When we saw this comment by Geremi this morning, it sent shivers down our spines.
Geremi – we should beat Fulham 100 times out of 100
That statement seems so presumptuous, and it’s only tempting fate, but letâ€™s look at what Geremi’s full statement to the press was last night:
“Newcastle should beat Fulham 100 times out of 100. We know we should beat them. The performance at Birmingham was encouraging but no more than that.”
“We played some of our best football for a while in the second half but we cannot get carried away thinking we only have to turn up against Fulham and the game is won.â€
“It doesn’t work like that in the Premier League. The manager has told us what he expects and we have to play to that standard. Nothing else will be accepted.”
The full statement is more sober, which it needs to be. Let’s hope Fulham players don’t see the comment, because it will only motivate them, which is the last thing we need today.
In fact in recent times we havenâ€™t fared too well against Fulham at home, and we remember two defeats at St. Jamesâ€™ Park in the last few years. A 4-1 defeat when Graeme Souness was here, when we actually played good attacking football, and then a 2-1 defeat when Fulham scored twice in the last 7 minutes minutes, to take all 3 points.
The player who always seems their danger man is Brian McBride, the American, who always seems to do well against us, for some reason. Brian is lethal in the air so Steven Taylor and Abdoulaye Faye, please take note.
In the last 3 seasons at St. James’ Park, Fulham have 2 wins and a draw against us:
2006-2007 9 Sep 2006 2-1 L
2005 2006 10 Sep 2005 1-1 D
2004 -2005 7 Nov 2004 4-1 L
2003-2004 19 Jan 2004 3-1 W
We put the 2003-2004 up when we won 3-1 easily, when the great Bobby Robson was the manager, so that doesnâ€™t count. 😀
We often think back to how well we were doing under Bobby, and since he left we’ve been just hopeless.
But today’s the day when Newcastle must win. No if ands or buts, and we don’t want to hear we were unlucky, and all that stuff, after the game.
We just want to ensure that come 5:00 PM local Newcastle time today, we have all 3 points in the bag. We would accept the worst display of the season even, as long as we get 3 points.
But in truth, we are expecting the lads to play very well this afternoon, and even with some heart.
We are making winning look like the hardest thing in the world, and we have to cut it out. 😀