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December 1999 was our last meeting

  In the last eight games We've lost two, drawn three and won three

billp TOOFIF Updated Sunday, 6 October 2019

FFC 0 v  Luton Town 0 OCT 23 2019

Alex in Wonderland

Mitro's Hatters Hat Trick


billp TOOFIFFriday, 25 October 2019

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Match Information

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Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Wednesday 23 October 2019

Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London

Attendance: 18,082

Referee: John Brooks

Fulham

Line-up: Rodák; Odoi, Mawson, Ream, Bryan; De Cordova-Reid (Johansen 81'), Reed (McDonald 85'), Cairney; Knockaert (Onomah 70'), Aleksandar Mitrovic, Cavaleiro

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, Le Marchand, Steven Sessegnon, Kamara

Manager: Scott Parker

Luton Town

Line-up: Shea; Bree (Bolton 70'), Matty Pearson, Bradley, Dan Potts; Mpanzu, Cranie, Tunnicliffe; Cornick (LuaLua 78'), Collins (McManaman 78'), Isaiah Brown

Unused substitutes: Sluga, Jones, Shinnie, Butterfield

Manager: Graeme Jones



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We first played Luton on January 11 1908 in the FA Cup at their home ground, Kenilworth Road. Fulham came home victorious after beating the Hatters 3-8.

The last meeting between the two clubs was 20 years ago on December 21 1999 away at their place, we won 0-3.

This one had it all, individual brilliance from Fulham players, fabulous freestyle football from the team, criminal negligence from the team and lazy, careless tippy-tippy, risky idiocy from all (except Harrison Reed, Ivan Cavaleiro and Alexander Mitrovic), at times.

One could observe that this was merely another episode in our season of 2 steps forward, 2 steps sideways, 2 steps back, , 2 steps forward, 2 steps sideways …… etc.

Actually, this is not an accurate assessment of the results so far, the data is arranged somewhat less symmetrically but of 15 games, we’ve lost 4 (26.6%), drawn 5 (33.3%) and won 6 (40%).
If this is to become a regular sequence then we will surely win at Middlesbrough, draw the next two at home against Hull away versus Birmingham, lose the next two, QPR and Derby before winning at Swansea and the home game with Bristol City and so on.

Naturally, this is a flawed hypothesis as are all that rely on statistics alone, that’s what make football such “a funny old game”.

Were we to continue with the same sequence our end of season record would be something like this: Lost 13, Drawn 15 and won 18.

This imagined outcome would yield 69 points, only enough to have put us into 9th place in the last Championship campaign. Time now to improve our form methinks!

Despite the usual flurry of errors, this was another dominant performance and it amplified how, when we play the right game, Mitro will always grab goals, his hat trick amplied this yet again.

Those lapses, missed passes and dozing at the back rthough have to ironed out otherwise this seaon will just be the start of a prolonged presence in the Championship, albeit a team with the most advantageous possession statistics, this one was 65% to us 35% Luton, I'd trade 10% for 2 goals any day of the week.

This one had it all, individual brilliance from Fulham players, fabulous freestyle football from the team, criminal negligence from the team and lazy, careless tippy-tippy, risky idiocy from most players at times.

Harrison Reed, Ivan Cavaleiro and Alexander Mitrovic, though, were excempt from that accusation . One could observe that this was another episode in our season of 2 steps forward, 2 steps sideways, 2 steps back, , 2 steps forward, 2 steps sideways …… etc.

Mitro’s Hatters Trick


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