It’s clear after the celebrations of our tremndous win against Middlesbrough, that Newcastle must beat Fulham on Saturday, if they are to survive in the Premier League by our own efforts.
Kevin Nolan – we must win against Fulham
Kevin Nolan talked about Newcastle surviving today:
“It’s about this club being in the best league in the world.” “This club deserves to be in the league, and we all believe, come Saturday, we will put another performance in like we did [against Boro] and we will get the result we need.”
The win against Middlesbrough has given Newcastle significant hope, especially with the way the team won the game – attacking from the first whistle to the last, and it was probably the best home performance of the season, but only our 7th overall win, and the first home win since December.
The lads could have had four or five goals if Andy Carroll, full of running in the last 5 minutes, had had any luck with two good efforts.
But that’s over now and we have to accomplish an even bigger task on Saturday against Fulham, who are a much better side than Middlesbrough. The Riverside side after all have lost their last 11 away games, and the only away goal they have scored all this year, is by courtesy of the unfortunate Habib Beye, after only 3 minutes on Monday night.
“It’s absolutely massive for us now.” “The last time we won was against West Brom, which was a long, long time ago.
“We didn’t follow that up with another win, but we have got two home games back-to-back and we have managed to win one of them.
“We have got Fulham, who aren’t going to be push-overs, but they are not great away from home.”
Last season Fulham were 4th bottom, and just pipped Reading on goal difference to stay in the Premier League, after winning 4 of their last 5 games, and now they are in 7th place on 50 points, 10 places above Newcastle – a terrific turnaround for the London club.
But Fulham are not a good away side and have only two wins away from home, and we can expect the Newcastle side on Saturday to pile on the pressure from the first whistle, for some goals to relieve the anxieties of everybody connected to the club. A win on Saturday may even see us safe, if Hull City lose at Bolton.
“They have started to pick up points of late, so we know it’s going to be a tough game.”
“Any team who comes here is going to want to play. They are going to want to play on that pitch in front of that crowd, so it’s going to be tough.”
“They have got no pressure on them, but we have got a lot of pressure on us.”
We need a win on Saturday – it’s as simple as that – because if we are beaten and Hull pick up points at Bolton, we are straight back in the drop zone with jut one game left – away to Aston Villa, who are currently 5th in the league.
As we have said, on the other hand, a win could see us safe come Saturday afternoon at 5:00 pm.
Wouldn’t that be some cause for celebration?
Howay The Lads!!