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Fulham 0, Everton 0: Zzzzzzz

25 September 2010

Wha, what? Wait, the game’s over? What happened? Oh, no one scored? Well, that’s not a shock given the injuries to both clubs’ strike forces, but I expected better from Fulham and Everton at the Cottage today.

Everton's Yakubu proved a late menace, but Schwarzer was up to the task.

In fairness, this wasn’t totally a bore draw. Both teams tried to attack, especially in the final 30 minutes when it became clear that one goal would likely win the match. Ultimately, thothe lack of a cutting edge on either side proved fatal to a number of nice buildups, and Fulham will be glad to have held on to a point after Mark Schwarzer made two excellent late saves on Aiyegbeni Yakubu.

So, how am I supposed to feel with Fulham one of just two remaining unbeatens (with Manchester United), but sitting on “only” eight points through six matches? A bit conflicted. There’s no result yet that’s really that disappointing, although later in the season, the draw at Blackpool may look a little dicier. Fulham have dropped four points at home, but draws with United and Everton are no disgrace, even though Fulham won both of those home matches the last two seasons.

It’s hard to really judge Fulham today because the lack of viable attacking options was so limited. Clint Dempsey plays striker, but he isn’t one. Neither is Zoltan Gera. Eddie Johnson is listed as a striker, but invokes no fear in opposing defenses with his lack of close control and confidence. So what can you do.

At least Schwarzer redeemed himself with a nice performance, Diomansy Kamara made it back onto the pitch (and very well could start next week) and there’s only one more match before the next international break, which means Moussa Dembele and maybe even Andrew Johnson will be available after that. That match is across town at West Ham, which means no travel issues and a beatable opponent even though they handled Spurs at Upton Park today for their first win of the season.

Would I take another draw there and get Fulham time to lick its wounds? I guess. After all, 32 more draws and our 40 points will be enough for safety!

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