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The Tanner Report: Fulham 0 Aston Villa 3

Where does Head Coach Scott Parker go from here?

Fulham have lost their first three games each by a margin of 3 goals.

The first against Arsenal was justifiable but the next two – against Leeds and last night Aston Villa – were defeats against sides likely to be in the bottom half of the Premiership.

If you can’t beat the likes of them you will be relegated.

That Fulham are struggling is not a total surprise as over half of the first team selected last night are not of proven Premier standard.

Dennis Odoi, Joe Bryan and Tom Cairney all played in the relegation side whilst Ivan Cavalleiro, Antony Knockaert and Bobby de Cordova Reid could not hack it and were offloaded by Wolves, Brighton and Cardiff.

I’m sure every effort was made to sign a defender but to no avail.

New keeper Alphonse Areola twice left his line, without smothering the shot, for two Villa goals.

No doubt Scott Parker will again shuffle his pack with Harrison Reed and possibly Josh Onomah returning for Wolves next Sunday.

Difficult to be optimistic.

I do feel for Scott who looked a downcast figure. No doubt he worked all week to correct defensive errors and frailties but, as they say, once you are over the white line …

As if it’s not bad enough to lose, I also had to suffer the Sky coverage.

Roy Keane was his normal grim brutal self whilst Jamie Carragher was forever fiddling with the electronic gizmo to illustrate the bleedin’ obvious in his dulcet Liverpudlian tones.

Then there were the shots of Craven Cottage and speculation when I will be allowed to watch a match there. After the inevitable texts of doom and gloom. Not a night to remember.

Alan Tanner
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