Here are six words I never thought I would be able to bring myself to write…
Freddie Ljungberg: Man of the Match
After an insipid first half an hour in which he was hardly at the races, I was about to turn to my friend and have my usual moan when Freddie dispossed a Fulham player to cross for Deano to head in. Poetic justice. From then on he played like a man possessed, tackling as if his life depended on it and beating player after player down the right. At last we saw why Curbishley paid £3 million for him.
To be honest we just didn’t seem to play until the goal. Mullins was having a terrible game but after the goal seemed to transform himself. The same could be said for a couple of other players too.
As the second half got underway the crowd really got behind the team and seemed in little doubt that a goal would eventually come. Ashton had had two terrific efforts saved by the excellent Niemi in the latter stages of the first half. To be honest, if Niemi hadn’t been on his game it could have been a rout.
Mark Noble deserves a huge credit for the winning goal. He chased a seemingly hopeless ball to the goalline and stretched to pull it back for Anton to rifle it in. Noble was again excellent today and nearly snatched a goal for himself too. Sadly, it was blocked.
Fulham were all over the place defensively but were a match for us in midfield. But apart from the goal (and I’m still not sure what happened there) they didn’t really have a shot on goal.
Upson, Ferdinand and Etherington all put in impressive performances, but I have to say Boa Morte was incredibly disappointing when he replaced the industrious Carlton Cole with twenty minutes to go.£
A final word about Julien Faubert. after all he has been through, all I can say is how terrific it was to see him play the last five minutes. I am sure he is going to be an awesom player for us. And so to the marks…