Amazing how a good result or two can change how we look at things. Everyone seems fairly relaxed now, including Martin Jol.
I thought he was worth a chance because he scored regularly in Russia, and he has 45 caps,” said Martin Jol. The Fulham manager consulted compatriots Guus Hiddink and Dick Advocaat, both of whom had selected Pogrebnyak for Russia, but admitted: “it is a risk because players can take months to settle in England and you don’t know how he will do. But in the first training session he scored a hat-trick in ten minutes, so he gave everyone a boost.
Nice! Hasn’t he (Pogrebnyak) hit the ground running, eh?
Meanwhile, down the road:
A tough run-in waits and everyone at the club is acutely aware that they need to win matches in this spell of fixtures but all is not well. Hughes is trying to blend a fractured dressing room. Last season’s Championship winners, Barton’s “gang”, and a Francophone foreign group are in different camps and the new signings are uncertain of which clique will welcome them. In addition, Hughes and his own tightly knit coterie of staff are yet to bond with the ones he inherited. The word is last week’s trip to sunnier climes did nothing to heal the divisions but a club fighting relegation needs everyone pulling together.