A look ahead to Fulham v Spurs

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If there’s a feeling of déjà vu about the Spurs fixture this weekend then it’s justified as for the third time in five seasons we face Fulham at Craven Cottage in the FA Cup. A fine 4-0 win in the fifth round in 2007 was followed up with another victory, after a replay, in last season’s quarter final.

In a period where the search for a new ground is forcing the club into a struggle with its own identity, the Cup should be a place where we feel on firmer ground, it certainly used to be anyway. As the league slipped by season after season when I was growing up, solace and glory were often provided by a Wembley win. This year though sees the twentieth anniversary of our last appearance in an FA Cup final, not a stat to be proud of.

Last season’s semi with Portsmouth was a great opportunity of course to put an end to that run but, in a precursor of many of this season’s games, we showed an inability to score despite copious possession and half-chances. Personally I blame Wiley for disallowing Crouch’s perfectly good equaliser but then I’m bitter like that.

Even though we’ve already beaten Fulham twice this season this won’t be an easy game. They’ve hit a run of form and confidence since our 1-0 win on New Year’s Day and have more players available with Andy Johnson back to full fitness and Dembele not far behind. Wins over West Brom and Stoke sandwiched a draw at Wigan and a 6-2 thumping of Peterborough.

We’ll be without Bale for a couple of weeks at least. Steven Pienaar isn’t cup tied so will take his place on the left. Whether Assou-Ekotto & Gomes have recovered from their knocks I don’t know. Both were missed last week at Newcastle and will be again if they don’t make it. It’s anyone’s guess who we’ll play up front. It’ll be Van der Vaart and A.N.Other. How about Harry Kane?

A match between two goal shy teams with strong midfields points to a tight encounter, as does the recent history of games between Fulham and us. I’d be feeling a lot more confident if we were at home. Nobody wants a replay but if we earn one, I think we can be pleased with ourselves.

By MF

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  1. It definately will not be easy, however victory can be achieved if you have a spirited 11 determined to win the FA Cup. Don't depend on the manager nor coaches to come to your rescue, because they have guided you & you are playing.

  2. Well hear we are again a brief rest from the mad rush for points from this shock season . Fulham are a team who has relied on energised high tempo to gain points along with a growing list of other teams to avoid relegation . They have had a had game against Liverpool on Wednesday both teams where desperate for a win and both where energised and Fulham lost by a own goal. They should be tired but with top up energy being the new way of winning this wont be the case . Footballers are in danger of collapsing with this method of winning and i have bean banging the same drum to get it stopped for three seasons without any luck. All i have done is prevent the team i discovered using this method from prospering with publicity on texting and blog sites now they are back with a win over our next opponents with there old manager back. So a win against Fulham will be well earned

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