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Prem Survival Series Part 5: Wolves & Fulham

Fulham appear to be suffering a season long hangover following the dizzy heights of the Europa Cup final last season, and whilst old Roy managed to botch it up at Liverpool, Fulham have suffered a miserable downtown in fortunes since his departure.

Fulham go to Wigan today just a point above the relegation places.



VITAL WOLVES

What were you expectations at the start of the season?



VITAL FULHAM

After the Europa League Final appearance I seriously hoped that Roy Hodgson would stay on to take us up another notch. But it wasn`t to be. Mark Hughes came in, but without much time to bolster the squad. We started well but drew far more than we won and any hopes of going for a top seven place were soon dashed. It remains to be seen if we can still do the business in the FA Cup this season.



VITAL WOLVES

After the highs of last season, what has gone wrong at Fulham this year?



VITAL FULHAM

We`ve suffered badly from injuries. Andrew Johnson didn`t start the season and Bobby Zamora broke his leg against Wolves. Throw into the mixer the fact that one of Hughes` signings (a forward) has been out for over seven weeks now and it`s plain to see that we`ve lost our cutting edge up front.

VITAL WOLVES

What level of support is the manager receiving from the fans?

VITAL FULHAM

little mixed! After we slipped into the bottom two some of the Craven Cottage faithful were questioning him, but thankfully that wasn`t case last night. But it will remain interesting to see how Hughes is perceived when he`s spent his transfer kitty, this January, if results don`t pick up!

VITAL WOLVES

If applicable, how many more games should he be given?

VITAL FULHAM

If you stick with a manager through the transfer window, is there really any sense in sacking him after it closes? Al Fayed will give Mark every opportunity but if we do go down, heaven forbid, he`ll be gone come the end of May!

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VITAL WOLVES

What players would you like to see brought/sold in January?



VITAL FULHAM

Sold - Kamara, Stoor, Kelly, Greening!

Bought - A striker who can provide that cutting edge we`ve lost with Zamora`s injury!

VITAL WOLVES

Where will Fulham finish this season?

VITAL FULHAM

I`ve every faith we`ll be mid-table or just below!



As Blackpool chalked up one win after another, we were left looking at which other sides we may have to finish above to maintain our Premiership status and Fulham have proven one of them.

7 defeats from 21 is not a calamity by any stretch (we have lost 12)- but Fulham have won just 4 games all season- the same as today's bottom two Wigan and West Ham.

With Martin O'Neill apparently replacing Avram Grant this evening, I have to reassess my assertion that West Ham are set for relegation. They have already signed a quality player we surely should have gone in for, Wayne Bridge and we can safely assume that Sullivan & Gold have guaranteed significant funds.

Mark Hughes' inability to turn winnable games into wins appears to have followed him from Manchester City- and whilst that trend left City outside the top four (and cost Hughes his job) it has left a less capable Fulham in a relegation battle.

A relegation would leave an ugly blotch on Hughes managerial record and guarantee a second sacking.

I think Hughes is a very good manager who will enjoy the luxury other managers around him won'- financial backing.

If Hughes was going to lose his job I think he would have lost it by now, and you could argue as to whether they could find anyone better.

They prove difficult to beat, but with the money to bring in the missing link, a striker, I think they we will see them turn some of those draws into wins and avoid relegation. 15th/16th.



Thanks again to Putney.



New York City Wolf.




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Date:Saturday January 15 2011

Time: 4:55PM

Your Comments

Excellent series of articles NYCW
akela
Thank you my friend. Have very much enjoyed it and it's been great getting the insight from the other clubs. I'll post the last 3 tonight, time ran away yesterday.
New York City Wolf
I watched the match at Craven Cottage and I thought that Fulham were a classy side. We scored first but, as I wrote in my first ever blog, I was not surprised when Fulham hit back. Indeed, so dominant were Fulham in the second half, that I was not disappointed when they won. I was resigned to the inevitable. Typically, it came about as a result of a Berra foul on the edge of the box. Then, Fletcher, in the wall, jumped over a ball travelling on the ground! It therefore surprises me to see Fulham in their present predicament, partly caused, as the interviewee suggests, by the broken leg suffered by Zamora in that game. Liverpool also did us a favour by poaching Hodgson away from Fulham. Had he remained Fulham would now be higher up the league table ... and so would Liverpool. So, a double favour to WWFC.
Southbank60
Ha. Splendid. The Hodgson departure sealed the deal for Fulham- they were bound to suffer but I thought Hughes would have got them going better than this. I can't imagine any of the Liverpool players not wanting to play for Hodgson when he arrived, and looking back I think the lack of support, which quickly turned to cries for Kenny, passed directly on to the pitch. Once that started he needed a serious upturn in both performance and results and the players suddenly looked like they didn't want to play for him. Hodgson will get another job and do well- Fulham will get better but they are both in a pickle as things stand- Liverpool showed the fight today and I think Dalglish can rebuild but the longer they wait for that first win the more difficult it gets. I don't think they will be relishing their trip next week- pretty much every time we have faced them in the Prem they have found it difficult against us, and on the back on yesterdays performance we can only go into this one with great confidence. If we can beat City and Chelsea at home, we can certainly beat Liverpool. I'm hopeful.
New York City Wolf
Yes, NYCW, I have my ticket and I shall travel up more in expectation than hope. But it depends how much magic Kenny can still summon up after all the years away.
Southbank60
 

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