Fulham vs Newcastle – Match Preview


It’s now time to get down to the real and important business of playing at Fulham Football Club tonight.

After all the hullabaloo with the Carroll affair,  the real business of getting on with things begins in earnest tonight at Craven Cottage, and it’s not going to be an easy game for the in-form Newcastle side.

This will be their first game since 11 days ago when we managed to drop 2 points,  by allowing Tottenham Hotspur to score an injury time equalizer at St. James’ Park, but the lads still put in another excellent performance in that game nevertheless.

Andy Carroll is gone, but even if he elected to stay on Tyneside, he would not have made this game, and is presumably is still out injured for at least four weeks.

We hope Alan Pardew has the boys really keyed up for tonight’s game, so we can add more points to the 8 we have gained from our four league games in 2011.

Unfortunately Fulham look to be in good form and they really demolished a Tottenham Hotspur side last week, that never bothered to show up and were put to the sword 4-0 in that first half – and when they woke up they had already lost the game, and manager Harry Redknapp suddenly had a few more wrinkles. 😀

So that mustn’t happen with Newcastle tonight, and they must be ready and hopefully start like the proverbial steam train – because they have a challenge this season to show there is life at Newcastle without Andy Carroll.

Fulham have won their last four games at home, so obviously it’s time for that run to end.

Local lad Shola Ameobi and Leon Best will likely get the nod up front unless Alan wants to play 4-5-1 and pack the midfield at least until we get into the second half.

Captain Kevin Nolan who has 10 goals to Carroll’s 11 at the moment, will probably soon become the leading goalscorer at Newcastle, and he and Joey Barton have now become even bigger players for Newcastle United since Andy’s departure.

And we should see the results of the tough training schedule Alan had the lads undertake in Portugal last week, and we expect the Newcastle side to be extra strong and fit in those last 30 minutes of the game, and injury  time too.

And please don’t concede in injury time for the 3rd game running, or if we do then make sure we are at least a couple of goals to the good.

Stephen Ireland is still injured and two weeks away from being fit and ready to make his debut, and we have Steven Taylor (hamstring), Dan Gosling (knee), Alan Smith (ankle), Hatem Ben Arfa (broken leg) and Ryan Taylor (ankle) all on the injured list.

With no new injuries to the side, Alan will probably elect to start the same side that did so well against Tottenham:

Harper
Simpson Coloccini Williamson Enrique
Barton Guthrie Nolan (c) Gutierrez
Ameobi Best
Subs: Krul Perch Campbell Lovenkrands Ranger Vuckic Ferguson

With all the injuries and a number of the youngsters out on loan, it was a bit difficult to fill in the subs bench fro tonight.

Danny Guthrie has to put in another good performance tonight in defensive midfield in place of  Cheick Tiote, who is serving the final game of his three match suspension, and the Ivorian should be back for the almighty tussle with Arsenal on Saturday at St. James’ Park.

Since Pardew came in the Newcastle defense has looked strong and Coloccini and Williamson have been outstanding in central defense, and we look for that to continue tonight.

We look for Enrique to make his surging runs forward and for Joey Barton to put in those pinpoint crosses  – and we’re sure the lads will have worked a lot on their set plays in Portugal, so that’s probably our best shot at getting some goals.

That’s our one big worry tonight – where the goals will come from – but if Shola and Leon can mix it up a little bit in the penalty box, Kevin Nolan is a master at tucking the ball home with any half chance.

With the unrest on Tyneside right now, and the gloom of Andy leaving for Liverpool, we really need a win and all 3 points tonight.

Draws are not worth much, and it would seem we need 4 wins in our final 15 games to reach safety in the Premier League , and we are hoping we can get that first one tonight.

Let us know what you think about the game tonight.

Comments welcome.



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46 comments so far

  • HaZ-NUFC

    Feb 2, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #1

    lets play 2 keepers and we might nick a point

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  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Feb 2, 2011 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Ameobi is so lazy and unfit. He can only play the first half.

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  • HamarMagpie

    Feb 2, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #3

    North Atlantic Magpie: Bullshit! Stop this ridicolus harrasing of Ameobi. Yes, he has not been very consistent the last couple of years, but he has played throught the pain barrier, and always put a shift in. Give the lad a break, will you? And btw, who has scored six times against the mackems in the Prem?

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  • geoff777

    Feb 2, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #4

    Fulham are on form and playing with confidence, they’ve had a busy schedule and we are rested.

    Tough to know which is better.

    Hopefully if we keep it tight at the back, they’ll tire and we can press on to score a late winner for a change.

    I think he’ll start with Ameobi & Best.

    I hope Pardew knows that Shola is lazy and substitutes him early if he starts strolling around looking uninterested. He was a disgrace in the last 20 minutes against Spurs.

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  • olivant

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #5

    A good idea is like geoff777 says, to play Ameobi from the start, and then sub him perhaps early second half with Ranger. I would start with 2 strikers, always good to play the attack more than the defense against the weaker sides in the EPL

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  • roy cropper

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #6

    0 – 0 if we are lucky.

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  • cgrizzly87

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #7

    It doesn’t matter how many times players score against Sunderland. Strikers are judged primarily on their ability to score goals on a regular basis. Ameobi does not have a prolific goal scoring record, and you can’t say he hasn’t been given enough chances. He is far too lazy! It really frustrates me that people still back him, honestly what are you people on?! I would rather start Ranger and Best or Loven than Ameobi.

    Would be more use putting Vukic or Airey up front, at least they’d work their asses into the ground for the team!

    JEEZ

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  • geordieforeva

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #8

    Allright… i just saw the fulham – spurs highlights and I must say Fulham got lucky. The defending from spurs was worst than ours in relegation season. I think if we put in an honest performance like last 4 games we will be through. Playing the aerial game wont work coz Brende Hangeland is a monster in defence. I think we can handle dembele etc. Remember they will be tired.

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  • dave 1961

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Do we have a choice at the moment, I would have liked bringing on Nolan for the second half, but we don’t have any option to do that at the moment. I think he would be more lively once the opposition tire. if he had the legs of ranger he would be un stopable.

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  • HamarMagpie

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #10

    More use putting on two teenagers without any Premier Leauge experience out from the start at once? We’re lucky that you’re not the one in the hot seat. Jeez, yourself

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  • armajam

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #11

    any1 got any links for the game 2nite?

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  • dave 1961

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #12

    we need 45 points then we can blood some kids

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  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #13

    dave 1961, It would look ridiculous. White body and black legs.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #15

    armajam, just put to links up but they are awaiting moderation.

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  • Hyper Enough

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #18

    http://www.ESPN3.com in the states.

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  • dave 1961

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #19

    the bit rates poor i will just watch it on the pc

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  • armajam

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #20

    thx GeordieGerman

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  • AngelOfDeath

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #21

    United look to the Reserves for bench cover – Michael Richardson and Paul Dummett joining up with the first team after being omitted from Tuesday night’s reserve team squad.

    🙄 🙄

    Good to see Paul getting bench seat. He is a good prospect.

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  • geordieforeva

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #22

    I see Shane Fergie getting a game in the last 30 mins or so given we have arsenal in 3 days time. I wouldnt throw Dummet in though.

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  • mickguk

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #23

    Dont care who plays up front 2nite to be honest.
    All our goals will come from Midfield for the rest of the season.
    We could always put on Ranger for a laugh, watching him run aroundlike a headless chicken always makes me laugh.

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  • N.Ireland Mag

    Feb 2, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #24

    @cgrizzly87

    Shola’s problem is not his goal/game ratio, it’s that he’s injury prone.

    Look at the stats from this season and last.

    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/player/_/id/8958/shola-ameobi?cc=5901

    (2010/11) 14 Starts 6 Sub – 7 goals 1 assist

    (2009/10) 12 Starts 9 Sub – 11 goals 4 assists

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  • mickguk

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #25

    My team for 2nite
    Harper

    Simpson Colocini Williamson Jose

    Barton Guthrie Nolan Gutti

    Vuckic

    Best

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  • dave 1961

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #26

    I know it’s a daft idea but what about 4-6-0 then ranger the last 30-40 minutes, I know it sounds daft but it could confuse Fulham.

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  • mickguk

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #27

    Your right its daft !!

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  • dave 1961

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #28

    or even dafter still Colocini up front on his own 60 mins then bring ranger last 30 mins.

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  • andre29

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #29

    Fulham vs Newcastle LIVE ON http://stjamesstream.blogspot.com/

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  • mickguk

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #30

    Thats not as bad !!!

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  • dave 1961

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #31

    at least we cant boot ball up field

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  • Heimir

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #32

    It’s no easy task to play Fulham right now, but it’s no fun being negative so my guess is Newcastle grab the three points. Best, Ameobi and Nolan all scoring.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #33

    Dave1961, in reference to your comments directed at me on the joey barton article
    1) i’m 33 not at school, and when i was, i enjoyed the second world war topic.
    2)You are missing the point. Your views have been repeated by yourself and others on every article on this blog today, as i have been reading them all, trying to get into a discussion about football instead of Andy carroll this, and mike ashley that. There have been plenty of articles that have been directly on your topics, so is it not a bit unfair to hijack the discussions in the articles that have little or nothing to do with your views? At what point did i claim to be a moderator

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  • Irish Mag

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #34

    Alright lads, first time poster but following the blog with a few years. Said I had to share this with ye…..

    I scored 24 goals helping my side win promotion back to the Premier League aged 22.

    In my first season in the top flight I had bagged 15 goals by the end of January. Including a goal against the reigning champions, away at Arsenal and in a home win over Liverpool. My form earned me an England call-up and my debut in an international friendly.

    I am a £35m striker?

    No I am Michael Ricketts, February 2002

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #35

    i reckon we will get a draw tonight. can’t see us winning, but hope we can avoid defeat

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #36

    Ricketts got crocked badly though didn’t he?

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  • Irish Mag

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #37

    Not sure what happened him after that but he was rubbish after that season. There are some crazy simularities between the two, Ricketts was even brought up for assault on a women… On 17 January 2011, Ricketts pleaded guilty to a charge of common assault after punching and headbutting his ex-girlfriend! I reckon we will scrap a win tonight, Joey with the winner.

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  • Markaccus

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #38

    Was talking to someone earlier, and we were thinking how it wouldn’t hurt to try loven, and ranger together, try to out pace fulhams defence.
    Probably wont happen, he’ll stick with strolla up front.

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  • Spuggy

    Feb 2, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #39

    C’mon boys, prove those last few games weren’t a fluke – we can defo do it without the big fella, you get a chance to prove it tonight and bring huge relief to every supporter of the black and white everywhere.

    Have been listening to pathetic pundits since Monday saying we haven’t got a chance with Carroll gone – I say let’s prove them wrong starting with Fulham.

    HWTL!

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  • connor_nufc

    Feb 2, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #40

    Jus watch it on skysports

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