!

Our record against Barnsley is quite good, for some reason I thought it was bad, I tend to think of Barnsley as a boogy team?, anyhow we’ve 4 wins, 2 losses and 0 draws.

Odoi, having played well in previous games, for some reason struggled against Peterborough’s Dembele , so much so that he was subbed for Tete, I would imagine that Tete would now retain his starting place. Tom added a bit of guile when he was introduced so therefore, assuming no injuries on international duty, my team would be…

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Games of Interest…

Friday 19th
QPR v Luton

Saturday 20th
Sheff Utd v Coventry
Fulham v Barnsley
Huddersfield v West Brom
M’borough v Millwall

Sunday 21st
Derby v Bournemouth

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Games for the Weekend 06/11

We’re away to Peterborough for a 3 o’clock kickoff this weekend.

A 0-7 away win, and Mitro only scored 1 of them! with 2 goals each for Kebano, Wilson and Muniz. I’m so pleased for Muniz, that must have done his confidence a power of good and shows that he could be a worthy stand in if needed?
Rodak kept another clean sheet, that 20 goals for and 1 against in the last 4 games. After a nervous start Hector grew into the game and looks to be getting back to his form from a couple of seasons ago when he one of the defenders in the Championship.

With Bournemouth suffering their first loss its all getting very interesting at the top, still a very long way to go but I’m looking forward to every game, how different from last season!

Our record against Peterborough, as we’ve only played against them once in the recent past which we won, can’t provide much historical perspective? That being said we’re on a decent run of form WWWWW and Peterborough are doing OK with LWWLD.
We must guard against complacency, remember Coventry!, Peterborough will be looking to make a statement against a club in such free scoring form.

I can’t think of a reason to change a winning squad, therefore my team would be.


Games of Interest…

Saturday 6th
Rovers v Sheff Utd
Bournemouth v Swansea
Millwall v Derby
Peterborough v Fulham
West Brom v M’borough
Blackpool v QPR

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Games for mid-week 02/11

An away trip to Ewood Park to take on Blackburn Rovers is our mid-week travel this time.

Another “below par” performance and we win 3-0, that was a quite incredible result and come the latter stages of the season could well prove decisive. The previous two games we’ve not played anywhere near our best but still scored 7 goals and conceded 0, I’ve a feeling that we’ll give someone a real drubbing when everything “clicks”, I’m also hoping that we’ve had our “shocker” game at Blackpool but being Fulham you never know?
3 more for Mitro! thats 18 in 15, Mitro has scored 12 goals in the last 7 appearances, and to top that achievement he gave the match ball to a young supporter, what a gesture and something the youngster will treasure.

It was a shame that Tosin saw red, we’ll now have to “make do” with either Mawson, Kongolo or Hector, not bad alternatives are they?

Also hasn’t Rodak done a good job? 3 consecutive clean sheets and only 1 goal conceded in his 4 starts, if he keeps this up I can’t see him loosing his place.

Our record against Rovers is an even one 6 wins, 7 losses and 6 draws

With Tosin unavailable my team would be…

team against Blackburn Rovers


Games of Interest…

Tuesday 2nd
Millwall v Reading
Forest v Sheff Utd

Wednesday 3rd
Rovers v Fulham
Bournemouth v Preston NE
Cardiff v QPR
West Brom v Hull

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Games for the Weekend 29/10

Back to the Cottage for this weeks game, this time we face West Brom, yet another 12:30 kick-off.

A 0-4 win against the “in form” team of the league was very impressive, in truth 0-4 flattered us but getting wins when your not playing at your best is the sign of a good team, keeping a clean sheet is a cherry on top.
This week-ends game should be very interesting, if we win we’ll be 4 points ahead of West Brom, whilst a draw would see us remain a point ahead, if we loose they’ll leapfrog us by 2 points. A win for either team could give a phycological advantage to the winners, and may prove pivotal for automatic promotion?

Mitro now has 15 goals, what an incredible return, he must be on target for setting the record for goals scored?
It was also really good to see Tom get the full 90 minutes, I was surprised how well he and Seri partnered, long may it continue.

Our record against West Brom is very good with 5 wins, 2 losses and 7 draws

Assuming there are no further injuries my team would be…


Games of Interest…

Friday 29th
QPR v Forest

Saturday 30th
Fulham v West Brom
Huddersfield v Millwall
Sheff Utd v Blackpool
Reading v Bournemouth

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Games for the Weekend 23/10…

This weekend we’re off to Robin Hood country to take on Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Sunday at 15:00.

Forest v Fulham

Back to back home wins and with other results going “our way” we’re up to 2nd and have the highest goal difference, thanks to Mitro?, in the league. 5 points behind Bournemouth, they have to lose sometime, but we’re in far better form than after the previous international break and with Cairney, Tete, Kongolo and Carvalho coming back from injury I think that we’re in a “good place”.
Wasn’t it good to see Tom back in a Fulham shirt? and to cap it with a goal, fairy-tail stuff. Mitro, 13 in 13, he’s still on fire! It was also good for Rodak to keep a clean sheet and he made a couple of important saves towards the end of the game. According to the votes on the forum Seri had another MotM performance, he had nearly twice the number of votes for Tom Cairney in second place.

Our record against Forest is another even one with 5 wins, 4 losses and 1 draw. Forest are on a bit of a run since changing their manager winning away at Huddersfield, Barnsley, Birmingham and Bristol City and Blackpool at home. On Tuesday Forest scored twice in injury time to win 1-2 at Bristol City so their going to full of confidence.

My team against Forest would be…


Games of Interest…

Saturday 23rd
Bournemouth v Huddersfield
Millwall v Stoke
Peterborough v QPR
West Brom v Bristol City

Sunday 24th
Barnsley v Sheff Utd
Forest v Fulham

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Games for Mid-week 19/10…

Another evening game under the lights of Craven Cottage this time we face Cardiff City

Fulham v Cardiff City

Well the game against QPR was more like it!
Mitro has 12 in 12, he really is on fire! also it was really good to see Tom in the squad, it can’t be too long before he starts, it’ll be interesting to see who Marco drops for Tom?
Hopefully Bryan won’t be out after colliding with the post, but it always difficult to choose between him and Robinson anyway. Seri has been a revelation, while there was so many things wrong with the Coventry game not starting Seri really cost us, some of his passing on Saturday was a level above anything we’ve seen in the last fews seasons.

Our record again Cardiff is very even with 6 wins, 5 losses and 6 draws.
Cardiff’s 0-3 loss against local rivals Swansea will give them some impetuous to bounce back, as Coventry, so I’m guessing that this game will be another close one.

Assuming Carvalho’s now fit, Marco said he could be, my team to face Cardiff would be…


Games of Interest…

Tuesday 19th
QPR v Blackburn
Sheff Utd v Millwall
Stoke v Bournemouth

Wednesday 20th
Fulham v Cardiff
Swansea v West Brom

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Games for the Weekend 16/10…

Another early kick-off, 12:30, this time we welcome QPR to the Cottage.

Fulham v QPR

So after another international break we’re back to games that matter.
Hopefully we’ll play better than after the previous one! With Mitro, Wilson, Marek Rodak, Bobby De Cordova-Reid and Antonee Robinson travelling with their squads Marco Silva won’t have had much, if any, time to re-energise the team.
There was some good news with Terence Kongolo, Kenny Tete and Tom Cairney back in training, I don’t think we’ll see them for this game, but you never know?
It’ll be interesting to see if Fabio Carvalho is in the squad, if he is then so much the better, if he’s not then I think that could indicate that he’s off in January?

After the shambles at Coventry a derby game against the bitters could be just the thing to get us back on track?
QPR are having a good start to the season, and I’m sure they’ll be up for this game.

We’ve a good record against QPR, 9 wins, 2 losses and 2 draws.

Assuming no “international” injuries my team would be…


Games of Interest…

Friday 15th
West Brom v Birmingham

Saturday 16th
Fulham v QPR
Bristol City v Bournemouth
Millwall v Luton
Sheff Utd v Stoke

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Games for the Weekend 02/10…

this Saturday we’re being sent to Coventry for a 12:30 kick-off.

Coventry City v Fulham

Coventry City have designated this game as “Jimmy Hill Day” and £1 from every ticket sold for the game will be donated to the Jimmy Hill Legacy Fund.
Jimmy has a very special place in the hearts of both sets of fans, Fulham wouldn’t have survived as a club without him.
Jimmy played over 290 games for Fulham from 1952-1961, he became Fulham Chairman in 1987 and stayed in the role until 1997.
For Coventry Jimmy became their manager in 1961, after he retired from playing, and remained their manager until 1967. Following a successful career in TV he returned to Coventry in 1975 as Managing Director and then Chairman leaving in 1983.
Jimmy’s last public appearance was at the unveiling of his statue outside Coventry’s ground.

Mitro’s on fire! he’s currently the leagues leading goal scorer with 10 in 10!
The first half against Swansea was us back on form, the second half wasn’t quite as sharp however we managed to contain a very competitive Swansea, so it was a job well done.

Coventry will be smarting from their thrashing from Luton, 5-0, and I’m sure will be looking to keep their excellent home record in tact, Mitro may well have other ideas.

We’ve not played Coventry since the 1967/68 season and with both teams at the top end, 3 & 4, of the table, Coventry haven’t lost at home so far this season, perhaps a score-draw would be a fitting result to remember Jimmy Hill?

I’m assuming that Bryan won’t be available, as he went off injured, and as Kebano normally has a really good game followed by a bad one, my team for this game would be…

Remember this is a 12:30 kick-off.


Games of interest…

Friday 1st
Stoke v West Brom

Saturday 2nd
Coventry v Fulham
Barnsley v Millwall
Bournemouth v Sheff Utd
QPR v Preston NE

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Games for Mid-week 15/09…

League Cup action under the lights at the Cottage against Leeds

Fulham v Leeds EFL Cup

This could be an interesting match.
In truth I don’t think that either manager will be taking the League Cup too seriously at this point however, a “cup run” is a “cup run” and will be good for some of the “fringe” players to get a run out.

Leeds will look to repeat a similar result as the league game last season, their first win in the Capital in donkeys, Fulham will want to test themselves against a Premiership team.

Kick-off is 19:45


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Games for Mid-week 24/08

Our first Cup game of the season see’s us travel to Birmingham’s St. Andrews ground for a 19:45 kick-off.

Birmingham City v Fulham

Anyone fancy a cup run?
I must admit I’m not sure how we should approach this game. On one hand, winning becomes a habit, on the other could a cup run detract from the league with additional fatigue and injuries?
With Tim Ream, Tete and Carvalho all going off injured on Saturday, added to the long term injuries of Tom, Kongolo and Reed, Harrison looks to be the closest to returning, Tuesday would be an ideal game to give some of the youngsters a run out alongside the players who are close to the starting eleven for every game.
Rodak should get a start, he’d be starting every game if I was picking the team, Hector, Sessegnon, Christie, Knockaert and Bryan are obvious candidates and I’d give players like Francois, Fossey, Stansfield and Kieron Bowie the opportunity of first team action.
We have a good squad and I’d like to see it used if only to give “game time” to players who might be needed sooner or later.
If Rodrigo Muniz had arrived a few days earlier, I think he’s due in from his quarantine period in Spain sometime Tuesday, then I’m sure this game would have been his debut, perhaps he’ll be introduced against Stoke on Saturday?

Another interesting aspect of this game is that we go back to Birmingham on the 15th September for a “proper” league game, and it would be good going into that game knowing that we’d had a good result, or would we be better looking for revenge?


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