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Eddie Teasing Us Once Again

One of the first “it’s not really stats related, but I want to talk about it” stories on the site was Eddie Johnson’s success during Fulham’s summer tour of Australia last year.  He was getting meaningful minutes, teaming up well, and sounding like he was putting together the kind of case that earns a striker playing time.  It didn’t quite work out.

But Eddie’s back.  Back again.  And again the reports are good.  A goal and an assist in Fulham’s 5-0 victory over Brentford, a Football League One club, are a good way to start the year.  And by the sound of it, he did it with style. 

Here are some highlights from the match summary from FulhamFC.com:

Knocking the ball around with crispness and urgency, Ray Lewington’s side carved out a second chance on seven minutes as Riise threaded a pass through to Eddie Johnson who outmuscled his marker, but saw his shot blocked as he bore down on goal.

But the lively American was involved again when Fulham opened their pre-season account just before the quarter hour. Surging down the left, he stretched the defence wide before cutting the ball back to the edge of the area where Chris Baird was lurking. The Irishman found himself with the time to take a touch, before aiming a low shot into the bottom corner past the unsighted Lee.

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Within minutes Johnson then had a chance to make it four as he raced on to a long cross field ball, but his confident first time strike was blocked by the legs of Lee as Fulham showed no signs of dropping off the pressure as the half drew to a close.

  . . . Zoltan Gera, picked up where he left off with last year’s Europa League heroics as he threaded a pass through to Johnson. The striker knocked the ball wide of Lee with a purposeful first touch and then raced around to his left before side-footing into an empty net. 4-0.

. . . Gera made great progress down the right before supplying a searching low cross into the box. Johnson dummied at the near post, allowing it to run to Davies on the penalty spot, who confidently swept the ball into the net.

Now, we’ve heard it all before.  But with Bob Bradley looking to take the Fulham helm, could Eddie get a real shot at the Premier League?  And can Bradley win with Fulham if Schwarzer leaves and there isn’t a very solid keeper stabilizing his defense?

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