I have watched Fulham relegated five times and I predict this season will be my sixth. I, the Tannic Oracle, foresee this after a much better performance against Spurs last night. We had far more zip and zest, we had width, we had better defensive organisation but we lost. We lost against a shapeless Spurs side out of form whose manager was under the cosh. We did not deserve to lose but lose we did. And that is why I am pessimistic. You need luck to stay up.
After a well contested first half in which we were superior we took the lead from an angled drive from Dejegah. We looked well on top. However not only did Spurs equalise, they took the lead. They were the third team to beat us with a wonder strike – Cardiff and Swansea did the same. No defence could be blamed for the terrific drive from Holtby. Even after that Lloris, the Spurs keeper, was obliged to make a superb smothering save from Ruiz and Kasami hit the post. Bad luck. Bad luck equals relegation .
In the next few weeks we play Everton away and Manchester City away, neither of which are likely to yield points. This means we go on the cycle of winnable games, Norwich away, Hull away and West Ham at home, as likely as not in the bottom three. We may even start to be adrift with our poor goal difference. By then the new coach factor would have evaporated, Berba will be moody and want away. We will have a coach with no experience of relegation scrapping as that did not happen at Manchester United. The losing run has not ended. We have lost our last 6 games and 9 out of 11 of our home games. I have forgotten that feeling of waking and the first flood of consciousness is an uplifting home win.
We played much better, we have Brede Hangeland to return and we will probably buy in the January window. Will this kick start a charge up the league? I wish I could think so.
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