Only a point from our trip to the seaside means three played, three drawn and three points to date - not quite the return we would have liked for some enterprising football so far. But in truth we were lucky here to sneak away with a draw and sour the Tangerines return to the top flight.
A thumping header from Bobby set us on our way and at half-time that long-awaited away win seemed within our grasp. But the 2nd half belonged to Blackpool and once Zamo limped off we were on the back foot. Thanks to rail chaos at Manchester with the last Virgin Trains express back to the capital hopelessly oversubscribed - Man U, WHU and Fulham fans all vying for space along with the regular holiday weekend traffic - it was a VERY long day, but thoroughly enjoyable nevertheless.
I had the pleasure of meeting our Fulham FC Sweden contingent and have no hesitation in recommending their excellent site report at www.hammyend.com. They give a comprehensive breakdown of our display that we can debate all week. Well done guys. They also report interest from QPR for Eddie Johnson (for our USA readers).
For the faithful, common themes heading back south were - are Murphy's days numbered? What's our best set-up to exploit the potential we have? Do we actually need to sign another 'keeper? Are we putting too much emphasis on Zamo as the lone striker?
My own opinion for what it's worth on Saturday's evidence is that Dembele - who was excellent and made both goals - should be accommodated wide in a 5-man midfield, enabling Gera to support Bobby again in the style of last season. I maintain he and Bobby are on the same wavelength, whereas Clint tends more to the maverick of looking to do his own thing. Deuce frankly disappointed in the strike role, while Davies and Duff (again) were worryingly blunted.
Neither were helped by Pantsil having a poor game and Kelly being asked to fill in at left back on his weaker foot. As he was still on the payroll Konchesky should have played. Or even give Briggs another run out.
All in all, a terrific atmosphere for Blackpool's big day, plenty of noise from the travelling support, and a valuable learning curve for the boss as he learns more about his new team. We can build from here with confidence, and, sorry Blackpool, we will finish above you in the league.