Fulham 5 Newcastle 2 – Magpies Total Collapse In Second Half

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

30 comments so far

  • TemuriKetsbaia

    Jan 21, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Give those Tenerife tickets to some of the fans that went to that “game”. That second half was absolute garbage.

    Oh and did some bird just waltz into the ground, flutter her eyelashes a bit, and get given a linesmans uniform and a red and yellow flag?

    There are no cheerleaders in football and a flag is not a pom pom love!

    (Andy Gray told me to say that)

  • Toonboy_83

    Jan 21, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Look at Shola Ameobi’s wiki page:


    before you ask it wasn’t me..

  • joe

    Jan 21, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Guys i hope you really dont judge me because of my comment, but i really think that James Perch should have came on much sooner.

    We were seriously missing Tiote today. Time and time again Andy Johnson or Bobby Zamora found space in between our midfield and defence, and you cant really blame anyone for that, except Pardew’s tactics. I thought he was poor today, as he didnt react to Martin Jol’s tactical switch. With Tiote sitting deep he would usually pick up those players who dropped deep.

    As good as Cabaye, Guthrie, Jonas, and Ben Arfa are on the ball, there is no out and out defensive midfielder among their ranks and no one player who would really help out the defence. Coupled with the fact that Santon kept pushing forward, Andy Johnson attacked the space he vacated forcing Coloccini to follow him out wide, leaving tons of space in the middle. At times it was literally 2 strikers vs 2 defenders! And with Dempsey’s movement out wide you knew he was always going to have the beating of Danny Simpson in the box, and it proved fatal today. With James Perch in the side, he would naturally drop back to central defence to cover for whichever defender was pulled out wide.

    Todays defeat in my opinion was not down to one single player, although Ameobi could start working harder! It was tactical, so I’m putting the blame on Pardew. You don’t go away and play 4 ball players in midfield without a recognised ball winner. And that was the reason of our defeat. Too much space in between defence and midfield. So please dont tell me I dont know what I’m talking about, when I say that James Perch would have been vital to our side today.

    What do you guys think?

  • GeordieToon89

    Jan 21, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #4

    One word….. Disgusting!

  • JackButler

    Jan 21, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #5

    The two faces of NUFC today, brilliant in the 1st 45 mins, pathetic in the second. No threat up front and well below par at the back.

    Buts it’s one game and we bounced back after the Liverpool game, KEEP THE FAITH

  • colwell

    Jan 21, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Ben Arfa who hasn’t played much has still scored more goal this season than Shola has?

  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 21, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #7



  • arcarius

    Jan 21, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #8


    Totally agreed. Tactically outclassed by Jol


    Jan 21, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #9

    got caught with too many men upfield in the second half they kept scoring from simple through balls because of simple mistakes

  • Crawfordladd17

    Jan 21, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #10

    Played like Newcastle in the first and played like Mackems in the second, but good news is that Stoke lost which means they r still a good bit behinded us

  • micktoon

    Jan 21, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #11

    @joe or include abeid in the team to win the ball or yes perch if you want or could collo play in that roll? and perch at the back maybe but i do agree with you but for me the answer is collo in there

  • Brutooon

    Jan 21, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #12


    1) what i said about Shola Ameobi is RIGHT. he is shit lazy and crap player for the last 11 season

    2) HBA can still score eventhough playing with a SHIT SHOLA AMEOBI

    3) we still got Demba Ba and Demba Cisse coming back in February. By them Shola Ameobi will be kick back to the bench where he belong !!!!!!!

    4) maybe a good reason to sign a new CB

  • The Ghost of St.James

    Jan 21, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Our central defence lack of pace was badly shown up again today. Once Fulham had worked out the ball sent over the top would expose us we were done for and they repeated the trick three times – painful to watch!. Hope we can pick up a pacy CB in this transfer window or other teams will be quick to use the same trick

  • joe

    Jan 21, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #14


    I agree with you mate Shola is not good enough for our team, but he’s not the reason why we lost today. Like i posted earlier we lost a tactical battle, and Pardew’s team selection was all wrong. Worked in the first half but a midfield of Cabaye Guthrie BenArfa Guttierez was never gonna keep a clean sheet was it?

  • Tsunki

    Jan 21, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #15

    About that Wiki page – what does ‘lostalgic’ mean – Lethargic or Nostalgic? Or does he pine for episodes of ‘Lost’? Poor Shola, I feel sorry for him because age and injuries are finding him out now, and his strengths in hold up play for example are being outstripped by his lack of speed and mobility. He used to be pretty quick but as SBR once said he looked slow but actually covered the ground fast. If Pardew were to focus on Shola as the problem and drop him for the next game, would anyone bet we would win next time? Tactics for this team did not work, and made for a freak result, in which 2 goals at that ground any other day would have seen us shut up shop and come home with all the points.

  • kilcline

    Jan 21, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #16

    We need to bounce back from this disgraceful result.

  • Brutooon

    Jan 21, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #17


    with Demba Ba he also do a defensive duties. Ameobi didnt do that. the midfield and striker give a big gap, also for the midfield and defender.

  • nufc mad man

    Jan 21, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #18

    todays defeat was clearly down to lack of attepting to get that all important second goal pardew seems to have a real problem getting us to score the 2nd goal 7 of our wins this season have only had 1 goal differance and quite a lot of our losses were during to us dropping our heads once we concede if we were ahead and this will be why HBA is not starting ameobi is starting perch always getting on as a sub and obatan was in starting 11 while raylor was LB.
    HBA is not a player who likes getting back
    obatan is poor foward but has the speed so was able to get back quick
    ameobi is tall and basically just helps if they have set pieces
    perch well he is a defender so we go 5 4 1

  • micktoon

    Jan 21, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #19

    joe i totally agree BUT that midfield could be exciting IF we only play 1 uptop and bring in a tiote like player which would give the midfield licence to play and go forward like a 4-1-4-1 formation as that midfield has goals in them but it also needs protecting also that midfield is a passing midfield and shouldnt be ignored by the long ball what do you think so that same team as today drop shola and bring in a defensive midfielder instead for me that works

  • joe

    Jan 21, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #20


    Absolutely. That midfield would be exciting but we need a Cisse or a Ba up top by himself, mobile enough so that the opposition’s defence drops deeper, and strong enough to hold up play. We played a 4222 formation in the first half, Cabaye and Guthrie sitting with Ben Arfa and Jonas giving license to roam. But what happens when u play a 4 man midfield is that they all have to come back to defend, and that gives the oppositions defence an opportunity to push up, negating the space they had in the first half. Martin Jol saw this and told his defence to push up, simply because he knew that Leon Best and Ameobi were not mobile enough to trouble their defence by running in behind. The result? We dropped deeper and deeper while they pressed higher. Shola’s and Best’s lack of mobility also meant that their midfield was not afraid of closing our midfield down, like in the 2nd half. Long ball was the only way to go from then on.

  • mra

    Jan 21, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Look i am not going to come on here one week and praise AP and the boys and slag them the next, so my comments are directed at todays performance and nothing else. But (and i am sure they know) that was embarrassing. Everyone needs to take a long look in the mirror after that one. Tactically AP had it right to start we bossed the game, however once Fulham went to a 442, we needed to remove Shola, Best or benny. AP did not adapt and we paid the price. would have almost been better id Santon was sent off at the end of the first, perhaps we would have been better organized.

  • captainawes0me

    Jan 21, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #22

    does anybody know what time senegal play zambia tonite? and if there is a link to the game? want to cheer myself up after today by watching the demba’s tear up the ACON!!

  • TheScottishGeordie

    Jan 21, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #23

    Honestly, I like Pardew but he has to see that Shola is too old, slow and lazy to start! Terrible performance- should only be used as an impact sub from now on. One good thing that could come from this heavy defeat is a centre-back and a good one at that! Also, Santon was very lucky to stay on the pitch but when on the ball he looked class! Hope we can keep him for many years!

    Anyway the team I’d go for for Blackburn would be;

    Ben Arfa—————————————-Obertan

    Anyone else want to see Pardew put out a similar team to that?

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Jan 21, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #24

    we would have killed the game off if the forwards had of been a bit more mobile and took the chances that were presented. That and the high defensive line was poor tactically.

  • radja in Indonesia

    Jan 21, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #25

    I am the fans from the other side of the world, indonesia. I think the fans have the right and the club must hear it. Can you all fans in newcastle go talk to AP and told him to get rid shola of from our club? I really dont like him!!

  • Constanstine

    Jan 21, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #26

    With Best and Ameobi, we were playing as if 9 men. They were brainless, hopeless and top of that, laziness. Our midfield and defense needed to push higher up as the result. Martin Jol saw that and I bet till now AP’s still thinking ‘ What went wrong?’.

  • north east lincs toon

    Jan 21, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #27

    Captainswes Senegal game is on Eurosport at 10:00

  • joe

    Jan 21, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #28


    Totally agree mate. If you look at the way man city play that formation, starting from the midfield platform, they have a good ball distributor in Barry who sits deep and a box to box player in Toure, who will drop in defence should he be required to. So defensively they are sound. Then they have Silva and Milner to roam free BUT the crucial thing is that they have 2 very mobile strikers in Aguero and Dzeko who would force defences to drop deeper, allowing the space for Milner and Silva to do their damage. If u were to replace those 2 strikers with Best and Ameobi, their wingers would not be half as effective as they are now. That said, I think the 4222 tactic would work with Ba and Cisse up top. Today it was just a case of trying to play a narrow system without the required firepower, coupled with a tactical error in central midfield, the fact that there was no defensive mid.

  • zaktoon_swede

    Jan 21, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #29


    perhaps i misunderstood your comment but cut the sexist crap, as disgusting as our second half performance. god knows all the comments she have to deal with from the stands. i think shes really brave, even stats shows she’s one of the most accurate linesmen in the premier league.

  • YOY_Yorkshire

    Jan 21, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #30

    Joe…up top…was spot on. Santon looks very good but today (and in previous games) has been caught out of position especially pressing forward, which means Collo has to cover. I would have liked to see a Raylor in front of the back four, with benny, cabaye and Jonas providing the link. We need to consolidate and become more consistent before we think about Europe. hoping for an injury free ANC 🙂


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