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For all the forest running and medicine balls by way of training, the simple immutable fact remains that – once over the white line – there is little that can be done to change a result. Fulham’s keeper Stekelenberg had a good gane but right at the end fumbled a shot and, ironies of ironies  given the 1966 World Cup Final v West Germany, it was over the line as confirmed by Hawk Eye.

I  liked Magath’s post match comments. No public criticism and a persistent faith that Fulham will stay up. I wish I could share  this optimism: we probably need 15 points. Cardiff away, Hull, Newcastle, Norwich and Crystal Palace at home fall into winnable category, on the road we might get points at Stoke, Villa and Everton, Spurs and Manchester City away, Chelsea at home  nul points – as Stuart Hall  used to say in Jeux Sans Frontieres.  However these things rarely go to form. We might get a draw against Chelsea next week , feel buoyant and crucially lose at  Cardiff.  My fear is that a goal difference 14 worse than Palace could be  fatal by the time we meet them on the last game of the season.

There was a fine article in the Mail on Sunday by Patrick Collins, referring to Fulham’s eccentricity defined by its old telegram address Fulhamish.  His theme is that the ruthlessness of the culls is not Fulhamish. Winning the World Cup,was not the only though most important event of the Sixties. Fulham in circumstances such as these produced the Great Escape. We did so by team spirit, defined as much by Bobby Keetch at the heart of a stout rearguard action, as the legendary Johnny  Haynes.  I just don’t see either here.

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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

2 Comments on The Tanner Report

  1. Avatar photo fulham_nutter // February 23, 2014 at 5:36 pm //

    Alan, you best be backing the boys 100% for survival! as I’m sure your readership will be a lot lower next season if you’re blogging about a Championship side. COYW!

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