Chelsea hit self-destruct button

If anything illustrates the bizarre nature of the Premier League it’s Scolari being sacked today as Chelsea manager. Effectively just a couple of wins behind Manchester United and still in the Champions League and FA Cup competitions, and still putting his stamp on the team, and he’s dismissed. It will soon get to the stage that if a manager dares to lose a match he will be out the door!

A point at Wigan is a decent result

Everyone seems rather down in the dumps at only gaining a point away to Wigan on Saturday but I see it as a positive. Steve Bruce has galvanised the Latics this year and they were riding high in seventh spot when we rolled into town so a draw is a decent result.

Yes it appears we had plenty of chances to grab all three but it’s another point that takes us up to 30 – just six points less than we achieved in the whole of last season! If we keep putting in good shifts away from home then the victories will follow.

Fulham: Deadline day latest…

16:29 Olivier Dacourt has apparently signed – and Danny Murphy has signed a new contract

 13:55 Andranik goes out on loan to Barnsley…Well, we’ve got plenty of midfield options haven’t we?!!!!

12:23  Leon Andreasen joins Hannover on loan until the end of the season, at which stage the German club will have the option to buy him…

A great weekend for Fulham fans

A 3-1 victory, the arrival of exciting loan midfielder Giles Barnes, Chelsea losing and Frank Lampard getting sent off. Seriously, does it get any better than this?

UPDATE: Er, yes, apparently it can if Sky Sports News is to be believed. Apparently we are in talks to bring Brian McBride back on a loan deal! That would be fantastic news. Read here for more: http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12874_4881552,00.html

Fulham fans send Bullard a message

The chant ringing around Craven Cottage yesterday afternoon was sung with gusto:

Who the fuck is Jimmy Bullard?
Who the fuck is Jimmy Bullard?
Who the fuck is Jimmy Bullard?
When the Whites go marching on! on! on!

It was a clear show of unity against a player who stands guilty of mercenary tactics in his pursuit of an improved deal at Fulham – and a vote of confidence in both Roy Hodgson’s stance and the rest of the team who put in a terrific performance to climb to 9th in the table.

The fact that he has apparently admitted to threatening to strike (see here for the full story: http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/2009/02/01/jimmy-bullard-claims-he-threatened-strike-action-to-leave-fulham-115875-21089399/ ) has hurt fans badly.

Our advice: Keep your trap shut Jimmy. You made the decision to go so stop playing the victim card. It won’t wash.

Fulham v Portsmouth: Player rankings

Here’s how I scored the lads yesterday.

Schwarzer – 7/10
Was left exposed for Portsmouth’s goal but made a couple of good saves, particularly from a dangerous Sean Davies lob.

Konchesky – 3/10
Very poor. Was given the runaround by Jermaine Pennant almost from the off and just looked (unusually) out of sorts.

Hangeland – 6/10
A couple of dodgy moments – and conspired with Aaron Hughes to lose sight of David Nugent for their goal – but generally solid.

Hughes – 6/10
Same as Hangeland.

Pantsil – 8/10
Absolutely outstanding. Without question his best game in a Fulham shirt. Taking the ball off of Peter Crouch when he was poised to pull the trigger was the pick of his achievements.

Davies – 7/10
Very good performance by Davies. Constantly involved.

Etuhu – 6/10
Solid. Maybe he’s starting to find his feet now. His distribution was good, his tackling was spot-on and he looked a real presence in the midfield.

Murphy – 6/10
Beautiful ball through which led to Johnson’s opener and very creative throughout.

Dempsey – 7/10
I love this fella! Strong as an ox, constantly battling and created the opportunity for Nevland’s second by fighting through the Pompey defence.

Zamora – 3/10
Oh dear. The guy’s confidence is shot to pieces. He would struggle to hit a cow’s arse with a banjo.

Johnson – 7/10
Looking very sharp. Superb strike for the opener.

Substitutes
Nevland – 8/10
What a contribution! He never fails to deliver the goods and two great strikes were enough to win the match.

Gera – 6/10
Only on for the last few minutes.

Man of the match: John Pantsil. Nevland ran him close but Pantsil’s match-long contribution was simply outstanding.

Fulham beat Portsmouth

“Who the f*** is Jimmy Bullard when the whites go marching on, on, on?” we sang as Erik the Viking slotted home his second to put a hard fought match out of Portsmouth’s reach. The scoreline may have flattered us but these were three vital points that put us back in the Premier League’s top ten.

To be fair it hadn’t started well. With Jermaine Pennant tormenting Paul Konchesky and Armand Traore causing problems for John Pantsil, Tony Adams’ side looked sharp from the off and we struggled to contain them for the first ten minutes.

Our goal, when it came in the 14th minute, was against the run of play. A beautiful pass by Danny Murphy went via Simon Davies and Clint Dempsey before Andy Johnson slotted it past David James from a tight angle. We were on our way.

We settled down well after the goal and finished the half by far the stronger side. However, the second 45 started in much the same way as the first. Pompey looked far more up-for-it and came close to scoring on a number of occasions. A header crashed against the bar and then Schwarzer was forced to tip over a Sean Davies lob.

Then came the masterstroke. Roy replaced Bobby Zamora – whose confidence seems absolutely shot to pieces – with Erik Nevland. His brace put the game out of Pompey’s reach – despite a late David Nugent consolation header – and we had the three points.