Geremi – We Should Beat Fulham 100 Times Out of 100

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 let’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.”

“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 haven’t fared too well against Fulham at home, and we remember two defeats at St. James’ 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 doesn’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. 😀

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Hammy

    Mar 22, 2008 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Roy Hodgson will be cutting out this article as I type………

    I hope one of the Fulham players is quoted saying something like…..

    ” Geremi is crap at dead ball deliveries, throw in’s, corners blah blah blah”……..

  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Mar 22, 2008 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #2

    McBride definitely gets a goal in todays match.

    Bet that Martins and Duke/Owen will score as well.

    Fingers crossed!!!

  • Hadji

    Mar 22, 2008 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #3

    3-2 for us


  • hanz_

    Mar 22, 2008 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #4

    yea no IFs & Buts to win this game. Please tell that Butt,Geremi, Barton to play as good as they are expected to dominate the centre park so we can all out in attack & eventually be victorious. I think Owen will score 2, Martins 1 & Carroll 1.

  • Eric

    Mar 22, 2008 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #5

    I hope Barton, Butt, Smith and Viduka have “For Sale” notices on their shirts instead of numbers. Think Martins will get on the score sheet. We can beat Fulham. We will beat Fulham. We have to beat Fulham. We need Obafulham Martins to start!

  • Graham

    Mar 22, 2008 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6

    You see what I mean by footballers keeping their mouths shut? Greek Toon are you here today and if so do you think its ok for Geremi to make such statements?

    Keep your mouths shut and get on with what you’re paid to do – supposedly…

  • Leo

    Mar 22, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #7

    great to have confidence by geremi, hopefully his confidence helps his game play and sets up a goal…

    i love the deep lay free kicks he can take which drop around the penalty spot. we got a couple goals from them at the start of the season

  • Luke

    Mar 22, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Does anyone know of a way I can watch the game online?

  • Matthew Tom

    Mar 22, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Is anyone else as dismayed as I am about the rumour I saw on NewsNow today (from the Shields Gazette) saying we are after Michael Dawson this summer?

    This is the guy who was supposedly in charge of the Spurs defence before Woodgate arrived and Ledley King recovered from injury. And Spurs must have shipped more goals last season and the first half of this season than anyone else!

    Let’s pray this is a myth.

    As for Geremi, what he says is perfectly true, we SHOULD be hammering Fulham every single time we play them. But to say this at this point of the season, when we’re looking for a first win in three months and under massive relegation pressure, is obviously just going to increase the pitch of the squeak coming out of all our bums ahead of 3pm today. Not helpful!

  • clinta

    Mar 22, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #10

    we never played ‘good attacking football under souness’, you’ve got him mistaken for sir bobby robson ed?!

  • Michael

    Mar 22, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #11

    I do not know about this game in truth. If we go behind at any stage, we will not win the game likely a draw but I see Fulham scoring first. So I am predicting a draw.

    Pray I am wrong. Also it depends on the team selection.


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