Fulham 3 Charlton Athletic 0
A little bit of perspective needed.
Fulham have a huge parachute payment, a bigger budget, a bigger squad and better players. We have punched above our weight so far this season, Fulham have had a really poor start and Felix Magath must be the worst man-manager that ever lived.
We lost tonight’s game in the first 12 minutes and after that Fulham could pretty much dominate the pattern of the game. It was a dismal 1st half that no doubt set off all kind of alarm bells amongst Charlton fans, although the many thousands that were in Craven Cottage were absolutely superb.
Just like at Bournemouth on Saturday a miss-placed pass gave away an early goal. We did it a number of times early on Saturday, tonight we got punished again. The defence is in credit, but if they are not careful they won’t soon be.
The 2nd half re-ignited belief in our spirit and desire as we dominated proceedings, playing some good stuff in long spells but realistically never really looked like scoring.
Like Dave I have followed the possession stats carefully but tonight they were turned on their heads with us having 23 shots at goal and 13 corners, although they rarely caused a fluttering of excitement.
I am pretty bored of talking about our lack of depth and now Bulot joins the injury list after hurting a hamstring. Ahearne-Grant did very well in his cameo, and a not fully fit Gudmundsson was much more effective from the bench but I wonder if a non-network club would recall two strikers on loan at other clubs?
So often The Championship is a great leveller, but tonight showed the difference between the have and the have-nots. The 2nd half left a good taste but our paper thin squad is so susceptible to paper cuts.
Two last thoughts. My unnatural hatred of Fulham hasn’t waned and, please, no more orange.
Around the League: Losing last week to Bournemouth 1-0 doesn’t look as bad a week later as the Cherries have since smashed in 11 goals. They are now 4th. Derby lost at home to Wigan, who gained a long overdue victory. Leeds lost at home to 3rd place Wolves and promptly sacked manager Darko Milanic after 6 games, obviously an unlucky number for Massimo Cellino! Neil Redfearn is expected to get the job full time. Watford drew at Middlesbrough and Forest lost at home to Blackburn. Norwich drew at Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield came from 0-2 to draw at Ipswich.