Thursday, August 31, 2006

Game 3 - Fulham 1 Sheff Utd 0

Finally back in the land of Broadband. First game I've seen enough off to really assess Fulham's performance and, despite the result, it wasn't promising. Sheffield Utd. looked poor, I thought they would at least give us some problems with their work rate and physical approach but really we should have won by more.
Jimmy Jimmy Bullard is already firmly established as our new cult hero, and without him we would have looked equally bad. JJB was everywhere on the park, and adds the spark of creativity we used to get from Steed. What a great free kick, I haven't seen one like that since Micky Adams stopped playing!
We seem lacklustre at present, which would be disappointing at any time in the season, but especially so at the start. There's some difficult games coming up (Newcastle & Spuds away, Chav$ki at home) and its hard to see us getting much out of any of them. I'd settle for another 1-0 win over the Filth though.
The last few seasons have seen our quality players leave one by one (Finnan, Davis, Saha, Van Der Sar & Malbranque) to be replaced by grafters. Maybe that's harsh as the direct replacements for those players were Voltz/Rosenior, Diop, John, Niemi & Bullard, but overall the squad does seem to be more dour than when Tigana left.

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