Fulham to overhaul online ticket system

Some good news! Fulham will be overhauling the online ticket system which has clearly caused plenty of problems for the club and fans in recent weeks – as highlighted by the difficulties experienced in securing seats for both the league and cup matches against Man Utd.

One particular aspect they will be looking at is the bizarre in-built problem that bars supporters from buying tickets where one or three seats alongside will remain empty. This has meant some fans not being able to secure their season ticket seats for cup games.

ADD: A few people on the messageboard have questioned this post saying it wasn’t sourced. Fair enough, of course, but just to let you know this came from the club itself (below) in a reply to my query about the inability to book particular seats:

I’m afraid this feature is hardwired into the online booking system. It is something we will address when we overhaul the system in the close season.


Bobby Zamora in a strop

In case you hadn’t noticed, Bobby Zamora is having a little strop at the moment. Like a petulant child , young Bob has got the hump with a small section of the Fulham crowd that had voiced their concerns about his pretty miserable scoring record.

I actually think – and have done since the start of the season – that he brings an awful lot to our side. He holds the ball up well, has developed a very good understanding with Andy Johnson and is generally an extremely valuable member of the team.

Even so, there is no doubting that his confidence had taken a knock at the start of 2009.  This fact was even acknowledged by Roy Hodgson who hauled him off in favour of Erik Nevland against Portsmouth a month ago – a decision which resulted in a 3-1 victory.

I was delighted he showed so much passion after netting in last Sunday’s victory over West Brom, but by the time he bagged the match winner against Swansea on Tuesday it was clear something else was going on. His hand cupped behind his ear, face contorted by aggression and gesticulations to the home crowd told the story.

His attitude towards the fans at the Emirates, however, was out of order. After barely being bothered to acknowledge our presence at the start of the match, he was literally manhandled over by a member of the Fulham staff at the end. He smacked his hands together, turned tail and disappeared off down the tunnel. How pathetic can you get?

He clearly feels that he’s come in for undue criticism but the fact is that the vast majority of fans have been nothing but supportive. Even when he’s contrived to miss the kind of gilt-edged chances that a six-year-old would have lashed home, his name has been sung with gusto and virtually every move has been followed with lavish applause.

Go back a decade and a fella called Barry Hayles went through a similarly goal shy period after Kevin Keegan bought him from Bristol Rovers for a then eye-popping £2m. He took a lot of abuse but proved everyone wrong and went on to become something of a cult hero. Zamora should take note and just concentrate on the job in hand rather than this absurd vendetta.

Fulham v Arsenal: Player Rankings

Here’s how I scored the lads against Arsenal this afternoon.

Schwarzer – 10/10
There is no way you can give this man anything less than maximum points. He was absolutely faultless. A string of stunning saves ensured we left the Emirates with a point.

Konchesky – 5/10
A few dodgy moments to be fair, but got forward well and improved as the match progressed.

Hughes – 6/10
A competent, understated performance, the like of which we have come to expect from our Northern Ireland international.

Hangeland – 8/10
Fantastic stuff. I lost count of the number of times he emerged through a melee of players to bring the ball away.

Baird – 7/10
A great half of football before succumbing to what appeared to be an ankle injury. He looked rock solid and proved himself an able replacement for the suspended Pantsil.

Davies – 7/10
He must be knackered. I can’t believe how far he ran today. He was involved in all Fulham’s best moves and even had a couple of shots, albeit off-target.

Dempsey – 7/10
You always know what you’re going to get with Clint: 100% energy and 100% commitment. He was instrumental in the midfield and made some surging runs.

Etuhu – 7/10
The best display we have seen from Dickson. He grew in confidence the further the game went on and looked confident and assured on the ball.

Murphy – 8/10
He just keeps getting better. Moulded himself into our midfield general and looked totally in control today. His pinpoint passes are a joy to behold.

Johnson – 7/10
Maximum commitment although he could have done better with his chances.

Zamora – 7/10
Some fantastic touches – especially with his head – and was a solid presence throughout. Now he needs to work on sanding off the edges of his attitude.


Stoor – 5/10
Proved that he is nowhere near the finished article. Very shaky and was lucky that Van Persie and Nasri inexplicably didn’t put him under more pressure.

Gera – 6/10
Not enough time to make much of an impression.

Man of the match: Mark Schwarzer. A finer goalkeeping display you will struggle to see anywhere. Absolutely outstanding.

Superb Fulham share the points at Arsenal

What a game! I honestly can’t remember enjoying a 0-0 draw more than today’s pulsating match at the Emirates. Sure we rode our luck a few times and squandered a hatful of chances, but the overall performance was superb. The interplay between Murphy, Etuhu and Davies was fantastic; Hangeland was simply majestic in his marshalling of the back four; and Schwarzer pulled off save after unbelievable save. It was end to end stuff all the way.

The most encouraging part of the whole display was how comfortable we looked on the ball. There have been plenty of times when we’ve scraped a draw away from home but this certainly wasn’t the case today. We thoroughly deserved our share of the points and with a touch more focus in front of goal we could have left North London with all three.

We now sit in 8th spot – just behind Wigan – and are only two points off the total number we notched up during the entire 2007/08 season. Keep it up lads!