Wisla Krakow 1-0 Fulham

Bah. One of those annoying games that you wish hadn’t happened. A decent looking encounter was spoiled by the needless dismissal of renowned hard-man Moussa Dembele, whose wayward arm sent Wisla’s Nunez spiralling into deep agony.  That Dembele barely touched Nunez, that the touch was on his shoulder, not in his face (as suggested by Nunez in his distressed state), perhaps suggests a mistake by the referee, and with that mistake went the game: we lost 1-0 to a team that lost to Odense.

Another argument is that Fulham’s attacking ‘force’ essentially amounts to Danny Murphy controlling attacks, and Bobby Zamora and Clint Dempsey finishing them off.  These three were all rested tonight, so it became a case of “Hangeland from a corner or nothing”.   We can look woefully unimaginative on occasion, and while the ten men thing didn’t help, we played more as if we were down to nine.  There was no cohesion, the midfield, with Etuhu and Gecov sitting and Duff supporting Sa and Johnson (Dembele absent, of course), seemed so distant from everything, neither fish nor fowl.  It’s hard to remember us creating any good chances, much less missing them.

So set pieces became crucial, but we wasted those.  We even ended up with the bizarre site of Andy Johnson shooting from a free-kick.  Senior pro perhaps but there are others in the team (or are there?) who can do that better.  It all feels a little chaotic.

Reasons to be cheerful: another game (albeit a quiet one) for Gecov, who looks tidy; ditto Kerim Frei; Briggs looked alright again; Aaron Hughes back in; Kelly looked decent; Etuhu passed well; we should still qualify anyway.

 

14 thoughts on “Wisla Krakow 1-0 Fulham

  1. Part of the game I wanted to throw my tv through the wall and in other parts I wanted to sleep.

    I’ve always considered Fulham to be a determined team that when tested with bad decisions, 1-0 down etc they will work extra hard and force a result. But not tonight. Totally uninspiring – we wouldn’t have beaten Krakow with 12 men let alone 10. Championship sides would have been able to walk all over this team.

    I am disappointed at the lack of football we played tonight – very static, no fluidity in attack – very unlike the football we were playing towards the end of last season and the type of football Jol is supposedly renowned for.

    Wasn’t convinced with our standing off tactics in defence. Too many occasions we allowed them attempts on goal and that is what ended up costing us the game.

    Anyone else think Sa looks terrible – seen a full game of him against chelsea and most of the game today and I’m still trying to work out what his strengths are…

      1. well playing as a target man he didn’t show a great deal of strength and his first touch was poor. He doesn’t appear to have any pace and we saw against Chelsea his composure isn’t all there either.

        when your a fringe player surely you work your arse off to become a first team consideration and take every opportunity you can get? his work ethic tonight didn’t strike me 2bh.

        what else can I say? there must be a reason we got him for free.. :)

        1. I’ve said this before about Sa:

          He’s more mobile than David Elm
          He’s been healthy for a month straight unlike Diomansy Kamara
          He’s can stay on his feet unlike EJ

          Is he a Nevland or Okaka Chuka? No, but time will tell

  2. OK it’s just a road group stage game and so what………….but why Sidwell & why not Trotta—I would have loved to see him out there. Why bring him to Poland if not to go in when Sa went down? Our Dutch uncle might just be our queer Dutch uncle.

  3. “we should still qualify anyway.”

    Yep. Which is why it’s too hard for me to get that upset over this. Sucks, but oh well.

    We will absolutely smash them at the Cottage.

  4. Etuhu was the reason we lost this game. I can’t remember the last time our ‘midfield enforcer’ made a tackle, all I ever see him do is back off and invite attacks, watch him for the goal…he’s the nearest player but instead of trying to block the shot he inexplicably steps back inviting the goal. No ‘presence’ from the ‘impressive physical specimen!’ Useless

    1. I thought Etuhu had a decent game. Did what he had to do. The problem in the middle was that we missed Murphy, and whilst Gecov did OK he was really just another holding midfielder so we lacked guile in the center of the park.

      I think Sidwell could have provided more dynamism had he come on earlier but realistically once we were down to ten we were always going to struggle without Zamora or Dempsey up front.

  5. Disappointed with some of the commets – ‘a championship team would have walked all over them’ smacks of horrible arrogance.

    Since when did our fans start believing it was our RIGHT to win every game?

    Chalk this one down to poor ref and makeshift team saving energy for Sun. Move on. We are still in control of this group.

  6. Alex L :
    Disappointed with some of the commets – ‘a championship team would have walked all over them’ smacks of horrible arrogance.
    Since when did our fans start believing it was our RIGHT to win every game?
    Chalk this one down to poor ref and makeshift team saving energy for Sun. Move on. We are still in control of this group.

    Arrogance? No. Realistic, yes. Krakow were a poor team and we shouldn’t have allowed them a victory even with ten men and a reserve team.

    I am a big enough fan of the club to realise and acknowledge the strengths in our side and our weaknesses. The side we put out the other night was a strong team full of quality footballers – we should have performed better, end of. I have never believed in blaming refs for a bad result.

    1. Is is not unrealistic to expect to beat the polish champions away from home with 10 men, with a makeshift team?

      our squad is good, yes, but we are not a top team who can make loads of changes and expect to win matches against decent oppo.

      I don’t usually blame the ref but his poor decision completely changed the game by removing our best attacking threat

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