FT: Fulham 0 Newcastle 1 – Barton Penalty Wins It



Newcastle won this game, for the second week running in injury time, when a foul on Alan Smith by Elliot Omozusi, with just a minute remaining in injury time, gave Newcastle a chance to grab all 3 points. Since Martins had been replaced by Viduka some 15 minutes earlier, Joey Barton came up to take the crucial kick, and he dispatched it beautifully, low to Niemi’s left, giving the goalkeeper no chance.


Joey Barton – delighted to hit late winner from penalty spot

So we’ll have to stop saying Newcastle don’t have any luck becasue we’ve now won our last two games in injury time. But it was hardly a good performance from Newcastle this afternoon, and the 3 points will allay criticism of Newcastle’s performance, which in all honesty lacked fight and determination.

Fulham are 4th bottom of the league before this game and had been beaten quite a few times recently. And you could clearly see why that was the case today at Craven Cottage, where in the first half Fulham looked nervous and lacked confidence. In the second half however, they more than held their own against a Newcastle team, who lacked fire and determination all afternoon. At times it looked like the Newcastle players were in a training session.

But the last minute penalty by Joey Barton, his first goal for the club, meant we got all 3 points today and we cannot be too critical. However, to say this was a most disappointing display by Newcastle is an understatement. Even if we hadn’t played well, we would have at least expected more fight and fire from the players, They had certainly shown that in the last 3 games but that was missing today – completely missing.

While the defense wasn’t really stretched by a poor Fulham attack, we nevertheless almost gifted Fulham with a goal after 57 minutes when Rozehnal and Beye both left the ball – on the edge of the penalty area – to each other. Healy then had a clear shot at goal and should have done better than hit the ball straight at goalkeeper Given, who was solid for Newcastle in goal today.

Cacapa and Beye were both solid at the back, but Rozehnal again seemed hesitant and lacking in confidence. Cacapa in particular made some excellent blocks at the right times for his team in the second half and was probably our best player today. Thjis was a good comeback from the Brazilian after his last poor perfromance against Portsmoth. He looked a very solid and experienced player this afternoon. Habib Beye also put in another excellent performance, and should have had a penalty in the first half, when he had his shirt clearly pulled by a Fulham defender, following a corner from Geremi.

The Newcastle attack never really got going today and Oba Martins was not pleased when he was replaced by Viduka after 77 minutes, and looked a forlorn figure as he trudged off the field. Young Martins got no service whatsoever, except for a few high balls down the middle. That’s hardly the type of service we should be providing our 5’7″ striker, whose major attribute is his lightning speed.

But the late winner, beautifully put home by Barton, at least gives us the 3 points, when we didn’t deserve the win. But given some of the bad luck we’ve had this season the 1-0 win will cheer up Newcastle supporters no end. And we’ll take all the luck we can get these days.

Now to take Derby County apart next Sunday. 😀

Comments welcome.

Fulham: Anti Niemi, Carlos Bocanegra, Dejan Stefanovic, David Healy, Steven Davis, Aaron Hughes (c), Elliot Omozusi, Clint Dempsey, Hameur Bouazza, Simon Davies, Danny Murphy
Subs: Tony Warner, Seol Ki-Hyeon, Alexey Smertin, Shefki Kuqi, Chris Baird

Newcastle United: Shay Given, Habib Beye, Charles N’Zogbia, David Rozehnal, Claudio Cacapa, Nicky Butt, Geremi (c), Joey Barton, James Milner, Oba Martins, Alan Smith
Subs: Steve Harper, Jose Enrique, Emre, Mark Viduka, David Edgar

31 comments so far

  • Leo

    Dec 15, 2007 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #1

    joey didnt have the biggest of games for us, and simply because of that i think that he played well. he did alot off the ball. beye looked his usual self, rozzy looked better

    the only gripe i have is why jose enrique isnt given a chance to play left back…

  • valle

    Dec 15, 2007 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Geremi isnt good enough imo, his passes are awfull. Our defense still needs improvement, tho Beye looked great and Cacapa seems to get back to his usual high standard. Roz is great going forward along with Zog but both have a tendency to try and pass the ball into our own crowded area when a lump up field is needed. I beleive that these late victories are a blessing tho, as it seems to install a never say die attitude in the players (Remember sir Bobby’s boys?)… If we buy wisely in January a top 7 position isnt beyound us at all.

  • steve

    Dec 15, 2007 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Well we got a lucky pen at the end of a really really poor game – wtf is up with the toon, if thats the best we can do then we are in deep shit.

    Where is the quality?
    I know we played a blood and guts game against arsenal and played ok first half against brum but we are really poor.

    Forget the fact that we are 10th – I’ve yet to see a decent display this season, all you BSA fans should wake up – this is the worst we’ve played for years!

  • valle

    Dec 15, 2007 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Leo… U think Roz looked good?, he did ok imo, but he sure fails to clear the ball allot.

  • valle

    Dec 15, 2007 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Steve… I doubt there are any BSA “fans” here. Only supporters of NUFC that are behind our current manager and are realistic enough to know that a mid table team dosnt get great over night.

  • wsq

    Dec 15, 2007 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #6

    i want more service for martins..

  • scott 9

    Dec 15, 2007 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #7

    i agree valle buy wisley in jan e.g possibly brown is hes alowed to leave mutd arshevin couple of young players and maybe a central midfileder in my opinion (one that can defend and has a good passing ability) then we can go for a top 7 8 finish u people are forgetting were only 5 points of top 6.

  • steve

    Dec 15, 2007 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #8

    valle – I’m not expecting to get into the top 6
    we currently look a worse side than under any previous manager in my time ( inc: bill mcgarry and gordon lee) we’ve had a few very lucky wins this season which have put us in a false position in the league
    mark my words unless we somehow have a miraculous improvement Jan will bring zero points when we actually play some decent teams – I’m predicting a defeat against wigan as they’ll want it more than us, a win against derby then 4 defeats in a row.
    I could do better myself!!!!

  • steve

    Dec 15, 2007 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Butt – out
    Geremi – out
    Viduka – out
    Smith – out

    I know some of you love butt & smith but frankly they just aren’t good enough quality – blood & guts can f*ck off IMO

    I’m on my way back from the fulham game and everyone on the train reckons the same!

  • Jamie

    Dec 15, 2007 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #10

    For me its another step in the right direction, a team who plays badly at times but stills wins 0-1 away from home most be doing something right.
    The players are getting used to the way Big Sam wants his Newcastle side to play, this has shown in the last 4 games. We do need some more additions to the team, we need someone big and strong both up top and in midfield, a touch of creativity would be welcome also. Big Sam needs to be given time, at least a full season IMO.

  • Jamie

    Dec 15, 2007 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #11

    Steve – I do agree that Butt and Geremi should not be first team players. But Viduka and Smith should be.

  • scott 9

    Dec 15, 2007 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #12

    stop f*cking moaning bs needs time we still won tehf*cking game disnt we o and dont you now about our injuries to owen duff and faye they are 3 quality plaYERS

  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 15, 2007 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #13

    ok lets get rid of 2 of our hardest working players bcoz everybody on the train sed so lol

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 15, 2007 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #14

    FFS, BSA has already stated the quality football will come in time in numerous interviews and alot of the players we’ve been linked to show this.

    Hes just bedding in the basics and to get 3 points doing this wih a great defencive display is brilliant, quit your whining we are on the way up.

  • The black in the blacknwhite

    Dec 15, 2007 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #15

    I agree with steve,

    Im glad we won- but i fear its a false dawn – Big SAM iam afraid reverts to type at the highest level- LONG BALL and prays- and that how we won that game, not on control, skill or quality but pure luck, and the last two ganes have been of the same ilk- at least against brums we played very high up the pitch-

    -what i dont understand is why sam is scared to play football and our most attacking player(zogs) in bloody defence( wenger must be laughing at the waste of such talent-

    Im sorry but the jury is still on on Big sam- we actually playing worse after every game- an organised team will make us look amatauer

    Butt – he cannot play any longer, how many times did he give the ball away, misqued passes- about 5 i counted, one when we were in a very dangerous position

    Geremi- he should play in defense- he aint a midfielder- slow- very bad touch, passes sidways

    Smith_ I THINK IT WAS A DISGRACE THAT HE WAS GIVEN THE CAPTAINS ARMBAND- seriously, he should not have even started- what the F*ck is the point of playing him upfront on his own, he was a wast of space (hes a battler- i hear) f8ck that i want my striker to score, or at least test the keeper and defenders- smith runs around and falls over, runs around and falls over- and guess wot big actaully fancies him as a class player-

    we might beat wigan- as i said i am not really confident in a manager that plays Butt amd Geremi and tells our top scorer to play on the left when we have zogs- but i beleive we have serious problems and who ever has watched all the matches this season fully (90min) and the game this evening will know that we have serious footballing problems-

    and i dont care what all these Sam is ok fans think- but thats what i think-and i still love the toon- but i dont love sam no wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  • Jon

    Dec 15, 2007 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #16

    Geremi sucks. We need Milner on RM so bad. We only use the left side of the pitch and because of that there is no provision for Martins.

  • Marty

    Dec 15, 2007 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Lads lads lads,todays game was a bunch of sh**e.BSA got off the hook gettin a win we didnt deserve-boring boring borin.
    Dont get me wrong,gr8 to get the win.
    i agree with steve,Arse and Geremi should not be on the field.Why is Geremi still our Captain???He doesn`t control the level of tempo in the game like any premier league captain should and doesn`t give the others around him any push or fight mentality.
    We were blessed big time today

  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 15, 2007 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #18

    The black in the blacknwhite – I agree fully about Milner and Zog. Zog is a great attacking left winger – play him there. And Milner is right footed – so play him on the right wing. We’d give teams a lot of problems with those two starting on the wings. Have no idea why Sam will not do that – and we have Enrique who looks solid at left back – and raring to go.

  • Marty

    Dec 15, 2007 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #19

    ZOGGERS..The only player that should some skill today was played at left back once again,think what we could achieve if he actually played on the wing this year.
    He tried a few runs at the end only to see bad passing from others to let a good attack go awaste.you could see his frustration.

  • Roger - W/Bay Mag

    Dec 15, 2007 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #20

    Great result…absolutely shite performance.

    Agree with a number of contributors here…Steve, Black in black and white, Matty.

    Forget all the b***ocks about giving BSA time…performance wise this is going to be the norm. It would be nice to see some proper football some time soon instead of a big hoof up the pitch as pretty much our only tactic.

    I am always a pint glass half-full bloke where the toon are concerned whcih has always driven my friends nuts. However the type of football that we are currently playing is trully awful.

    I’m glad that the economics of Christmas looming and 4 bairns meant that at least I am not now contemplating a 6 hour journey back home…good decision.

  • Andy H

    Dec 15, 2007 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #21

    Why do we always have to be so negative. We played badly and it was a really poor match but we got the result and I’m delighted about it. If we can win the next couple and move up the table we should have the confidence for the more difficult games after Christmas.

    I think Smith has been great as a target man and would not be a bad captain – much better than Geremi, who should be permanently warming the bench. Emre made the difference when he came on with his quality – if only from set pieces.

    We need to get Milner on the right as he is just not comfortable on the left. Go back to 4-4-2 and let Owen/Martins develop a partnership and understanding with Smith. At the moment Viduka just can’t play a whole game but is a good sub.

  • dirk

    Dec 15, 2007 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #22

    How can anyone defend Big Sam after what we have seen this season. He hasnt had a few games – he’s had half a season, and in all of those games bar Bolton and Arsenal, we have looked awful – absolutely awful.
    Somebody hit the nail on the nhead before, when he said this is the worst he can remember us playing. There is no creativity or vision, and this doesnt bother Big Sam as long asn we ntry to ‘nullify’ our opponents. Don’t make me laugh. |He’s probably concocting a plan right now as to how we can ‘nullify’ Derby at home next week. FFS Sam, play to our strengths for once, if only at home.
    The writing is on the wall, and I think Mort and Ashley know it. The last thing we should do is give Big Sham money in January, and I bet that Mort doesnt.

  • Rob Kirton

    Dec 15, 2007 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #23

    The only good news about today is that we won’t go down. Allardyce carries far too much luck and there are so many poor teams in the prem. Thirty odd points will see a team stagger over the finish line and survive. We easily will make that.

    Sad indictment of our team, their performances and woeful management.

    Enough said really.

    Personally I’d just sack Allardyce now just to raise the spirits in the camp. If anybody can say that today’s performance coupled with the seaons efforts to date are a sign of a team happy with tactics and management they believe in, I’d beg to disagree.

    Playing like this will see us well and truly taken to the cleaners by a number of teams.

    Even upcoming games against Derby and Wigan should prove to be *interesting*

    For ripping the heart out of a team, destroying their confidence, having some unusual ideas about tactics and selection Allardyce is no different to Graeme Souness. If this is what we have to put up with – Why sack the likes of Souness?

    Sorry. I’ll be more generous. Give Allardyce more time…… and then sack him !!! It will give Mike Ashley / Chris Mort plenty of time to think where they really want to go

    In my time, I’ve seen this club go up too many cul-de-sacs. believe me this one has dead end / road up / no entry written all over it.

  • steve

    Dec 15, 2007 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #24

    the black – spot on

  • dirk

    Dec 15, 2007 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #25

    And now lets look at the players Sam bought. I rate Beye and Cacapa(he only had 1 bad game, albeit very bad), I think Barton will prove to be a good buy, but the rest have been useless, ie Geremi, Smith, wtf?
    I also think that Rozenhal is awful, well distinctly average to be honest. Where is Enrique? I thought he was ok, but Sham doesn’t play him (maybe he tried to attack one game).

  • ToonKing

    Dec 16, 2007 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #26

    i really don’t get you people, i can uderstand that all off us have different opinions but ………as Barton said you guys are just plain vicious.

  • Phil

    Dec 16, 2007 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #27

    Quote:”Tom_Toon // Dec 15, 2007 at 20:28

    FFS, BSA has already stated the quality football will come in time in numerous interviews and alot of the players we’ve been linked to show this.

    Hes just bedding in the basics and to get 3 points doing this wih a great defencive display is brilliant, quit your whining we are on the way up.”:Unquote

    Still drunk I see….

    Quote:”ToonKing // Dec 16, 2007 at 0:09

    i really don’t get you people, i can uderstand that all off us have different opinions but ………as Barton said you guys are just plain vicious.”:Unquote

    Not vicious,just passionately fed up of BSA’s stupidity.
    Simple fact is,the “football” we play is utter sh*te and it’s obvious how to fix it.You either put up with that dross and say nowt,or do something about it.
    Good enough isn’t good enough.
    Even a kid can see it’s 4-4-2 ftw.

  • The black in the blacknwhite

    Dec 16, 2007 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #28

    Toon King-

    vicious- I tell you what the weather at craven cottage was vicious and the 4K toon army where there- singing- despite watching crap- me paying setanta 10 a month just so i can watch the (very many toon games on this crap channel) + plus sky sports

    capacity crowd every home game- you call that vicious??

    if you want you can close your eyes, and then hope at the end that we have had a lucky bounce that has put the ball in the back of the net- because that the current tactics- we have every right after the money- passion and commitment – to ask why are we not playing football??

    Did you not see or read what sir bobby said? we have been poor this season poor- I am only concerned that we got the wrong horse a horse who has no other style that direct-directly long ball

    my concerns are purley football related- i actually kinda like big sam, no nonsense and all- but i beleive he has show his limitation- he has not even addressed the fact that we have not strung passes together from one pitch to the next-

    the key thing is this will our approach change? big sams record suggests not- THATS MY BIG CONCERN- I dont know about you TOONKING but im sick of watching pathetic perfermances- with insults such as restraining our most talented players-
    we are not saying this because we want newcastle to lose (dear god IM black nwhite, iv sufferd to much to abandon the TOON, can never happen) but you no anyone else can deny what they are watching….
    we do not need to accept mediocrity

    the observer (naturally)
    The people who know these things say that the credit crunch is coming and with it a return to the economic bad old days of the early 1990s. Does the trickle-down effect apply to football? Because if so, we are getting a taster of things to come. This was possibly a new benchmark in boredom. To say both teams displayed gross ineptitude is being kind and Joey Barton’s penalty two minutes into stoppage time should not hide that fact.

    need i say more Toon King?

  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 16, 2007 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #29

    One reason sam plays both butt and Geremi is so that when Zog goes back one of them drops in behind him to cover for him. But he is not a good enough defender to have the position and it forced Emre to drop back when coming on instead of sending him up and forward.

    I’d like to see

    Bete, Capaca, Enrique
    Milner, Emre, Zogbia
    Martins/Owen ……Viduka/smith
    Milner, Barton,

  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 16, 2007 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #30

    One reason sam plays both butt and Geremi is so that when Zog goes back one of them drops in behind him to cover for him. But he is not a good enough defender to have the position and it forced Emre to drop back when coming on instead of sending him up and forward.

    I’d like to see

    Beye, Capaca, Enrique
    Milner, Emre, Zogbia
    Martins/Owen ……Viduka/smith
    Milner, Barton,

  • doby the mag

    Dec 17, 2007 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #31

    Scott 9 – were you pished when you wrote that??


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