Rich has some analysis up on yesterday’s game and how the boys are progressing.
As ever, it’s interesting stuff. The look at Dickson Etuhu alludes to something I was getting at the discussion of our defensive discipline earlier. Etuhu’s performance yesterday showed why we bought him but also why people have concerns about him being a long-term fixture. There were some alarming lapses in concentration mixed in with his ball winning and some alarmingly poor decision making. The post-match discussion in the pub centred around whether we’d someone who could offer us more in terms of distribution if Fulham are going to go continental next year – or even if we’re looking to hold onto what we’ve got. Leon Andreasen scored twice (here and here) for Hannover at the weekend, but it’s pretty unlikely that we’ll see him back.
Etuhu was far from the only culprit yesterday – it was a pretty listless performance. Clint ran around like a maniac but his effectiveness decreased as the game went on. It’s probably the effect of his busy international schedule, which well also mean he’ll have a later pre-season start date than his colleagues. The skipper even had an off day – there were more misplaced passes than I remember seeing in the last few games – and Paul Konchesky’s positioning continues to be a worry.
Nick continued his push for Fredrik Stoor, too, and it might not be wholly without merit as Pantsil was a little hit and miss yesterday. There were a couple of impetuous clearances, one that was sliced straight out of play into the Johnny Haynes Stand, although another swing of his right boot fell nicely for AJ and a minute later the ball was in the Stoke net.
People were getting on Gera’s back from the get go but I thought he had a decent game given that he must have had a pretty late call into the team. He’s obviously devoid of confidence at the moment – even the goal against United didn’t prevent him from having to represent Hungary from the bench the week after – and you’d want someone of his quality to take on his man a little more. But he’s a willing runner, can pick a pass and didn’t wilt in the face of some roughouse tactics. He might not have had an auspicious start to his Fulham career but there’s no doubting his ability.