americanmike wrote:What an important match this is to both Clubs but it is desperation time for Blackburn...I was actually hoping Samba would be sold by the time the game kicks off.
None-the-less, Fulham could use the win to continue the form and move up the table. Blackburn are desperate and desperate teams can be dangerous...thats why we need to score early and none of this game of two halves! Up for it for 90 minutes is what we need.
Line-up kind of picks itself if Zamora is in the starting 11.
HatterDon wrote:I think we'll find out on Saturday whether Jol is confident enough in what seems his mini-squad of 12 or 13 players to let the leash slip on the road. We certainly have the creativity to dominate Rovers and to get three points there. If we're tentative and timid as we were at Norwich, we'll be lucky to get a point.
Rovers key player is Samba. He is a monster in the air and, for some reason, whether the manager's name is Coleman, Sanchez, Hodgson, or Hughes, we've gone up there and punted high balls into the middle that he's cleared away like last night's dishes. We have to resist the temptation to play to what is, really, THE ONLY DEFENSIVE STRENGTH THE ROVERS POSSESS. They have a Potempkin Keeper, a creative winger at LB and disaster of the month at RB.
The only area in which they should trouble our now excellent defense is on dead ball situations. Samba is a great deliverer of the 2nd ball. Invariably he nods on to someone in position to score. You have to pressure him in these situations, and I like Etuhu in the lineup for this reason.
The X-factor is the fans. They're ready to jump down Kean's throats at a moment's notice. If we get an early goal against them, it might be game over. These guys have the look of a team that's expecting things to go wrong. If we give them what they're looking for, we could jump on them early and hard. The longer we DON'T take advantage, the stronger they get.
The BEST way to lose to these guys is to play for 0-0. Let's go gettem, Jol!
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