Martin Jol will still be smiling after Saturday’s demolishment of Norwich on the opening day, and all without the goals of Clint Dempsey, although he may feel for his former colleague Chris Hughton. 

With Clint Dempsey stating that he wants a move away from Fulham and wont play for them again, I wonder if he is feeling that he has made a huge mistake and will coming to Jol on bended knee. Okay that is unlikely, but from the looks of it, it seems that they don’t need the American as much as they did last season.

New signing Petric, who joined on a free from German club Hamburg, showed his quality in front of goal scoring twice and put in a great all round performance to help Fulham dispatch the Canaries. Damien Duff had opened the scoring before Petric grabbed his first and second. Alex Kacaniklic grabbed the 4th to open his Fulham account and then Steve Sidwell unleashed a fierce penalty to make it 5-0.

Martin Jol’s Fulham side without American Clint Dempsey boasts a strong attack with Moussa Dembele, Bryan Ruiz and Damien Duff being reinforced by the signings of Mladen Petric and Hugo Rodallega as well as the young up-and-coming Pajtim Kasami and Alexander Kacaniklic.

With Jol looking to take some pleasure from talking about Dempsey’s “embarrassing” transfer situation this result will have only pleased him further, but where this leaves Dempsey and what will happen to him is a different situation all together.

Bad day at the office for Hughton

This is probably the worst start Hughton could have thought of. Honestly he probably only thought of a loss as the worse scenario, losing by five probably never entered his head. In the end it was a performance that anyone who supports or is associated with Norwich City will look to soon forget and will already be looking at their next game against QPR to be the one that will give them something to smile about. QPR also didn’t fair well on the opening day also losing 5-0, but unlike Norwich they did so at home.

Norwich ‘keeper Ruddy will not be looking to follow this performance will another one like the one he gave on Saturday, but that is the same to be said to all the Norwich players. For everything that Fulham were, Norwich weren’t. I have faith that Chris Hughton can keep Norwich in the Premiership this season, but he is still going to be living in the shadow of Lambert. If things don’t pick up for Hughton, I wouldn’t be surprised if the fans started calling for his head, but if they stick by him, he could lead them up the table and into mid table and safe from relegation, but it wont be easy.


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