Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Fulham lose 3 - 2 at Stoke

The first half for Fulham was as bad as I have seen this season.Fulham gave up 3 first half goals to be down at the half 3 - 0. In the first 15 minutes we gave up the first goal on a corner kick. Even though Fulham gave up the goal I had hope we would get that goal back soon afterwards. Fulham were controlling the ball early in the first half. After the first 15 minutes Stoke really took control back of the game. They scored two more goals and were looking almost assured a win at halftime.

The game was a tale of two halves. Fulham came out hard in the second half. There hard work finally paid off in the 62nd minute with a deflected goal off a defender from Damien Duff. Fulham were still putting the pressure on shortly afterwards with a nice shot from Clint Dempsey which went over the net. Clint made up for that miss with a goal in the 85th minute. Fulham kept the pressure on, but Stoke was able to hold on for the win through 5 minutes of stoppage time.

You never like to see a loss, but you have to commend the second half comeback. A sign of a good team is one that plays hard until the end of the game. Fulham came up short, but the effort in the second half was admirable.

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