UPDATE: I’m bringing this back from the archives in response to Alex’s comment below. Do you think we’ve improved here?
I exaggerate to make a point, of course, but the game yesterday seemed to sum up ‘bad Fulham’ under Martin Jol. When we get it right, we’re excellent. When we don’t we’re extremely frustrating. This is shown in the second diagram, illustrating our habit of trying to walk the ball through massed defences (who have funneled us accordingly, knowing that we can’t hurt them wide).
Again, I exaggerate – of course we use the width sometimes – but if we are to continue to invert our wide players we need more overlapping from the full-backs. And when Blackburn went down to 10 men we could have been much, much, much more aggressive in using the flanks (especially as Chris Samba was out, ensuring the heart of the Rovers defence would’ve been even more vulnerable to crosses). We don’t even have to get to the byline: that area on the edge of the box and level with the penalty spot seems to be quite dangerous these days. But we keep cutting infield and trying to thread a needle through a haystack.
Again: in attack you try to make the pitch big; in defence you try to make it small. We’re struggling to make space when we attack.