Newcastle vs Fulham – Match Preview – All Or Nothing

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Newcastle’s game against Fulham tomorrow is the second crucial game for the team in the last six days, and we are going to be disappointed, if the lads cannot somehow get a win tomorrow afternoon.

It’s going to be much more difficult than it was against Middlesbrough, as Fulham are now a top team, and currently 7th in the Premier League.

With a good manager, Roy Hodgson, at the helm, it shows what progress can be made in just one season, because Roy was the miracle worker who managed to get Fulham to win 4 of their last 5 games to avoid relegation last season, on goal difference.  You talk about not giving up!

They were the cardiac kids of last season, and they have come on by leaps and bounds this season, to their credit.

Alan Shearer also quite obviously has a warm spot for their manager Roy Hodgson, because he was full of praise today for what Roy has managed to do this season (and last).

Roy should really be a top contender for Manager of the Season, but he will not win it and may not even be a contender, because you can bet one of the top four club’s managers will win it – or even Martin O’Neil.

But a top coach is one who can get the very best out of the players he has at his disposal, and they aren’t the ones necessarily who can go out and get a couple £25M players at the end of each season, to improve their side. However, we hasten to add that Alex Ferguson, Rafael Benitez, Arsene Wenger and Guus Hiddinl are world class managers – but most of them have big money to spend, unlike Roy.

Just like Middlesbrough had something big to play for last Monday, so do Fulham tomorrow. The London club has an excellent chance of finally getting into Europe – and what a turnaround that would be – from relegation certainties one season (well almost) to European qualifiers the next.

As we said, we would vote for Roy as manager of the Season – because he deserves the honor.

However, we also have to hope that Roy and his team are not at their very best tomorrow, because anything but a win for Newcastle could put us back in the drop zone, and with our next game against 5th place Aston Villa at Villa Park, that could put us in a very difficult spot.

We cannot get ahead of ourselves at Newcastle, and we also have to remember that a defeat tomorrow, coupled with anything less than a defeat by Hull at Bolton Wanderers, will see us 3rd bottom again. With one tough game away to play, that possible scenario has to keep us very humble about tomorrow’s match.

The lads were so brilliant on Monday night, with their best home performance of the season, that we doubt Alan will make many changes this time around to the side. We do expect one change with Danish striker Peter Lovenkrands replacing Jonas Gutierrez on the left wing.

This is the team we expect tomorrow:

Beye S.Taylor Bassong Duff
Guthrie Butt Nolan Lovenkrands
Owen (c) Viduka
Subs: Krul Coloccini Smith Carroll R.Taylor Martins Gutierrez

That’s a rather strong starting eleven, based on current form, and not too bad a subs bench either, but make no mistake this is a game we just have to win.    Failure to do so could well put us back in the relegation zone, and if that happens it could be too late for us to escapoe.

We ask the Newcastle players to go out tomorrow and play this game as though their very lives depended on winning the game.

If the lads can do that it will be time for celebration, but then we’ll have to beat Aston Villa too, just to make sure of our survival.

Howay The Lads – make us proud tomorrow !!

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Toon_Factor

    May 15, 2009 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #1

    Dont want Lovenkrands to start expecially on the wing but used as an impact sub along with Martins again, id go for the same as last week and bring on Lovenkrands and Martins about 60 mins. Got a feeling Owen will score with all the retitrement thing going on. Predicting 2-1 win hopefully

  • Ed Harrison

    May 15, 2009 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #2

    Toon Factor – I had thought of that and it could be it’s best to keep it like it was on Monday night. I thought Gutierrez could make an impact but Martins and Peter can score goals – unlike Jonas. We’ll see what Alan does at 2:30 pm tomorrow.

  • G 2

    May 15, 2009 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed can you stop the pop ups on here? otherwise this is the best blog 😀

    I would give Owen one more chance, rather see Guthrie in the centre with Nolan and spiderman out wide (surely we will see the celebration)

    Howay the lads!!!

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 15, 2009 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #4

    nolan out wide??? he done well in the middle, and guthrie done excellant out wide, jonas will start ahead of loven as he will cover duff, as duff is not a proper left back, it makes sense, i think it will be exactly the same starting 11

  • Craigg

    May 15, 2009 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Well i’m pooing myself.

    Ive been so confident about this match and then you get home and start thinking about it and you think what if Fulham nab a 1-0 on the break and Hull beat Bolton then were up S*it street…

    But its just nerves im sure we will win 2-0 Owen and Viduka and i reckon 2-1 to Bolton.

    If So Party time!

  • Toon Graeme

    May 15, 2009 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #6

    I hope Shearer starts the same as Monday and subs too!

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 15, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #7

    echo that graeme

  • matty

    May 15, 2009 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Gonna be the longest 90 mins of my life. Hopefully I’m numb by KO.

  • komfort

    May 15, 2009 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #9

    why change a winning team ? , i need a bloody win..heavy losses this week..


  • Craigg

    May 15, 2009 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #10

    I would keep Guthrie on the right, Maybe an OTT comparison but he was Beckhamesque on moday, His delivery from set pieces was great, He didnt play as an out and out winger and didnt beat his man but he linked well with Beye and brought the ball inside to link with the central players well.

    Nolan had his best game by a country mile, Jonas and Duff will be a good partnership on the left, Butt does his job which is breaking up opposition attacks and despite all the stick he takes he would start again for me.

    Owen will score tomorrow trust me and when Viduka plays like that he is totally unplayable.

    The same centre backs of course and Harps in goal

    In Short no changes, Oba, Carroll and Lovenkrands can change the game if need be.

    —Beye—–S Taylor—-Bassong——Duff—-

    Subs: Krul, Coloccini, R Taylor, Geremi, Lovenkrands, Carroll, Martins

  • NicoGF

    May 15, 2009 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #11

    God these people believe they ARE WORLD BEATERS now.. IT WAS MIDDLESBROUGH..

    they are the only team u can defeat!

    I can’t wait for the Fulham game to start.. as always.. u will lose or draw against Fulham, lose or draw against Villa.. and will be hoping for Hull to lose..

    Newcastle United to get at max.. 2 points out of their 2 remaining games.. As always

  • matty

    May 15, 2009 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #12

    Nico, where do you get your “as always” stats from? Give me a break.

  • NicoGF

    May 15, 2009 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #13

    In response to comment 12,

    I get it from a whole season (not from 1 game as u do, that u win and believe u’re world beaters.

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 15, 2009 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #14

    nico lick my balls

  • komfort

    May 15, 2009 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #15

    in response to comment 13

    sling ya hook soft lad..

  • NicoGF

    May 15, 2009 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #16

    Team for next season:


    Beye____S. Taylor___Bassong____Enrique



    I’d go for ‘la Liga de Quito’ goalkeeper, I think he’s called ‘CEBALLOS’, also plays for Ecuador selection. Watch:

  • Toon_Factor

    May 15, 2009 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #17

    Havnt heard from Jokerkinnear lately- wonder why.
    Anyone think this pic is Hilarious,8556,-10205371873,00.html

  • Craigg

    May 15, 2009 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #18


    I hardly think anyone is saying we are world beaters but if we hadnt had such upheaval this season we would at least on par with teams like Fulham, I doubt you ever watched them play.

    Theyre hardly Barcelona or Man Utd they have scored less than us this season and have taken about 15 points from matches where they have sat behind the ball and been battered for 85 minutes.

    Yes they’ve done well this season but the confidence weve gained from the boro match will see us beat them.

    Havent you got some pictures of Nacho Gonzalez to go and have a W*nk over.

  • matty

    May 15, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #19

    In response to 13

    Beat Villa 2-0 already, you lose.

  • NicoGF

    May 15, 2009 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #20

    My bad: He’s ‘CEVALLOS’ world class goalkeeper.

  • Brutooon

    May 16, 2009 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #21

    i would prefer we start with jonas on the left, because jonas eventho he is lack in end product, he would at least gave the defenders a lot of running…he will provide us with priceless freekicks…

    We will WIN !!

  • Tom_Toon

    May 16, 2009 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #22

    I would love it if Hull got battered tomorrow simply because Phil Brown is such a nob.

    Anyway; Bolton’s last home game of the season and I dont see players like Cahill and Davies accepting sub-standard performances from others thinking about their summer hols.

    We can beat Fulham, but I am shtting a brick. I recon we will win 1-0, with the goal coming, very, very, very late on.

  • Rodzilla

    May 16, 2009 at 3:16 AM

    Comment #23

    1 nil TOON, Owen 3min


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