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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 Rene Moulenstteen apologised to the fans. Apologies are a contemporary form of achieving closure. At Crystal Clear Windows we do not just issue a apology, but assure our clients we have investigated the complaint with a view to it not recurring. If anyone believes we will stop conceding goals, when we have shipped 30 since Moulensteen came to the club, they are sadly misconceived.

For some reason Scott Parker, our best player at Norwich, was not in the squad. This meant that our fragile back four was badly protected. Ruiz, as ever, could not turn skill into product. With Berbatov, Parker end hopefully Reither to return, there will be more capability but until Brede Hangeland is over his injury – and that is at least a month – I have little confidence that the flow of goals conceded can be stemmed.

Worryingly, there is a tenacity about Crystal Palace and Sunderland and we may have to hope that Cardiff, West Ham and Norwich continue in poor form. It’s a sad reflection that we must look to others. The January window will soon be upon us. Who will want to sign for a relegated side and, if they do, will they encumber the club with high wages? Will Alan Curbishley and Rene Moulensteen act in concert in acquisitions?

I am consoling myself  that local derbies at  Leyton Orient and Brentford, and a trip to Brighton unless they get promoted, will be enjoyable.

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About Alan Tanner

After a distinguished military service in the Catering Corps, Alan Tanner did well in mufti with his chamois as a window cleaner. Sadly he had to retire after falling from the fifth floor of Danny Murphy's mock Tudor home. He spends his retirement watching and writing about his beloved Fulham whom he has supported for over 50 years. The Alan Tanner Report is sponsored by Tanner Crystal Clear Ltd, Window Cleaners to the Gentry. More Posts

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  1. Avatar photo The National Rust // December 29, 2013 at 11:53 am //

    Alan, I remember going to Orient one Sunday. Terry Angus got off the bench, jumped into the Fulham end and led the singing. We won 2-0. Can’t see any of this present lot ever doing the same.

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