New Year is always filled with promises of a new start. Most people have some sort of New Year resolution that is usually forgotten about by mid-February but that is all just part of the fun. 2012 has been an unbelievable year for sport and we have all seen some extraordinary things especially with the Olympics on home soil in the summer. We witnessed what was probably the most thrilling finish to a Premier League season ever with Agueros’ goal in the dying seconds of a match that they really should have comfortably won against QPR at home. The drama was crazy and I would imagine that it’ll be a long time before we see anything like that again.
For Fulham fans, our year has been filled with ups and downs- typical really! We lost a number of major players, some going rather more respectably than others! Some of the football we played in the last calendar year has been simply brilliant and that along with some excellent signings in the summer filled many of us with optimism about what this season was going to bring. We started well with a dominating display against Norwich and then the goals just kept flying in as we kept the form going. We have taken part in a lot of goal-fests, something we are not used to as Fulham fans.
It may have been fun at the time but as we look back we wonder how we managed to throw away points so late in so many games. We now find ourselves just 4 points above the drop zone after a number of extremely shakey performances and the panic is beginning to settle in. The run we are in at the minute is absolutely terrible, we can’t deny that. But we cannot for one second think that Jol doesn’t realise that! The boos at the end of recent matches isn’t helping matters and it just makes the players make more mistakes when they don’t feel the support of their own fans. Most fans are continuing to cheer and support the boys but unfortunately the boo-boys are often the ones who the media puts all their attention to.
I’m hoping that Fulham can leave the bad form in 2012 and when we kick-off againstWest Bromin 2013 a new run will begin! Tomorrows match will be extremely difficult but we have left ourselves in a position were we need to pick up at least a point and to do that we are going to have to play as a team and we need to cut out the individual mistakes that have proved costly in the last two games at least.West Brom are a very good team so we need the likes of Ruiz and Berbatov to be on form. And even more importantly, we need our defence to tighten up! A good display tomorrow, a win in the FA cup next week and a win against Wigan at home the following week will leave us in a much better position both physically and mentally. I also think the addition of a central midfielder will go a long way to ensuring we avoid a relegation battle! We are a good team, just on a very bad run. All runs, whether good or bad, come to an end. Let’s hope this one ends soon!
Just keep believing, guys.