There are a few games at the start of every season all of us Fulham supporters tend to pencil in for disappointment, Arsenal away, Everton away and both fixtures against West Ham United. To end a horrible run of form dating back 15 games, to the 20th October which has seen us pick up three league wins, we must beat one of our bogey sides, West Ham this Wednesday night.
Historically Fulham have struggled massively in the premier league era in match ups with our friends from the East End. We have met the boys for the Boleyn 17 times since 2001 winning just two, losing ten and drawing five. This is a record that needs to be changed this year, with victory being vital in boosting our flagging season. Sadly a win is going to be a tough ask. if the reverse fixture is anything to go by, back in September Big Sam’s men tormented Fulham en route to a 3-0 victory at Upton Park.
Fulham can though take heart from West Ham’s recent down turn in form, of late the Hammers haven’t been on the best of runs. West Ham’s last five results have seen just one win, a draw and three losses including a 5-1 humbling from Arsenal. In West Ham’s favour they did have a day off on Saturday whilst we were being torn apart at Old Trafford in the quite frankly abysmal defeat to Manchester United.
Early team news suggests a major positive for Fulham, we possibly won’t be coming up against Andy Carroll who is still a major doubt. This is extremely good news, we may not be facing the man of the match from the last time we met. Back in September, Andy gave Brede Hangeland a torrid time having a major say in everything good about West Ham. Also missing for the Irons will be Reid, Potts, McCartney and James Collins, which will leave the Hammers quite light in defensive options.
In terms of our teams news i think we will see a side very similar to the one we saw at the weekend if not in fact the very same with Davies, Frei, Richardson and Diarra all missing. There is the possibility that new signing Emmanuel ‘Dench’ Frimpong could play some role on Wednesday night but at the time of writing it looks increasingly unlikely the Arsenal Loanee will be joined in the match day squad by any other new signings.
So Wednesday night wont be easy for Fulham,it is not just a massive game for us to attempt to get a win to stop an alarming slide towards The Championship its also a massive game for West Ham who are looking to turn their own run of poor form.
We are low on confidence at Fulham at the moment, a fragile confidence that wouldn’t have been helped by the 4-1 loss at Old Trafford, it is vital we all get behind the boys in a tricky fixture on Wednesday and try to push the lads to the three points we all crave, lets make The Cottage a fortress once more!