Newcastle Goose Was Cooked Against Fulham


We had the best performance we had seen from a Newcastle side for a long long time, and they were cheered off the pitch after winning one of the most crucial games in Newcastle’s history.

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We had so much hope when this photo was taken 
 

Yes, we hope that’s what will be said about the lads on Sunday evening, but that is what actually happened a week last Monday night, against Middlesbrough.

And in the days that followed that win, our first in 11 games by the way, Shearer said the lads were just buzzing in training, and that the plan was to win both of our last two games, so we could finish this disastrous season on a high.

But how could we do that against Fulham, who had 50 points in 7th place, and were a very good side under Roy Hodgson this season?

Well, we could because they had the vast majority of their points at Craven Cottage and had won just two games on the road all season.

So we were actually not only expecting to get 3 points, but we even hoped we could get a comfortable win, maybe 2-0 like we did last year, when that win was the first win for Kevin Keegan in his second spell at the club.

But what happens?    We somehow manage not only not to win, but we lose!   No points and both Hull City and Middlesbrough get a point.

We believe that will be the crunch game if we get relegated because even one point, could have been all we needed.

We would have hoped the Manchester United’s  second team would beat Hull on Sunday, and we’d be saved.

And Alex Ferguson is too much of a professional, too competitive, and has far too strong a squad, to allow his side not to beat Hull City Sunday.

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The 18 year-old De Silva identical twins
Rafael is on the left and Fabio on the right – we think 😀

Rafael plays left back and Fabio right back – but only because they both couldn’t play in the same position!

Alex’s second string has some fabulous youngsters including the Brazilian De Silva identical twins, and both players are big stars of the future.

A win or draw against Fulham could have done it for us, but now we have to get at least a draw away at Villa Park, and hope the Red Devils take care of Hull. We often have said our goal difference could be the difference this season.

But a draw at Villa Park is going to be a lot more difficult than a draw against Fulham, and we couldn’t manage that.

There again, Alan said Newcastle never do things the easy way.

After all we’ve gone through this season, if we do survive on Sunday, it will look like a mini-miracle, but Newcastle fans will be so ecstatic watch out!

Manchester United may have a great side and are a wonderful club but their fans hardly have the passion of Liverpool or Newcastle fans. Liverpool have been successful so much, like Man United, but their fans are so much more passionate than the Manchester lot.

When the Red Devils won the league on Saturday, just before the Newcastle game. their fans waved one or two flags but you just didn’t get the emotion from the fans – that’s probably because they are spoiled – and too used to it all.

Then the  TV switched to the Newcastle Fulham game, and there was so  much more passion in the relegation struggle, than Manchester United fans have shown in winning the title.

And Newcastle haven’t won anything for 40 years and are now close to being relegated for heaven’s sakes.  Can you imagine the scenes at St. James’ Park if Newcastle ever manage to win the Premier League in our lifetimes?

But, we have to say that possibility is quickly fading for some of us, especially after this disastrous season.

Well, we better stop right there, we’ve just taken a big swing at the pawn sandwich brigade, the Red Devils fans.

And also, in closing, why the heck didn’t Alex Ferguson join Newcastle United from Aberdeen in 1986, rather than Manchester United? 😀

Comments welcome.


111 comments so far

  • Johno Toon

    May 20, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #1

    I still belive we will survive , dunno why but i do

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  • serene0380

    May 20, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #2

    Yes, I also have a feeling that Newcastle will survive.

    We must be positive! The result out will be positive.

    Howay the Lads. Do us proud!!!
    I will be praying for you in Singapore.

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  • Toon_Factor

    May 20, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #3

    Hope Hull do beat Man U and we also beat Villa as Sunderland will never beat Chelsea and a point would still relegate them

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  • Johno Toon

    May 20, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #4

    to be honest toon factor i dont care who goes down as long as its not us

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  • cicero

    May 20, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #5

    We probably should have had at least a draw against Fulham as there was nothing wrong with Viduka’s goal and the Fulham goal was off-side. Boro coach Craig Higgnet said on Talksport this morning that Villa were there for the taking last Saturday, he thought they were already in holiday mode.

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  • Toon_Factor

    May 20, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Johno Toon

    Same here, but I wish it will turn out like that

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  • cicero

    May 20, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #7

    Off subject, I see Tony Parks has turned down the managers job at Blackpool – is he going to be one of Big Al’s first coaching appointments. I’m sure Al knows him from his Blackburn days.

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  • Johno Toon

    May 20, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Im hoping they have switched off as well cicero , they seem to be on a bad run at the moment so we could ( depending if we turn up ) get the win that should keep us safe , or so it plays out in my head 🙂

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  • DJG

    May 20, 2009 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #9

    Come on Ed,
    We ain’t down yet.
    It’s not Monday ha.

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  • lesh

    May 20, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #10

    …… we’ve just taken a big swing at the pawn sandwich brigade….. Pawn? Ed?

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  • Stardust

    May 20, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #11

    “We somehow manage not only not to win, but we lose! ”

    To be fair we didn’t lose the game – the ref stole it from us. A draw was the correct result.

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  • DevonMag

    May 20, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #12

    ———–Given————-
    Beye-taylor-bass-enrique
    milner-barton-emre-nzog
    ——martins-viduka——-

    subs: Harper, lovenkrands, guthrie, duff, owen, caroll

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  • Johno Toon

    May 20, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #13

    Does anyone else think we are going to stay up?

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  • Flan

    May 20, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #14

    after last sat i wish we still had aaron hughes what a pro he is, he must have stayed outside SJP for 20 mins signing autographs and chatting to the newcastle fans to be fair to ryan taylor he tried to do the same but he got that much abuse he left.

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  • Stuart79

    May 20, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Stardust // May 20, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    “We somehow manage not only not to win, but we lose! ”

    To be fair we didn’t lose the game – the ref stole it from us. A draw was the correct result.

    What a ridiculous statement!

    We lost, read the paper and look at the table.

    No wonder you love Ashley. You probably think were unbeaten all season.

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  • DevonMag

    May 20, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #16

    haha Flan did that really happen? well good. Anyone like the look of my team for sunday? Reckon we could scrape the win with that…

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  • Stardust

    May 20, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #17

    Oh what a clever little sausage you are Stuart – master of the obvious – well done – a gold star, pat pat pat.

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  • Mongo

    May 20, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #18

    DevonMag // May 20, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    ———–Given————-
    Beye-taylor-bass-enrique
    milner-barton-emre-nzog
    ——martins-viduka——-

    subs: Harper, lovenkrands, guthrie, duff, owen, caroll

    _________________________________

    You had your head buried in the sand DevonMag?!

    Given, Milner, Emre, Nzog??

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  • boater

    May 20, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #19

    Toon factor. Please stop going on about this happening or that happening and other teams being relegated.

    Seriously bad karma.

    We go to win. We play the best available players, hold a high line and attack, attack, attack. We forget other results.. ongoing situations at other grounds and get the ball into oba’s feet as often as possible.

    Harper/
    Beye/Colo/Taylor/Enrique
    Guthrie/Butt/Nolan
    Owen/
    Martins/Viduka

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    May 20, 2009 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #20

    There are quite a few players I wish we still had, never mind Aaron Hughes !

    http://francis-rossi.mybrute.com

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  • DevonMag

    May 20, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #21

    boater would you play 3 in midfield? Could be tight, I’d revert to 4 3 3 if we havent got anything around the 70/75 minute mark. Their midfield will have young and milner wide, and barry and petrov in the middle. More than a match for Guthrie Butt and Nolan?
    I personally would go with your squad but replace owen for duff and stick duff on the left, with nolan reverting to central mid with butt.

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  • Johno Toon

    May 20, 2009 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #22

    Think we need to keep it as tight as possible for as long as we can , upset villa and slowly get into the game and for it in the last 20 mins,

    But we have to forget about hull and sunderland and do what we have to do

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  • boater

    May 20, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Stardust… other teams overcome bad refereeing decisions in the midst of play. You obviously prefer to live in an idealistic parallel universe in which you weigh up the fluctuating fortunes of the club and decide yourself on the outcome. See.. other sides would have shown the resilience and quality to come back from a dicey decision such as the disallowed goal, or maybe even contrived to get the ball in the back of the net on more than one occasion.. so we lost.

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  • Flan

    May 20, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Yeah really happened, a few fans started to sign “what a wast of money” at least he came over to the fans though nicky butt broke a red light and nearly caused a crash trying to speed away from a few young kids lookin for an autograph.

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  • Toon_Factor

    May 20, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #25

    boater

    Oh shut up you creep!

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  • boater

    May 20, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #26

    Johno toon and Devonmag… I was thinking exactly the same as you – regards keeping it tight, easing our way in and holding something back for a late push. I then remembered that every time we have done that this season we have been stuffed.. because we don’t have the players, mentality or the coaching for anything resembling a tactical game. The only reason to not go 4-3-3 is due to the tiredness of the players late on… If we can start without Oba and bring him in at half time then that may be an option .. there is no good shape, strategy or selection… we will be winging it and hoping that someone steps up to the plate ONE More time to save us from the unthinkable abyss..

    I agree that Duff has to play… my mistake,,,

    Looking at things statistically.. and I know you all hate statistical stuff.. this would be the team MOST likely to get a result.

    Harper/
    Beye/Cacapa/Taylor/Enrique
    Martins/Geremi/Butt/Duff
    Shola/Viduka

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  • lesh

    May 20, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #27

    Boater, Toon Factor, c’mon now hissy fits!!

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  • AndyNUFC

    May 20, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #28

    Does anybody not find all these last game injuries a little suspicious? I believe a lot were after an early summer holiday, and i’m kind of questioning Bassong’s idiotic ‘professional foul’ in that respect…

    Anyway Shearer should bring back Newcastle old boys from successful eras or had a positive impact. He should get back John Carver who wants to come back here and will take on a coaching role. I also think we need a new defensive coach, Hughton and Calderwood don’t cut it for me.

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  • DevonMag

    May 20, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #29

    yeh but the only reason cacapa is in there is because your statistics are always better the less game time you get. Thats why harper’s stats show him to be a better keeper than Given. I would start with owen if he’s fit, bringin on martins at the 60 minute mark. I feel Martins has more to offer as an impact sub cos his pace runs people raw. I would also love to see ranger on the bench ahead of Strolla.

    At Flan, harsh one. But he is shite. And what a pillock Niky Butt is, lost a lot of respect for him after hearing that.

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  • Stuart79

    May 20, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #30

    Stardust // May 20, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    Oh what a clever little sausage you are Stuart – master of the obvious – well done – a gold star, pat pat pat.

    The biggest ever achievment in my life getting a gold star of you!

    How can life get any better?

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    May 20, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #31

    I strongly belive we will not survive

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  • Doocey

    May 20, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #32

    Getting worse and worse all the time.
    New injuries etc.

    I’m hoping Villa won’t be too bothered about Sunday, although 5th spot will be tempting.

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  • Johno Toon

    May 20, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Rumors are wolves are eyeing up nicky butt so you shall be please by that devon mag,

    Yeah think martins should come off the bench , his speed against tired legs could be the differnce ,

    You might be right boater maybe we dont have the players to slowly get into the game , maybe go from the start and nick a goal and go from there

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  • lesh

    May 20, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #34

    It’s really comforting that after an absence of what seem like a lifetime, that Sawdust’s posts continue at their usual satndard!

    They do set the standard for the rest of us por souls who are less fortunate and not blessed with hi/ her insight and wisdom!

    Pomposity prevails!

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  • werestayingup

    May 20, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #35

    boater // May 20, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Stardust… other teams overcome bad refereeing decisions in the midst of play. You obviously prefer to live in an idealistic parallel universe in which you weigh up the fluctuating fortunes of the club and decide yourself on the outcome. See.. other sides would have shown the resilience and quality to come back from a dicey decision such as the disallowed goal, or maybe even contrived to get the ball in the back of the net on more than one occasion.. so we lost
    <<<<have u seen many games this season the decisions that have gone against us this season would have fckin sunk the titanic u turd

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  • lesh

    May 20, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #36

    Whoops , better nip a swift riposte from moondust in the bud by correcting ‘usual satndard!’ to usual standard!

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  • werestayingup

    May 20, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #37

    Zangwill_Ho // May 20, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    I strongly belive we will not survive
    <<<<<who flung dung

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  • lesh

    May 20, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #38

    Help, I’m doing a crossword and struggling for the name of the little mite that gets up peoples’ noses.

    The answer’s got eight letters and begins with St ……. any ideas?

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  • DevonMag

    May 20, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #39

    Zangwill_Ho don’t bother with that bollocks mate. No need.

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  • Stuart79

    May 20, 2009 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #40

    werestayingup // May 20, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    What about the penalty against the Mackems? That was never penalty but we got it.

    Against the smoggies two of our goals should have been disallowed but weren’t.

    When we drew at Chelsea Joe Cole had a perfectly good goal ruled out for off side.

    They all even them selves out at the end of the day!

    Were going down because were sh1t, not because of refereeing decisions.

    You turd!

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