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After Match Debate
« on: August 27, 2019, 05:54:13 PM »
Fulham v West Bromwich Albion

Saturday 14th September 2019 12.30pm

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Re: After Match Debate
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2019, 02:28:15 PM »
An ugly performance, similar to Pulis in many ways but good to see we have it in us - something we were missing at times last season.

Not a fantastic display but as said before the match I'll take the point. Well done to Ajayi too, he was great in defence today.
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Re: After Match Debate
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2019, 02:28:39 PM »
Johnstone
Austin
Livermore
All come out for me next match
If youre going to get told off, get told off for doing something not for doing nothing..

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Re: After Match Debate
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2019, 02:28:45 PM »
Good point.

Fulham started to lise their way a bit when took the lead and our press was much better. Best chance in first half was for Austin. Went for spectacular. Had time chest it down and slot it in.

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Re: After Match Debate
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2019, 02:28:55 PM »
Happy with the point in the end but we made them look like Barcelona until the changes.

Livermore, Diangana and Phillps poor today. Rightly subbed. Edwards great when he came on. So quick and direct.

Austin not a lone striker but it seems thats the way we are playing. Need a quality striker in Jan for sure.

Considering we only turned up for 20 mins of the game i'll take the point.

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Re: After Match Debate
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2019, 02:29:00 PM »
Poor today, we got a point that we didn't really deserve.  I think Bilic got it tactically wrong and we sat off them too much.  The changes, and the fact we had to gamble to get something, meant we pushed on more and caused them problems.

Ferguson the pick of our players today.

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Re: After Match Debate
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2019, 02:29:11 PM »
That is a very decent point against an extremely good Fulham side

Thought the last 25 mins we were good enough to go on to win it

Edwards changed our dynamic when he came on and Ferguson yet again was brilliant especially when up against such as good a player as Knockaert

I’ll take that point all day long..still unbeaten
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Re: After Match Debate
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2019, 02:29:20 PM »
Got away with that one, it looks like too many of our players are more interested in looking "languid" than actually playing football, until we go behind anyway

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Re: After Match Debate
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2019, 02:32:30 PM »
A great point all things considered, Much better when Livermore/Phillips went off, Phillips especially. Prefer 2 up top but with our squad i can't see him doing that even though it seemed a 4-4-2 when Hal came on.


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Re: After Match Debate
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2019, 02:33:29 PM »
Fulham were robbed today, but I don't care  :P :-*. Feels like a win COYB

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Re: After Match Debate
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2019, 02:33:54 PM »
We have improved after subs came on.
Good point against a strong side away from home.
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Re: After Match Debate
« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2019, 02:35:14 PM »
Tough match, good point. Don't get the Johnston bashing, I thought he played well. The only player who I thought didn't was Phillips. Bilic made the right subs and formation change. By the way, our goal was a good play by Austin. He was bothering the goalkeeper, and the keeper was more focused on pushing him away than being in position. It moved him a foot or so out from where he should have been, so when the corner came in he could just get one hand on it.

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Re: After Match Debate
« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2019, 02:36:38 PM »
A great point all things considered, Much better when Livermore/Phillips went off, Phillips especially. Prefer 2 up top but with our squad i can't see him doing that even though it seemed a 4-4-2 when Hal came on.

Yep, I thought we went to a 4-4-2, and I thought we looked better in it.

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Re: After Match Debate
« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2019, 02:36:45 PM »
Would have taken a point all day. I think Fulham have the best squad in the championship. An encouragement is Bilic seems to make the right subs and they actually impact the game.

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Re: After Match Debate
« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2019, 02:37:55 PM »
Really optimistic after that. Still unbeaten. Dominated for 70 mins which meant we had to adapt and defend which we did in large amounts extremely well, it wasn't perfect but it was never going to be yet. We're not going to dominate every game and we're still gelling. Give it a few months we'll be flying. The competition for the forward positions is so healthy and some of our play last 20 minutes was really impressive. Definitely glass half full at this moment in time.  Big overhaul of staff  both on and off the pitch and change of style things are looking good. Decent point when put in context away at a team that was in the pl last season

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Re: After Match Debate
« Reply #15 on: September 14, 2019, 02:38:26 PM »
If you finish above Fulham you should really be winning the league.

They are simply better than us so it’s a great point. We may have helped them look good but sometimes team just make you look bad.

The good thing is we only have to play them twice so we can still challenge

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Re: After Match Debate
« Reply #16 on: September 14, 2019, 02:38:30 PM »
Got to be pleased with a point. Overall Fulham probably deserved it, but subs worked well for us and gave alot more support for the attack. Thought Edwards very direct and had the beating of their defence. 
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Re: After Match Debate
« Reply #17 on: September 14, 2019, 02:48:38 PM »
-Johnson: Average and unconvincing
-Livermore, Philips & Austin: Woeful. Austin looks like one of those ex pros playing in a charity game going for a little jog.
-Everybody else: Played well, particularly Kov, Bartley and Edwards.

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Re: After Match Debate
« Reply #18 on: September 14, 2019, 02:55:35 PM »
All this hating on Johnstone I don't get. Not at fault for the goal, distribution isn't amazing, granted. Definately kept us in the game today. I don't agree they're better than us. I think we will dominate  this league without sounding arrogant. Hegazi is yet to come back, if we get a striker in January it would be hard to see a better squad and coach combo. COYB. After the last few seasons let's be positive about things

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Re: After Match Debate
« Reply #19 on: September 14, 2019, 03:03:52 PM »
Ugly, but very good point in the circumstances.

Subs changed it and eventually - eventually! - the ability to press higher up the pitch and take gambles put them under pressure.

I thought Nathan Ferguson was simply outstanding in an unfamiliar position. He actually looks like a very solid defender.

It’ll look a great point if we can turn Huddersfield and the Cowley’s over next week.

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Re: After Match Debate
« Reply #20 on: September 14, 2019, 03:28:04 PM »
Superb point.

I didn't think our system helped us first half. Fulham control possession so we had two choices either retreat and defend our half or press from the front. We didn't seem to know what to do. It's hard to press when playing 4-2-3-1 because your second line is naturally deeper so defenders have space on the ball. Phillips, Austin, Diangana and Sawyers tried to press but they were all doing it individually and just got bypassed.

Once we made the changes we looked much better because Edwards pushed further forward which stopped one of Fulham's outlets and Sessegnon then didn't have space and resorted to hitting the ball up the line time after time, Robson-Kanu added physical presence behind Austin and Pereira pulled wider and got on the ball more. With Krovinovic in midfield we kept the ball better and got Sawyers on it more.

That's one of our hardest games of the season out of the way and we got a point.

Happy with that.

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Re: After Match Debate
« Reply #21 on: September 14, 2019, 03:40:50 PM »
At the end of the season taking a point at Fulham will be a good result however we did it! Happy tonight!
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Re: After Match Debate
« Reply #22 on: September 14, 2019, 03:41:21 PM »
Poor until the subs came on, all of whom were responsible for the fightback. HRK put himself about and made their back 4 nervous, Edwards had their right back on toast and Krov kept it moving.

Grady, Livermore and Philips were not at the races today. When we get Hegazi back this is the kind of game where we put Ajayi in the midfield to break up play and protect the back 4. Again a team passed straight through the middle of us, same as just about every other game this season.

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Re: After Match Debate
« Reply #23 on: September 14, 2019, 04:16:30 PM »
Tactically poor I thought. Ball in the air way too much which weakened us hugely and made Fulham look far better than they are. No idea why we chose to play this way but it cost us. Very lucky to get a point.

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Re: After Match Debate
« Reply #24 on: September 14, 2019, 06:19:09 PM »
I agree the lineup didn't work out but he stuck with a winining team. It might have took 60 mins or so but SB made the 3 correct substitutions and tactical change. With last years manager that wouldn't have happened.