Fulham did not look a very good team yesterday and will have a job on their hand to stay up this year. On yesterdayâ€™s form Newcastle were no better.
- Where was the fighting spirit we have shown in our last 3 games, both home and away? And where was the urgency?Â Thatâ€™s the least we should be expecting from a Sam Allardyce team. At half-time we were thinking Newcastle would raise their game significantly in the second half and win rather easily. But it was not to be, and it was Fulham who looked more likely to win the game than Newcastle.
- The defense was still a little dodgy, even though they were not pressed too much by the poor opposition. David Rozehnal had another hesitant and nervous display, and we still nearly gave away a stupid goal in the second half. Beye and Rozehnal both left the ball to each other and David Healy could only blast a great chance straight at Given.
- The midfield yesterday was very poor, and we thought when Emre replaced Geremi after 59 minutes, it brought a little extra class to the midfield, which could have turned the game for us. To have Geremi and Butt together is just too drab, and weâ€™d like to see Emre playing more. He certainly looks very ready to perform for the club, and always seems cheerful these days, surprisingly enough. We like Emre.
- Given had a good game with not much to do, but heâ€™s starting to look like the Given of old and was steady and strong again for Newcastle. Heâ€™s been a great servant to the club, and we hope thereâ€™s more ahead for Given and Newcastle.
- We donâ€™t like the tactics Sam plays, especially away from home. Itâ€™s just too safe and too boring. What a terrible game it was to watch yesterday. We were waiting for Newcastle to wake up almost the whole game. We have so much natural talent in the side, maybe Sam should just tell the players to go out there and enjoy themselves. They might score a good few goals then.
- It was pointed out repeatedly by the commentators yesterday that James Milner, while effective, is not a natural left winger. He always has to turn unnaturally to put in his crosses with this right foot. We are getting so boring we know – but Sam – please play James Milner on the right wing and exciting young Charles N’Zogbia on the left. That combination would scare the living daylights out of most defenses, and would at least be exciting to watch.
- It’s easy to sum up yesterday’s game. It was a great result, with an away win and a clean sheet. But it was a poor performance.
So that’s what we think of yesterday’s game and our next game next Sunday is also winnable, against bottom-placed Derby County at St. James’ Park.Â We owe them something after losing at Pride Park 1-0 in another woeful performance. Paul Jewell is now the new manager of Derby County, so that game will not be as easy as it looks either.
Let us know what you think of yesterday’s game. Fulham supporters also also most welcome to comment on the game yesterday.