In yet another game in which Fulham scored first and early, but still came away with no points, new Manager Roy Hodgson has his work cut out for him. Fulham dropped the West London Derby to Chelsea by a score of 1-2. The loss means that Fulham garned only two points in the four holiday matches, taking a point against Wigan and a point against Birmingham City. The dismal performance puts Fulham 19th on the League Table on 14 points, just above the hapless Derby County.
Danny Murphy scored in the 10th minute for Fulham and the Whites held the lead at the halfway point of the match. The fact is that Fulham can play at the upper levels of the Premier League and has done so. Manager Roy Hodgson noted, again, that there is a lack of "balance" in the team. While Fulham's next match is a FA Cup Third Round match against Bristol Rovers, their next league fixutre is against West Ham United.
West Ham is a good opportunity for Hodgson and the Whites. The Hammers have been, well, hammered by injuries, and it looks to be a good match. Of course, it is easy to be optimistic with a new manager in place and the transfer window approaching. Hodgson has a good deal of work and one wonders how much Club Chairman Mohammen al Fayd will be willing to open the wallet.