Fulham home. What was the score? 1-1
Just me and another bloke in the pub this afternoon. He seemed non-plussed when the goals went in so I assume he was a neutral.
Disappointing wasn't it? At times we looked really dangerous, particularly leading up to their goal which, albeit was a good one, was completely against the run of play.
And at other times we were sloppy and idea-less. Too many misplaced passes. Powell, Thomas, Kish and occassionally Murphy were the main culprits but Murphy can be forgiven because his range is so much more adventurous.
Then we scored at a perfect time. Murphy thumping home from just inside the box straight after the break. I do worry (its a Charlton trait) that if Bent and Murphy don't score then who will? Thomas, Smertin, Kish (obviously), the back-four don't seem to have it in them.
Then we ran out of ideas and our impetus and shape went for me when Curbs took off Thomas (who was poor) and replaced him with Bothroyd, who did alright, but where and how were him and Bent supposed to be playing.
I thought we might draw tonight. We were due one, plus we always find it tough against Fulham - god their support is shit, we should remember that when we question our own.
Fulham swamped the midfield suffocating Smertin but with players such as Boa Morte, Jenson and Malbranque they always looked dangerous and the Fulham captain could have even snatched it at the end.
Some people will bemoan the use of the 4-5-1 system at home - we do only have one win on the board - but once again when we were in full flow it was good to watch and you feel that we can get behind any team and score. Bent in the first half principally was a big threat.
Just a pity that Romm's first half effort hit the post. It was tough to do. The post is only so wide (*spreads fingers*) yet the gap between Crossley and the post was (*spreads arms*).
Another game in 5 days, better than a 16 day break if you ask me.
Reports from those that were there: BBC Sport
; All Quiet
; The Guardian