Fulham lost 2-1 to Swansea at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon, and beleaguered manager Martin Jol was treated to a chorus of boos as his side left the pitch. The loss leaves Fulham in the relegation zone but, perhaps more worryingly, the Cottagers have just 11 goals from 12 matches.
Jol perhaps summed up his side’s season best when he said, after the loss to Swansea, “If you don’t score, you can’t win games.” The Cottagers did score two on Saturday — however, one was an own goal by Aaron Hughes, bouncing off his leg and past Maarten Stekelenburg. The other goal, from Scott Parker, seemed almost unintentional, as it looked as though Parker was simply trying to chip the ball into the area.
The Fulham manager again touched on Fulham’s lack of goals when he stated, “Darren Bent could have scored a hat-trick and we should have been up but it didn’t happen.” Bent did, indeed, have a last minute shot saved by Michel Vorm. He also hit the post and went close with a header. So yes, he could have had a hat trick. But the forward isn’t converting his chances — he’s got just two on the season. That’s as many as Steve Sidwell. Dimitar Berbatov has but one, despite having scored 15 last season.
Eleven total goals. Three wins on the season — against Sunderland, Stoke City and Crystal Palace. Yes, scoring goals is the way to win games. But at some point, you have to think Fulham will lose patience with Jol. They’ve appointed Rene Meulensteen as head coach in hopes that their combined forces will lift the side. Still, Jol’s job hardly seems secure. If the two can’t find a way to get proven goalscorers to land the ball in the back of the net, you have to think it’s Jol that will be on his way out.
Catch up on all of Friday’s EURO qualification action, as two more teams have booked a ticket to France.
Spain 4-0 Luxembourg
Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla hadn’t scored a competitive goal for Spain in more than six years, but he scored twice today to help earn his country a berth in EURO 2016. Cazorla and Paco Alcacer scored all four goals for the Spanish, while Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas became Spain’s all-time leader in assists. However, both David Silva of Manchester City and Alvaro Morata of Juventus were forced off with injuries, with Morata’s looking to be serious.
Switzerland 7-0 San Marino
Switzerland led just 1-0 at halftime, but a six-goal second half which included three penalty kicks means the Swiss have secured qualification from Group E for EURO 2016. As expected, Switzerland dominated every aspect of the match against minnows San Marino, and Vladimir Petkovic’s side had seven different goalscorers.
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England 2-0 Estonia
England remained perfect in Group E, taking their ninth win from nine matches today at Wembley. Theo Walcott‘s great scoring form from Arsenal carried over to the national side, opening the scoring just before halftime. In the second half, Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy came on as a substitute and assisted to Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, who made it 2-0. With a few minutes to play, Tottenham teenager Dele Alli got a short run in his England debut.
Elsewhere in EURO qualifying
Macedonia 0-2 Ukraine
Slovakia 0-1 Belarus
Slovenia 1-1 Lithuania
Liechtenstein 0-2 Sweden
Moldova 1-2 Russia
Montenegro 2-3 Austria
After scoring five goals against Newcastle United, Sergio Aguero may have to wait a bit of time to get back to scoring in the Premier League.
The Manchester City striker lasted just 25 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as he was stretchered off with a hamstring injury.
Aguero underwent testing in Argentina, and told the local media “I think I’m going to be out for a month.”
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Manchester City and Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi said Aguero was in tears in the dressing room, and some reports have penned the injury as a torn hamstring.
If Aguero were to be ruled out for a month, he would miss City’s Champions League clash vs. Sevilla, as well as the massive Manchester derby away at United on October 25.
To make matters worse for City supporters, David Silva was forced off after just ten minutes while playing for Spain today. Silva took a harsh challenge from behind, and hobbled off with what looked to be an ankle injury. If Silva’s injury ends up being more than just a knock, City could be without their two most important players in the attack.