Mar 17 2012 By Yann Tear
Fulham 0-3 Swansea City
NO SOONER does the talk of a thrilling end to the season crank up, than the wheels start to come off.
The Cottage was full of lusty optimism a fortnight ago when the Whites ran amok against Wolves – chalking up five goals to make it three wins in a row.
Now the reality appears a bit more mundane – the afternoon's drizzle somehow reflecting the dampening of the spirits after a second successive defeat and no goals to show for their efforts.
It is as if the Pavel Pogrebnyak effect has worn off already.
Fulham started promisingly enough, with both Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele going close, but they were largely outplayed by the Swans, who are passing their first Premier League test with flying colours under Brendan Rogers.
The Whites fell behind on 36 minutes when Gylfi Sigurdsson sent a diving header past Mark Schwarzer – former QPR loanee Scott Sinclair setting up the chance with a volley across the six yard box.
The Icelandic midfielder doubled the lead on 66 minutes when he neatly finished a cut-back from another ex Ranger, Wayne Routledge.
Joe Allen compounded Fulham's misery with the third on 77 minutes with a shot from the edge of the area after some sloppy defending, which typified a strangely lacklustre second half from the Whites. Philippe Senderos gave the ball away to Allen and then slipped trying to repair the damage.
Dempsey did almost pull a goal back with a shot that keeper Michel Vorm turned onto the bar, but the Whites could have conceded another to Sinclair before the end, and could have few complaints on an afternoon when they were often chasing shadows.
Line up: Schwarzer; Kelly, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise; Ruiz (Duff 54), Diarra (Murphy 72), Dembele, Dempsey; Johnson (Frei 68), Pogrebnyak. Subs not used: Stockdale, Baird, Hughes, Etuhu. Attendance: 25,690