We never do well at Craven Cottage do we? I'm struggling to think of a win down there other than the one when Santiago Munez made an appearance in Goal. When we scored, I really felt we were going to get something as we were on the ascendancy in the second half. Alas, no.
It is daft individual errors that are letting us down. The culprit this week was Coloccini with some rank marking from mercenary Duff's free kick and a weak tackle before he delivered to Sidwell. Both avoidable goals, especially as the first took an enormous deflection of Williamson. There were some positives to come out of the game. Anita looks better as each game goes by. I thought Simpson played well under the circumstances. He seemed to be looking after the entire right wing on his own. If he was able to deliver a killer ball he'd be a very good right back, but it was the same floaty balls that he always delivers that are a dream for uber-plank Hangelaand. He had no support from anyone on that right hand side though.
Ben Arfa was always going to be our most creative outlet, which made his substitution all the more baffling. Perhaps he was tired, but I felt bringing Shola on for him was a mistake. If it were me, I would have sent Marveux on so that we still had the creative spark. I think Shola's input was to essentially foul. Pardew got that horribly wrong.
I think Demba Ba shooting from way out or from daft angles is really frustrating too. There was one break away where he had a man either side of him to pick out and he chose to shoot from 25 yards instead. Yes, he is our top scorer and he will continue to get us goals but sometimes you have to be a tad less selfish and lay it off for someone in a better position than you. That's providing Cisse can watch his line...
So all in all, not very good. Not very good at all. We've got an eye watering set of fixtures on the horizon - and if we are going to get beat off dross like Southampton, West Ham, Stoke and Fulham then I have no idea how we expect to get anything from Man Utd, Arsenal and Man City. That game against QPR is a must, must win - otherwise we are in the brown sticky stuff.
We've got 99 problems, but Ben Arfa ain't one...