Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Fulham

attacking in tent

We struggle in the league cup at the best of times, so an away trip to a very in-form Sheffield Wednesday was a disaster waiting to happen. In the event, Wednesday appear to have fully deserved their win, a penalty from Gary Madine making the difference.  Fulham thought they had equalised – Hangeland headed home a Rodallega free-kick – but this was ruled out for unspecified reasons, and that was that.  The bare facts are that Fulham achieved a single shot on target all game, Wednesday managing 5 of same.

Not having seen the game it’s hard to know who did well, but these things always end up being auditions for fringe players and to that end the likes of Baird and Kasami will have been disappointed at how things turned out, particularly the latter, who was subbed on the hour for Marcello Trotta.

Ultimately Fulham paid for what summariser Danny Mills called a lack of attacking intent, which is frustrating if true, and somewhat surprising given the way we play these days.

15 thoughts on “Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Fulham

    1. Nobody is ever going to convince me that Baird is any good. (I said something like this last season and various people tried. Maybe someday I’ll see him have a good game.)

      But as Rich said, the Kasami performance is the more worrisome one.

  1. Assuming Baird back up for Diarra, Sidwell for Dembele and Kasami for Ruiz then this game shows how inadequate our back ups are and how we could struggle if we’re unlucky with injuries this season.

    Squad depth is a big talking point right now and the fact that the only subs Jol could make we’re Trotta on and then Reither for Kelly (??) worries me a tad.

    Rodellega didn’t touch the ball all game which either means Jol got his tactics completely wrong or the midfield failed to follow his tactics – lets assume the latter.

    I know the excuse thats usually thrown out is ‘it’s just the league cup who cares’ but this was our back up players chance to stake a claim for a first team place and they failed miserably.

    1. I was describing to a friend over the weekend how optimistic the club’s supporters seemed after the MUFC loss, and how there was a 3-step plan for Fulham despair/Jolpocalypse that seemed plausible. Step 1 was to lose to Sheffield Wednesday, which I thought was sort of likely, all things considered. Step 2 would be a Friday sale of Dembele. (If it’s happening earlier than that, as it seems to be, we’re actually lucky.) Step 3 is a shock loss to West Ham.

      And then it will be time to dust off the old “Jol Out” sandwich boards, right?

    2. Fab player but £15m is a great return considering in 10 months time he could go on a free

      Paper talk was £10m in the summer so in two games he has maybe added 50% extra

      Gutted to see him go but this is a good deal for us and he gors with much credit

      Question is: Will Man U be faxing an improved offer tonight or is it too late for SAF..?

      1. It hurts to see a player who hasn’t peaked yet, who offers so much, and who is such an absolute thrill to watch, leave. A good bit of business? Maybe. That’s not much consolation.

      2. It’s been reported that the club had an option for another year, so he wouldn’t have left on a free right away. 15m is good business, but it was a release clause. Might have been 20+m without it.

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