Fulham v Everton

Discussion in 'Fulham FC News and Notes' started by SoCalJoe, Apr 12, 2019.

  1. SoCalJoe

    SoCalJoe Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Walnut, CA
    Toffees have had a run of the mill season, but looked good in beating Arsenal last week. Will the squad give us something to smile about? Doubtful, but we can always hope. Flashback to 04’, Saha & Steeeedd!! lead the way, only bummer is that’s when we were playing at the HaHa’s casa.

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  2. HatterDon

    HatterDon Moderator

    Mar 18, 2006
    Peoples Republic of South Texas
    Gonna watch this and, if possible, do a View. Everton DOES look good, but it's a weird season for them also, and we just might turn them over.
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  3. BarryWhite

    BarryWhite Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    Newburgh, IN
    After seeing multiple goals and a clean sheet I'm on the lookout for unicorns and flying pigs. Where was this all season! What an enjoyable match for Fulham fans including me.
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  4. HatterDon

    HatterDon Moderator

    Mar 18, 2006
    Peoples Republic of South Texas
    The View from South Texas – Fulham 2 Everton 0

    Let me say that again: Fulham 2 Everton 0. After nine consecutive matches without a point or a clean sheet, we beat a team fighting for Europe 2-0. Wowser.

    I watched Everton take care of Arsenal coolly and easily on Sunday, and I expected the same for us today, but it never happened. Here’s why – my opinion only of course: All season we have blamed our back line for our generosity towards opponents. I haven’t seen it that way. I’ve seen basically three major factors in our goals against: (1) Our defensive midfield tends to pass sideways until every teammate is covered upfield and, then, one of them will send a weak backpass to a defender giving an opponent an easy one-on-one. (2) Our keepers are reluctant to boot the ball upfield to relieve pressure when we’re under consistent attack. Short passes increase the pressure and goals result. (3) Our strikers and attacking mids DON’T pressure the ball when we lose possession. They fall back, giving our opponents free rein to attack before our defensive wall has a chance to form.

    The first thing I noticed today was that Parker reversed #3. Our front guys – especially Babel and Cairney were aggressive whenever we lost possession. The result? Either we won the ball or, if Everton won it, they faced a defense with nobody out of position. Throughout the first half, we looked disciplined – even though I thought it weird to have LaMarchand on the back line with Ream and Bryan.

    The second thing that I noticed was that Mitrovic decided that nobody wearing blue belonged on the pitch with him. He was a major pain-in-the-ass to Everton’s defenders for the entire 90. He was a hungry, angry bully out there and TODAY we actually got the ball to him on a regular basis.

    The first half was all evens. We looked the better side, but I scored another cup of coffee convinced that we’d find a way to collapse in the second half. Well, THAT pressure was eased in less than a minute. Ryan Babel, who did precious little attacking in the first 45, picked a Toffee pocked, juked and turned, and then found Cairney who coolly scored. Less than 40 seconds into the half and we’re up 1-0.

    And, of course, knowing this side well and being a Fulham supporter anyhow, I waited for the inevitable collapse. I try NOT to take it personally when we look decent in the first part of a match and then, the second we concede, look like a kid whose dropped his lolly in the dirt. But Mitro and Cairney and – FINALLY Sessegnon [who was invisible in the first 45] kept the pressure up, kept being the attacking side. Everton, frankly, looked overwhelmed.

    As the match went on, I had two chants – I was alone in the apartment, so … - the first was “get the second” and the third was “clean sheet.” The first prayer was answered in the 69th minute. Mitro, naturally, seized on a well-contested ball and sent it into the Everton half where it met Ryan Babel. The former Liverpool man charged upfield with three Toffees following and scooped the ball over Pickford’s head into an empty net. 2-0. Holy crap!

    About that clean sheet … . You know, I never thought I’d see us get a clean sheet and have our keeper the LEAST effective player on the pitch. Once we took the lead, Rico was horrible. Twice he punched a ball any of us could have caught. That was bad enough, but both punches went straight up in the air. Kudos to our defenders for covering him. Betts anyone?

    But, all ended well, and we deserved the win. It’s a win made sweeter by the fact that Cardiff lost by the same score.

    HatterDon’s Man of the Match: With a strong nod to Babel who made both goals, it’s got to be Mitrovic. Man, I loves me some bad-ass centre forwards, and Mitro is all that. COYW
  5. jumpkutz

    jumpkutz Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    Louisville, KY
    Sorry I’m late (daughter wedding TONIGHT)!

  6. SoCalJoe

    SoCalJoe Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Walnut, CA
    Clean sheet, check. The lads playing for the badge on the front, check. Reading ‘A View’ after a stellar performance? Not only priceless, but the equivalent of the first drink of water after miles of drudgery through the hot desert.

    Congrats James!! Hope it was a night to remember for your family.

    P.S. Front Page for the View por favor.
  7. stlouisbrad

    stlouisbrad Well-Known Member

    Nov 24, 2007
    The stars aligned on this one. I was watching my 3 year old and he let me watch the majority of the match. Most fun I've had in a while.
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  8. MicahMan

    MicahMan Administrator

    Mar 4, 2014
    @HatterDon could you add your "View" as its own most so I can put it on the homepage?

    So many good things about this match:
    • Cairney FINALLY gets a Premier League goal for Fulham. After all that he's done for the team the past few seasons I'm glad he at least got that goal despite a frustrating season
    • Parker FINALLY gets a win as a Premier League manager. He had to start with a series of tough matches. It felt like Fulham wasn't quite as awful as before, but there were no points to show for the improvements - until now
    • With Huddersfield's 4-0 loss to Tottenham, the Terriers now have the worst goal differential at -48 to Fulham's -44
    • After 9 losses any win feels great, but this also avoids the chance of breaking Fulham's previous longest losing streak at 11
    @jumpkutz correlation is causation so clearly we need another wedding this Saturday. Can you pull that off to turn this into a win streak?
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  9. timmyg

    timmyg Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2006
    well I certainly did NOT see that one coming.

    Cairney played his best match of the season. Anguissa was what we all hoped. Mitro was his vintage self. Don said pretty much everything else.

    (Also, Don, Betts allegedly blew out his knee in training way back in January. I have no idea why there's never been any formal acknowledgement by the club or managers.)
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  10. astroevan

    astroevan Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2013
    Virginia Beach
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