As a Fulham supporter, I've experienced several up and down seasons, but the performance on Saturday againstReadingatCraven Cottagewas disgraceful.Fulhamhave reached forty points, and should be safe from relegation, but the door is still open, and the club unfortunately did not close it in their 4-2 loss to Reading.
With Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa winning over the weekend, there are now an incredible eight teams who are still in danger of being relegated as the 18th place team in the league this season. And there are only 2-3 matches remaining this season.
Forty points this season may not be enough to guarantee safety.
Either Everton or Fulham could be the next destination for Brighton manager Gus Poyet after the Uruguayan was today suspended by the south coast club.
On Monday, Brighton were knocked out of the Championship playoff semi-final after losing at home to Crystal Palace 2-0. There were immediate rumors following the match that Poyet could be leaving the club, which were not dispelled by the manager.
[L]ast week, it was announced that a certain Scotsman would take the reins at England's biggest club come August. David Moyes' record at Everton has been called into question by the more arrogant among Red Devils' fans but his supposed unfamiliarity with real achievement canbe further rebuffed with recourse to his astonishing six year sojourn at Preston - taking a club that had been recently in danger of relegation from the92 to regular contenders for Premier League football.
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Daniel Sturridge wreaked havoc on his return to west London, firing Liverpool to an easy win at Fulham with a superb hat-trick at Craven Cottage. Sturridge had not scored against the Cottagers during his time at the club's local rivals Chelsea or while he was at Manchester City, but he took Martin Jol's team apart with three well-taken strikes.
My favourite image from Sunday, it's just a shame there isn't a bigger version... Image: gettyimages Liverpool came back from a goal behind at Craven Cottage on Sunday to win the game 3-1 courtesy of a Daniel Sturridge hat trick. Berbatov opened the scoring for the home side but the Reds quickly found an equaliser and went from strength to strength.
An unfamiliar formation, lined up in a 3-6-1, and an end-of-season tempo led to Liverpool passing and possession without reward for the first half an hour, an unwelcome reminder of the toothlessness which was all too frequent at the start of the season.
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Fulham vs Liverpool 1-3 Highlights 2013 Berbatov Sturridge Hat-trick Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Fulham vs Liverpool 2013 ( FFC Liverpool VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Fulham v Liverpool 1-3 ( Berbatov/ Sturridge*3) Craven Cottage, London- 12 May, 2013- 15.
Jordan Henderson, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool (Image via LFC Official Facebook)
Fulham have been on a backward skid in form having lost their last four matches. Liverpool on the other hand continue to prove they have bite without Luis Suarez having one and drawn their two matches since the Uruguayan's suspension.
Liverpool takes on Fulham at Craven Cottage without star duo Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez. Fulham will be looking to end a run of four successive defeats to secure their Premier League status. The Cottagers have not won a Premier League game for six matches since their 3-2 win over the QPR on April 1st to leave them nervously looking over their shoulders at the relegation dogfight.
There have been hundreds of Arsenal transfer rumours linking the Gunners with every available keeper in Europe ever since Arsene Wenger first dropped Wojciech Szczesny for the Champions League game in Munich, with most Arsenal fans expecting Wenger to bring in an older more experienced keeper to keep the Pole on his toes.
Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie has turned down the opportunity to take the club's number 9 shirt next season because he doesn't want fans to be out of pocket. RVP has worn 20 on his back this season and is reluctant to swap and disappoint supporters who have bought a number 20 shirt. The [.
If you missed any of the seven matches in the Premier League today, watch the match highlights below. While the games weren't as exciting as the final day of the Championship season, for good reason, there was still plenty to enjoy.
There was one match, in particular, that was my match of the day that opened up the entire battle to avoid relegation.
Surprise, surprise, the FA have rejected Arsenal's appeal about the red card and three match ban dished out to Olivier Giroud against Fulham on Saturday. Although replays showed that the Frenchman slipped while going for the ball, we will now have to face Manchester United, QPR and Wigan Athletic without him.
Any Gooner who watched Arsenal struggle against 10 man Fulham at Craven Cottage may be surprised at the staistics, especially the one that shows that the Gunners registered an astonishing 90 percent pass success rate, with 84 percent of their final third passes finding the target as well. Arsenal also made nearly three times as many passes as Fulham in the game.
Arsenal released an official statement on their website Monday morning, stating that they would be appealing the red card that Olivier Giroud received against Fulham late on in their fixture on Saturday. The statement, short and sweet as it is, goes as such:
Arsenal Football Club have lodged an appeal to the Football Association for the wrongful dismissal of Olivier Giroud during the Premier League match against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
About the only good thing that can be said about Arsenal after the game against Fulham, apart from the three points, was that we defended well again and showed once again that this Gunners side has much more resilience than previous incarnations. Both Arsene Wenger and Aaron Ramsey have praised this fighting quality, but will it be enough to see us over the line and into next season's Champions League.
Arsene Wenger has spoken about Jack Wilshere and the ankle problems facing the young Arsenal star. The manager gave him a rest on Saturday against Fulham, bringing him on for the last 20 minutes as the Gunners held on for a vital win. Wenger admits to having to be cautious with his midfield star, but expects him to be able to feature against Manchester United on Sunday, a game that we need to get something out of as the battle for Europe heats up.
Judging by lots of previous comments, there are a lot of Arsenal fans who will be glad that Olivier Giroud was sent off for a lunging tackle against Manolev of Fulham. If Arsenal do not appeal the decision, or lose an appeal, then the big Frenchman will miss the next three games at a vitally important time.
In the end, there was only one Dimitar Berbatov danger that got us worried for a while but otherwise, it was the nature of our performance that left a lot to be desired. A slim solitary goal win was the final outcome and it was the crux of our objective at Craven Cottage yesterday.
On a rather disappointing day in the Premier League, there still were some interesting highlights including red cards, an attempted own goal from 40 yards, clubs heading closer to relegation, and fisting-pumping managers.
Here are the match highlights from Premier League Saturday, gameweek 34:
Fulham vs Arsenal
Video: Fulham v Arsenal Premier League Highlights 04/20/13
Queens Park Rangers vs Stoke City
Video: QPR v Stoke City Premier League Highlights 04/20/13
Swansea City vs Southampton
Video: Swansea City v Southampton Premier League Highlights 04/20/13
Sunderland vs Everton
Video: Sunderland v Everton Premier League Highlights 04/20/13
West Bromwich Albion vs Newcastle United
Video: West Brom v Newcastle Premier League Highlights 04/20/13
West Ham United vs Wigan Athletic
Video: West Ham v Wigan Premier League Highlights 04/20/13
Norwich City vs Reading
Video: Norwich City v Reading Premier League Highlights 04/20/13
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Arsenal defeated London neighbors Fulham 1-0 on Saturday afternoon in a match that saw two red cards and a single goal. Steve Sidwell's sending off in the 12′ made things extremely difficult for Fulham. Arsenal managed a massive majority of possession throughout the match but were only able to score when Per Mertesacker scored off a set piece minutes before the break.
The result was a lot better than the performance on Saturday April 20 when Arsenal snuck in and out of Craven Cottage and took three points from cross town rivals Fulham. An argument could be made that if Fulham didn't have Steve Sidwell sent off in the 12th minute of play then points would have been dropped.
When Fulham's Steve Sidwell was sent off just 12 minutes into Saturday's match at Craven Cottage, three points seemed all but guaranteed for Champions League hopeful Arsenal.
The visiting Gunners never do anything easily though, and they struggled to get one past Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer until just before halftime, when Laurent Koscielny's header across the face of the goal found the head of fellow center back Per Mertesacker.
1. David Luiz is trying to develop a tabloid persona as 'the Smirker'. 2. It's getting tight at the bottom. 3. 'Agh win it late, C!' is an appropriate anagram of Wigan Athletic after Callum McManaman's late winner against West Brom. 4. Indeed, it was a day for late lifelines at both ends of the [...]
Arsene Wenger has brought a new meaning to the old song "Boring, Boring, Arsenal" as we had to sit and watch 11 Gunners passing the ball from one end of the pitch to the other and then back again over and over and over! Wenger thinks that it was a mental problem. He said: "I put it down to psychological reasons and to the fact that we didn't want to be stupid.
Fulham sign long-term kit sponsorship deal with adidas - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
After a gap of ten years, Fulham have brought adidas back on board as the official technical kit supplier of the club. The club announced on Friday and a long-term partnership deal with adidas has been signed.
QPR striker Loic Remy has been arrested on suspicion of rape following allegations of a gang rape. The 26-year-old France international and two other men who were arrested in Fulham, west London, are currently being questioned in connection with an alleged rape on a 34-year-old woman on May 6 by three men.
Spurs, Fulham and Aston Villa will head the race for Watford star Matej Vydra if the Hornets fail to make it to the Premier League. The 21-year-old is one of a host of Udinese players currently on loan at Vicarage Road. His 22 goals have been instrumental as Gianfranco Zola's side have pushed for [..