Sunday, 21 February 2016

Fulham 3 v Charlton Athletic Nil

Our 16th failure to score in the league this season and, more embarrassingly, it was the tenth game in which we have conceded three or more goals (and remember we went out of both cup competitions to four goals). The defeat returns us to the bottom of the Championship courtesy of our humiliating goal difference and now it is only a matter of time before we are relegated officially.

Preston away on Tuesday should be another night to forget and Reading will come looking for the points on Saturday. If I can think of anything better to do I won't be suffering at the Valley next weekend. That might be a good idea because my temper is being sorely tested and I fear I might do something I later regret.

I am pleased I spent the afternoon walking my dog and getting ready for a good night out. I felt sorry for a couple of black and white scarfed figures who shuffled past us as we made our way up town. I was able to enjoy a few pints in Soho and my meal without the gloom of the defeat weighing too heavily.

I did manage to follow the game via the radio but it was all over after thirty minutes once Fulham scored. A mate who went told me we played well enough in the first half but we were missing Tony Watt. Harriott and Makienok are just not good enough for this league.  Once more we were undone at set pieces and Jose Riga will have some explaining to do for having started with no midfielders on the bench and then subbing three of those who did start. We gave up after half-time and our fans were let down once again in a London derby by a side who looked like they couldn't care less. I envy Millwall fans of very little but there is one thing their sides have been relied upon to do over the generations, and that's turn-up and battle in London derbies however big the gulf in class between them and their opponents. The last time we won away in London was at Palace in 2007. Absolutely pathetic.

The quotes of the Regime have been ringing in my ears this week. The "Roland doesn't do failure" cliche. Katrien Meire's pre-season boast to "judge us on this team" and Richard Murray's recent statement that we would pick-up from January. What a joke they are. Lawrence Bloom, the Club's Sports Scientist bailed out this week to stay in the Championship at Forest. We still don't have a scouting replacement for Phil Chapple and the recent surge in loan signings is a tad head-scratching because not only are most not playing but often they aren't even named in the squad. Who is actually picking these mercenaries and why? You have to wonder what the idea was? It won't matter in the coming weeks who plays because the heart and fight has gone. Those with no contractual commitment past May will know they are leaving. The few who are accomplished Championship players will be considering their options because we are unlikely to bounce back anytime soon. Chris Solly, Patrick Bauer, Jordan Cousins and Ademola Lookman may well get opportunities they can't refuse. I would have added Johan Berg Gudmunsson to that short list but his stock has fallen given his poor performances and failure to fight for the cause. What an absolute mess and the Chief Clown thinks it will all turn around with a few results!

No, we have to worry now what next season looks like. Realistically, there is simply too much to fix for us to bounce back. It needs a change of personnel at the top, a proven manager, a commitment to build a squad of players with the quality and the experience necessary for the next two or three seasons, not just to see how we go until the next transfer window.

The good news is that, finally, most of our fans actually get it now. At least the ones who really care about this club and can think for themselves. Amazingly, there are still plenty of sheep out there who are content to watch anything irrespective of the fact that there is no genuine strategy or commitment from the owner to the club. Frankly, they are welcome to it next season.

In the meantime, the rest of us need to commit to keeping our money in our pockets in a final bid to get the message across to RD that his investment is shrinking at an alarming pace and that he needs to cut his losses and run. Even if he has a change of heart and were to commit to investment and a real long term plan, he needs to make another trip to SE7, say he's really sorry this time and take some action. Personally, I can't wait until the season ticket forms arrive so I can return mine with a personal message for Katrien Meire to stick it up her arse. I also think I am beginning to repeat myself too often in my posts and am questioning whether or not I should continue as it's becoming unhealthy.....

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

If 'they', continue to make the same mistakes over and over again Dave, then you are obviously going to point this out again and again, don't give up.

PH

Michael Barry said...

Just have to have some confidence that if RD goes someone will be around who genuinely has the finance to take the reins.
Yet to have any guarantees on that fron' it should not be assumed that Varney and co hold the key until more is known.

Pete Manners said...

I'm not sure it matters who takes over, surely they can't be worse than the current idiot and his hare brained schemes

Anonymous said...

Much as the result was painful, the fans were superb; the "Roland is a cnut" and "Katrien is a slapper" songs had a real old fashioned quality to them and really made us laugh. For some bizarre reason it just makes you want to go the next London derby. I think if you can just forget the football and enjoy the atmosphere its alright..

Pembury Addick

Anonymous said...

We won away at Orient in 2009. Shelvey cracker. Comparatively great times which says something....

Anonymous said...

Have not been since the wolves game,and that was only for a catch up with old pals.As a few have said if these parasites dont get out i think we will suffer consecutive relegations.Just hoping at some stage something can be puled the hat ownership wise,because the club is dying on its feet.Dave the train.

Anonymous said...

As Phil Thompson said on Sky Sports a few weeks ago, if Duchatelet is deemed a fit and proper person to run a football club, then there is something seriously wrong with the process which the FA employs. Also the FA should revisit their decisons when it becomes evident that an owner's sole objective is to (a) deliberately run a club into the ground. (b) show such contempt for the clubs fans by never attending matches or to listen to the criticisms.

Chicago Addick said...

Dave, I was talking to My Mum last night (she's as distraught as the rest of us) and she commented that Bloggers were getting few and far between. I said that the situation we are on is proving harder and harder to write about. I was knocking out a post a day a couple of months back, because the anger just wouldn't go away, but nor would the ideas or opinions. But now I just don't know what to say. It is thoroughly depressing, and unhealthy.

Like you, I take no satisfaction in having reservations over RD and KM from the day they walked into the club. The only good thing as PA says, is that the fans have rallied around, but we are so beaten and bruised I worry that so many of the hardcore fans will simply walk away.

And the funny thing is that KM and RD truly think we can be replaced by different customers.

They are loons and we have to keep fighting to get rid, but the spirit is running low.

CA

Tony said...

Welling are at home next weekend if you fancy it?