The wheels came of Newcastle’s bandwagon in the second half at Craven Cottage this afternoon, when Newcastle conceded five poor goals to Fulham at Craven Cottage and Clint Dempsey hit a hat trick.
That was after Newcastle had dominated the game in the first half and were 1-0 up with a great goal from Danny Guthrie.
But Fulham came back in the second half with four goals in 17 minutes, but two of those goals were from penalties, which were a little dubious.
The most important goal was Fulham’s first goal which they got from a penalty on 52 minutes, after Santon had pushed Johnson, but it looked to be outside the box.
Newcastle now go off on their winter break, but their confidence will have been dented by this heavy shock defeat.
It was simply a terrible capitulation and complete collapse in the second half by Newcastle – that’s basically the bottom line.
And Newcastle now owe it to their supporters in the next league game at Blackburn Rovers, a week on Wednesday, to get themselves back together and get over this terrible result.
We have to remember it’s only one game and in fact it was only one half – since Newcastle were dominant in the first 45 minutes.
Here’s a report of the game:
The sides kicked off and for the first 15 minutes or so both sides were trying to find their rhythm but it was a slow start to the game.
But Newcastle were a little bit brighter and more energetic in the first 10 minutes that they were last Sunday against QPR and Newcastle slowly started to get on top.
Then after 12 minutes a good cross into the box by Cabaye on the left win was a chance for Ameobi but Stockdale collected the ball just under the crossbar.
Ben Afa started to come more into the game and he seemed to be given a fairly free role as Gutierrez was playing in midfield with Shola Ameobi the only big man up front.
Then after 17 minutes Ben Arfa who was looking menacing hit s decent left shot which goalkeeper Stockdale blocked to his left but no Newcastle player was following up.
On 21 minutes another cross in from the left was met by Ameobi but he headed the ball high and wide and really should have done better.
Newcastle were starting to dominate the possession but after 25 minutes Duff, who was booed every time he got the ball had a good shot which Tim Krul saved well.
Then after 34 minutes a terrific chance for Newcastle was missed when Williamson from the right sent in a cross which found his central defensive colleague Coloccini with an open goal from 6 yards out but he hit the ball straight at goalkeeper Stockdale.
Newcastle were the better side but had nothing to show for their dominance over a poor looking Fulham side.
But then on 42 minutes Bryan Luiz lost the ball and Ben Arfa laid the ball into the middle of the park to Danny Guthrie, who moved forward and then hit an unstoppable left foot drive into the roof of the net.
A wonderful goal by Danny Guthrie and a great time to get it – just before half time.
That was Danny’s second goal of the season and his 9th goal for Newcastle – please sign this lad up!
But then Newcastle were very lucky when substitute Andrew Johnson was straight through on goal, and was brought down about 10 yards outside the penalty area by Davide Santon and it looked like a red card offense – but the referee only gave a yellow card and Newcastle were really lucky not to be down to 10 men.
20 seconds later the half time whistle came and Newcastle were much the better side in the first half, but it’s was hard to think that Fulham could continue to be as poor as they looked in the first 45 minutes.
And after 52 minutes disaster for Newcastle, as Davide Santon was adjudged to have fouled Damien Duff but the challenge looked to be outside the box.
But the referee gave the penalty and Danny Murphy sent Krul the wrong way and Fulham were amazingly level, after being outplayed for most of the game.
And then would you believe it but after 59 minutes Zamora and Clint Dempsey had a quick breakaway and Johnson put through Zamora on the right and he turned the ball onto his left foot as Coloccini slid in.
And Zamora then hit the ball and Krul reached the ball low to his left, but could only parry it and Dempsey put the ball into the net from close range.
Newcastle conceded a third goal after 65 minutes when Clint Dempsey was put through and he easily beat Tim Krul to make it 3-1.
And then 3 minutes later Danny Guthrie touched Andrew Johnson just inside the penalty box and Johnson – as he often does – went flying over Krul as he came out – and the referee amazingly gave another penalty.
So that was two dubious penalties to Fulham and Zamora made it 4-1 from the spot.
So after being dominant in the first half, Newcastle’s wheels came off and they found themselves 4-1 down after conceding four goals in just 17 minutes, and it’s a pity that Newcastle didn’t make their first half dominance count with more goals.
After 85 minutes the ball was played by Ameobi out to Ben Arfa on the right wing, and he cut in and beautifully to beat his man and slam the ball left footed into the back of the net to make it 4-1.
But then to rub it in for what is Newcastle worst defeat of the season Fulham scored a 5th goal on 89 minutes when Clint Dempsey hit a right foot shot from the center of the penalty box for his hat-trick.
This was a terrible result for Newcastle, and probably the worst result of the season but everything looked so good in the first half when the Magpies were much the better side.
Who would have though at half time that Newcastle would go down 5-2.
But Newcastle had their chances, and they didn’t take them.
And there has to be a big question mark about whether we have enough striking power in the side before Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse return.
And it was a terrible result for Newcastle to get before they go off on their short winter break.
But it’s only one game (thank goodness for that) and Alan Pardew and the coaches will have to study exactly what happened in those 17 minutes of the second half when we conceded four goals.
And Newcastle’s goal difference is now down to +2.
It’s a game that was hard to watch for Newcastle fans in that second half, and in truth it was a calamitous defeat for Newcastle and they conceded 5 goals for the first time this season.
What’s that about having a good defense?
Fulham (4-3-3): David Stockdale; Stephen Kelly, Brede Hangeland, Philippe Senderos, John Arne Riise; Steve Sidwell, Danny Murphy (c), Clint Dempsey; Damien Duff, Bobby Zamora, Bryan Ruiz
Substitutes: Neil Etheridge, Matthew Briggs, Chris Baird, Aaron Hughes, Kerim Frei, Marcel Gecov, Andrew Johnson
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Danny Guthrie, Jonas Gutierrez; Leon Best, Shola Ameobi
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, James Perch, Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan, Peter Lovenkrands