Fulham vs Newcastle – Match Preview


Newcastle have an opportunity to get three wins in a row tomorrow afternoon at Craven Cottage against Fulham Football Club, but will need to be as good and determined as they were on Monday night, when they beat Aston Villa 2-0 on merit.

Joe Kinnear has already announced that he will field an unchanged side from Monday night, so that means that captain Michael Owen will again be on the bench, although we do expect him to get some playing time tomorrow, and more than the last minute or so he got against Villa, when the game well won.

Joe Kinnear pointed out before last Monday’s game that he had worked with the Newcastle defense and their play was very solid, and again Argentine Coloccini was outstanding and had another terrific game at center-back.

His Argentine colleague, Jonas Gutierrez, was also back to his best and in fact there were good displays all over the park from the Newcastle players.

The team will line up as follows:

Given
Beye Taylor Coloccini Enrique
Guttierrez (Jonas) Butt Barton Duff
Ameobi Martins
Subs: Harper Cacapa Bassong Geremi N’Zogbia Guthrie Owen

That’s an extremely strong team and strong bench too, and the team has started playing good football under Kinnear, and has improved continually over the last six weeks Joe has been on Tyneside.

Fulham are currently in 18th place (3rd bottom) with 11 points from their 10 games and a decent goal difference of -1, whereas the Magpies are now in 16th place, after today’s games, having accumulated 12 points from 11 games and with a -4 goal difference.

After beating Hull away today, Bolton Wanderers occupy 9th position with 14 points, so a Newcastle win could see us in the top 10 after tomorrow’s games. A Fulham win would take them above Newcastle by a couple of points, so this game is an important one, if we are to continue to climb the league, before the new owners arrive.

Eleven teams are grouped at the bottom with just 5 points separating the 9th placed club (Bolton) through the bottom placed 20th club (Spurs), and Joe Kinnear has called this game a six pointer.

The keys to this game for Newcastle are easy to list:

  • The defense needs to keep playing solidly, with the increased communication we saw on Monday night, and with wingers Duff and Jonas helping back as well as Butt and Barton. No silly goals conceded.
  • Barton and Butt in midfield need to keep playing well together and in particular, if we can get another great game out of Barton tomorrow, we should be in good shape. An early goal would be terrific because it will give us the early confidence to go on and win the game, hopefully. Duff and Jonas need to run at the defense as Jonas Gutierrez did so brilliantly against Aston Villa.
  • Oba Martins needs to keep shooting at goal, and it was fairly obvious that Joe Kinnear wants Oba to shoot when he gets a good sight of the opposing goal, and to be more selfish when he gets even a half chance.
    His first goal on Monday night was a good case in point, and a great goal at the right time. Shola needs to continue to take the weight off Oba, as he did quite well on Monday night, but we’d also like to see Ameobi hungrier for goals than he looked against Villa.
  • Joe Kinnear will need to change the game, if he needs to on Monday night, and if we do get behind we would look to Kinnear to use his substitutes.
    With such a strong bench of first teamers, we expect Joe to go all out for all 3 points – we need them.

Fulham will have Tony Kallio back, after he has overcome the virus that has been keeping him out, and he is now fit for selection

Frederik Stoor is still out sick and will miss the game, along with Seol Ky-Heon who has only recently returned from his homeland.

A win is what we need tomrrow, but it will not be easy.

Howay The Lads!



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155 comments so far

  • bigpeaovtheweab

    Nov 8, 2008 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #1

    1st

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  • bigpeaovtheweab

    Nov 8, 2008 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #2

    CUM ON THE TOON !!!! STUFF THESE FULHAM TRIPE

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  • AndrewNUFC

    Nov 8, 2008 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #3

    Comon the lads, i rekon 2-1 us. Martins with a double!!!!

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  • Christoon

    Nov 8, 2008 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #4

    0-1 the toon

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  • Bakerman

    Nov 8, 2008 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #5

    I’m wondering whether Bassong should be given a chance at left-back tomorrow … i feel he’d offer more defensively away from home. Saying that, I’m aware that Enrique has upped his game quite a bit – I just hope he continues improving the defensive side of his game

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  • Bakerman

    Nov 8, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #6

    God bless aaron hughes – he was a loyal & dependable servent to the club – but i have a feeling that duff will run circles around him. The same with konchesky … i have a feeling that jonas will cause him all sorts of problems. The fulham fullbacks are nowhere near aston villa’s and i’m really confident we’ll kill them off from the wings

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  • Bakerman

    Nov 8, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #7

    And in the instance that duff fails to deliver against highes (unlikely but possible), please oh please mr kinnear would you kindly unleash nzogbia on them … given that he hasnt had much playing time recently, he’d be quite eager to make an impression …

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  • BUDGIE

    Nov 8, 2008 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Toon 2-0 Martins, Ameobi.

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  • King Joe

    Nov 8, 2008 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #9

    It is paramount that we pick up the 3 points. If not, all the growing optimism and confidence will mean nothing.

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  • Dondatta13

    Nov 8, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #10

    Ed said :-

    Joe Kinnear will need to change the game, if he needs to on MONDAY night, and if we do get behind we would look to Kinnear to use his substitutes.

    I think you ment Sunday Ed, 😉 Keep up the good work

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  • Darling27

    Nov 8, 2008 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #11

    Come On The Toon. A Top Ten Placing Awaits!!!

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  • Norn Iron Magpie

    Nov 8, 2008 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Was thinking the same bakerman. Give N zog a run out for 20 minutes. Competion for places is great for the team. Still think Butt could be are weak link. Even though he played ok on monday. Im sure Barton will get stick hope he can handle it

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  • always keegan

    Nov 8, 2008 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #13

    come on mags cant wait if martins keeps own scoring would he be droped in place of owen Just wondering

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  • always keegan

    Nov 8, 2008 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #14

    i agree bassong is more solid than enrique, he should play awy from home.
    And am i the only one who thinks zog is better than duff. I know duffs been goo but i still think he is more creative and gives you an outlet
    and with him having played LB his defensive game has probably improved imagine zog and spiderman on left and right wings. hope we win
    at least the mackems got stuffed get in

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  • Bakerman

    Nov 8, 2008 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #15

    Although butt’s old legs don’t provide us with the bite we need in midfield his calming influence in the middle and foresight in breaking up play are essential for us. Perhaps, Norn Iron Magpie – both Nzogbia & Guthrie should be given 20 minute runouts – would do wonders for their confidence AND we’d be developing 2 ideal players for the future!

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  • always keegan

    Nov 8, 2008 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #16

    does anyone have any suggestions on who to replace butt with he is getting on a bit i was thinking getting mouthino at sporting and make Joey hold or alonso at liverpool

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  • always keegan

    Nov 8, 2008 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #17

    Bakerman who would you like replace butt

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  • nate dawg

    Nov 8, 2008 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #18

    got feeling it could be an owen goal do just nick it for us

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  • bigpeaovtheweab

    Nov 8, 2008 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #19

    i bring back zog i think he the main man me like duff isnt as good in my oppinion

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  • Norn Iron Magpie

    Nov 8, 2008 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #20

    IMO Butt gives away to many silly free kicks. Yes he can read the game but he cant get to the situation. He is a fraction late which leaves him diving in. I would prefer Guthrie and Barton in the middle of the park.

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  • bigpeaovtheweab

    Nov 8, 2008 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #21

    TOON TOON

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  • Victor Meldrew

    Nov 8, 2008 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Ed, for the umpteenth time it’s defence not defense.

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  • hitman

    Nov 8, 2008 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #23

    evening lads,butt should be on the bench put on guthrie,butt has been shite he gives the ball away alot.

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  • Alex

    Nov 8, 2008 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #24

    I would go with Guthrie instead of Butt he has more pace and a better pass . Even with Butt in the side we will win big . Duff in the form he is in and Jonas are going to rip their defence apart and Barton & Butt will control the centre of midfield . If we match the performance against Villa then it will be 3 or 4 nil .

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  • Norn Iron Magpie

    Nov 8, 2008 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #25

    The hitman comes in and tells it like it is. Agree 100 %

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  • toony soprano

    Nov 8, 2008 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #26

    Laura voted off is some one yanking my chain!!!

    If form is nything to go by NUFC to win 2-0 or 3-1

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  • micknufc

    Nov 8, 2008 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #27

    butt is always going to give away daft free kicks and pens,he’s an old man now just to slow.i like the look of guthrie,but joe will stick with the likes of butt because of his experience.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 8, 2008 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #28

    another close game, like a villa

    Fu-1-2- Nufc or
    fu-0-1 Nufc!

    Owen to come on for butt at half time and play 4-3-3

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  • toony soprano

    Nov 8, 2008 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #29

    good bech if its not happening!!!

    Owen, guthrie,NZogbia

    Geremi and Cacapa to bring on to shore it up

    looking good -but ive watched this lot too long now to know that we can serve up a suprise

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  • micknufc

    Nov 8, 2008 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #30

    hey it was nice to see the mackems getting it rammed up them in the last minute for a change.looking forward to motd to see that..ha..twats

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 8, 2008 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #31

    but Butt is captain so i doubt he will come off

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  • Norn Iron Magpie

    Nov 8, 2008 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #32

    The man u scum golden generation is coming to an end. Gary Neville got pulled off today. Beckham is only good for selling shirts. Going to AC Milan were the average age is 78. Sayin that Phil Neville is playing ok for Everton.

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  • micknufc

    Nov 8, 2008 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #33

    toony i think we are at about our strongest weve been in ages,but take the point.its the toon so expect a let down the morn..its just the way we do it. mind hope im wrong… howay the lads!

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  • hitman

    Nov 8, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #34

    lads we go 9th if we win tomorra,what crisis.
    ashley oot TW@T

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  • micknufc

    Nov 8, 2008 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #35

    wey thats not bad for a club in turmoil is it 9th.
    bearing in mind the smb’s are having the season of thier sorry lives

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  • Norn Iron Magpie

    Nov 8, 2008 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #36

    Paul Scholes is just ginger

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  • micknufc

    Nov 8, 2008 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #37

    hey i hate gingers norn iron…they give us strawberry blondes a bloody bad name!!

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  • hitman

    Nov 8, 2008 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #38

    hes a ginga ninja

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  • micknufc

    Nov 8, 2008 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #39

    all joking aside though,cracking players… but still bell ends.

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  • toony soprano

    Nov 8, 2008 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #40

    Owen has been talking us up for Europe — god willing if we got there, would he have the audacity to leave on a free? – club captain surely not

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