It was difficult to find the enthusiasm to write this post after Don's passing. The trivial pursuit of football has been eclipsed by an event of real meaning. However, it is this forum that allowed us to know Don and we're all better for it. So we'll keep supporting the team he loved just like he'd want us to, but with the knowledge it won't be quite the same as before.
The past week has reminded me again about how much I appreciate all of you who participate here. And while this recap of May is a little late, I still want to call out last month's sponsor: @jumpkutz !
Where Fulham Started May:
May Record: 2W 2L 1D
10 GF, 8 GA
Points Per Match: 1.4 (1.4 for the season)
Where Fulham Ended May:
After spending two months sliding down the table from 6th place, Fulham finally held steady and finished at a very respectable 10th place. A top half finish was probably the absolute best any of us would have expected from this team...
Before we get into the review of Fulham's April, let's take a moment to thank April's site sponsor: @sacffc !
Where Fulham Started April:
April Record: 2W 4L 0D
7 GF, 6 GA
Points Per Match: 1 (1.4 for the season)
Where Fulham Ended April:
After a forgettable March, things got slightly better in April, but Fulham continued a gradual slide down the table. Goal scoring continued at anemic levels with just 1 goal per match in 2023. Fulham seemed to have found a spark with Dan James and Harry Wilson against Everton and Leeds, but a meek showing against Aston Villa put an end to that hope. Despite a sputtering offense, Fulham's defense was generally solid and unlucky to have not earned two points. An unfortunate own goal against West Ham and a poorly defended corner against Aston Villa led to 1-0 defeats that on other days could have easily finished 0-0. Despite having nothing to play for and some lackluster performances, Fulham...
Before we get into the review of Fulham's February, let's take a moment to thank February's site sponsor: @jumpkutz !
Where Fulham Started February:
February Record: 2W 0L 2D
4 GF, 1 GA
Points Per Match: 2 (1.6 for the season)
Where Fulham Ended February:
Any time a team can go a month and only give up one goal in the league, it was probably a pretty good month. Fulham got through February without losing a single match thanks in large part to the excellent play of the defense. I mentioned this before, but it is worth repeating - in the 10 matches since the World Cup, Fulham has given up just 0.5 goals per match compared to 1.7 in the 15 prior matches. The improved performance by the defense allowed Fulham to still earn points in the three matches without Mitrovic compared to zero points from the three matches without Mitrovic prior to the World Cup.
February 2023 will also be remembered as the time that Manor Solomon...