Newcastle have been second best in the first half in driving rain at Craven Cottage, and Fulham deserve their 1-0 advantage, but it was a poor error by stand-in center-back Cacapa that gifted Fulham their goal, after 23 minutes, which is only the 9th goal the Cottagers have scored in 11 games this season.
One of the things we couldn’t do today if we were to get a 3rd successive win is give away a silly goal, but that’s exactly what Claudio Cacapa did after 23 minutes when he didn’t get enough height on his header, which hit Coloccini in the back and rolled nicely into the path of Andy Johnson, who put in into the net in an instant.
Fabio Capello is at the game, maybe to check on Owen, who is yet to play in the game, but maybe he is checking also on Joey Barton, but Joey and Nicky Butt are only second best today to Danny Murphy and Jimmy Bullard, who are completely bossing midfield.
Enrqiue also looks a little uncertain at lefyt back and Fulham have attacjed a lot more than Newcastle in the first half, and have looked the better side.
With Cacapa looking slow and hesitant maybe Kinnear should have started Bassong at center-back, since when he’s played there he’s looked solid, but the defense is missing Taylor today, the midfield is being bossed around, and Ameobi and Martins are finding it hard to get into the game, because of a lack of service.
Duff and Jonas look good on the wings but are a little ineffective, and need to run more at the Fulham defense.
But this is a good time for Joe Kinnear to give the players a BIG WAKE UP CALL at half-time, because we are playing sluggish football and nowhere near what we can play. The lads seem half asleep.
Joe may even bring on Bassong for Cacapa, if we want to turn this game around, which is going Fulham’s way, and is a very disappointing performance from the team.
If we continue this form in the second half – we will lose this game and deserve to.