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The Tanner Report / Fulham 1 Liverpool 2

Fulham’s run of defeats has extended to eight, and 70 goals conceded and, although performance levels have improved under Scott Parker, probably not enough to convince the powers that be that he should get the gig permanently.

We rather feared playing the big boys at home but against Spurs, Chelsea and now Liverpool we lost by only 1-2 to a late goal.

Yesterday a lot of space was conceded on the flanks which Liverpool’s excellent full backs – Alexander and Trent-Arnold – readily exploited but their formidable front three of Mane, Firmano and Salah were controlled and – if not in the case of hot form Mane – tamed.

Footballers never fail to amaze me.

Babel, once of Liverpool, gave a full interview to one paper on how badly treated he was by them. Basically he complained he was unloved and ignored.

Yet when he scored the equaliser he threw up both arms po-faced, not in celebration but in a defensive pose, as it to discourage any further celebration. We pay your wages and gave you another break in the Prem.

I personally will be delighted to see him go and our very own Ryan Sessegnon play.

At a gathering of Fulham fans I attended on Friday, I witnessed that sense of humour that is such a characteristic – some might say necessary requirement – of our tested support.

Under direction from the Premiership, a diversity questionnaire was sent out to every season ticket holder. One of the questions way his would you react if you saw female supporters in front of you holding hands and kissing one another.

One present said he replied “ Can I take a photo ?”

Another “Well at least, unlike our defence, they know that they are doing”.

The occasion might have been a depressing one as it’s been such an awful season but in adversity and with our gallows humour Fulham fans always find something to laugh about and I enjoyed the event immensely.

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