Newcastle 2 Fulham 1 – Best Brace Does It


Newcastle got an unlikely win today against Fulham 2-1 at St. James’ Park, after going two goals up after 65 minutes, and both were opportunist goals from Leon Best.

But Newcastle had to thank goalkeeper Tim Krul who made three fantastic saves for Newcastle in the second half from Steve Sidwell, Chris Baird and Danny Murphy, and the Dutchman was in inspired form once again for the Magpies.

The game kicked off and it was Fulham who had the early possession of the ball as they passed it around nicely, indicative of a Martin Jol coached side.

Newcastle had difficulty getting the ball early in the game, and when they did get the ball they’d make 6 passes and be in the same place from where they started, there was no thrust to the Newcastle passing at all.

Fulham looked a good side, but the Newcastle defense were up to the challenge with Fab Coloccini and Steven Taylor looking solid once again at the back for Newcastle.

Newcastle were always second best in the first half, but in the three minutes of added time Obertan was showing more on the right wing, and he made a good run and pulled the ball back to Tiote, who then crossed the ball first time from the right wing into the penalty box.

Jonas Gutierrez got in a good header but Schwarzer saved low to his right. Then Obertan made an excellent run down the right wing and pulled the ball inside to Best,  who shot nicely  but the ball was deflected for a corner.

And from the corner the ball was put out to Cabaye whose shot was just tipped over the bar by Fulham goalkeeper Schwarzer – a good effort by Yohan.

Newcastle had made another lackadaisical start to this game in the first half, but in added time in the first half, they created three chances with Obertan starting to penetrate down the right wing.

But Fulham were the better side in the first 45 minutes, but the good news for Magpies fans was that Newcastle had not conceded, and therefore the lads still in the game at the half.

The first half was very like the first three games of the season for Newcastle, and we would expect to see Sammy Ameobi introduced shortly after the break, to give Newcastle some thrust.

Newcastle started much better in the second half and Obertan made a good diagonal run from his own half over to the left of the pitch, and he laid it off to Cabaye, who  shot on the volley from 25 yards out.

Schwarzer touched the ball onto the cross bar and Best tapped the ball from a yard out, and Newcastle were 1-0 up three minutes into the second half.  Then on 51 minutes Best laid the ball back to Cabaye who hit the ball just wide.

On 56 minutes Krul made a magnificent save from a Sidwell header, and Sidwell couldn’t believe he hadn’t scored, as the Dutchman somehow put the ball over the cross bar.

On 58 minutes there was a good run by Simpson,  who got in a good cross from the right wing, but Lovenkrands couldn’t  head the ball down.  Then on 65 minutes Damien Diff hit the ball just wide of Kruls’ left hand post.

On 66 minutes Leon Best got his second goal of the game as a cross came in from Tiote out on the right, and Best back-heeled the ball away from the defender before putting it away from six yards out – a brace for the Irishman, and another great opportunist goal from Leon.

Then on 72 minutes as Fulham began to press forward, another great save by Krul as Chris Baird fired in from a rolled free kick,  and Krul dived to his left to block the ball.

Demba Ba came on for Lovenkrands after 73 minutes and  then  Haris Vuckic came on for Best after 79 minutes, as Pardew tried to fill the midfield from a Fulham side who were coming hard at Newcastle.

Fulham were coming with all guns loaded at Newcastle, and then Haris Vuckic seemed to get a hand injury and was replaced by Alan Smith on 86 minutes.

But Fulham got their goal after 88 minutes, and it was the first goal conceded by Newcastle in the league this season, when a free kick outside the box was easily headed home by an open Clint Dempsey from just eight yards out, with Krul looking to be in no man’s land too far out of his goal.

Now could Newcastle hold on?

The  lads held out for an unlikely win, and it’s now  7 points from the three Premier League games, and an excellent result for this new Newcastle side.

Best again showed he can get the job done when given an opportunity, and although the first half was again poor, Newcastle showed they know how to get the job done, with three wins in a row, since the Arsenal draw.

Newcastle were in 5th place at the end of the game, but Manchester  City moved above them in the league, after they annihilated Spurs 5-1 at White Hart Lane – we suppose £600M spent on new players in the last three years does make a difference.

Since there is now an International break,  we can enjoy this great start for a couple of weeks, and let’s hope the club can get three good players in by the end of the month!

Howays The Lads!!

Teams:

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan, Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands
Subs: Ole Soderberg, Shane Ferguson, Alan Smith, Haris Vuckic, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Demba Ba

Fulham (4-4-2): Mark Schwarzer; Chris Baird, Brede Hangeland, Aaron Hughes, Matthew Briggs; Damien Duff, Steve Sidwell, Danny Murphy (c), Pajtim Kasami; Clint Dempsey, Mousa Dembele
Subs: Neil Etheridge, Stephen Kelly, Philippe Senderos, Dickson Etuhu, Marcel Gecov, Karim Frei, Andrew Johnson



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105 comments so far

  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #1

    (from the other thread)

    Nottsgeordies Fulltime ratings

    Krul – 8 – kept us in the game
    Simpson – 7 – solid, no mistakes and got forward
    Saylor – 7 – played well, positioning was good
    Coloccini – 7 – a rock as usual
    Raylor – 7 – didnt do much 2nd half, got forward in the 1st
    Obertan – 6 – not much end product but showed flashes
    Tiote – 6 – still sluggish but better
    Cabaye – 8 – took control of game
    Jonas – 7 – ran down clock well at the end
    Best – 8 – great finishing, won headers, linked play well
    Loven – 4 – worst player on pitch, did absolutely nowt

    Ba – 7 – set up bests goal and almost scored himself
    Vuckic – 7 – good when on the ball, got injured though
    Smith – 6 – not much, but when he came on they scored

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  • Thump

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Krul is easily MotM like. Cracking game but he shouldn’t have been so far forward for the Dempsey goal.

    Ba had a decent game like.

    @Notts: Vuckic 7? I think that’s being quite lenient like, he barely touched the ball!

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  • aussiemag

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #3

    YEAH LADS WHAT A GAME WOO HOO!

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  • TinoToon

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #4

    The commentator was a tw@t. Keep the whole game talking, how Nufc will struggle without Barton, then starting to asking for yellow card for Tiote. Piss me off.

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  • FarAwayGeordie

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #5

    NUFC played very well, still need strengthening though
    Obertan showed glimpses, maybe he just needs confidence and that comes with more playing time ..

    Howay the lads!

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #6

    We need to improve our starting better.
    Every game we’ve had now, we’ve started on our heels, reeling form the oppositions pressure.
    In the 2nd half, we come good.
    It’s not a good thing tho, it’s won us games up till now, but it wont for ever. We need to learn to start harder.

    Funny thing i spoke to WWJBD about this earlier, lol.
    My feeling was right on the day, we’ll come good in 2nd half, and boy did we come good.

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #7

    thump

    but when he did he was good. if he was on longer he would of been class.

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #8

    If it really is a broken finger for Vuckic, which is what the reports are (unconfirmed yet) then he’ll be out for about 3 weeks.

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  • Tramp

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #9

    “Newcastle got an unlikely win today against Fulham”

    Huh? Ed, i think you’re losing it.

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  • Thump

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Aye the commentator must have been a stand in because there’s no excuse for his level of bias.

    @Notts: Dunno like, the only thing that really stood out to me was switching flanks, knocking the ball from the middle up to Obertan and then giving away the FK.

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  • Spuggy

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #11

    Unlikely win? Really ed. And second goal was assist from Ba no?

    Positives:

    – Cabaye starting to adjust to the pace, Tiote improved but still long way to go.
    – Best on form and Ba assist and nearly scored – good we need the strikers we’ve got on form and reassuring to see something from Ba.
    – Krul is an awesome keeper and still learning the trade.
    – Collo and Saylor still looking good.
    – Vuckic looks a player, needs more playing time, hurry back from injury.

    Obertan for me is a 60-70 minute impact sub at them not a start. Our wingers can’t finish an attack. I want to see more of Marveaux and of course Arfa when fit.

    Now 3x players in by Wed please.

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  • Tramp

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #12

    When Pieters is officially signed, we MUST play Rayls RB and him LB with Simmo on bench. I hope Pards sees that.

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #13

    delighted with the win. Best has to be the first striker on the list now, followed by ba after his impressive display. he looked faster and fitter than in the scunthorpe. the only annoying thing is that pardew bums ameobi so hard that i dont think he could leave him out the team 😀

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  • Mystic Mikes' iron curtain

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Notts – I agree with those, but Obertan should certainly get a 7, he endeavoured to help the team today, which was peoples biggest criticism of him. He’s a great outlet and showed flashes, got his head up and made more correct decisions too.

    Vuckic should get the standard 6, was just getting into his stride, when he had to be subbed.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #15

    Wonder if all the neggers are now brain storming to see what they can bitch about after 3 wins and a draw?

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #16

    forgot about ben arfa for a second 🙂 our team is gonna be even better when hes back wow!!

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  • beefman13

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #17

    3 great points and a great start to the season, leon again showed he can score in the prem but why oh why take him off when going for a hat trick as soon as he went off and we changed things we put ourselves under pressure, krul was top drawer again not tempting fate, i hope gosling is not being replaced in the squad for smith as that for me should go to the war crimes commitee, simply my least fav newcastle player ever alan smith.

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #18

    ‘Newcastle got an unlikely win today against Fulham ‘
    Surely aren’t they a bit of a Sunday league team ?

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #19

    jack

    just what i was thining haha, they’ll be moaning at krul for giving away the goal and going crazy at lovenkrands 🙂

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  • JackButler

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #20

    beefman13 when Best came off he has an ice pack on his right ankle, probably precaution in taking him off

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #21

    I just realised that Tottenham and Blackburn are on 0 points still.
    Altho, Tottenham has played only 2 i think…

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  • shamsoftabriz

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #22

    Any confirmation yet on the severity of Vuckic’s (purportedly broken) finger? Also, with two weeks off, I wonder how close Hatem will be to returning for the next match? Might be a bit ambitious, but who knows.

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  • lukes26

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #23

    @ Tramp..Agreed. Simpson seems panicked at times. Ryan isnt always the best defender, but looks composed. RB is needed after our LB and Striker issues are resolved.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #24

    1-5 City

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #25

    I got slated for saying play best along with JB great result today krul won us the game harper wouldnt of saved from those headers

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  • Mystic Mikes' iron curtain

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Jack – exactly! Love how Best has rammed humble pie down many ‘supporters’ throats today 🙂

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #27

    @shamsoftabriz

    If i remember correctly, i think Arfa could be ready for QPR.

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  • eplforecast

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #28

    Did anyone see Smith almost give the ball away inside our area on 92 minutes?

    He is a total liability and shouldn’t even be on the pitch

    He can’t pass – can’t shoot – can’t tackle – can’t cover – can’t dribble – can’t head.

    Loven is another useless striker who doesn’t contribute to play – might as well play another midfield player other than him

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #29

    MM

    Obertan was a bit wasteful aswell though, its pretty frustrating when hes got a chance to cross and he does nothing 🙂

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  • lee1892

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #30

    Unlikely win Ed? We should be beating teams like Fulham. Sone good performances and poor ones (Simpson, Obertan and Lovenkrands).

    Ba came on after 60mins and set the second up.

    We were awful the first 30 mins but dominated from 30 to 80mins.

    Don’t understand why Smith came on instead of Sammy or Marv but good 3 points and HBA due back soon too. 7 points from 9 great start

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  • Widowmaker

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #31

    eplforecast,

    Yeah, I almost had a heart attack with that touch. Smith must be shipped out.

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  • arcarius

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #32

    Great start to the season, 7 points out of a possible 9. Just piss with some of the tactics and subs.

    Anyway Dzeko on fire, flop of last season banging in 4 goals against spuds 😆

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  • JackButler

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #33

    eaststandgeordie1982 there were idiots on here on thursday saying we should sell Ba and Best, I encourage everyone to keep taking their medication

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  • eplforecast

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #34

    Pay half his wages and ship him out for 50% wage cut

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  • niafron

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #35

    Ok, first about the players, will speak of the team as a whole later.

    Krull MOTM, a mistake on the Fulham’s goal, but he save the day.

    I found Simmo pretty good. He bring more offensive awarness than Raylor, but sure, Raylor isn’t on his good foot.

    Tiote still got to improve, but it was better.

    I think you now got an idea of what Cabaye will bring to this team…

    The greatest satisfaction was probably Obertan. A tough test for him, and he past it succesfully. He have showed what he can bring in attack, and he was really more involved in defense.

    Good entrance for Ba, i repeat, he just need time, he’s a good player.

    And sure, a word about Best, two goals in a game, dificult to make better for a striker…

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  • DJM TOON

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #36

    ben arfa due back on 1st october

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  • eplforecast

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #37

    I don’t think anyone will even pay Smith 10k a week though – thats why we are lumbered with him until the end of the season. His touch inside our penalty area was the worst i have seen ever

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  • beefman13

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #38

    krul has made outstanding save after outstanding save already this season and we are defending well but teams are still winning to many headers in the box against us, not wanting to complain cos i am ecstatic at 7 points and we have players in the team who are going to improve, now get that left back and no9 in i really like leon and he will score in the prem as his record shows but he isnt our number nine at the moment. ba started to look ok as well when he came on and will get goals for me in the prem.

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  • NottsGeordie

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #39

    epl

    no one is gonna pay 25k for that waste of space 😀

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  • redondo77

    Aug 28, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #40

    Lol @ JB 14
    They are going to bitch about transfer.

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