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WHEN THE MEDIA Talks about Fulham

Break out the condiments You might need more than a pinch of salt!

billp TOOFIF Monday, 4 November 2019

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A small sample of quick headlines

A view of our failed promotion attempt that killed Fulham after Malcolm’s team looked certain to go up, see The Derby Debacle . However, the rot  had started 5 games earlier.

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WHAT THE MEDIA SAYS

Footballer deletes his twitter account after mistaking Jeremy Corbyn for Boris Johnson, hang your head Harry Arter: https://tbrfootball.com/fulham-must-take-advantage-of-ranieri-connection-and-swoop-for-danny-drinkwater/

Fans call for young star to make senior bow, I reckon caution required here, too many good young uns have vanished into the ether, Robert anyone?

https://www.footballtransfertavern.com/championship/fulham-fans-call-for-young-star-to-make-senior-bow/

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OK, this is old news but some might have missed it:

Tony Khan: Fulham vice-chairman promises investment but argues with fan on Twitter

BBC Sport online Jan 12 2019

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/46766857

Khan replied to a tweet asking him to leave the club and claimed the fan had been critical in the past


Fulham vice-chairman Tony Khan told a critical supporter who had urged him to leave the club to "go to hell".

Khan, 36, tweeted fans after Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Burnley, which left his side 19th in the Premier League, five points adrift of safety.

In a succession of messages he promised "multiple signings" in January but one fan replied: "Leave my club please."

Khan, the son of Fulham owner Shahid Khan, responded: "Never. I'll die at this club. Go to hell." him to leave had been critical in the past, including shortly after Fulham won promotion to the Premier League via the Championship play-offs in May.

The fan quickly denied he had been in touch after promotion and in turn said he was frustrated by the fact Khan splits his time with other roles at NFL franchise Jacksonville Jaguars and as president of All Elite Wrestling.

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These are the crumbs from before the season kicked off. Now that Spuds have stolen Ryan Sessegnon, there hasn't been a massive amount of nonsense in the internet media so we can still enjoy some of last season's examples below.

On this page, the term 'Media' in our header is used very loosely. It means that it includes every type of outlet that publishes relevant Fulham related pieces. We do not agree with some, laugh at many and sometimes concur with a few. They appear here unadorned and uneditted although we re-iterate that we at TOOFIF do not necessarily agree with any of the views expressed.

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Fulham: Fans want Marcus Bettinelli dropped after WBA howler

By Stephan Georgiou – Transfer Tavern

Posted on September 15, 2019


Fulham fans were calling for Marcus Bettinelli to be dropped after the goalkeeper was guilty of gifting West Bromwich Albion their equaliser in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage.

The Whites had taken the lead through Anthony Knockaert's wonder-strike, only for Bettinelli to flap at a West Brom corner that allowed Semi Ajayi to level the scores late on.

Scott Parker's side have now gone three league games without a win, and missed out on the chance of ending the weekend inside the play-off places.

Perhaps Fulham's downturn in form is getting to the fans, with supporters calling for drastic changes following the draw against the Baggies – as Bettinelli was the name on the lips of the Craven Cottage faithful for all the wrong reasons.

Some supporters have urged Parker to select Marek Rodak for their game against Sheffield Wednesday next weekend, as Fulham are set to go an entire month without a win in all competitions.



Fulham are without a win in three Championship games ahead of the weekend trip to Sheffield Wednesday.

Scott Parker's side started the season as favourites for promotion due to their hugely talented squad and you can understand why. With the likes of Ivan Cavaleiro, Anthony Knockaert and Aleksandar Mitrovic operating in the final third, they are the envy of many in the league.

Yet, after seven games, the Cottagers are sitting in 11th and have won just two of their league fixtures in this campaign. Clearly, that's not good enough.

And, the 1-1 draw against West Brom last time out perfectly encapsulated their mixed start to the season.

Firstly, there are undoubted positives. They dominated possession against a good Albion team and there was a nice balance to the team in the way they moved around and the attacking trio looked dangerous – as you would expect.

However, for all their good play, the only goal they scored against the Baggies came courtesy of a cross by Knockaert that deceived keeper Sam Johnstone.

WHY LATEST SETBACK SHOULD HAVE FULHAM FANS WORRIED

Published  18/09/2019

By Chris Gallagher Football League World

https://footballleagueworld.co.uk/why-latest-setback-should-have-fulham-fans-worried-comment/

That was the first issues with Parker's side, they just weren't clinical enough despite the talent they have.

Even though 11 goals in seven games is a respectable return, four of those came against Millwall and they only have three in their last three.they have.

Opponents are facing Fulham with the same game plan, to sit deep, contain and break at speed and it's becoming a slight issue in the way they struggle to break them down. It's not an exaggeration to say that the team should be able to blow most away, the quality in the final third, backed up by the classy Tom Cairney in midfield, is arguably the best we have seen at this level on paper for some time. they have.

Another more alarming problem is that they just aren't keeping enough clean sheets. they have.

The Londoners are regularly controlling possession but they are lacking game management right now and are making silly mistakes. On Saturday, it was conceding from a ball into the box and there is a real soft aspect to this team. There needs to be more fight to keep the ball out and there needs to be more control and intelligence in how they try and see games out. Of course, the manager needs to take responsibility for that and his substitutions will be questioned as he can often appear to be reactive as opposed to proactive when it comes to changing the dynamics of a game. they have.

Ultimately, Fulham have a squad that should be more than good enough to finish in the top two but they are showing worrying traits right now that need to be addressed quickly before they give themselves too much to do.

Ex-PL boss recalls Man United 'laughing' at transfer proposal

FOOTBALL365

Date published: Wednesday 18th September 2019 10:10

Borrowed from The Athletic

https://theathletic.com/1218736/2019/09/18/chris-coleman-exclusive-ive-heard-bale-speak-perfect-spanish-you-have-to-be-yourself/

Chris Coleman remembers trying to sign Nemanja Vidic for Fulham before he joined Manchester United.

Vidic joined United in January 2006 and, after a brief period of struggle, managed to establish himself in the first team.

The centre-half, 24 when he moved to the Premier League, won five Premier League titles and one Champions League in eight years at Old Trafford.

http://www.eatsleepsport.com/fulham/fulham-could-face-juventus-competition-for-midfielder-after-french-spying-mission-2578793

Doucoure is regarded as Lens’ best player and ripe for a move to a bigger club, but Fulham might be a bit late on the scene for him with the likes of Juventus circling.

The Serie A club have had him on their radar for a while – as have Ligue 1 side Nice, who were credited with an interest in Doucoure last term.

Last season, the 19-year-old started in 25 league games, scoring two goals and providing two as he broke through with the Ligue 2 club. The defensive midfielder almost helped his side to promotion but Lens were beaten in the play-offs by Dijon.

It was a surprise to many that Doucoure, who is under contract with Lens until 2022, was not sold in the summer.

He came through the system at Jean-Marc Guillou’s JMG Soccer Academy in Bamako, Mali and was in his country’s squad for the Africa Cup of Nations in the summer.

This season, he has made only two Ligue 2 appearances for Lens but looks set to feature regularly as the Sang et Or bid to return to the French top-flight.

Fulham’s scouting team have found a number of talented players in the French lower leagues down the years with current Whites striker Aboubakar Kamara snapped up from second-tier Amiens in 2017. And last year, French magazine France Football claimed the Cottagers are one of several clubs keen on signing the 19-year-old Ousoumane Camara from Auxerre.

The recruitment at Craven Cottage is overseen by director of football operations Tony Khan and his assistant directors, James Lovell and Brian Talbot.

Talbot takes responsibility for the live scouting of targets so it will be interesting to see if Fulham continue to follow Doucoure throughout the season.

Boss Scott Parker is not short of options in the centre of his midfield right now with Tom Cairney, Harrison Reed, Harry Arter and Stefan Johnsen in the squad.

Fulham and Juventus scouts saw Lens' Ligue 2 win over Chateauroux on Monday amid claims in France that the clubs were watching midfielder Cheick Doucoure.

Vidic himself recalls turning down the chance to join Liverpool at the time, but former Fulham manager Coleman says he was also interested.

“Vidic. I'd spoken to the agent and Mohamed Al Fayed was on board,” he told The Athletic.

“He was sensational, only young but already a man. I knew Jim Lawlor, United's chief scout, because we'd done our Pro Licence together out of Belfast. He's a top boy.

“I said to him, 'You can't take him, he's not ready for you, let him come to me for a few years, do well, then you can take him.' “He was laughing. 'No we're taking him now.'”

Coleman recalls another piece of business involving United, and how little of the proceeds he actually saw.

“We sold Saha for £13million and I got 500 grand to reinvest. The rest of it went on the Cottage, because it was deemed not fit for Premier League football. We were playing at QPR, Loftus Road.”

EAT SLEEP SPORT

Date published: Thursday 19th September 2019 13:29

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As has become routine, Social Media Warriors have been out in force screaming for Scott Parker's head following a run of disappointing results, naturally we all know better than those in charge, don't we, so there's no surpise there.

Honestly, you can't go anywhere on the internet without tripping over this type of posting, the Phone-in radio shows are naturally crammed with this type of outpouring from various clubs' fans.

I understand the frustration, the promise this squad offers has been woefully short on being converted into results so far.

The games so far have been undeniably perplexing. We rely on possession football at all costs and attempt to play out of defence and take our time to pull the opposition out of position for us to launch our potentially lethal strike force.

The reality is that, we are so slow in our play at times that teams have learned to stand off and pressure us once the whole outfield advances. Only one or two teams have been cleverer and just push right up onto us in our area and thus stop us at source, luckily this is a tactic that only seems to occur to our rivals in the closing minutes otherwise who knows how our season would be at this stage. Maybe that's what we need, an oppostion team that presses us right from the off?

The last two draws came about because we couldn't close the game down in the last 15 minutes. We seem to be caught between the devil an the deep blue sea, go hell for leather and finish them off with an all out death blow or fiddle around and keep possession away from them?

The answer to that has been, neither. We just aren't ruthless enough to finish the job and we are not good enough to be arty-farty at the back, this is what has cost us dearly. Once again, the late goals against us come from mstakes right in front of goal, while we attempt to look like Man City.

it's all down to the Manager's tactics right? Apparently so according to those vocal critics among us.

All I can say to that is what exactly do the SJWs out there expect the club to replace Scott Parker with, I doubt that Poch (and what's he won anyway?), Klopp or Pep are looking to take over at Craven Cottage anytime soon. It's laughable really, when Ranieri ws failing, people were baying for Parker to replace him. It seems that some of those armchair pundits wouldhave us switch managers after every poor performance. There aren't that many coaches in the world!

A convincing win against Wigan might relieve a little pressure but we need a steady run of three pointers right now if we are to keep within reach of the leaders, let's hope Scotty can confound the keyboard experts and get this show back on the rails.

COYW!

The usual cries for the Manager's head from the Twits!


billp TOOFIF Monday, 23 September 2019

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Disgruntled Fulham supporters have directed their frustrations at manager Scott Parker after his side were downed by Championship strugglers Stoke City on Saturday afternoon

Goals from Tyrese Campbell and Lee Gregory saw the Potters lift off the foot of the table as Fulham sank to 10th place – despite the visitors having 78% of possession at the Bet365 Stadium.

The result is Fulham’s first on the road in the league since the opening day loss to Barnsley.

A win would have seen the Whites remain firmly in touch with the promotion chasers, but the weekend’s setback leaves Fulham six points off leaders West Brom.

Fans have responded by calling for Parker’s head – and suggesting to Tony Khan who should take over from the former midfielder.

Chris Hughton and a certain Slavisa Jokanovic were among the names on the lips of the Fulham faithful – with the negative mood after their third defeat of the league campaign clear to see.

Below is a selection of tweets from Fulham fans who feel a change of management represents their best hope of a successful season:

Fulham Football Club ✔ @FulhamFC · Oct 19, 2019

"How we come out of this, how we bounce back, will ultimately determine what we’re about and what we do this year."

The Gaffer wants to see a reaction from his team next week ✊

Scott Parker's Stoke Reaction www.fulhamfc.com Ewan Huzami @Ewan_Huzami

Sorry Scotty but you're not up to the job. Need a gaffer with some tactical nous and who can get the best out of a talented squad. It's not them, it's you that's the problem. Slav would have had this team on a roll.

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Martin @carpediem010110 Replying to @FulhamFC

I’d like to see Khan give Chris Hughton a call. We’ve assembled a very strong squad, yet astonishingly are willing to take a huge gamble on an unproven and inexperienced manager who let’s face it, was hardly a club legend. Bizarre

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sean @secravencottage Replying to @FulhamFC

Go and get Slav back failing that bring in someone who hits the ground running straight away! This isn’t working

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Paul @paulspc93 Replying to @FulhamFC Let’s hope he’s not on the bench to see it. Hughton in.

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Fulham Football Club ✔ @FulhamFC · Oct 19, 2019 The whistle blows. Defeat at Stoke.

Jono Whitney @jono_whitney Replying to @FulhamFC

Rubbish @TonyKhan we need Chris Hughton...please Tony......please Tony.....

7:22 PM - Oct 19, 2019 George @Georgemeehancy Replying to @FulhamFC

Great squad, mediocre manager = 10th place finish 👍🏼

5:05 PM - Oct 19, 2019

James Rust @JMRust86

Replying to @FulhamFC 🤬 starting to think Parker might not be up to this

4:57 PM - Oct 19, 2019

Jake Daniels @Jake_Danielss Replying to @FulhamFC

How people defend Parker is beyond me. Said for months were going nowhere under him. His had time, get him out

Earls Court: Who will buy Capco’s share of stalled west London regeneration scheme?

DAVE HILL OnLondon

https://www.onlondon.co.uk/earls-court-who-will-buy-up-capcos-share-of-stalled-west-london-scheme/


It seems that a purchaser for the developer's interest in the problematic, Boris Johnson-backed regeneration project might at last be found

Ten years have passed since the then Conservative-run Hammersmith & Fulham Council unveiled ambitious plans for the redevelopment of Earls Court and north Fulham. These included knocking down the Earls Court exhibition centre and two adjoining council-owned housing estates to help make way for a new west London district straddling the border with Kensington & Chelsea next door.

What’s happened since can be broadly characterised as a costly extended farce resulting in precious little being built, a large empty space where the exhibition centre used to be and a long running attempt by the project’s original lead developer, Capital & Counties (Capco), to relieve itself of interests in the regeneration site that have been losing value on a dramatic scale. How might that empty space be filled and what is going to happen to the estates?

For a while now, persons close to the saga have been anticipating Capco at last finding a buyer by the end of this year, and it appears that Delancey, best known in London for its involvement with the former Olympic Park athletes’ village (now called East Village) and the Elephant & Castle shopping centre redevelopment (currently the subject of a legal challenge), are the most likely purchasers. That’s what Property Week is saying and so are On London sources.

If a deal is sealed, it will pre-empt the reported efforts of Candy brother Nick to obtain all of Capco’s London portfolio – the profitable Covent Garden as well as the catastrophic Earl’s Court – as well as thwarting the Canary Wharf Group among others who have had discussions about stepping in. It will relieve Capco of a burden that has been dragging it down for three or four years and, hopefully, result in a few shovels finally disturbing the cleared ground.

As for the two estates – the West Kensington and the Gibbs Green – they are subject to a legal contract transferring them to Capco’s ownership. But Sadiq Khan has said their return to the control of Hammersmith & Fulham, which has been Labour-run since 2014, would be a pre-condition of his approving any new planning consent.

The Mayor has urged any new owner to come up with new plans which, unlike an existing consent secured by Capco and approved by the previous Mayor, Boris Johnson, conform to his affordable housing policies. Council leader Stephen Cowan has told residents that his administration is “willing and able” to reimburse Capco for the money it has received from them so far.

Mayor Khan has expressed support for the council’s plans for using its compulsory purchase powers to take ownership of the exhibition centre part of the site, which is currently owned by a joint venture company formed by Capco and Transport for London, the land’s freeholder, in 2014. TfL has made known its frustration with Capco for seeking a buyer for its Earl’s Court interests rather than concentrating on getting building on the former exhibition centre land. It is understood that TfL made its own offer to Capco during the summer.

A separate, nearby section of the original Earl’s Court Project, called Lille Square, has made much better progress but its main section, comprising the estates, the exhibition centre land and the TfL-owned Lillie Bridge London Underground depot which lies between them, has become chronically stalled. The sale of Capco’s interests to Delancey would create the best and most immediate prospect of progress with the site.

“I’D DEFINITELY SWAP HIM FOR CAIRNEY”

Fulham fan pundit provides verdict on Fulham legend

Naturally, TOOFIF doesn't necessarily agree with points raised here, though in this case, it's hard to disagree

Published on Football League World 25/10/2019    By Chris Thorpe

https://footballleagueworld.co.uk/id-definitely-swap-him-for-cairney-fulham-fan-pundit-provides-verdict-on-fulham-legend/

This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Regular Punter’ series, where we gather original opinions from select, passionate fans of the clubs concerned on matters surrounding their team and share them with a wider audience…

Football League World’s Fulham fan pundit Charles Jones has given his thoughts on a fantasy swap decision that would involve Fulham legend Clint Dempsey and current Whites captain Tom Cairney, with the fan pundit giving his opinion on who he would prefer.

Dempsey of course was brilliant during his time at Craven Cottage, with the American playmaker scoring 60 goals in over 230 games for the capital based club, whilst also laying on 21 assists for his teammates.

Whilst current Fulham skipper Cairney, in comparison, has netted 33 goals and layed on 27 assists in just over 150 appearances for the Craven Cottage outfit, thus forming a key component of their current side over the last few seasons.

We decided to ask Jones if he would swap an in-form, prime Clint Dempsey for Tom Cairney right now, and here is what our Fulham fan pundit had to say on the matter:

“As much as I love Tom Cairney it’s impossible to not say that Dempsey was the better player, especially when he was at his best. “I think the wider footballing world doesn’t really give Dempsey the credit he deserves when it comes to what he achieved in the Premier League.

“I can’t imagine what the American would be like if he was in this team in this division, but I’d definitely swap him for Cairney.”

The fan pundit then gave his opinion on which player is the better out of the two, with his answer being the following: “I think that some Fulham fans would try and make a case for Cairney being better than Dempsey, but you’ve got to look at what they’ve both achieved at the highest levels. “The Scotland international had pretty much no impact in the top-flight last season, while Dempsey is our all-time leading scorer in the Premier League, and he was also a key component to our incredible Europa League run.

“Dempsey’s performances earned him a move to Tottenham, while Cairney has never had that sort of attention from a club of that stature.”

A perhaps unsurprising verdict from our fan pundit, who was quick to talk up Dempsey’s legendary status: “For me, Dempsey embodies everything Fulham were about in the Premier League under the ownership of Mohamed Al Fayed, we had a massive influx of American players and he was the most successful of all of them.”

It is clear from the comments made by our fan pundit that Dempsey is still held in such high regard by the Craven Cottage faithful after all these years, however there is no reason why Cairney cannot go on to achieve legendary status for the west Londoners in the years to come.

I couldn't resist this one, good old Harry Arter, he ought to be leader of the Lib Dems with his grasp on reality!

Footballer deletes his twitter account after mistaking Jeremy Corbyn for Boris Johnson

By Darren Richman – Independent sport

https://www.indy100.com/article/harry-arter-boris-johnson-jeremy-corbyn-delete-twitter-9183881

Footballers have been airing their thoughts on politics in recent days and Ireland international Harry Arter has deactivated his Twitter account after appearing to confuse Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn.

It all began with the Labour leader pointing out that, “There are 150 billionaires in the UK while 14 million people live in poverty” before concluding:

“In a fair society there would be no billionaires and no one would live in poverty”.

The Bournemouth man currently on loan to Fulham took exception to this in a tweet that requires an enormous sic warning:

“Billionaires create thousands of jobs for the public through there numerous of company's”.

In a dispute with a Twitter user, the midfielder tweeted:

“The same Corbyn that openly admitted he lied through the whole campaign the day after Brexit about what he was planning to invest in the NHS”

People were eager to point out that the footballer had confused the leader of the opposition with the prime minister at which point Arter decided the best bet was to simply delete his account.



Fulham boss Parker hits back at critics

By John Mastrini West London Sport 03/11/2019

https://www.westlondonsport.com/fulham/fulham-boss-parker-hits-back-at-critics-over-his-style-of-play-but-is-he-right


Scott Parker has hit back at his critics following Fulham's dismal 3-0 defeat at home to Hull on Saturday.

Having picked up only five points from the past five games – and failing to score in three of those – the head coach “felt an edginess” in the Craven Cottage crowd, many of whom booed the Whites off the pitch.

While he admitted that the performance fell short of his expectations, Parker refutes the notion that his passing style of play is to blame.

“A lot of people say this team is a possession-based team, and they lack impetus. I do hear this a lot of the time,” he said.

“We are top with shots on goal in this division. This team is creating the most. We're obviously doing something right.

“We're getting the balls in the right areas. No other team in this league is hitting the target more than us.”

“I hear people saying that our possession game is slow,” Parker continued.

Fulham's record under Parker

Played: 26 • Won: 9 • Drawn: 5 • Lost: 12

“I could understand people's reactions and their opinion to the way I want to play and the identity of this football team, and how I feel is the best way to win football matches, if we weren't creating chances or hitting the target.

“But you can't back up that argument. We're hitting the target more than any other team in this division.

“It was not so much the case (against Hull), to be fair. They had a right go at us and caused us problems.”

Has Parker got a point?

While Parker's assertion may have been true going into Saturday's debacle, Leeds have since overtaken Fulham in that department.

It is notable, though, that Fulham have allowed the fewest number of shots on target against them in the league so far. Much of that has to do with the fact that it of course becomes more difficult for the opposition to score if they do not have the ball for extended periods of time.

It is also worth noting that chalking up six wins and five draws through the first third of the Championship season is perhaps not as gloomy as many have made it out to be.

They found themselves 12 points off the automatic promotion places, compared to just five this season.

Understandably, the cause for concern comes from the consistency that has been lacking in almost all areas of the pitch, especially given the potential (and higher expectations) of the current squad compared to that of two seasons past.

The fact that the Whites are yet to beat a team currently ranked higher than 16th in a season with no runaway leaders by this stage, indeed, may also be alarming.

But Parker is nonetheless confident that his philosophy is more than capable of converting possession into points on the board.

He concluded: “The finger's been pointed at me since the first game regarding possession.

“Yes, we do have the ball a lot, and that's the way I want us to play. But ultimately, I feel that if we carry on like that, it will turn for us. And that's the team I want us to be.

“I will stick with it, 100 per cent.”


'Flat' Fulham must bounce back – Parker

By John Mastrini West London Sport 02/11/2019

https://www.westlondonsport.com/fulham/flat-fulham-must-bounce-back-parker


Scott Parker said his Fulham side fell short of his expectations for the first time this season after a dismal 3-0 defeat at home against Hull.

Having battled resolutely with 10 men to earn a point at Middlesbrough last weekend, the Whites found themselves behind early on when substitute Maxime Le Marchand lost sight of the ball before former Fulham academy player Josh Bowler steered it home – much to Parker's irritation.

“It was a tough day,” Parker said. “Today's probably the one day this season I say I'm disappointed with the way we played, the result, and the way things panned out. I didn't think we were where we needed to be.

“I felt an edginess in the stadium. We came off a positive result at Middlesbrough – albeit a draw – I was really pleased with the team, the attitude and desire they showed

.“But a game of football's always difficult when you go a goal down early on. I'm disappointed with the way that goal went in.“We've had defeats this year at home, but I just feel that we were flat. We were playing against arguably the best counter-attacking team in this division with the three players they have up front – they exploited that in the first goal.“When you go a goal down in this division, it proves difficult.

”He added: “When they scored first, I felt we were in the ascendancy.“We had a couple of half-decent chances; Mitro has a good chance just on the stroke of half-time that didn't fall.

“Going in at half-time I felt that, if we can stick with this and get it in the right areas, we'll break this team down. That wasn't the case. They go and score a second, and from that point it proved bitterly difficult for us.

“They defended very well. We tried to mix up the game, get it in wide areas and cross, try and go longer later in the game, and they dealt with that well.

“Teams come here and we're a big scalp for them, and rightly so. I get that. We need to keep living up to that challenge and go from there.”

Boos rang out around Craven Cottage at the final whistle, with the result leaving the Whites just outside the playoff places after a third of the season gone.

But Parker believes result is a mere blip as his team fight to get back to winning ways.

“Ultimately, what will determine how successful I am personally, and how successful this team are, is moments like this,” he said.

“Cliché as it is, we've got to bounce back. That's the world we're in. One defeat and people are pointing fingers. We need to go again.”

billp TOOFIF Friday, 25 October 20192019

FLW SPOTLIGHT    13 games, 11 goals: THE KEY FULHAM MAN WHO COULD SINGLEHANDEDLY FIRE HIS SIDE TO PROMOTION Published on 25/10/2019 By Ben Lang Football League World

Aleksandar Mitrovic continued his rich vein of goalscoring form by netting a hat-trick during Fulham’s 3-2 victory over Fulham on Tuesday night.

The Serbian has now scored 11 goals during his 13 appearances for the Cottagers this season, with his hot streak ensuring his side are sitting seventh in the Championship table at this early stage of the season.

Scott Parker’s side have been somewhat underwhelming so far this term given the quality within their squad, as they have already lost three matches since their relegation from the top-flight.

However, there have been a number of occasions where Mitrovic has singlehandedly secured points for his side, and Tuesday’s clash with Luton was certainly one of those instances.

Here, we take a look at Mitrovic’s stats so far, and whether the striker can lead his side’s promotion push this season…

Mitrovic is undoubtedly Fulham’s talisman and he has not missed a minute of Championship action for his side this term, which has seen him play a total of 1266 minutes in his 13 appearances since early August.

The striker has netted 11 goals during that time with many of these proving pivotal to his side’s results, with his performance against Luton being the clearest indication yet of his necessity to Fulham.

Mitrovic has unsurprisingly proven to be a constant threat for Championship defences, and he has certainly not been afraid to try his luck at goal against his opponents, with the 25-year-old registering a high total of 52 shots so far this season.

His main strength might be his goalscoring threat, but his overall game play has also been vital to any success his side have achieved this campaign. The physical presence Mitrovic offers, in addition to his strong link-up play, makes him a real threat across the pitch.

However, a somewhat surprising statistic is that Mitrovic has not registered any assists so far this season. This will not be a major concern for his manager given that his main job is to score goals, but it would of course benefit his side if he could also increase this assist tally as the season develops.

But Mitrovic’s strengths across the pitch are ultimately elucidated in two further statistics which include his 87.1% passing accuracy, in addition to his 1.14 interceptions per game. These numbers reflect the extent of his well-rounded skill set, which includes his impressive link-up play and willingness to defend from the front.

The striker will certainly make his biggest contributions on the goalscoring front, but the other varying aspects to his game mean he will be indispensable to Parker’s side this season.

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Midfielder Kevin McDonald and defender Cyrus Christie dropped in to meet die-hard Fulham fan Stephen Vause, 32, at The Royal Star & Garter Home in Surbiton.

The visit on Tuesday, 17 September was organised by staff at the Home, who form close friendships with the residents and love to arrange treats and surprises for them.

Stephen was presented with a Fulham shirt signed by the squad, and a signed book featuring press cuttings from Fulham matches over the years.

He was also promised two tickets to a match of his choice this season. The players were also taken to the Physiotherapy room where Stephen regularly works out.


Stephen was just 19 and on his first tour in Iraq, serving with the 4th Battalion The Rifles, when he suffered brain injuries in a mortar explosion near Basra. The attack left him severely disabled.

The Royal Star & Garter Homes cares for ex-Servicemen and women and their partners living with disability or dementia. The Charity has been caring for Stephen since 2015.
Following the visit, Stephen said: “I had no idea they were going to turn up. I'm feeling very grateful. It was amazing.”

Scotland international McDonald spoke of his admiration of the Home and Stephen. He said: “Every day we get a lot of kicks that cause a bit of pain, but then we meet guys who put their lives on the line for their country. It puts everything into perspective to meet people like this. When you consider what Stephen's been through it's an honour to meet him.”

Cyrus Christie's brother was in the Army for 10 years and served in Afghanistan. The Irish international said it was “humbling” to meet Stephen and added: “He's a true inspiration.”

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Fulham players surprise ex-soldier cared for at veterans' home


A disabled soldier who was injured in Iraq was surprised by a visit from two Fulham footballers.


A Royal Star & Garter Homes video,  captures the moment the players surprise Stephen.  It can be viewed at: https://vimeo.com/360770807