Fulham at the Cottage on Sunday – is there a chance our Bad Week At The Office could turn into something a whole lot worse? Oh yes, you bet your life there is.
It’s one thing getting your trousers taken down by Bayern Munich, it’s a very different thing to have Gent and Fulham do the same but unless we find a way to Stop the Rot, Buck the Trend, Stem the Tide and Change Course it might well happen.
One goal, one win, two losses and a draw since Wycombe is the result of the chipping away of ‘the best XI in the Premier League’ through injury, attrition and loss of form and confidence. Poch’s long considered three at the back plan has had to be shelved as he finds he doesn’t have the personnel to execute it, in fact judging by the last couple of games – and, thinking about it, the ninety minutes against Wycombe – he doesn’t have the players to play with four at the back either.
You can add frustration to the list above. You can see it in the on pitch behaviour of Dier, Dele and Dembele amongst others. They’re used to better – or they think they are. Think France 2016 chaps!
It should be no surprise that goals have dried up since we had to resort back to plan A, it was only when the new tactics were tried that we were able to throw off the cloak of slow moving crablike like ‘attacking’ football that enveloped much of the first half of the season -good players doing things at half the required speed. What is a surprise is the continuing lack of intensity that was also a feature of the late summer and autumn. You’d think by now that the scowl on the coach’s face every time an opposition player has more than two yards of space would’ve given the players a clue as to what was needed of them.
Sunday – Vorm, Onomah, Carter-Vickers, Sissoko, Winks, N’Koudou, Janssen, Wimmer, Davies & Trippier.
Vertonghen (maybe) and a few more with reputations still just about intact will join in but it’s hard not to see the sum total of the above not equalling Trouble.
London’s oldest club are 8th in the Championship, sandwiched by Norwich and Barnsley and six points from the play-offs. They’re on a good run, they’ll believe, quite rightly, they have nothing to be afraid of.
Kick Off is a 2pm, Robert Madley is the referee.
Come on lads, a bit of quality and effort should do the trick. Make us proud.