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Our goalscorers from the Feb 2009 win to remind you how that feels
The last of the four holiday fixtures brings us full circle. As with West Ham, beating the Baggies is vital for Fulham's chances of beating the drop.
Now we're into the 2nd half of the season Whites fans find themselves back to the scenario of 2008. Scrutinising the remaining fixtures to see where enough wins can be garnered to make the safety threshold of 40 points.
If ever we needed an upswing in form it's this month. Starting tonight against West Brom, to be followed by a trip to Wigan and then another match up with Stoke. Games a Fulham side firing on all cylinders might be expected to win. And if we really can start to turn things around - and there were some encouraging signs at the Lane on Saturday - perhaps we can even go to the re-arranged fixture at Anfield (another graveyard venue for us) at month's end and add to Woy's misery as Wolves did?
When turning in our first really limp performance of the campaign at the Hawthorns in October, the Baggies win that afternoon pushed them up to 4th, as we started our slide the other way. West Brom have come off the boil lately and injuries are further hampering their progress. However, they still gave United a real scare last time out.
Fulham the while remain a side fielding the same dysfunctional midfield engine, no pace or power in the final third, and, as is so blindingly obvious to all, no punch up front. A simple glance at scorers this year and last underlines our demise. This season no telling contributions from Duff and Murphy, their dual decline has severely weakened a side already struggling with long enforced absentees. It's not even certain, after 7 weeks out, that Dembele is yet match fit.
So I shall be biting my fingernails at the Cottage tonight, and the tone of my next blog will be defined by our performance. Although much of it is garbage, there's worryingly little transfer tittle tattle coming out of the club at present. All the big names Sparky was going to bring down now seem beyond our reach or have plans elsewhere. Well, a loan move to Italy or a relegation scrap with an under-pressure manager in West London...no brainer.
However, ahead of tonight's game you can catch me on Los Angeles World Football Daily's radio podcast at 5.30 UK time, that's 9.30 a.m. Pacific time, discussing Fulham's fortunes. More info here: http://www.worldfootballdaily.com/
Let's have a rousing atmosphere tonight and really give it a go. Another limp as lettuce display could well spell the end of Hughes' brief reign.