In probably the worst display under Alan Pardew, Newcastle looked a woeful side tonight at Craven Cottage, and lost to a team beneath them by 1-0, and give 3 points to their relegation rivals.
And West Ham beat Blackpool away tonight, so if the lads can do better than this, then we are in a relegation fight for the remainder of the season, and we’ll have to realize that.
And to make it even worse to take, former Newcastle player Damien Duff, who left the club once we were relegated, he couldn’t get out quickly enough as we recall, scored the winner on 67 minutes.
The Ireland winger raced clear of the Magpies’ defense, and slotted the ball past goalkeeper Steve Harper to get the win, the 5th win in succession for Fulham at home, but didn’t he used to miss those chances all the time when he was on Tyneside?
Duff slotting home the winner to take all 3 points
And it turns out he must miss them for Fulham too, because it was his first league goal for Fulham in a year. Oh my.
Newcastle tried to get an equalizer, but the side now have limited attacking prowess up front, very limited based on what was on show tonight, and it looked like we had no penetration at all – we’ve been left woefully short up front.
But a loss is exactly the worst result tonight, against a side beneath us in the table, who have struggled all season, let’s be honest.
We suppose the trip to Portugal didn’t do much good at all, but there didn’t seem too many Newcastle players interested tonight, they didn’t really turn up for this game, and Carroll was watching Liverpool beat Stoke City 2-0 for their 4th win in a row.
And it is very possible that the Andy Carroll hangover will take some time to lift at Newcastle, and that’s what is so very worrying about tonight.
It will be major job now for Alan Pardew to rally the troops for Saturday’s game against the Gunners – hopefully with significant help from Kevin Nolan – although we didn’t expect much on Saturday, but we were hoping for all 3 points tonight and at least a draw.
But let’s be clear, Newcastle deserved what they got tonight, nothing, because they played so devoid of any spirit, and we’ll not even mention the skill piece, and to say it was a disappointing display would not be fair – the lads were just awful tonight.
And we were beaten by an ordinary side, who themselves are struggling beneath Newcastle in the league, and are now just a point behind us in the league.
Not to pile it on too much, but our current top striker Shola Ameobi went off injured after just 13 minutes, with a suspected fractured cheek bone, and young Nile Ranger came on.
But the big question is after the incompetent piece of work the Newcastle club did by shooting themselves in the foot last Monday – and selling England’s center-forward – and then failing to bring anybody in as a replacement in the 6 hours they had left in the window – the big question is the following:
Who now at the club can score the goals for Newcastle?
Maybe young Phil Airey should be given a chance – once he is fit again.
There are 14 games left this season – starting on Saturday against Arsenal (oh my) – and if we play anywhere near this level of pathetic and gutless play – we’ll be completely buried, by an in-form Arsenal side. Apologies for being so honest.
The incompetence in the management of the Newcastle United club last Monday, could still come back to bite us big time this season, and not for the first time.
And the words that ring in the ears after this performance is Joey Barton saying this morning that Newcastle are not safe from relegation.
He’s right there – if we play like this in many more games.
Alan Pardew talked about having to lift the players yesterday, after what happened on Monday – but he was not successful in doing that, at least that’s clear.
But we cannot play many more times like this – otherwise we could plummet like we did two years ago – it was that bad tonight.
The players have let the Newcastle club down tonight – make no mistake about that – and they must now lift themselves up – and get ready for a do or die performance on Saturday, and the home crowd will support the team, we know that.
But to try to finish on a somewhat positive note – it’s just one game after all, and we didn’t deserve to get anything out of the game – so we cannot complain about that.
And it was our first defeat this year and we still have 8 points form 5 games this year. Now we have to really hope the lads will come back somewhere near their best on Saturday, and get over what happened this week – please!.
And some good news is that Cheick Tiote will be back in the side, but we do have a lot of players out injured, which is why we hoped we’d strengthen the side in January.
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