FT: Fulham 2 Newcastle 1 – Cacapa Culpable

Newcastle were second best in the first half to Fulham at Craven Cottage this afternoon, and were a goal down at half time. While the half time result seemed fair, it was a poor goal to give away from Newcastle’s viewpoint.

Claudio Cacapa failed to clear a ball played through the middle and instead he headed against Coloccini, and the ball fell to Andy Johnson who made no mistake.

But as we now expect these days, Newcastle were much better in the second half and a good half time talk for Newcastle to wake up seemed to do the trick, as on 57 minutes Shola Ameobi got another opportunist goal, even thought the TV replays showed him to be offside.

But after Newcastle’s goal Barton had a great shot brilliantly saved down to his left by Mark Schwarzer, and then Butt just fired wide, with Newcastle raising their game significantly.

But then the wind was taken out of the Newcastle sails, by another defensive error and it was Claudio Cacapa again, as he failed to cut out a ball into the area and forced Coloccini to try to make amends, but the Argentine clearly brought down Johnson. This was Newcastle 6th penalty against them this season.

Danny Murphy made no mistake form the spot, and this goal changed the game in Fulham’s favor.

Newcastle had a great chance after 78 minutes when Enrique’s cross into the box found Owen and Ameobi free, but Owen, from just six yards out, missed the opportunity. A big big opportunity to get Newcastle back in the game.

But we couldn’t get another goal and so we still have failed to win away from home this season – and this was a very disappointing result, and a poor performance, at least in the first half.

Cacapa proved in this game that he is not good enough to play in the Premier League, and in retrospect Kinnear should have started Seb Bassong. But this is after the fact, and Cacapa should have been able to come in and get the job done, but he didn’t.

We could even say that if Taylor had played we probably would have won this game, but it shows the frailty of our small squad, when somebody gets injured.

Newcastle tried valiantly to get back in the game, but you just cannot give two bad goals away in the Premiership and expect to get too many points.

If the defense had played well today, we could have had 3 points, but they didn’t, and we were beaten. And because of our mistakes, Fulham probably deserved to win, and this will seriously impact Kinnear’s desire to become full time manager at the club.

This is a game we should have won, but didn’t deserve to, because of our terrible mistakes in defense.

How often have you heard that about a Newcastle team?

We are back to 3rd bottom of the league, just above Sunderland on goal difference, but Spurs are now above us with a 2-1 win at Man City. But we are still just 2 points away from 10th placed – you guessed it – Fulham.

3 points lost today – or should we say 3 points given away.


Mark Schwarzer, John Pantsil, Paul Konchesky, Brede Hangeland, Aaron Hughes, Zoltan Gera, Danny Murphy, Jimmy Bullard, Simon Davies, Andy Johnson, Bobby Zamora
Subs: Chris Baird, Clint Dempsey, Erik Nevland, Pascal Zuberbuhler, Fredrik Stoor, Leon Andreasen, Julian Gray

Newcastle United: Shay Given, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique, Claudio Cacapa, Fabricio Coloccini, Nicky Butt, Joey Barton, Jonas Gutierrez, Damien Duff, Shola Ameobi, Oba Martins
Subs: Steve Harper, Sebastien Bassong, Michael Owen, Geremi, Charles N’Zogbia, Danny Guthrie, Andy Carroll

Referee: Martin Atkinson
Attendance: tbc

43 comments so far

  • Peter Gallagher

    Nov 9, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Cacapa…. Cacapa Cacapa… Oh my word…

  • adam

    Nov 9, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #2

    cacapa had a shocker!

    this game will hopefully shut up those who want joe full time.

  • wigaz

    Nov 9, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed absolutley spot on m8! cacrapa is nowhere near good enough to play in this league! and further more i done think Enrique is either. But he is young and could get better, cacapa has no positioning sense or pace or power so it makes him a terrible CB! Bassong must of been sitting there thinking “What the hell are you doing Claudio?”!!! we need LB & another CB in.

  • GHJ

    Nov 9, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #4

    We need wholesale changes in the summer not Jan because players need to get use to England and then they can’t do that in Jan:

    Players out:
    Owen(if he won’t sign a contract)
    González(just get rid of him)

    Players in:
    Daniel Wass – Brøndby IF
    James Chester – Man U
    Manuel Friedrich – Bayer Leverkusen
    Bastian Schweinsteiger – Bayern Munich
    Micah Richards – Man City
    Matteo Vitaioli – San Marino Calcio
    Jimmy Briand – Stade Rennais
    Riccardo Montolivo – Fiorentina
    Zdravko Kuzmanovic – Fiorentina
    Giampaolo Pazzini – Fiorentina
    Jermain Defoe – Portsmouth
    Mario Balotelli – Inter
    Esteban Cambiasso – Inter
    Jan Kromkamp – PSV
    Jeremain Lens – AZ Alkmaar
    Jonathan de Guzman – Feyenoord
    Kim Kallstrom – Lyon
    Jean-Jacques Pierre – Nantes
    Kevin Barre – Nantes


    Nov 9, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #5

    yess!! thank u adam

  • wigaz

    Nov 9, 2008 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #6

    GHJ do you think we have any chance of gettin these guys in? not sure of a lot of them but would love Richards in! and if Owen was to go Defoe would be fantastic replacement! imagine Defoe with the no10 on smashing in goal after goal? i’m a fan of owen but my god i would take defoe over him! good call GHJ!

  • Thomas

    Nov 9, 2008 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #7

    what adam said

  • IrishMan

    Nov 9, 2008 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #8


    Why Beye out?!!

  • beyethegreat

    Nov 9, 2008 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #9

    here is what i think we need

    a new owner who will:

    spend decent(not neccesarily loads) amounts of money so that we will never find our selves in a similar position to everton where they have everything except the money

    communicate better with fans imo MAs biggest fault he didnt communicate enough and when he did we had already protested against him

    help keep stability at the club if we had more stability since sir bobby(and appointed a better managaer than souness) it is a possability that we could have been apart of the big 4

    appoint a decent manager imo any of these would be good

    van gaal(if he would come)
    hughes(though only if he leaves citeh)
    zico(if he would come)

    give who ever the new manager is a minimum of 3 years there arent many managers that have had enough time that have failed


    the new manager should:

    play good football

    be able to handle pressure

    look to develop the academy


    we are 1 of the best supporters in the country but we can als obe a hinderance so we should all try and give whoever the new manager is time the reason being that if we start chanting for the manager to go then that puts pressure on the chairman to sack the manager and then that takes us to square 1 again and it also gives the rags an excuse to slate us

  • Canada willie

    Nov 9, 2008 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #10

    The team changes after the second goal was poor and that was a panicky decision by Kinnear. The team were actually playing quite well until the changes were made. He should have kept the same team and perhaps opted for more pace up front in the last 20 minutes

    Jonas, even though he had a poor game was much better than Ameobi who Kinnear thinks is the second Messiah. In truth Ameobi is slow and ineffectual and does not make any runs through the channel. He was useless and probably offside on his goal. Owen was the same and muffed an easy chance.

    I cannot understand Kinnears decision to have Duff operate on the right side as he always plays off his left foot and always gets dragged wide.

    Butt and Barton could not control midfield and the game was lost there as they were often out of position and could not get back to cover.

    Like we’ve said before Newcastle need 5 new players, a second attacking left back, a good midfield playmaker, a midfield guy who runs 90 minutes at both ends of the pitch and 2 new strikers. This will cost 40 mill and is why Ashley should go as he will not spend the money. Why Kinnear wants him to stay is beyond me. I still think Newcastle are bound for relgation if they cannot beat teams like Fulham

    Poor tactics cost us the game, not the penalty decision as Kinnear tries to make out

  • Joe kin

    Nov 9, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #11

    hopefully this will shut up the muppets who want joe full time. his tactics are a disgrace and his substitutions he makes are a joke. we go 2-1 down and he takes our best player Gutierrez off and brings michael owen on . fair enuf jonas did not have his best game but he can produce one moment of genius during any part of the game. Why bring Owen on wen there is nobody to provide for him . Why not take grandad Butt off instead and then we might have a chance of getting back into the game, butt does nothing for the team anyway so imo he shuld of brought owen on for grandad Butt.

  • Craigg

    Nov 9, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #12


    I think that is harsh on Enrique he is young and as i often say about Taylor, There is enough natural talent to improve and become more consistant, I think young lads in any profession will make naive mistakes its only when they are shown the ropes by an experienced person who can lead by example and pass on their superior knowledge that they will improve their respective performances.

    Tayor and Enrique with a season or two alongside Coloccini and Beye will excel mark my words.

    Cacrappa on the other hand at 33 shouldnt make pathetic mistakes like today and IMO opinion should have been booted out with Geremi at the arse end of last season.

    Just imagine how much better our squad could have been if Cacapa and Geremi had left instead of Milner and Faye.

  • reillers

    Nov 9, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #13

    GHJ..19 players in, 10 out..ok.
    I doubt we’ll get one player in and probably like 2 out.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 9, 2008 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #14


    Owen(if he dont sign contract)


    Arda Turan (lm) 12mil
    Jermain Defoe (cf) 10 mil
    Colin Kazim Richards (am) 5mil
    Jonathon De Guzman (cm) 8 mil
    Carlos Salcido (lb) 9 mil
    Dirk Marcellis (cb) 7mil
    Bakari Kone (cf) 6 mil

    any 4 of those players would secure a great 09/10 season

  • Tom1664

    Nov 9, 2008 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #15

    GHJ – if we had 120 million to hand then yes. Otherwise…

  • Sav

    Nov 9, 2008 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Kinnear wants Ashley to stay so he can keep his job, obviously.

    But this match was lost because Ashley listened to Unwise and Silence of the Llambias instead of his manager who knew we needed a LB and a CB. The nervy play of these two affected the whole side, I reckon. Cloddio should be sent back to Nice or Nancy or somewhere less physically taxing.

    As for ‘the Bull’…don’t get uz started. To be truthful, I think he just looks a bit thick. he certainly hasn’t a clue where he’s supposed to be, most of the time and can’t get rid of the ball fast enough (or, sadly, accurately enough).

    Kinnear is what he is, a decent interim manager. We could have done far worse, but ultimately, I hope we can do a good bit better.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 9, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #17

    GHJ – just, haha and what are you smokin?

    I would like to see:


    Pogrebynak – £5mil as he is coming to the end of his contract.

    Topal/Sall – £3-5mil.

    Obradovic – £3mil. Another option could be Jon g-a-Pin.

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Nov 9, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #18

    I really don’t want JK out. Be if it has to be an brazilian coach on the Toon, just DON’T get Zico, get Wanderlei Luxemburgo. The contry’s best manager by far, and also coached Real Madrid a couple of years ago.

  • Ed the Duck

    Nov 9, 2008 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #19

    Canada Willie… spot on!

    Poor tactics… no centre back on the subs bench, midfield too deep in first half, three strikers on and then service stops, leaves on Duff with Zog fresh on the bench…

    Ref wasn’t great but he was equally crap for both sides…

    We cannot just keep making excuses… 3 points dropped, no sense of direction re the sale, no urgency on the pitch… very, very disappointing

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Nov 9, 2008 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #20

    Newcastle lost the oportunity to get Brazil’s actually best center back: Thiago Silva. In this week, Rene Simoes – very experienced coach who is in charge in Fluminense – said he’s the best center back he has ever worked with. Shame, he will move to Inter Milan in the winter.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 9, 2008 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #21

    Brazilian Geordie, yes he is good, I remeber bringing him up in a conversation with you.

  • Sav

    Nov 9, 2008 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #22

    That’s sick.

  • shadow

    Nov 9, 2008 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #23

    u r all livin in a dream world get this player in get this 1 out. what we need 2 get a new owner if we can attract 1 then a new manager NOT the joker we have at the mo u all have your heads in the clouds we need 2 get this sorted now or we r goin down plain nd simple as that nd we r that bad at the mo as well 2 go down. fat ash nd his cockney sidekicks if u stay we r doomed no if’s or buts we will go down team not good enough nd manager not either no turnin back the clock don’t want
    keegan back either we r not askin for 30 odd million pound strikers just players who want to player 4 nufc with pride as if they where 1 of the supporters playing 4 there team not players who r just there 4 there last big wage nd players who don’t deserve to wear the shirt at all nd there is a lot of them.

  • Crimecall Newcastle

    Nov 9, 2008 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #24

    i think today showed that Cascapa is just not good enuf for the prem, every time newcastle play him he makes vey costly errors and newcastle end up losin. Because of cascapa coloccini had 1 of his worst performances this season.Can anyone tell me why JK keeps on playing Damien Duff he is a waste of space he is clearly past his best he is too slow and in the second half when Newcastle needed a injection of pace down the left where is our quickest winger sitting on the bench(N’Zogbia).If Newcastle dont get Owens contract sorted out wat harm he is useless he spends most of the time on the sidelines and he is not worthy to be Newcastles Captain.
    In january Newcastle players out should be.

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Nov 9, 2008 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Oh yes Tom, and he’s just getting better.

    He like him, even he playing for Fluminense. He also chose to stay at the club till the end of the year, and that’s incredible, because all of the brazilian players just want MONEY and FAME. They are fucking mercenaries. If they receive a bid from Man City – even if it’s around just £1 a week – they will accept because all they want is to leave our country. And also because they just want to play for ‘the new media team’ which will put them on the headlines. Big shame. But hey, TS’s attitude was just great but now he has to go to Inter.

    And by the way, I’m really having problems to post here. I click submit but it doesn’t work…

  • Ian

    Nov 9, 2008 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #26

    I can only hope this proves how terrible cacapa is. I’ve said it all along, but now he really showed it. Bassong should’ve started for taylor, and I can only hope kinnear learns from this and doesn’t play cacapa anymore.

  • Ian

    Nov 9, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #27

    Don’t think we should sell duff, we dont have enough people to sell off a decent player.

  • Greg P

    Nov 9, 2008 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #28

    We need to consider where we are and also that wholesale changes will result in relegation as it takes time to settle in the prem.
    Get rid of Cacapa, Smith, Carrol and Gonzalez and bring in a decent centre half and central midfielder, and then just keep us up.
    Having been at the game Owen and Cacapa need to go and have a serious look at themselves as they were a disgrace. On that display Owen will still be here next summer

  • mikeygd

    Nov 9, 2008 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #29

    what a surprise, joe loses a game and every1 gets on his back again. God give the guy some respect for what hes done for us since we came in.
    Let the man do his job and then its up to the new owners what they wish to do isnt it. If joe walked out wed be fcked until we had new owners in place so give the man some frickin respect. Whatever he did at half time they came out a better team in the 2nd and we should of won if owen took his chance and we didn’t concede another soft goal. You can’t blame kienar for that he cant go on the pitch himself and put the ball in the net .

  • Matt

    Nov 9, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #30

    i don’t get why you’d pick crapcapa over bassong.

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Nov 9, 2008 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #31

    Oh yes, I remember Tom. And Thiago Silva is just getting better.

    Actually, I like him, even he playing for Fluminense. He’s a big character I think. Just look, he chose to stay at the club till the end of the year, and that’s incredible because all of the brazilian players just want MONEY and FAME. They are becoming fucking mercenaries and being a shame for our country. If a player here receive a bid from Man City – even if it would be just £1 a week – he would accept, also because Man City is ‘the new media team’, and all brazilian players want is appear on the headlines. But Thiago Silva’s attitude of leaving the club just now was great. And we all have to assume that – nowadays – brazilian national football is no atractive. Shame.

  • brutooooon

    Nov 9, 2008 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Players out:
    Cacapa (Old)
    Nicky Butt (Old)
    Michael Owen (Old,overpaid,injury prone)

    I bet fabio capello would not regret him for not picking owen (look at his miss last night)

  • Azza Jones

    Nov 10, 2008 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #33

    I love the people like GHJ, who say we should pretty much change the whole team after one loss, mate YOU A MUPPET……

    I know steven taylor also makes mistake but at least he is young, hungry and puts in the effort. Cacapa is so hopeless on the ball, is weak in the tackle, has bad positioning and cost us two goals. I agree Bassong should have started.

    NUFC is a work in progress and even though JK has done okay he is not the top class manager we need to lead us back to the champions league.

    The sooner the club is sold, a new manager comes back in then we can start planning for the future!!!!!!!

  • Lee

    Nov 10, 2008 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #34

    u can always tell the kids who play football manager or watch 2 seconds of youtube videos cant you…

  • Bart

    Nov 10, 2008 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #35

    GHJ- U are an arsehole. Do u think we are play football manager?
    Just think about the language barrier .

  • Azza Jones

    Nov 10, 2008 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #36

    We are not going to win every week, I would have been happy with a point away to fulham to keep our run going, it the balance of the game we deserved it. First half = fulham, second half = Newc but lets not let us get down the prem is the closest its been for years only a win next week and we might climb 5-8 places……

    We definately need to beat Wigan next week!!!

  • Paul:D

    Nov 10, 2008 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #37

    wed b better with keegan…

  • clinta

    Nov 10, 2008 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #38

    Yes the squad is small, but what it also shows ed is that we just aren’t as good as most toon fans think we are.

    Two wins and a bit of luck in both games and players and fans alike are talking of europe, england call ups, one of the best midfield pairs in the game and the like??!

    well I’d dare to say that the top midfield trios in the pl shouldn’t be bossed at fulham.

    And a good team shouldn’t be outplayed at fulham either, in a sluggish forst half or at any time really.

    europe is a dream most would do well to get out of there heads, as realities kicked in again today lads.

  • matt(the original)

    Nov 10, 2008 at 3:01 AM

    Comment #39

    colin kazim richards??? are you kidding? he couldnt even cut it in the championship.


    johnny evans
    clint dempsey
    stephen appiah
    arda turan
    another good CB and LB

    talk about a team with heart: appiah, arda, barton, jonas, and dempsey. there will never be another team in the world with as much passion as that group of players. we all saw arda at the euros and clint dempsey has more passion about the game than just about anyone i’ve ever seen. it’s a shame roy hodgson is our joe kinnear and wont start him

  • upthetoon4ever

    Nov 10, 2008 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #40

    Owen(we need him to sign)
    a decnt big man upfront to hold up the play for martins and MO
    two full backs to back up beye and enrique
    a centre half(not some foreigner, an established premier league one.
    a creative midfeilder


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