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On a rainy day in the Midlands, Fulham slumped to a disappointing defeat at Birmingham earlier in the season. One slick passing move from the Blues sealed the game and Lee Bowyer was at the sharp end of it. Bowyer, who seems to specialise in scoring against clubs from the capital this season, will need to be watched very carefully this afternoon.

We lost the reverse fixture in central midfield as we allowed the former West Ham midfielder and Barry Ferguson too much time and space to dictate the game. The chalkboards don’t show the same level of passing as from Fulham’s midfield pairing, for example, but their work rate and tackling was very impressive.


by Guardian Chalkboards

The Whites will need to shut them down in order to earn the right to play their usual pretty football. Dickson Etuhu has to step up from a disappointing performance on Thursday.