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The Tanner Report

Although I expected us to lose at Hull, I did not think it would be a 6-0 thrashing. To put this in perspective, Crystal Palace went up to the team that has the best home record in Europe (Manchester City) and kept the score down to 1-0. Our goal difference is -22, which could prove crucial. Coach [...]

December 29, 2013 // 1 Comment

The Tanner Report

In  the car up to Norwich I was taking some gyp that my glass was not half Fulham but three quarters empty. I prefer the word realist, as if you look back over the Tanner reports you will see that the last three results were perfectly predicted.  The Tannic oracle now predicts a loss at Hull and [...]

December 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

I am underwhelmed by the appointment of Alan Curbishley. The great managers that win trophies and establish a dynasty – Fergie, Mourinho and Wenger – never tolerate such intrusion and invasion of authority. It creates role confusion and political infighting. It simply does not [...]

December 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Sledging: cricket v football

Watching the excellent game between Fulham and Manchester City, I was struck by one incident. The Fulham equaliser was bizarre, when Vincent Kompany somehow deflected his clearance backwards over Joe Hart.  If the object of sledging is to remove your opponent out of his zone of concentration then [...]

December 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

Fulham’s performance v Manchester City was not all that different to that against Everton the previous week. We were the weaker side in the first half, we clambered back into the game, which was no mean achievement as we were 2 goals down, only for City like Everton to go into over-drive and [...]

December 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

One of the problems of an ageing team is fatigue. It can be no coincidence that goals are conceded and games lost in the last 10 minutes. In the golden age of Jean Tigana, when we took the championship by storm, we were not just superior in technique but in fitness – blowing teams apart in [...]

December 15, 2013 // 0 Comments

FA fixing the fixers? You’re having a laugh

Don’t hold your breath that the FA will root out the betting fixers. Indeed Alex Horne of the FA says it’s not a serious problem. The FA has an official betting partner. Indeed William Hill is more than “the bookie of choice “, it’s an actual sponsor, its logo [...]

December 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Tanner Report

I  was accused of  too much negative thought after the victory over Villa, when I received texts and emails of varying censure. I stand by what I say that we are in deep trouble. We are still in the bottom three with a poor goal difference. We now face an in form  Everton at Goodison, a place [...]

December 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

File from Florence

I called Alan Tanner to wish Fulham luck in the match against Aston Villa. He said rather gloomily that after today it’s Everton away and Manchester City at home, so 3 points are vital. If you go adrift from the rest depression sets in. Berbatov is not the first name I would consider to get [...]

December 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

World Cup Draw

STEFANO URSOLINI: Itay are a solid team but I cannot see us getting beyond the semi-finals as Argentina, Brazil, Germany and Spain are stronger. We do not have a lot of cover in defence and Pirlo is injured right now. Without him (and at 35 can he last in the  heat?) we lack creativity in [...]

December 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

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