A Saturday night down at the Grey Horse in Kingston to see "Feltham's greatest covers band" The Phantoms (Mark the Singer is also a Fulham fan, so you might want to check them out next time they play) meant I not only missed Match of the Day on Saturday night, but also on Sunday morning, and in desperate need of an early night failed to catch Match of the Day 2. I have, therefore, only just caught up with the game via the rather excellent Virgin Media match highlights. Based on that and the various reports I have read it sounds like we had a real go and were unlucky not to claim all three points. Whilst it would be easy to point the finger at Bouazza for giving away a needless penalty, it sounds like had we been more ruthless up front we'd have had the game won long before.
Seeing as how I don't have much to add here's what my Dad thought of the game; "Having seen the highlights on Sky I would say Fulham played the best game of football I have seen since Lawrie Sanchez took over as manager. We should have been 3 - 0 up before Wigan scored their equalizer and if we had been maybe the penalty would not have happened. It's the first time that Konchesky has impressed me with his performance, perhaps he had not had sufficient opportunity to get really acquainted with the rest of the team in his previous outings? Bocanegra showed some quality in his leadership of the team and although Dempsey made a good job of the goal he scored I thought his other two efforts were a little on the weak side, he could have been the proud owner of a hat-trick and I think should have been!"
It seems to me we have improved in a lot of areas already but we need to start adding results to the performances. The arrival of Aaron Hughes to our backline must be a good thing and I'm looking forward to seeing what difference he might make when we play City on Saturday. Brian over at Craven Cottage Newsround reckons we'll also see Seol Ki-Hyeon replace Bouazza on the left wing and I think he's probably right. I think Bouazza was signed primarily as a striker, and whilst I've been impressed with his attacking play down the left I think Seol will over more to the team in terms of his all round game. Really pleased to see Clinton (as the BBC seem to persist in calling him) getting on the scoresheet again, and even if he did miss a couple of good chances at least he's getting in the position to do so.