The ref ruined it as a contest no doubt. Let's hope Martin Hansson has been having sleepless nights since getting home,
This was the man who missed Henry's handball in the build up to the Gallas goal that did for Ireland in their 2010 World Cup qualifying play-off. That injustice saw a direct appeal from the Irish government to have the result set aside. FIFA of course washed their hands of it, just as UEFA will should Fulham lodge an appeal to Dembele's red card. In the subsequent furore Hansson considered quitting the game. What a pity he changed his mind...He had a big moment to show the second yellow for Chavez a lot earlier in the 2nd half when he pulled Kasami back, but bottled it. Parity of numbers was achieved too late to serve our cause.
There will be no action from UEFA against the disgrace that is the Argentine Nunez. He has however supplied Jol with the perfect team talk ahead of the return in two weeks. Fans will hopefully play their part for the duration of the game. Nunez is the Wisla number 11 just to remind you. I reckon it's worth the admission money alone to give this cheat a ringing message as to what what we think of his attitude to a fellow professional for 90 minutes.
Up the back of the south stand when the incident happened, I'm yet to see on replay what the TV audience had a clear view of - a poke of the shoulder from an exasperated Moussa. Sadly, as Jol came out and said, you just can't give officials the excuse to wave cards around on European nights like this. That means no official appeal from us. A harsh lesson for the player perhaps - and who of us would not react to being kicked down the back of our legs - but the clever pros know how and when to get their retaliation in when the ref's attention is elsewhere.
To the bigger picture. Poland was great, the people friendly, the Old Town a touristic joy. Travelling down to the stadium, and suitably badged up, strangers paid my tram ticket when the machine rejected my rather large denomination zloty note! Nik the Swede and I bizarrely attracted a police car escort all of our own back into town, but the evening was good natured throughout. Having been thumped in their first two Europa home games the local support was superb, befitting the current Polish champions. Choreographed chanting to a massed sea of scarves and flags is a phenomenon rarely seen in the Prem. In this department Poles and Germans are the two nations who do it best.
Elements of our own travelling support, sad to say, are cretinous. Up the back myself and others aroundabout were loudly abused by a small gaggle of pond life - yes fellow Fulham supporters - for not singing and chanting throughout. "You pay all this f***ing money to get here and you don't even f***ing sing you ****s!!! I had an hour of this before the morons moved on down to give other sections the benefit of their abuse. Ironically, I'd spent the whole of that day outside Krakow at the ultimate shrine to intolerant bullies. Auschwitz. Didn't see our 'friends' there doing the tour.
Travelling FFC stewards bear witness to this behaviour in Europe, they were stood right behind me in the back row, but sadly take no action. A minority yes, and we are far luckier than many clubs, but the yobbo xenophobe is still around sadly as he spits his venom across the glass partition at the final whistle into the Wisla section. Pathetic. The main reason why I stopped following England matches years ago.
What about the game I hear you ask? Well, sadly it was another very flat Fulham performance. Oh, you've all seen it or read the reports by now, the only thing to set straight is a) the pitch was not heavy. It played perfectly and b) the night was not 'bitter.' It was chilly yes, but normal for the time of year. And if Jol tried unconvincingly to seek positives from the night for the press, let me tell you, there were none. If I start going off on one, we'll be typing right up to kick-off with Everton. More relevant, 'cause I'm always up on my soapbox (well that's what bloggers do!), were the comments from other fans on the journey home.
There is a growing shift of sentiment away from Martin Jol. Many are questioning his chemistry with the side and the wisdom of some of his signings. Tactically, we are making no progress. Was QPR a one-off or will a full strength side do the business Sunday and see us right back on track? Everton at home and then Wigan away are two very winnable games against sides struggling for form - just like us. Draws here won't do. My big question after Thursday comes down to one of morale. I accept the changes made for Europa nights, but where is the passion?
I'm still unsure how he did it but during this phase two years ago Roy was picking a second string side yet still finding a performance. Senior pros like Duff, AJ, Etuhu should be leading by example. Last Thursday none of them looked worthy any more of wearing the shirt. Gecov was poor (though good at Chelsea), and even from his half hour cameo, Dembele looks less like a £5 million pound man with every appearance. His powder puff effort from our one clear chance was all too typical of a man who looks way short in ideas once he gets up to the box. And Orlando is, well, limited let's say. Nuisance value maybe, but no pace and a poor first touch.
No doubt the squad will have put the game behind them by now. We're still in reasonable shape to qualify from our Europa group - for better or worse depending on your view how this stretches our resources - and three points off Everton are paramount to get us back into mid-table. Jol has a full squad to select from, minus Sa and Simon Davies (back into training though). We'll all be urging BZ on to score Sunday and make it four goals from four home games straight - that would be a Fulham record - and I don't reckon much to this current Everton side. Mind you, I said that a year ago and they came to the Cottage and had the better of a 0-0 draw. Anything like the plodding build up play of our last two games, and we may have to settle for a point.
Time to wrap. I was going to write a para reflecting Mark Hughes opinions on why he walked out on Fulham, all over the press today. Worthy of another blog that one, so I'll leave it for now.
My apologies for not filing a preview from Poland as anticipated. I had three days straight from Weds getting up before 6.00 am and was on the go all the time apart from 2 hours in the hotel sauna, where my laptop cannot go.
Thursday I was on an early train to Auschwitz. The site is so extensive and compelling, especially if you want to examine much of the written documentation under glass on camp routine, daily punishments, work details, transportations etc. time ran away with me. Had a friendly Polish guide not squeezed me into her tour minibus at the end of the afternoon I would not have got back to Krakow in time for the game. But it had to be done.
Let me lighten the mood to finish. I always enjoy seeing how wide of the mark self-styled 'football expert' Mark Lawrenson is with his predictions ahead of the weekend games. Currently on the BBC web footie page there is a delicious juxtaposition of Lawro's 'Football Expert' tagline followed by the current league table for tipsters which thus far this season sees the overpaid but hugely underwhelming sourpuss sitting third bottom. Lawro's currently being 'out-tipped' by such football experts as a jockey, a kids TV presenter, a rugby star and a dancer from Strictly Come Dancing!
Four results from five wrong this afternoon. Keep up the good work Mark, I mean it's only licence payers money meeting the six figure contract you're being paid.
Here's to our usual three points from Moyes boys! COYW!!! Twitter@fulhamphil