February 17, 2009
In what did not come as much of a surprise to me, Fulham drew 1-1 with Swansea in the 5th round of the FA Cup on Saturday which sets up a replay in one week's time to be played at Craven Cottage. What did surprise me was the way in which Swansea dominated the proceedings for much if not all of the match in Wales.
While Fulham did get on the scoreboard first, it was Swansea that seemed to create the better scoring chances and in addition they were the ones controlling possession and taking charge of the match. It should be noted that Swansea are flying high at the present time having gone now sixteen matches unbeaten in all competitions. Fulham will need to put together a solid performance in the replay if they want to advance to the final eight of the world's oldest knockout competition.
Unfortunately, if the Cottagers do advance, reigning Premier League champions Manchester United await. It would mean the Cottagers see the champions of Europe all too often over the course of the next month as Fulham travel to Old Trafford this Wednesday for a match that is being played now because of fixture congestion surrounding Manchester United's involvement in the World Club Cup competition in December.
February 2, 2009
After losing consecutive league matches to West Ham and Sunderland, Fulham bounced back with an important 3-1 win over Portsmouth on Saturday at Craven Cottage. The win was not only good for the three points the Cottagers earned, but also pushed them back into the top ten and gave the club some needed league momentum heading into the last few months of the season.