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.
Fulham: 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