Oppositions View: Fulham Part 1
Dreadful form, no win since November 12th, 19 points dropped when we were in a winning position, would be 10th otherwise.
Which players in your opinion will be the biggest threat to the Gas?
Not sure who are threats will be as don't know which players have arrived yet like King. From our current squad i would say Bullard and Murphy will cause you the most problems, Murphy has a killer pass and Bullard is like a greyhound who will not stop running for 90 minutes and has a lethal free kick. I could also see Healy thriving in a game like this as are midfield will have a bit more time on the ball, something i noticed in the 1st game, to get him into some good positions and Dempsey as top scorer will be a handful.
Do you have any key players that will be missing from the game?
No one particularly vital missing although I wish we had Lee Cook as he has the speed and ball control to tear a team to shreds. The one we really miss is McBride, their is no one better in the air in the league and he would have caused you some real problems.
Are you happy with Roy Hodgson's appointment?
As far as Hodgson goes i am happy with him, not ecstatic, but his exsperience as a manager will be crucial.
Have you noticed any real changes since Hodgson became manager?
No there havn't been many changes but he has not been here long, we have signed Brede Hangeland from FC Copenhagen, he is 6,5 and will give us some height we have desperately missed at the back this season. Otherwise nothing much has changed but can only work with what Sanchez has left him which is a team very low on confidence that is still unsure what style of play suits them.
Do you think you can stay up?
With a new striker, (King, Johnson) and another creative player to partner Murphy things would be improving but as to whether we stay up, i would say that we can't do it on our own, if the teams above don't drop the points we will never make the ground up. I think we are down but a ray of hope is that Wigan and Bolton have incredibly difficult end of season fixtures. Wigan have 8 games against teams who are all capable of Nicking 4th spot easiest is Blackburn away. Bolton have 8 aswell but 5 of them are against the top 4 and Liverpool, and they have'nt got Anelka anymore so i see them as huge candidates, but still see us going down.
What are your strengths/weaknesses?
Are strengths is are ability to score goals without a prolific goal scorer, and now we have a decent half back to partner Bocanegra with Volz, Koncheskey and Omozusi as are wingbacks the defence looks less leaky and Hughes is also an able half back. Our weaknesses is the lack of a goalscorer and a stodgy midfield but with Bullard and Murphy in the middle and Bouazza and Davies might begin to play better, with some good service from the middle which they have lacked this season, because are problem was the lack of a good distributor which we now have in Murphy
Finally what is your prediction for the game?
My prediction is a 2-0 win for fulham, you will have all the pressure in the 1st half i think but we will just about have the class to get the win, i can see us hitting you on the break like we did with Murphy's goal last time. Hope this helps you Lenney and Hope no Gasheads take offence to my optomistic scoreline but i have to hope. I know it will be a good game though. Good Luck for the rest of the season hope you beat the drop which i think you will, and keep going Paul Trollope, you were awful as a player for us but obviously have a knack as a coach, maybe we will see you back at the cottage in the hot seat in a few years. Best of luck from fulham fc fans, after the game of course, and see you at the Memorial Ground.
Many thanks to kentcccandffcforeva for your time.