Newcastle did not have one of their better days in London today, and just about matched a poor Fulham side who were missing some of their best players. It looked like Newcastle were coasting in the first half and while they didn’t create too many chances they had the majority of the play.
Then in the second half when we expectd Newcastle to press on for the win, it was more like Fulham pressing for all 3 points, and but for some good defending by Claudio Cacapa at the back for Newcastle, we could have found ourselves behind.
Claudio Cacapa – made an excellent return to Newcastle’s defense
The most disppaointing thing about the display today is that Newcastle seemed to lack the drive and determination they had shown in recent games. And it wasn’t like they were playing a quality side. Apologies to Fulham supporters, but they will probably agree their team is struggling right now with so many first teamers out injured.
If it hadn’t been for Barton’s last minute penalty that captured all 3 points for the Geordies, there would be a lot of disappointment surrounding this game.Â For Fulham it was the same old story. They had done very well to be all square and may even have been ahead in the later stages. But when you’re near the bottom of the league, luck never seems to be on your side.
But Newcastle fans cannot be too disappointed at 3 points, but Sam will certainly want the team to perform so much better than this, over the upcoming Christmas period.