Fulham at Brighton and Hove Albion

Discussion in 'Fulham FC News and Notes' started by jumpkutz, Nov 21, 2016.

  1. jumpkutz

    jumpkutz Well-Known Member

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    Another trip to the coast to face our old friends David Stockdale and Steve Sidwell. They're enjoying a fine season under Chris Hughton, and are second behind Newcastle after fading late last season, then crashing out of the playoffs. They seem determined not to let that happen again, and as it stands, they won't. Still a lot of football left, of course, and our away form has been better. I think we'll bounce back from the disappointing showing against Wednesday, the question is, how big will the bounce be? Hoping it's enough to get all three points, but I'd settle for a draw against the Seagulls, who seem to have had our number in recent encounters. It'll be interesting to see of Joka makes any changes to the starting 11 since we failed to keep our modest two game win streak going with the same lineup. We shall see.
     
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    away from SW6? 1 pt guaranteed, 3 possible!
     
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  3. SoCalJoe

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    B&H have won 20 of a possible 27 points at home w/a +13 GD (Fulham as won only 10 of 27 pts. at home w/a 0 GD). Offer me a point now and I'd probably think about it, but we play so well from home I'd decline and say let's see what happens. COYW!!
     
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  4. HatterDon

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    B&HA are the best home performers, and I believe Fulham are the best away performers.

    Having said that, I expect 0 points; I think our best result tomorrow is to lose by only one goal, thereby keeping our GD edge..
     
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  5. jumpkutz

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    Official highlights from Brighton & Hove's channel (grrrr, Come on Fulham, and I say that in the most sarcastic way possible):


    I was with Don on this one that we were facing a loss and keeping the goal differential down would be acceptable, but oh we could have gotten points. I wish we had a better view on the last goal to see if Murray was offside but it is impossible to tell.

    Malone was almost the hero again. A 2-0 lead would have changed the match. Unfortunately he shot the ball right at Stockdale's face when he had a clear view of the goal.

    Anyone else feel like me and still lament that we let Stockdale go? In our relegation season I felt like he was the only one who gave a damn and I thought he'd be a worthy Championship keeper. He's certainly proven that at Brighton.
     
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  7. jumpkutz

    jumpkutz Well-Known Member

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    Yes to keeping Stockdale.
     
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    To expound (expand?) upon MM's observation about Mr. Stockdale, he was one of the few bright spots during our relegation season. He was the lone standout during our trip to the Cottage on April 12th, 2014. Hugo scored the lone goal in a rare win under Felix Magath, but Stockdale saved our bacon time and again. He and Leroy Fer, who's now playing for Bob Bradley at Swans, were the best players on the pitch. As Branch Rickey might say, not an addition by subtraction.
     
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  9. jumpkutz

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    Not much to deduce from the brief highlight reel. We obviously should have scored more than one in the first half, which we appeared to dominate. I swear we shoot more balls at or near the keeper than any team I can recall ever seeing. Our build up play has improved tremendously under Joka, but the finishing...well, it leaves a lot to be desired. The defending is better, too, just not as good as it needs to be to contend for promotion. Their first was pretty decent piece of skill, not much to quarrel with. But the second? How does someone get that open directly in front of goal? I don't get it. We still haven't even halfway replaced the goals we lost from McCormack and Dembele last season, and unless we do some serious business in January, I'm afraid we're doomed to another mid to low table finish in this league.
     
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  10. HatterDon

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    Every time Stockdale got a chance to play for us, he did well. He actually played four consecutive matches for us in the Premier League and was selected player of the month, then Schwarzer came back and he lost the gloves. I was bigging him up his last three or four seasons with us, but I think that our club -- like most of our fans -- were unable to see that Black Mark's game had eroded -- especially his distribution, and continued to think he was the guy a good two seasons after his prime.

    Thankfully, he's still young enough to reignite his international career. Yeah, I still like the kid a lot.
     
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    On the bright side, they're on target. There's no chance to score when firing wide or high.
     
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  12. jumpkutz

    jumpkutz Well-Known Member

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    So you're saying we should be praying for more howlers from the opposing keeper. Gotcha.
     
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