Firstly, apologies for the delayed match report. Yesterday was the TMDO, the Toffee men's Day Out, twice a year we go on a proper bender, very early start, very late finish with the match in the middle all for the purpose of after a great day, feeling like shit for all of the following day - well at least until the boozer opens!
Anyway, what a day it was. The Cottagers turned up without their boss Martin Jolly who apparently had a chest infection and could not make the game and as Fulham were looking to avoid three defeats in a season by the Toffees then this was hardly the start they would have wanted.
Moyesy stuck with the same line up that had done so well in getting a draw at OT last Sunday which meant that Ossie was making his 300th appearance, he was rightly roundly applauded in the kick in. No mean achievement by Ossie when you think that he is now on the tail of the likes of Jimmy Gabriel, Adrian Heath and Roger Kenyon and along with Tony Hibbert they move into the Top 30 of all-time appearances - well done.
Now the Blue Kipper boys were well juiced up by the time 3pm came, we were right up for it and so were the Toffees, the blues were right out of the blocks and straight at Al Fayed's boys. It did not take long before we were in front.
After just seven minutes were awarded a free kick after Peanuts was tripped. Jelly took it and curled one, the shout went up as it hit the wall and Phil 'Very' Dowd awarded a penalty. Jelly stepped up and smashed it hard and low to the keeper's right, he had no chance. One up and most of the ground had reason to dance as they had Jelly as first goalscorer. The crowd settled as Sausage stood up waving his betting slip to shout, 'one niiiiiil, one niiiiil, Jelly first scorer, bet in play! - Lunatic!!
Just a few minutes later Jelly almost made it two, he latched onto a Jags through ball, out-muscled the big Hangerland and smashed a shot against the post. We have some player on our hands and with Screech up alongside him they are forming a good partnership.
Screech got in on the act scoring the second goal after just 16 minutes. He rose uncontested from a corner in front of the Park End to nod in his second goal in two games. At the other end Fulham created a couple of chances with Frei blazing one over and Dempsey bringing out a top class save from Tim Howard as he tipped a goal bound effort over the bar after it had been deflected. Johnny gave Tim a deserved pat on the back.
Just before half time we went three up with an amazing goal from Jelly. He latched on to a through ball from Peanuts, beat the advancing Schwarzer to the ball but it took him wide of the goal to the touchline. With still the goalie and a player on the line to beat plus a narrow angle, everyone was expecting a cross - not Jelly, he smashed it in from an impossible angle and the Old Lady rocked again. The team went off to a standing ovation.
Now at half-time we were treated to another of Kipper's now famously mind numbing tales about his chickens! Did you realise that chickens ruin your lawn? No? Well if you have a spare 15 minutes, just ask Kipper and he will fill you in with the details. Apparently he now has seven chickens, it got to the point where he was about to tell us their names when Jogger had heard enough and went to get the ale in.
There was no doubt that Fulham had their feet up with a cigar and brandy. They are safe and had nothing to play for but pride yet it was the blues that went further ahead in the second half.
Tim Cahill had replaced Darron Gibson at the break and he came on to score a cracker on the hour. Linking neatly with Peanuts he beat the Fulham defence as they looked for offside and guided a sublime pass from Nuts past the Aussie keeper and into the Street End net. We had now scored four goals in each of our last three league games, something we had not done since 1964.
The game fizzled out as we got a rare sighting of young Ross Barkley who replace Felli with 15 minutes to go and Maggie came on for Nuts right at the end.
Great performance, great result keeping us above the shite. The boys are on a roll, bring on the Potters. There were some great performers today, Johnny at the back, the marauding Hibbo, Ossie did well in his 300th game as did Nuts who created two of the goals, Screech is now at his best and again was a star but the Blue Kipper Star Man must go to Jelly - he was outstanding. He is good in the air, holds the ball up really well and is lethal in the box. As Jogger said all night, 'We've got a player on our hands there you know!'
The Blue Kipper boys advanced on to town and into oblivion following the Jelavic Road..............