The Craven Corner Column – Match Day Programme V Norwich City; 18th October 2016

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Columnist Adam Brons-Smith is predicting a tough evening for Fulham as the Whites take on Norwich City…

After an ‘ugly’ and even when you’re not unbeaten playing your best football, you August, still need to take points from Fulham failed the scrappy fixtures. If this

to win any of means that Fulham revert to a their fixtures in September different system, then so be it and, despite dominating the possession statistics, Slaviša Jokanović is a confident striker away from his next three points. While possession may be pleasing on the eye, the team has to start taking the chances that are created. The draws against Burton and Nottingham Forest are perfect examples of this. We dominated the games, created a number of chances and should have taken all three points from both fixtures.

There’s no doubting the talent we have within the squad to lead the line with Chris Martin, Matt Smith and Cauley Woodrow, but it’s clear that they’re crying out for a goal to get them firing again on a regular basis. Martin has a tremendous record in this division and is capable of being a 20-goal-a-season forward, but needs to settle sooner rather than later if Fulham want to reach the top six this term.

To gain promotion, there are games that you have to win as the financial opportunities that promotion brings cannot be overlooked.


“Fulham are still a club in transition. Consistency takes time and months like September happen to the best of them”

As for our opponents, Norwich will be full of confidence going into tonight’s fixture as they look to earn promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking. After keeping hold of the majority of their big-name stars in the summer,  Norwich arguably boast the strongest squad in the league alongside Newcastle. With the likes of Wes Hoolahan, Cameron Jerome and Steven Naismith amongst their attacking ranks, they possess more than enough firepower to unlock any defence in this division. Whichever back four is selected for Fulham will have one of their toughest evenings of the season and will need to be on top of their game to earn a clean sheet tonight.

Despite the poor results of September, I still firmly believe that we have enough quality within the squad to push for promotion this season. Once the summer arrivals bed in, Fulham should greatly benefit. With the creative talents of Tom Cairney, Sone Aluko, Neeskens Kebano and Floyd Ayité, Fulham just need a forward to hit form. Once the strikers are confident in front of goal again, chances will be taken and Fulham will be capable of taking all three points against any opponent this season.

After this summer’s overhaul, Fulham are still a club in transition. Consistency takes time and months like September happen to the best of them. Hopefully it was a wake-up call to everyone at the Club, but I have full faith in the players to return to winning ways very soon.

Make your voices heard tonight and let’s get behind the boys – this could be a very big three points for us. COYW!

Tweet your thoughts to me @ABronsSmith

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