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The Tanner Report: Preston NE 2 Fulham 1

I  would like Scott Parker to succeed, I really would. He is part of that distinguished tradition of ex-players becoming successful managers – Bill Dodgin Junior, Malcolm MacDonald and Chris Coleman in my supporting years. He has good footballing values and is diligent but humble. He gets on [...]

December 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 1 Bristol City 2

Fulham did not deserve anything from this game but some poor refereeing deprived us from sharing the spoils. The cardinal selection and tactical error made was to play Josh Onomah, the loanee from Spurs, just behind Alex Mitrovic. To play in that position you have to be slight, quick and with [...]

December 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

Arsenal 1 Brighton 2

Inevitably this fine win by the Seagulls will be seen in the context of Arsenal’s worst run since 1977. Yet the win was thoroughly deserved: Brighton were the more passionate and adventurous, better in possession and more accurate in their passing and the stats confirm had more possession and [...]

December 6, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Swansea 1 Fulham 2

This was Fulham’s fourth consecutive win and inevitably attention focusses on Alex Mitrovic who scored both goals, bringing his season total to fourteen. I would however prefer to concentrate on our defence which has conceded two goals in that run. After the opening few games the perceived wisdom [...]

November 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report: Fulham 3 Derby 0

Fulham coasted to victory over Derby who did not manage one shot on target. It was too easy a win to make for a captivating game unlike the derby against QPR last Friday. I went with an old school friend who is the son of TV and film character actor Sam Kydd. His father made nearly 300 films in the [...]

November 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

BRIGHTON 0 LEICESTER CITY 2

I’m not a great one for stats but there is one that says it all about this match – Brighton did not manage one shot on goal. For the first half the Seagulls held out redoubtedly in a performance that was more Chris Hughton than Graham Potter. Just as we were applying more pressure at the [...]

November 24, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report; Fulham 2 QPR 1

The prodigal son returns. Last season Abou Kamara disrupted a yoga class, held the ball for a penalty from the clutches of regular taker Alex Mitrovic and missed it and, after a bust up with staff at the training ground, he was arrested and shipped out on loan to a Turkish club. Most of us thought [...]

November 23, 2019 // 0 Comments

Heaven can wait

My subject today is one of sport’s current cause célèbres – the use of video technology to ‘improve’ the quality of refereeing and umpiring decisions. Even that statement raises an issue. Simply because it involves judgements and decisions made by one or more human beings, the skill of [...]

November 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

Livepool 3 Manchester City 1/media coverage

Since the coverage of this game will be at saturation point in the press I am confining my post to the media. I joined the game late as I had a lunch in the country. Martin Tyler on SKY is reliable pair of hands but has never come up with a phrase to rival Ken Wolstenholme’s “They think its all [...]

November 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report/Birmingham 0 Fulham 1

We window cleaners dislike more than anything else heavy rain. As often as not the client will cancel and if he/she does not cleaning the exterior when soaked is not much fun. Heavy rain descended on the Midlands all day yesterday and must have dampened the spirit of crowd and players at [...]

November 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

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