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Alan Tanner despairs at yet another Fulham home defeat

We now have lost 4 out of our 6 home games. Time was when we lost that number all season. Jol will no doubt have his excuses accept responsibility and in the same breath blame us fans for booing Bryan Ruiz and not getting behind the team. Fulham’s record is marginally better than Shahid Khan’s NFL team the Jacksonville Jaguars who have lost 10 out of 11,

From the start the home end chanted the name of Mouusa Dembele, not the Moussa that made a big money move to Tottenham but the star of our academy who scores for fun. We hear such good things of him and he was on the bench. However it was the fat tart Taarabt as much as anyone responsible for QPR ‘s relegation who emerged from the dug out. Moussa should have been introduced if only to keep the crowd on side, managers will frequently say our support makes all the difference but then do little to generate this. Swansea are a slick passing side who won their last 2 home games at Craven Cottage and deserved to do so yesterday .True Bent struck the post but few wuld deny the Swans were wothy winners.

We  looked for any improvement  under new coach Rene Moulensteen.  Then defence was better organised at set plays which probably had something to do with Senderos not being in the centre of it.  Scott Parker wore the captain’s armband and is more of a leader on the pitch than Berbatov . Against that there was no width, the forwards did not press affording Swansea too much un pressurised possession. Never short of an excuse Jol in his programme notes said the international break prevented them working with the players as long as he would have liked.

Where do we go from here? To West Ham for a bottom of the table clash, a Six Pointer. I can foresee the muscularity of The Hammers out fighting pretty boy Ruiz and moody Berba. Only a handful of players, Scott Parker, Sidwell will be really up for it at a ground where we rarely prosper. At the final whistle the cry of “Jol out” rang round the ground but Meulensteen having been appointed as Chief Coach for which Jol claims the credit I would think that the duo would be given one more game. After that its Everton away and Spurs at home . No points and its no joy, no Jol.

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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