Fulham Game Is A Six Pointer – Kinnear

With two successive wins, the confidence surrounding the Newcastle squad is high, but we’ll have to be careful that confidence doesn’t backfire if we think we can beat Fulham easily.

Joe Kinnear – Fulham game is a six pointer

Fulham are a team that always give you a good game, because their players always give 100%, and towards the end of last season, manager Roy Hodgson got some amazing displays and results out of his team, to keep them in the Premier League. 

A terrific piece of football management by Roy.

Joe talked about the Fulham game tomorrow:

“The Fulham game is a six-pointer. There are two leagues, the top six is one and then the rest of us,” “At this moment in time, who would you pick to go down?”

“I don’t know because there’s six points between 13 teams.” “I would think Spurs would get out of it, but I’m not sure if the others will.”

Joe Kinnear seems annoyed that the Joey Barton headlines, and new rumors of Chelsea’s interest in our captain Michael Owen, have overshadowed a tremendous performance and result against the impressive Aston Villa side on Monday evening.

But there seem to always be news about Newcastle, because whether we like it or not, we always seem to make headlines, and too often for the wrong reasons, but our display on Monday night we thought was fairly well covered by the media.

Another two successive wins and the reporting will be very positive, because it will be a big story about how well Joe has turned the team around.

It was a very tight game in the first half on Monday evening, when Villa had a couple of excellent chances they should have done better with, but the mental strength of our players was there for all to see. They were so determined to get a good result for the fans, and it was an excellent game to watch.

Our only disappointment was that the crowd was around six thousand short of full capacity, but the reasons for that has to do with the political situation with Ashley and the Newcastle Board, and the less than stellar performance of the side over the last few seasons, since Bobby Robson was sacked.

Another win at Fulham is really what we need, but to do that we’ll have to be near our best, and we cannot take anything for granted. Good teams beat poor teams and good teams alike – week in and week out, so let’s see if we can start doing that tomorrow.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • Ausgeordie

    Nov 8, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #1

    If we dont get something from this match we are in serious danger still. Its a must win as joe says and so is Wigan. Those sides are likely to be battling for relegation so if we dont beat them we will be in trouble

  • Guinea Mag

    Nov 8, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #2

    A win against Fulham is d0-able, especially if we play with the same commitment as we did against Villa.

    JFK is doing an excellent job and deserves credit for getting the Newcastle side playing as a team. Who would of thought the likes of Ameobi, Duff, Enrique, etc would be playing so well for Newcastle after previous displays of late!

  • Alex

    Nov 8, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #3

    I think we will beat both Fulham and wigan after the villa performance the players will be believing they can take 6 points . With everybody back fit apart from Viduka and Smith we have enough quality in the side to beat any team outside the top 4 . If we go into the Chelsea game on a 4 game winning streak then they will treat us with more respect and know they have a hard game on their hands . Then a shock result could be on the cards , after all we did get a draw at Old Trafford .

  • The Entertainers

    Nov 8, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #4

    In some respects this is a bigger game than the Villa game.

    I’ll be honest, i thought a point aginst Villa would have been a good result. At this moment in time i had Villa as a better team than us and expect them to challenge for Europe.

    However Fulham are a team that i believe we can beat. It wont be easy, Fulham showed last season they can play well and they will look at ourselves as a beatable team too.

    Sunday will be tough and is a 6 pointer. JFK will gain more respect from me at least if he can go home with 3 points.

    Good luck lads, lets keep the momentum.

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 8, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #5

    Entertainers-i fully agree. i was absolutly over the moon with the 3 points against villa, didnt really think it was possible if i’m honest but an excellent performance and the taking of the chances we had punished them, which was refreshing to see.
    As far as fulham goes, i beleive its a game we can win. i think Jonas will cause them huge problems, (like he seems to any team we come up against-he’s that good) and i’m looking for Barton to have another good game.
    Wigan i think will be a different story, they have some very good players like, and we’ll need a very solid performance to take 3 points.

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 8, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #6

    JK is right about this game…
    …But i did think we could beat villa, as they aren’t as good as they get credit for…& if/when we play to our potential, we can beat most teams…As i had no doubt, given a stable situation with a coach that gets in their face & earlier mentioned players were ‘fully’ fit…That the said players would produce!..
    …As i don’t tend to write players off just ‘cos they have a bad game or make the odd mistake…
    …We as fans have to have a bit more faith & refrain from sometimes cryin before we’re hurt!..
    …Or what?..

    …Ho’way the Lads!..


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