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...anywho this is what I was trying to post ...
Royals 1-1 Cottagers
17.4 k-ish shade over 2k visitors Match:
Kalas red carded on 39s
- difficult to see properly, from faraway and back row of ED Stand but looked like deliberate trip/haul back on Barrow as he wriggled clear of the challenge on the edge of the box.
Wrecked the game as a contest - Fulham subbed on another defensive player took off Kebano and put 9, or more at times, men behind the ball and defended resolutely.
We had neither guile, flair nor fortune to break them down/unlock them. In truth the longer the game went on, the more threatening they
looked when they felt brave enough to break out - which they are well capable of at some pace.
We did deservedly based on possession take the lead around the hour - neat move for once resulting in quick ball across; laid off for Kelly to drive low into the corner.
One too many pfaffing around at the back moments (as we are so prone to
) led to their goal in the last 10'.
A witless free-kick of ours
, was driven sideways which Joey VdB tried to first time back to Mannone but merely scooped it straight into our former-loanee Piazon, who duly beat a slumbering Gunter to the ball and placed it under Vito for the equaliser.
Probably a fair result, as the Red card was viewed by some (not just visitors) as harsh and we simply didn't do enough to warrant the three points.
It was frustrating as the game was in our complete grasp having taken the lead and but for one stupid feck up, we'd have taken a routine though very one-sided 1-0!
Even more galling was that few amongst the home fans could see quite why Stam had brought Joey on for Evans in the first place - sure George was tiring and is hardly the most energising of midfielders going forwards but Jaap had more offensive options off the bench. Admittedly VdB's first contribution was to win the ball that led to our goal
but his introduction caused on the face of it an unnecessary change in formation.
Then again w/o the daft gift we subseqently presented them, no-one would have been griping about the odd subs & wasted opportunity - harrumph!