Fulham away. Everyone knows the score by know we’ve played them so often in the past couple of years. Tricky place to go, Meccano stands at the ends, brick folly in the corner, beer backpacks, Damien Duff, Bobby Zamora and the seven foot Hangeland.
It’s somewhere we’ve done reasonably well recently, the Hutton/Dawson suicide pact in January being the exception. Other than that embarrassment we’ve taken lots of draws, Huddlestone’s controversial strike gave us the points last season but it was a typically tight game full of terrier like midfield play from the home team and a stop go display from us.
We are full of confidence and in good form, Fulham’s has been patchy, but they remain the only side to take a point from Moneybags City so far so can’t be taken lightly. As usual we’ll wait on the fitness of Ledley but for this game the appearance of Harry on the touchline, should he make it, will have extra meaning. Both he and the home manager will receive good applause from the away end.
Assuming there have been no additional knocks in training this week it’d be a surprise if we don’t start with the same team as last Sunday. We won’t be given as much room as we were by QPR and it’ll be a surprise if we’re allowed to make as many chances so it’s important that we take what we can and this probably means Adebayor being a lot more clinical than he has been of late. At the back, Duff has more than enough guile to prey on Walker’s defensive frailties, Zamora always plays like Pele against us and Dempsey has been a regular scorer this season so there’s plenty there to keep Kaboul, Parker et al occupied when we’ve not got the ball. The employment of Sandro as a strategic substitute might be crucial.
Peter Walton is in charge, he reffed us at Wolves in September.
A fourth away win of the season won’t be easy. Fulham at home are feisty. We’ll probably need three points though to stay in touch with Newcastle, and who thought we’d be saying that at the start of November? COYS.
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