Lets start with three statistics. I like statistics as they don’t lie, contrary to what Disraeli says, or rather they do so less so than the average Premier manager. Fulham have now conceded 50 goals in 23 games; we have the worst goal difference in all 4 divisions; Berbatov and Bent have scored 10 goals between them in all competitions.
Alan Curbishley and Ray Wilkins have been brought in off the pitch, but only Dempsey on it to redress matters. Lack of investment and of goals, and goal difference, could easily relegate us. One Fulham fan called me in the week. He said with typical gallow humour that Ray Wilkins was sacked 15 years ago for failing to get us into the championship. Now it looks as if he will succeed.
As for the game against Swansea last night, both goals scored by the home side came off the back of Fulham players Hangeland and Berbatov, adding to his tally. Deflections are always termed ‘wicked’, a strange use of language as they are surely innocent. Meulensteen fielded his A side, ‘A’ for ageing. This usually holds out for the first half, but cannot do so in the second. At least the the B team fielded in cup games is youthful and can keep going for 90 minutes, even in atrocious conditions. We desperately need to get 3 points this Saturday against Southampton at home, who played well against Arsenal, because after that we have 2 away game against Manchester United and Liverpool. With the recent passing of Dennis Turner, these are unhappy days at the Cottage.