Reflections on Fulham Newcastle Game



Fulham did not look a very good team yesterday and will have a job on their hand to stay up this year. On yesterday’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?  That’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 we’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 he’s starting to look like the Given of old and was steady and strong again for Newcastle. He’s been a great servant to the club, and we hope there’s more ahead for Given and Newcastle.
  • We don’t like the tactics Sam plays, especially away from home. It’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.  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.

18 comments so far

  • Indian toon

    Dec 16, 2007 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #1

    WE ARE BOLTON IN DISGUISE. but it doesn matter as long as wee keep clean sheets and win away from home and grab all three points. nufc foreva.

  • Leo

    Dec 16, 2007 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #2

    we won thats it….

    the team have to be a bit more aggressive at times, not in the kicking of the other team’s players but in attacking.

    AND TRACKING BACK look at liverpool- kuyt always tracks his player back, and as soon as pool have the ball. he is up there again defending.

    drogba does it, benny mcarthy does it.

    with martins pace he should do it

  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 16, 2007 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Indian Toon – we had to rewrite our full time report yesterday when Barton scored in the last minute. It was going to be scathing but we toned it down when Newcastle got all 3 points. 😀

  • Leo

    Dec 16, 2007 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #4

    i bet you werent to bothered about having to do that though. although it is a bit of an unessesary inconvience, we should be winning games earlier in the game

  • Indian toon

    Dec 16, 2007 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #5

    hard work.rotfl.

  • Craig Allen

    Dec 16, 2007 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #6

    It’s not all doom and gloom u know? Yes, it won’t go done as one of our quality performances but it had moments of quality. At least in the beginning with one touch link ups and Zog pushing up from way back to join some of the moves – which were, at least, exciting to watch. We seemed to have lost our way after that and even allowed them back in on more than one occasion when we should have been finishing. But the potentials there – we just need the consistency.

  • yh

    Dec 16, 2007 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #7

    All I want to say is up there.
    We can cut out the long balls, seriously. When we play it along the ground, we’re so much more dangerous!

    I think defenders are beginning to get to James Milner already – I mean it’s not that hard since he’s not a natural left winger as mentioned. I keep wondering when Enrique will bloody play!

  • Greg P

    Dec 16, 2007 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #8

    I just wish I could have had a refund for the first 89 mins.
    We missed the midfield, and even though Emre tried to breath life into the game the rest of the team then kept by-passing him with the long ball.
    Milner is wasted in a 3 man attack (as are they all). We have the players for 4-4-2 so why not play it. Martins needs to have support down the middle and not have long balls pumped up to him, or be stuck out on the wing.
    Also, what on earth is up with Barton? He looked less than half the player he was last season, and was vey slow yesterday.
    Sam needs to remember that Geordies want to see football, and having defended him all season, having watched the dismal performance yesterday I am really worried.
    One positive is that we’re not a poor as an awful Fulham team (but not far off).

  • Bill f

    Dec 16, 2007 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Saw highlights on MOTD and looked as though Given was the Toon saviour. Lineker an his mafia pi**ed me off as they couldn’t be bothered to say owt about the game although every other game got some sort of discussion and analysis.


    Thought penalty was a bit iffy but hey we have had some bad decisions and it’s time we had some luck especially against Fulham.

    As Joey said it may have been an ugly win but we’ll take that for now.

    Roll on next week 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 16, 2007 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Bill – we’ll take the win – but it was hard to watch – frustrating – we wanted Newcastle to wake up during the game – but they never did. Shay was good and strong at the back as were Cacapa and Beye.

  • Michael

    Dec 16, 2007 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #11

    My mate made a good point about the whole Nzogbia left back Milner right wing carry on. Maybe Sam sees Enrique and Nzogbia as too inexperienced a combination down the left side and is trying to protect us being raped down there every time the opposition attacks. Also NZogbia, Cacapa, Beye, Faye, Rozenhal all speak French or have played in France meaning they can communicate, or should be able to communicate with each other. I think this is the reason and it certainly validates his decision. Id still prefer Enrique playing with Charlie left and Milner right though. Attack is the best form of defense and all those other cliche’s

  • Nomis_jade

    Dec 16, 2007 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #12

    Once again luck seemed to be on our side yesterday, and it was vital to get three points. The clean sheet is also good. I expect a few interviews with Sam this week using the clean sheet as a cover up for the rather poor display overall. Once again it is so obvious to everyone watching that we had no right wing at all! And Martins would do so much better if he was playing more centrally partnersing smith or viduka. Emre needs to come in for geremi or Butt. What do people think bout this? If we had Barton and Emre in mid we would be lacking a defnesive mid to pick up the pieces. Good thing/bad thing?
    Finally i think there is a one positive lying on the horizon, in the form of Mr Duff. When he is back, Sam will have to move milner to the right. Duff is key for me, keep him fit and we could be much better.
    3 points though- Awsome!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 16, 2007 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #13

    im failing to see the bad things about the game yesterday!
    1. 3 points
    2. away win
    3. clean sheet injuries
    5. still won even though we didnt play well

    1.poor performance

  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 16, 2007 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #14

    people on ere are so negative! u make me sick! and it seems the small portion on nufc fans that have to dig out every negative every single week all come on this website!

  • big pea ov the weab

    Dec 16, 2007 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #15

    you tell em cockney we won ,3 points ours ,job done! bring on derby!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Johann

    Dec 16, 2007 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Sam could easily play 4-3-3 he just doesn´t use the right players. Milner and Zogbia should play each side of Viduka/Smith. And 3 man solid midfield is what we need. Butt Emre Barton.

  • Greg

    Dec 17, 2007 at 3:43 AM

    Comment #17

    Ed have to agree with all your points there , they are spot on.
    i too noticed the complete change in commitment from the last 3 games, dont know what all that was about.

  • ChrisL

    Dec 17, 2007 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #18

    We won, don’t give a f*ck about anything else this season.


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