Two games and two defeats is not the brightest of starts to life in the top-flight of English football, but it’s not the end of the world, we’ve still another thirty-six games in which to turn matters around.
However, despite the fact we’ve yet to earn our first Premier League point of the 2018 / 2019 season, optimism amongst the support remains high.
Scouring the social media, it appears that the faithful are understanding when it comes to being patient and waiting for the team to gel, with the following comments illustrating just such a point:
Still developing, good signs of display in today's game. Excited for Ream to come back. Onto Burnley
— Bigzy (@BigzyBonam) August 18, 2018
Next game, then.
It took weeks for the team to gel last year…and the year before that, too. It'll all come together, it needs to come together faster, that's all.
Oh, and Marcus Bettinelli could be excused a smile.#COYW – Not in a Trump endorsed fashion, you understand.
— Simon Williams (@SimonCWNotNZnow) August 18, 2018
Still time to gel all new players will take a while don't forget
— Camstutz (@camstutely) August 18, 2018
Had good moments throughout the game. We will keep getting better. #COYW
— E. Zat (@DoubleeZat) August 18, 2018
Not the worst, wasn't expecting much. We're always slow starters. We'll get there! #COYW
— Matt Arter (@HakunaMattarter) August 18, 2018
Will win games soon enough. This team need to mold into a unity first.
— Milinković-Savagê (@Belgiaaan) August 18, 2018
Interesting thoughts and ones we concur with, but it does beg us to ask the question of just how long this gelling period can go on for, we need to get some points on the board to keep the confidence in the squad.
But, although the result suggests we were soundly beaten, it seems our second-half performance received some praise from the opposition camp and also from the Fulham camp:
Good match guys, your club showed you're not far away from competing at a high level in this league. The way you guys came out in 2nd half had me nervous. Good luck this season!
— Jake Clements (@JacobClements7) August 18, 2018
Good performance away from home against a top side ????
— Daniel (@FulhamDan) August 18, 2018
Which is good to read. But, one question being asked is whether Slavisa Jokanovic got his team selection wrong, as shown below:
It will. The defence is unfortunate as Ream and Odoi are out. Christie should have started instead of TFM. McDonald should have started ahead of Anguissa. Sess should have played on the left. Kamara should have been left on the bench with Schurrle starting. On to Burnley!
— Dan Thomas – Across the Pond (@sussex_w) August 18, 2018
Is the above poster correct?
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