Recently manager Roy Hodgson has done some complaining regarding the team playing so many fixtures in so few days. With FA Cup matches and an extra game to play, Fulham was a tired bunch heading into the crucial fixture with Bolton on Saturday. However, there was no evidence of that on the pitch. The defense was relatively steady and the attack was in fine form with the likes of Andy Johnson and newly healthy Diomansy Kamara getting on the scoresheet for the Cottagers in a game that will go a long way in possibly cementing Fulham's place in the top ten.
There is still plenty of work to do in the final nine matches of the season if Fulham is to maintain its position in the league but one thing you can be sure of is that the Cottagers will not get relegated this campaign. For most Fulham supporters that is a welcome sigh of relief considering the last few years have been ones in which we have bit our nails off come April and May hoping and praying for results to go our way to stay in the top flight.
With Roy Hodgson at the helm, this team is different than Fulham teams of the past. There is an identity with this team of playing strong, solid defense and playing a nice passing game of football. The goals have not always been there, but with Andy Johnson, Bobby Zamora, Erik Nevland, Diomansy Kamara and Clint Dempsey at or near the front, the Cottagers have some players with goal scoring prowess that can change matches at any given time.
Things are not going to be easy in the final quarter of the season with matches upcoming with Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Aston Villa and Everton, but if the Cottagers can stay strong defensively against most of these teams, there is a chance that one or more of these matches can go Fulham's way. If the Cottagers are to finish in the top ten they will have to get something from at least two or three of these tough matches.
In my previous post one of the comments mentioned that I was a "pompous" Fulham fan for giving the Cottagers no chance against Manchester United. I don't think the word pompous really relates to any of my posts. I think the better word would be realistic. Over the course of the last seven or eight seasons I have heard and read so many other Fulham supporters say that the team would beat this team and that team only to be disappointed with a lousy result.
Whether it be the big clubs or some of the teams in the bottom three Fulham has been far from consistent over that time period and it has lead me to become a bit of a pessimist in my views of the Cottagers. This year has been different as I now have some belief in the team getting results both home and on the road.
However, when talking about Manchester United, Fulham had no chance against them in the FA Cup. Did people really think that Fulham was going to stand in the way of a team that is going for an unprecedented quintuple? I know that was the point of my last post, but the commenter made it sound as though because I thought Fulham did not have a chance against United that I was not a true fan. That is absurd. I do not need to sugarcoat the reality of Fulham nor do I need to give you my credentials of my support for this team. When I write these blogs I write them from my perspective and how I see things from a game to game basis.
I still stand by what I said about Fulham not having a chance and I will say it again that the Cottagers have no shot next weekend against Manchester United in the league. Particularly after the Red Devils were blown out by Liverpool over this past weekend. Sir Alex's crew will be looking to take out their aggression on someone and unfortunately, Fulham is next on the fixture list for them.
I have no issues with people disagreeing with what I say. In fact, disagreements spark debate which is always a good thing in my mind. However, to say I am not a true Fulham supporter based on my comments before and after the Manchester United match is just not just. If I state some crazy things in my blog rip me for it, but do not rip me for being realistic. I have followed this team long enough to know what is going on. Additionally, I like to see myself as someone who follows the league closely and knows a thing or two about the opponents we play. If me doing research and watching matches does not coincide with the way a supporter should go about doing things, then we have a different perspective on what it is I expect a supporter to be for a club.
Lastly, keep the comments coming. It is always good to hear from everyone. I will leave this question with you. Does Fulham have a chance this weekend against Manchester United at the Cottage?