'King' Kenny gave his honest assessment on the final whistle. "Fulham probably deserved something from the game. They did a good job on us."
For the first time this season I failed to see the game nor followed it on TV/internet. I had a long-standing public speaking engagement before the date got rearranged. I would be doing a disservice to come on this blog and start levelling criticism of the performance, though I have caught some video highlights and monitored all today's other forums.
The platform therefore is thrown open to you guys to let me know what you thought of defeat at Liverpool, where it seems we failed to make the most of our opportunities. I have to say, the goal was a real comedy of errors, instigated by Dempsey's foolish back pass, and Dembele might have shown more conviction in front of goal. I certainly appreciated all the pre-match posts we got from Liverpool fans, having dared to criticise their shortcomings. They are the ones with bragging rights today having soared to a lofty 7th in the league, but to my mind they remain a mid-table side. It wasn't the pasting for Fulham some of their more rabid fans predicted and Liverpool were hanging on at the end.
So I'm relying on my army of regular posters to redress the balance and give us some perspective. I guess the bottom line is - and it's been our problem season on season in the Prem - if you don't score away from home you can't win. Where did we go wrong?
I will however elaborate on the issue of Dembele's failings yesterday to put the ball away on a couple of plays. The guy is not an out and out striker, and in the current set-up is probably not playing in his preferred position. Examine his playing record prior to Fulham and he's never been prolific. A goalscoring machine like Gordon Davies in his prime would have won you the game yesterday.
Players such as Owen in his pomp, Fowler, Andy Cole and Shearer all possessed an instinct for finishing that cannot be taught. Our Gordon was also part of that special breed. While modern players have tactics rammed down their throat to 'hold up the ball,' 'track back' or 'work the channels' once Davies was on the pitch football to him could not have been less complicated. He spent the whole 90 minutes looking to beat the keeper. Sometimes from out by the corner flag, at the back post in a goalmouth melee, or letting fly on the run from 25 yards.
He was never afraid to have a pop, even if the fans jeered. "You can't score if you don't shoot," he said to me on countless occasions.
That's why he ended his career as Fulham's all time top scorer, and I count myself lucky to have seen a vast majority of those goals. They went in from everywhere and in any old fashion. I well recall the one that levelled Haynes record at home to Mansfield, as scruffy as you like from a tight angle at the Putney End in front of 4,000 odd people. In our 'so nearly' year of 82/3 under Malcolm McDonald we were scintillating in a 4-1 win at Newcastle early in the season. Davies scored what everyone agreed had to be the BBC's 'Goal of the Season.' Cravenly, Beeb bosses decreed it could not go to a '2nd division side' so Davies effort got politically demoted to runner-up. Supermac, no stranger to banging in the goals himself, turned to his staff on the bench that famous day at St James Park and muttered, "How on earth did he score that?"
So let's not be too harsh on Moussa. I sensed the cogs turning in that congested goalmouth as the bill skipped along the 6 yard line towards him. He stuck out a boot without conviction...the chance was squandered. You can make a comparison with golf here. Stand on the tee looking to crack a drive way down the middle and the more you contemplate all the variables that may be out of alignment, hips, shoulder turn, wrists, weight, stance...the worse the shot will be.
Eradicate all those thoughts, swing sweet and free as the professionals are grooved to do, and watch that ball go. It's instinctive when it's right. As close to Zen as you get in sport.
That's the quality that makes the natural goalscorer such a prized asset. Andy Johnson at his best and untroubled by injury has the quality. Never let self doubt invade your precious inner mental chamber. Do that and genie flies from the bottle in a flash. Ask Owen. Gordon never had any doubts.
So we put the Liverpool result behind us and have lost no real ground in our battle to steer clear of the drop. After the recent round of games I see stormclouds gathering for both Wolves and Wigan, sense West Ham may still have some fight in them, though their defence is woeful, Villa are on the up, Birmingham should be worried, and - for all their plucky displays thus far, I wonder if Blackpool might be in for a tricky final third of the season?
Build up to the big Cup tie with Spurs on Sunday to follow this week. Will be a cracker! I think some of our American friends are heading over soon for upcoming games. Let me know.
COYW - here's to a memorable end of season. Twitter@fulhamphil
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