Date: 3rd February 2019 at 2:35pm
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Following a second-half performance against Brighton four days ago that gave Fulham fans a whisper of some hope, it was back to the old tactics used by Jokanovic earlier in the season.

The whites supporters were expecting a repeat of the forward-thinking style of play that brought four goals in 45 minutes on Tuesday. What they got was Tim Ream back in defence, and no place for Vietto who caused so many problems to the Brighton defenders, and assistance in getting the ball quickly up to Mitrovic.

From the start, it looked like Fulham were playing the same style as they did against Palace on the very first day of the season. Possession football, with sideways and backwards passing all within their own half of the pitch. No pushing forward, no tempo and quite obviously, no idea.

It wasn’t the fact that Palace were causing Fulham’s defence many problems, it was the poor tactics that were creating Fulham’s own downfall. An awful jump to defend a cross by Palace resulted in Christie using his outstretched arm giving the home side a clear-cut penalty. It wasn’t a great penalty, and Rico should have been able to push it around the post instead of into the net.

Hope must have been with the many travelling Fulham fans that they could somehow replicate the second half display from Tuesday. It was soon evident, even when Vietto replaced Ream again, this was not going to happen. There was no urgency, no sense that Fulham were going to push forward and go for the three points. It was the same old Fulham, every player looking for someone else to
create an opportunity.

Palace hit their second and it was game over. It took Fulham almost 90 minutes before they won their first corner of the match.

A very poor performance again, and the players who were on the verge of signing on Friday, must be so pleased that their deals didn’t go through. A new defence was needed and never arrived.

Bettinelli must be brought back as number one keeper, as Rico couldn’t catch a cold. If Fulham were to stand any chance of escaping relegation, a point at least was vital today. Instead, they left Selhurst Park, with nothing.

If only Fulham had managed to bring back Roy Hodgson after his England stint, Fulham may have been where Palace are today. A team that are strong enough to compete and stay in the EPL. That’s all we Fulham fans want.

Contribution by Brian Gower

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3 Replies to “Ranieri Reverts Back To ‘Jokanovic Tactics’ Pushing Fulham Further Towards The Drop”

  • It’s time to finish an appointment which should never had been made. What we need is a younger yet experienced man who can get them playing the way they want to be allowed to play. It may be too late for this season but things must change if we are going to get back quicker than the 4 years it took last time. A supporter of 54 years I live in hope we can get it right but changes must be made

  • Bizarre. Jokanovic’s natural tactics weren’t to play five at the back, and his teams were always attack-minded and scored goals. Rico made several important saves to keep us in the game. Bettinelli is having surgery. The handball for the first goal had nothing to do with the tactics. The defence simply aren’t good enough players. None of the back five is worth more than around 5 million and that lack of quality gets you relegated. Tony Khan has been in charge of recruitment and must carry the can. We need someone in charge with relevant experience and skills, not the owner’s kid.

  • What we need to do is get rid of Ranieri, appoint a English manager maybe from lower league, get relagated then regroup, off load the foreign deadwood and players clearly not good enough. There are players within our leagues that can do a job for us just look at Bournemouth signing Brooks from Sheff Utd and what is he worth now, the loan signings Derby have made ie Wilson and Mount and Marriott, why sign unknown foreigners when we could get the likes of Freeman from QPR. Also get Johannsonn back for next season and play Cairney and Sesseghan in their best positions. Good players and managers are out there bloody well look and get them and get this club run by football people with the fans in mind

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