HatterDon wrote:I think we beat these guys. The "New Gaffer Syndrome" appears to have worn off with Sunderland. This is the sort of side we should be seeing off with ease. I like us to get at least two goals.
Who's for Riise and Hangeland getting them?
AggieMatt wrote:I think you got it half right Joe. Dembele should stay and further solidify his game before taking the big transfer...but he should stay where he is. Moving into Clint's spot would only bring his value down. He's not a natural goal scorer, but he's hell on the ball and ever improving as a passer and defender.
sfm wrote:Against my better judgement, I am flying back for this match even though I need to be in New Orleans the following evening. I sincerely believe this will be Clint Dempsey's last home match for Fulham. He is all about self improvement and I suspect he feels he has outgrown what he can accomplish here without testing himself in the Champions League. Unless he tries, he will never know, and we all know what a trier our Clint is.
I never considered myself a Clint Dempsey supporter though I have had the privilege to have been at many seminal events in his career. These included the friendly against Fulham in Columbus when he featured for MLS All stars, and if memory serves, scored two goals. I was also in Nuremburg with Uncle Sam's Army supporting McBride and Bocanegra when he ghosted in at the opposite end against Ghana in the 49th minute. A flight delay conspired to cause me watching the Juventus goal from an airport lounge in Frankfurt, and of course, there were the equalizers against our SW6 rivals, including this past Boxing Day when the wife and I were in the Shed end. There was the heartbreak of Cech's save on Valentine's night last year and Easter Monday on my last visit, after his last equalizer. The ball was rolling softly towards the left channel near the touch line in the 94th minute as he arched in from the right to collect it in hope to spring one last attack. So, when the final whistle sounded I saw him stop but not at once, looking disbelievingly over his right shoulder back towards the referee with a face as if to say "is that all there is?" His disappointment was as visible as it was palpable.
Throughout he has acquitted himself with the quiet decency of a classic hero and I expect nothing less in the manner of his leaving. I felt compelled to return for the Birmingham City match four years ago this month to pay my respect in person to Brian McBride. When I booked my journey after the draw at Derby, it might well have been our last home match in the league. To thank Clinton Dempsey in person for what he has given our club seems for a man in my position, the very least I can do.
I will be he the Jolly Gardener's before the match, in the right side by the corner as you enter, wearing glasses like Geoffrey Howe's, drinking a pint and reading the Private Eye.
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