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.

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.


West Ham v Fulham: Player rankings

Here’s how I scored our lads following yesterday’s dismal display.

Schwarzer – 6/10
To be fair he didn’t have much chance with any of the goals but was unable to provide the heroics needed in the absence of anything resembling a defence.

Pantsil – 4/10
Oh dear. John may be a crowd favourite but he had a mare. His casual chesting back to Schwarzer was pretty unforgiveable.

Hangeland – 7/10
Another towering display by our Norwegian giant – even though the backline shifted three. He made some timely interventions that saved this from being a rout.

Hughes – 5/10
Quietly efficient throughout most of the game, although he could have done better when Cole brushed him aside to slot in number three.

Konchesky – 5/10
What a goal! That aside he was off colour yesterday and his dithering on the ball and subsequent foul on Cole gave us a mountain to climb. Was very lucky not to receive a straight red.

Davies – 4/10
Squeezed out of the game and made no impact whatsoever.

Etuhu – 5/10
Average at best. Distribution was poor – especially when he gifted West Ham the break from which they put the game out of our reach – and I cannot see why he gets in ahead of Andreason.

Murphy – 7/10
Tried everything he could but was failed by those around him. Frankly looks a bit lost without Bullard alongside him.

Dempsey – 6/10
Maximum effort as usual, but didn’t really get him anywhere. Some nice touches, then some awful touches. Found himself ‘out-muscled’ (as Big Ron would say), which is a rarity to be fair.

Zamora – 3/10
Shocking stuff. He failed to hold the ball up, his distribution was weak and his finishing wasn’t even pub team standard. The only shock was Hodgson kept him on for so long.

Johnson – 6/10
Ran his heart out for the cause but just wasn’t given the service and the only efforts he had were pretty weak.

Nevland – 6/10
Looked sharp when he came on but should have been given longer.

Andreason – 6/10
Not given very long but looked solid and must be a contender to start the next match.

Gera – 5/10
Didn’t do much of note but was, at least, an improvement on the under par Davies.

Man of the match: Tough one this, to be honest, but Hangeland is just about worthy of the accolade.

Fulham v Bolton: Player Rankings

Schwarzer – 7/10
Didn’t have much to do in all honesty, but kept us in it at the end. He will, however, be disappointed that he failed to keep a clean sheet.

Pantsil – 8/10
A very good game by our charismatic right-back. Lost the ball a couple of times but it would be unfair to criticise him too heavily as this was a sold all-round performance.

Hughes – 6/10
A few early mistakes but a generally decent performance, even though he rarely came under pressure.

Hangeland – 7/10
The odd shaky moment early on but did his job when called upon.

Konchesky – 6/10
Again, not a great deal to do and was guilty of a few stray balls.

Murphy – 7/10
A good captain’s performance. Marshalled the midfield well.

Bullard – 7/10
Outstanding effort in the first half but tired in the second.

Davies – 7/10
A typically impressive performance out on the right. Some dangerous crosses and came close to grabbing a third late on as well.

Gera – 8/10
One superb player. Very impressive touch, some wicked crosses in from the left and a fantastic goal to set us on the road to three points.

Zamora – 9/10
His tremendous turn and rocket shot for the second goal was simply stunning but his hold-up play and link-ups with Andy Johnson were fantastic. A strong all-round performance.

Johnson – 8/10
If Andy Johnson is unfit I can’t wait until all his cylinders are firing. What a debut performance! He didn’t stop running and caused untold problems to the Bolton defence. All that was missing was the goal and that surely won’t be long in coming.

Seol – 3/10
Woeful. Totally ineffectual.

Nevland – 6/10
Hard to score as he barely touched the ball.

Man of the match: Bobby Zamora
It was a close call as any of three or four players could have been worthy winners, but Zamora’s fantastic work rate and stunning goal are enough to give him the nod.

Pompey coverage

Here are links to our coverage of yesterday’s momentous day:

FtF goes to Pompey

Player rankings

Portsmouth v Fulham: Player rankings

Here’s how I scored the lads in our day of destiny battle at Fratton Park

Keller – 7/10
Despite losing his head for a few seconds and charging around trying to dribble past attackers, he was in great form and made some outstanding saves.

Konchesky – 7/10
Super performance. Solid as a rock and started to come forward more which was good to see.

Hughes – 6/10
Quietly competent.

Hangeland – 8/10
Brilliant performance. Fast becoming our Rio Ferdinand. Looked calm, composed and nullified the threat of Jermaine Defoe.

Stalteri – 6/10
Another decent performance. Put in some telling crosses.

Bullard – 6/10
Feels like treason whenever you talk about Jimmy in anything other than fulsome praise, but not one of his better showings. Gave the ball away a lot but it was his free kick that led to the goal.

Murphy – 8/10
A very good performance, crowned with the winning goal. He ‘rose like a salmon’ as a mate of mine watching on the box commented later.

Davies – 7/10
The usual bustling display from one of our contenders for player of the season.

Dempsey – 6/10
Again, a decent display. Made way for Nevland in the second half as we stepped up the pace to get that all important goal.

Kamara – 6/10
Frustrating one minute; genius the next. The performance was this guy in a nutshell. Still great to have him in the team and his runs terrify defences.

McBride – 7/10
Led the line and was an inspiration…as always.


Nevland – 6/10
Beautiful bit of skill to take the ball round a defender and unlucky it didn’t lead to a goal.

Andreason – 6/10
Solid as usual.

Man of the Match: Danny Murphy. His all-round performance merited it – and the goal put the decision beyond doubt.

Fuham v Birmingham: Player rankings

Here’s how I scored the lads against Birmingham…

Keller – 6/10
Nothing much to do but no mistakes either.

Konchesky – 6/10
Solid game from Konch. Remains one of the stars of the season

Hughes – 7/10
Vital clearance early on. If he hadn’t reached that ball it could have been a different story.

Hangleand – 8/10
Outstanding display from the big fella. Confident, strong and had Quedrue in his pocket.

Stalteri – 6/10
Not sure if he is the long-term answer to this position but reasonably solid today.

Murphy – 8/10
Excellent…now, that’s a word I never thought I’d associate with him.

Bullard – 7/10
You’ve got to love this guy’s effort – even if loses the ball a bit too cheaply at times.

Davies – 7/10
Another great display from arguably our player of the season. Even made The Sun’s dream team.

Dempsey – 7/10
The biggest news is he’s already signed a contract extension. Solid again today and still our top scorer even though he hasn’t had the ball in the back of the net for ages.

McBride – 8/10
What can you say about this guy? The pace is gone but the effort is there and a marvellous opener set us on the road to victory.

Kamara – 7/10
Caused the Birmingham defence endless problems. Definitely warrants his position.

Andreason – 6/10
Solid – as ever.

Nevland – 7/10
Storming goal. When he was charging towards goal you just knew where it was headed.

Healy – 6/10
Always looks dangerous.

Man of the Match: Brede Hangeland. A close one, though, as either McBride or Murphy could have been equally worthy winnners.

Fulham v Liverpool: Player rankings

Here’s how I scored the lads against Liverpool.

Keller – 5/10
Poor performance from the big man. Could have done better with both goals.

Konchesky – 5/10
Not one of his better days. Was skinned on numerous occasions.

Hughes – 6/10
The one bright spark in the back four. Solid and reliable throughout.

Hangeland – 5/10
Not a triumph for our giant. Culpable for letting Pennant squirm away for the opener.

Stalteri – 5/10
Not bad but caught out of position a few times – and skinned on other occasions.

Bullard – 6/10
An A for effort but too many passes went astray.

Murphy – 5/10
Shocking stuff. He’s at least a yard slower than he was in his prime – and it shows.

Davies – 6/10
Tried hard but not one of his better performances.

Dempsey – 6/10
The usual battling display but his first touch let him down on a number of occasions. Came close with a second half header.

McBride – 6/10
Gave it his all. Was out on his feet by the time he was subbed late in the game.

Healy – 7/10
Scuffed a couple of shots but definitely our danger man. Battled relentlessly, won free kicks and illustrated his worth as a play maker. Unlucky to be taken off.


Nevland – 5/10
Failed to make any impression

Andreason – 6/10
A good shot late on.

Kamara – 5/10
Didn’t have much time to make an impact. Should have been given longer.

Man of the Match: David Healy. His all-round performance and effort was top drawer.