FT: Newcastle 2 Fulham 0 – Job Done

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After a nail biting second half an Owen headed goal from a pinpoint Geremi free kick won the game from Newcastle and the huge sigh of relief, from the 50,000 crowd, could be heard as far away as Ashington – so we are told by some of our relatives there. 😀
We’ve given the team a lot of heat in the last few weeks because of their lack of effort and guts but we have to give the lads great credit today, because they were easily the better side, and at times during the game their passing was great to watch.

It was a vitally important game but the lads produced when it mattered and we’ve also noticed recently how well the team is starting to play.

While we’re not out of the relegation mess yet this is a massive 3 points, make no mistake about that.

Keegan, in his usual great man management skills was able to get David Edgar, Oba Martins and Alan Smith on the field before the end of the game.

There will be celebrations tonight in Newcastle and we wonder where owner Mike Ashley and Chairman Chris Mort will be celebrating, because we know they will.

We are not out of the woods yet – but this put us 9 points ahead of Fulham and just 7 games to go.

When Oba was taken off he looked a lot happier and got a great ovation from the St. James’ Park faithful. The three up front of Viduka, Owen and Martins again showed promise, although we lacked width and were too predictable at times. When Milner comes back we think Kevin may goto a 4-4-2 formation again.

And captain Michael Owen again came up with a vital goal and now goes ahead of Oba Martins on 8 goals to Oba’s 7.

Mark Viduka scored a class goal after just 8 minutes which sent Newcastle on their way, and with any luck at all we would have at least another couple of goals in that first half.

Mark is so good we just have to find a way og keeping him fit, but he played well and there was not lack of spirit today in the Newcastle side, where many players had good games.

If the truth be told, Fulham didn’t really have a chance and Steve Harper had his easiest game for a long time.

But Newcastle should have had this game wrapped up way before the end and could have easily been three goals ahead at the half.

Newcastle got off to the start they wanted when Mark Viduka scored a wonderful individual goal after just 8 minutes.

Mark got the ball on his right foot on the edge of the penalty area and then turned and hit a beautiful low shot into the corner, with his left foot, past the despairing dive of Kasey Keller. What a goal!


Then Martins almost scored a great goal with his right foot when he was free down the left with a couple of Fulham players with him. He got towards the goal edge of the box and then hit a terrific low drive with his right foot that Keller just got his left hand to, and brilliantly turned around the post.

Faye almost put the ball home, and there were cries for an own goal, but Newcastle were creating chances galore, but couldn’t put the ball in the net.

Owen had a couple of chances before his goal and should have scored when he had a free header from just eight yards out but he somehow headed the ball straight at Keller. That should have been 2-0.

Newcastle also scored after 66 minutes when Geremi banged the ball home, but Viduka was adjudged to be offside, which he was.

Fulham have gone 31 games since their last away win – and yes – that was at Newcastle many moons ago.

This is also the first double of the season, since we beat Fulham at Craven Cottage in December.


Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique, Abdoulaye Faye, Steven Taylor, Geremi, Nicky Butt, Joey Barton, Michael Owen (c), Mark Viduka, Oba Martins
Subs: Fraser Forster, David Edgar, Alan Smith, Andy Carroll, Charles N’Zogbia

Fulham: Kasey Keller, Paul Konchesky, Paul Stalteri, Brede Hangeland, Aaron Hughes, Leon Andreason, Jimmy Bullard, Danny Murphy, Simon Davies, Brian McBride (c), Eddie Johnson
Subs: Tony Warner, Moritz Volz, Carlos Bocanegra, David Healy, Clint Dempsey

Referee: Alan Wiley
Attendance: tbc

32 comments so far

  • Gloryhunter

    Mar 22, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #1


    First thing I did was to look up the official site of the Premier League. Look at who they think our manager is. What a load of sh*te! I wonder what these mandarin wages are like!

  • Mehzeb

    Mar 22, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #2

    We deserved the win.

  • Tom

    Mar 22, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #3

    it says our manager is keegan. what you on about? good win today lads looked much better.

  • Benn..Geordie Down South

    Mar 22, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #4

    Clean Sheet
    2 Goals..

    Keegans Football Might Just Be Starting To Get Through To The Players..

    I Hope Anway..

  • scott9

    Mar 22, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #5

    get in there were staying mark viduka is quality if only he could stay fit and do that every week

  • Gloryhunter

    Mar 22, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Let the festivities commence. Pub or offy?. Pub or offy? Only one way to find out…. Fight!

  • toon_boy

    Mar 22, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Can we still win the league?lol

  • Gloryhunter

    Mar 22, 2008 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #8

    @Tom. Look at the website. It says BSA.

  • JJ

    Mar 22, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #9

    Wow every player had a good game today:

    Harper – 7 (solid and great handling in slippery weather)
    Beye – 7 (solid and full of energy as usual)
    Taylor – 9 (absolutely fantastic today)
    Faye – 7 (solid should watch his foul count)
    Enrique – 8 (very good game)
    Butt – 8 (excellent game and passing was very good for a change)
    Barton – 8 (great game put is good tackles and drove ball forward)
    Geremi – 6 (defended well but passing was off)
    Martins – 8 (lively and dangerous)
    Viduka – 8 (great goal and hold up play)
    Owen – 6 (good goal but looked a bit lost for most of the game, linked play ok but would rather have Zog or Emre playing in the link-up role), – was very pleased with his captaincy today however so +1 for leadership = 7.
    King Kev, (8), would like to have seen Oba stay on and Owen or Geremi come off but it worked out well, so well done!!!
    Reckon we need four more points for safety but should really be pushing for 12th place.

  • Mike

    Mar 22, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #10

    Great game, nice to see us attacking more than defending, I think our midfield was much better and was able to bring in our full backs quite successfully.

    JJ- Don’t agree with your 6 ranking of Owen, his passing was pretty spot on, and he had a great game behind Martins and Viduka, He also helped out midfield quite a bit as well…. if you give Martins an 8 you can’t give Owen a 6

    Also I am not a big Smith fan, BUT I like him coming on at the end of a game…he does provide a good spark. I think he can contribute positively late in games a lot better than he did when he was a starter.

  • Zx

    Mar 22, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #11

    “Keegan, in his usual great man management skills was able to get David Edgar, Oba Martins and Alan Smith on the field before the end of the game.”

    N’Zogbia, not Martins…

  • Gordon

    Mar 22, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #12

    Martins banged the ball home for the offside goal Ed, not Geremi 😉

    It came after Viduka’s shot was parried.

    Great result though – hopefully the confidence will start to surge through the players now.

  • The black in the blacknwhite

    Mar 22, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #13

    f***ng get there-

    upse though did get to watch it live- oh well looks like match of the day tonight, havent wtacedthat for a while!!!

    its all about ext season, two morewins ad we are safe

    KKs black n white army

  • Elliott

    Mar 22, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #14

    JJ—Owen – 6!

    Ok, did you watch the game?

  • Marty

    Mar 22, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Beye,The Bull,Butt,Barton,OBA,Owen all played well today,Vodka lacks fitness but did ok.
    Geremi played good i thought but crossing wasn`t grt again apart from MO`s goal.
    Great to win again,OH WHAT A FEELIN;I`M DANCIN ON THE CEILING…………………:-)

  • The black in the blacknwhite

    Mar 22, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #16

    yes yes yes yes

    bkks lack n white army

  • Bobby Ollox

    Mar 22, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #17

    If there was doubt over staying up, that result today nailed it. It will be Derby, Fulham and either Birmingham or Bolton now.

    Now KK gets a chance to see what his men are made of. With the pressure mostly off, they should be able to shake off all the nerves that have blighted recent matches.

    However the danger is that they all turn up with head full of pina coladas and ambre solaire.

    Good result today – would have loved to see them put to the sword though……

  • JJ

    Mar 22, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Elliot, Im just giving my opinion, he had an okay game, I think its a positin he can grow into but if he hadnt scored the goal, everyone would have said he had an ordinary game.
    Some decent passing but nothing breath-taking that most players wouldnt have seen in his role, plus he missed a real sitter. So yes I stick with my (7). ; ).

  • Eamonn

    Mar 22, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #19

    Keegan is gonna save us again! Just get this nighmare season over with & United will be back stronger next season under King Kev!!!!!! We’ll look back on this game as another turning point? (Wigan away being the last one,ie beginning of the end for FSA) 🙂 Happy Days!!

  • Soren

    Mar 22, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #20

    JJ – Geremi’s passing off? He did great to deliver to Owen’s goal and he did great at Owen’s big big miss. Geremi did play very well today, and deserves more than a 6. Other than that your ratings look great. Though, Taylor 9??? he did very well yeah, but a 9?? Think he deserves a 7 as the rest of the defence.

  • daiv

    Mar 22, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #21

    One more win against reading and/or Mackems and we will be safe. A decent game but no more than that. The team must stay totally focused and not assume anything after one win in 14 attempts. We’ve had too many rubbish performances for them to rest on their laurels after one win. I’d still be really happy with 4th bottom and would take it now it it were on offer.

  • Dragoner

    Mar 22, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #22

    I dont know how you rate Enrique better than Beye today,both were class and if anything Beye shaded it. Butt has been great last two games and has earned his spot. Barton was immense in the second half and Geremi was good, but he needs to work on his delivery (sounds a bit crazy when you take into account he set up Owens goal with a great delivery)

    Taylor and Faye were equally as good and the strikeforce carried on where they left off form last week, terrorising defenders, it would seem that teams are finding it difficult to deal with Owen’s stamina & strikers instinct, Viduka’s strenghth & composure, and Martins pace and energy.

  • ToonKing

    Mar 22, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #23

    we played good lads, and i mean “i haven’t seen us play this good in a while” good lads. Every player was good. The front 3 were brilliant especially Owen, he was all over the place, he was our playmaker and he even scored.
    Barton was very good, Butt was pleasantly surprising again, even Geremi was very good, except his set pieces and shoots.

    Back four great again, Taylor and Faye looked nothing like in the last game, and although they still had their shaky moments they were pretty solid the whole game. Beye and Enrique were great going forward.

    All in all a very good, entertaining game, 2 goals, 3 points, win, clean sheet. What more can you ask for ????

    Although other results went 50-50 for us today, we are now 80% safe and if now we can build on this win, we can mount a mini run till the end of the season and even finish in a respectable position.


  • Matthew Tom

    Mar 22, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #24

    I didn’t see the match but the 5 Live commentators had us as far the better team and were saying Fulham never really looked likely to do anything. It therefore ought to be surprising (but is in reality all too unsurprising) that the Daily Mail begrudges us the following comment:

    “The Magpies were just about value for the points.”


  • JJ

    Mar 22, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #25

    Ye Soren, maybe 9 is a bit high, but I just love his attitude towards the game, he won EVERYTHING in the air against two great headers of the ball. He also played decoy in the lead up to Owens goal.
    On Geremi, I am actually a fan of his but his deliver from set pieces still needs work (like Dragoner says: sounds crazyt as he assisted both goals).
    Enrique stood out for me because we have come to expect it from Beye, however, Enrique is only 22 and is really starting to shine from nowhere.
    One more thing about Butt’s passing – he had a fantastic game but I just which he would keep the ball along the ground more rather than chip his passes.
    What do you boys think about Keegans tactics:
    1 the goal was an obvious set piece in practice ; )
    2 the smith for Viduka sub I thought was a good one for the final 5 mins
    3 Look at the change of Obas attitude after being subbed (if that doesnt compliment his managment skills I dont know what does).

  • Michael

    Mar 22, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #26

    Well done. There is still lots of work to do and the battle is not over yet. We may bask in the victory for now and let us hope it is a trend that continues.

    congratulations to Kevin Keegan for finally getting the Monkey off his back (no victory since he returned) and may he have many more.

    Howay the lads.

  • Soren

    Mar 22, 2008 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #27

    JJ – Ok I can see what you mean about Taylor.. Gotta love the guy and his commitment 🙂 Also understand what your’e saying about Geremi and his set pieces, I just don’t think they were as bad today, as for example at Birmingham. Agree 100% to JJ about Enrique and Butt, couldn’t believe my eyes when Enrique started to dribble through Fulham 😀
    And Keegan, LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DC

    Mar 22, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #28

    For me Owen was immense and deserved to stay on, he was still chasing down defenders in the 90th minute with Smith, sheer class

  • apan

    Mar 22, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #29

    owen played extremely well i dont know JJ if u watch the whole 90 mins properly or not, he deserved an 8 at least, his playing a bit behind than his usual striker role, and he does his playmaker role quite well and looks like he gonna be back on form soon…agreed with dragoner, he started almost all the newcastle move….who thought he can be a playmaker that well (only emre can do that for nufc for now) looks dangerous and he was all over the place defending well and attacking well, i think his the MOM for today no doubt the second goal just seal it & his efforts! ‘geremi needs to improve on his Set pieces, but other than that all the team deserved an 7 at least! I think butt did well without smith so far hahahaah

  • hanzemre

    Mar 22, 2008 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #30

    Geremi, Butt & Barton were good today with their composure in the midfield. They chase the ball & cover the defense from any real danger very well, many thanks to them. Great stamina too & made their presence difficult for Fulham breaking through the centre. 8/10 for them 3. Back 4 were great really solid 7.5/10 for all 4. Viduka 7.5, Martins 7.5 & the captain 8. More of the same please lads as this win might affected our run be it contagious as long as it could & fetching points along the way. Next are Spurs, try to nick a win so we are ASAP safe & sound.

  • Leo

    Mar 22, 2008 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #31

    loved the atmosphere at the end of the match, as well as during the game, but it was tence at the time, now its great and i want to go out to celebrate but i have to wait for the foam party tomorrow at liquid in town… never been to one before i hope its good

  • RyanTeh

    Mar 23, 2008 at 2:49 AM

    Comment #32

    It’s nice to heard that our team finally get a win^^
    Though i think Owen should be better than Martins and Viduka in this match. He plays between Foward s and Midfielders, he create many chances as we like can score more than 2-0. He is probably getting the old form as he use to be ^


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