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Once again Felix Magath baffled us when he switched to a new system of 3-5-1-1 with one of our best players, Lewis, withdrawn more into deeper midfield. It seems to baffle the boys too as, without two fine saves by Stockdale, we could have been trailing 2-0 at half time. Yet it was us that took the lead. After a succession of f short corners, all of which were useless, Holtby showed the benefit of floating a cross into the danger area which Sidwell headed into the path of Hugo Rodallega. For the second week running he scored.

In the second half we defended the lead capably. Diarra does an effective job in protecting the back four but he was dying on his  feet and had to be subbed. As with Villa, we played out intelligently the last few minutes without giving the opposition a proper chance.

After stalling at 21  points for some time, we suddenly have 30 points after 3 victories in 4 games. We are the form team with momentum and confidence going into the easier run-in, when the others have to play Chelsea or Manchester City and in Norwich’s case both. There will still be many twists and turns but it’s certainly looking more hopeful.

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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