John McCormick writes: Jermain Defoe has a goal scoring pedigree so hopes were high that he’d mark his home debut with a goal against a middle-of-the-road Championship side. He didn’t. Nor did anyone else except Jon Stead, Kenwyne Jones and Darren Bent, who had all made their mark by half time.
Oh, sorry, I forgot, they don’t play for us any more. And nor does Fletcher, by the sound of it. How does our manager explain this? Well, in his postcard to M Salut he says it’s not his fault. Rather, it’s all down to a man in the middle.
The idea was to press high and really have a go but I think we were a little too static and a little too safe. It wasn’t one of the nicest games to watch.
I thought we started better in the second half, there was more about us and we looked more determined but then the sending off interrupted what we were trying to achieve.
Jermain [Defoe] was unlucky not to score; we know what he can do and we need to do a few things better to work with him. It was important for him to get 90 minutes under his belt and he’s done that today.
It was a tight game and Fulham seem to have a system of play where they play better away from home. I expect a different game when we go there for the replay.
We need the players to be ready, we’ve a lot of games coming up and now we have a player who is suspended so someone will have to jump in.
I would like to say that Adam Johnson will be back [for the Burnley game]; we’ll have to wait on Wes [Brown] and see what happens over the next few days.
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