Forty Minutes That Changed Fulham's Season

Jamie McDonald

Fulham achieved 32 points this season. As we predicted earlier, 37 was needed to stay up. In hindsight, the club wa much closer than they appear at the end.

Fulham had the unfortunate habit of giving up late soul crushing goals. By my calculation they dropped eleven points in the last ten minutes of matches. Finding a way to keep just five of these points would have been enough to keep them up.

August 31 - 86' Minute at Newcastle, Hatem Ben Arfa

At the time this seemed relatively unimportant. Newcastle were the better squad, they played a better game, and the were rewarded. This was a pretty amazing goal, but who could have guessed how important dropping a point here would become.

September 14 - 90'+2 vs. West Bromich Albion, Gareth McAuley

Fulham give up a lead on basically the last kick. Flip this result and Fulham and West Brom are level on points. Even more disconcerting is that this was two results in a row where Fulham dropped points in the last few minutes. In hindsight, this was probably the right time to fire Martin Jol. Dropping these two points at home were some of the costliest of the season.

September 28 - 90'+2 vs. Cardiff City, Jordan Mutch

Another extra time loss of points. And to the team that finished bottom of the table. This probably should of been Jol's last chance, but he was given one more opportunity to drive the knife into our hearts a little deeper.

November 23 - 80' Swansea City, Jonjo Shelvey

More dropped points at home. Though Swansea was undoubtedly better throughout this match. That being said, another goal in the last ten minutes to lose points.

December 4 - 82' Tottenham Hotspur, Lewis Holtby

This was when the club started to look like they might turn things around. Taking an early lead against Spurs at home before folding under the second half pressure again. It's hard for me to stay too mad at Lewis Holtby though.

February 12 - 90'+1 Liverpool, Steven Gerrard (Penalty)

Sascha Riether with an absolutely horrible tackle that wasn't even needed. Steven Gerrard puts the penalty away and they drop another point. This might have been my lowest point of the season.

February 22 - 86', Matej Vydra

I just rewatched this about ten times. How did this go in? Another two points dropped to West Brom. Just holding on in these two matches would have been enough to swap the two in the table.

April 26 - 87', Shane Long

This is the goal that effectively put Fulham down. A win here and a path to safety is still visible. But when Shane Long netted this, it became almost an impossible task. Though it seems fitting that a former West Brom player is the one who drove the final nail into the coffin.

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