Questions to ask after a loss

Was the loss a) the direct result of an endemic weakness in the team? Or was it b) the result of a specific error by a player or manager?

If a) is the weakness a.i.) a direct result of the team’s financial constraints? Or is it a.ii) the result of front office, managerial, or player neglect?

If b) was the error b.i.) typical? Or was it b.ii.) atypical? Or was it b.iii.) the necessary negative counterpoint to some positive trait?

All teams have weaknesses. Fulham can not field a perfect team. All players have weaknesses. Fulham’s players will never have perfect games. All managers have weaknesses. Roy Hodgson’s patience will at times be a virtue and at times a fault. Fulham will lose some games because their midfield is not scrappy. Their midfield is not scrappy because Fulham have limited funds and have chosen to emphasize passing, possession play and organization over tackling. Fulhamwill lose some games because players will make mistakes. Sometimes the mistakes will be boneheaded. Sometimes the mistakes will be because a player’s strength is in attack rather than defence. Fulham will lose some games because Roy Hodgson is a patient man. Fulham will win some games because Roy Hodgson is a patient man. Fulham will lose some games because crazy things happen in a sport decided by three or four definite events over the course of ninety minutes.

Frankly, this sport was invented by madmen, and only an equally mad man would spend any time at all trying to understand it. Do as you like, but I’m getting padded walls installed in my living room.

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One Response to “Questions to ask after a loss”

  1. SirBazil Says:

    I read with interest what you had to say….please refer to FFC Exiles for comments on this game….very,very Fulhamish [also put a link to our site please…
    sincerely,
    Bazil

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