Fulham play the same kind of game as Blackburn, with manager Mark Hughes liking big players and playing a very physical game.
Sol Campbell – could get a start on Saturday
So if Newcastle cannot learn quickly from the game last night, when Blackburn looked particularly good at St. James’ Park, and often outplayed Newcastle, , then our home results may not improve any time soon.
Newcastle must get much tougher in defense, and in the first half last night, they could have been even more than one down at the break, as the Newcastle defense struggled to get any kind of rhythm going at all.
Bad mistakes from Cheick Tiote and Mike Williamson gifted Blackburn two goals last night, so one thing Chris will be telling his players before Saturday, is to cut out the defensive errors, and play things ultra safe at the back.
Mistakes and poor defending have been far too common with Newcastle this season, and we have conceded 16 goals in our 12 league game so far, and that’s just too many.
And with experienced Premier League defenders Sol Campbell and Steven Taylor now fit and ready to play again, then if Chris doesn’t change his defense for the Fulham game – he never will.
That’s especially true since this will be Newcastle’s 3rd game in just 6 games, and a win would see Newcastle handily placed in the league.
Maybe the player most likely to be rested will be Mike Williamson, following his mistake in the 82nd minute that allowed in Jason Roberts for the winner, and he could be replaced by Sol Campbell, who of course is one of the most experienced PL defenders around, having played in every Premier League season since 1992.
Cheick Tiote is out because he picked up his 5th yellow card in the 38th minute last night, and presumably Alan Smith will get a start, but Newcastle were struggling to pass the ball well last night, and will have to shake up their game, if they are to beat Fulham on Saturday.
Perhaps Chris should tell the lads to play as if Fulham were Sunderland, then we could see a completely different performance from the Magpies.