The First Penalty – The Soft One – Was The Turning Point


In a short interview after yesterday’s game a very  deflated  Danny Guthrie admitted that the players had let themselves down at Fulham.

Steven Stone and Alan Pardew – before the game yesterday

And Danny also said that things had been said in the dressing room after the game, and rightly so.

It was the proverbial game of two halves,  as Newcastle dominated the first half and were rightly 1-0 ahead at half time, with a wonderful Danny Guthrie shot that flew into the net from his left foot.

Everything seemed to be going so well and we looked a good side, but for all their possession Newcastle should really have been more than 1-0 up at half time, with Shola Ameobi missing a couple of  decent  heading opportunities from good crosses from Yohan Cabaye.

But there was a warning of what was to come, when Andrew Johnson was clean through and he was brought down by Davide Santon, who really should have been sent off but the Italian only got a yellow cars.

That was only just before the half time whistle was blown,  and it was Andrew’s pace that caused a lot of the trouble after he had been brought on for the injured Steve Sidwell.

And then Fulham manager Martin Jol  replaced the ineffective Bryan Ruiz with Chris Baird at half time – and the game changed.

It was only seven minutes into the second half when  rather sloppy penalty was given by referee Lee Mason  for Fulham,  when David Santon was adjudged to have pulled back Damien Duff, but it was outside the penalty box where the foul happened.

But Danny Murphy made no mistake from the penalty as he scored his 10th penalty out of 10, and in the next 17 minutes Newcastle went completely haywire as they seemed to switch off  completely and conceded another three goals.

It was like the first 26 minutes against Arsenal and like the last 30 minutes of the season  against West Brom, so it’s not really the first time it’s happened over the last year.

That first soft penalty was the turning point, and Alan Pardew had this to say immediately after the game:

“Certainly the first goal for them – the soft goal – seemed to affect us.”   “I don’t know if we felt that was an injustice or something, that they were level.”

“But we switched off in a 15-20 minute period there and that’s unlike us.”  “But it just goes to show you cannot do that at this level.” 

It was simply a disaster and an embarrassment for this Newcastle side in the second half, and they’ll have to get themselves back together – and quickly too.

And we have to remember it’s only one game and only 3 points lost and we still have 16 games and 48 points to play for – but we must learn from what happened in that second half.

The loss didn’t affect the team too much in the league table,  as Chelsea only drew at Norwich and Liverpool managed to lose 3-1 at Bolton Wanderers.

Next up for Newcastle is the 4th round of the FA Cup at Brighton next Saturday afternoon, which again is being televised worldwide, and then we visit Blackburn in the league on the following Wednesday evening.

On the following Sunday – February 5th – we have an early kick-off game against Aston Villa at St. James’ Park,  so it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Newcastle can win their next two league games and put this terrible capitulation behind us.

If we get 6 points over the next two league games we could again be sitting pretty in the league table.

That’s what we want to see – and there’s nothing much we can do now about the game yesterday.

Howay The Lads!!

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27 comments so far

  • Gateshead_Geordie

    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #1

    From last thread…

    davybtoon // Jan 22, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    thought fulham jus did what west brom did n used there pace in behind willo n colo who were at fault for most of the goals
    if anything yesterday shud speed up the process of bringin in another defender i hope to god its cissohko sowe can get simpson out of the team n move santon across to right back

    I think signing a CB with some legs has to be a priority, as you say Willo and Colo were caught out, not for the first time, with a ball in behind and a fast forward. Willo is good cover, nothing more nothing less.

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  • bentoon

    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Stoke and Liverfool both lost and i cant see Arsenal beating Man U, so we should still be joint 5th by the end of today. Still a shame that we couldnt capitalise on the results going our way. Maybe this result will get the defender we need over the line a little quicker?

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #3

    We were awful yesterday I love collo and big mike has been great since Taylor has been out,but they had a poor day yesterday,Clinton demsey to out pace someone is a disgrace,we need a new young pacey cb,willinson has the turning circle of the titanic!!!am a one to keep the faith but new defenders and needed santon been fab he’s a right back simple as that,new left back and cb please fat man!!!

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Hope we get a LB and CB over the line before next weekend and play them next weekend sell simmo get some cash back

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Santon isnt a RB, hes a LB and played there all his career… He just had a poor 2nd half yesterday, like most of our team

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #6

    @4 totally agree with that simpson is major weak link in our defence
    my dream wud b santon mbwia colo cissohkp

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #7

    biff hes bloody ryt back am sick of this argument hes right footed yes hes class at left back but thats jus bcoz hes a class player

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #8

    Santon can play RB and played there for italy he can play RW aswell thats where he started! Everyone had a stinker yesterday but shola just looked even worse than he normally does

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #9

    Just because he’s right footed, doesnt mean hes a RB. His preferred position is LB and thats also his strongest position, regardless of what foot he uses.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #10

    Jason prior or shola

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  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #11

    Aye davy ive never liked simmo he backs off all the time a pacey skillfull winger skins him everytime no good at going forward and when he gets the ball hd looks so nervous so he just gets rid i would play tav next week he needs to play

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #12

    he is ryt back dont care what anyone says if your ryt footed your a ryt back n if ya left footed ya a left back its as simple as that

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  • shearer 9

    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #13

    Omg this annoys me so much is u knew anything about santon u would no he’s a left back just look at his games for inter and Italy FFs look it up

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  • FollowFollow

    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #14

    Whatever he has been up to now, Santoon is stronger on his right.

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #15

    eaststand – spot on mate he looks so uncomfortable on the ball its terrible to watch n as u say hes shocking at attacking tavernier wud b in over simpson everyday for me

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #16

    Thought we kooked unusually sloppy at the back yesterday krul didnt look commanding simmo wasnt in the fame at all willo looked short if pace colo had a mare which is bizarre! Felt but sorry for santon lad was starting to look full of confidence but felt he was left to fight a losing battle own his own as the rest of defence went missing.
    Midfield well danny n jonas i thought had a decent enough game in fact truth be told jonas looks a better number 10 the wor benny who i thought had a shocker really went AWOL along with cabaye (not sure if he was really match fit) for me benny should not be starting yet hasnt earned it and all oards points about his workrate were there to see. Shola should not be starting games simple as hes a good impact sub for 20-30 mins at the end but shouldnt be starting as i think hes starting to get to besty aswell who looked after 20 mins looked liked he really couldnt be bothered to try and get the ball to strolla anymore

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  • shearer 9

    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #17

    Ha ha ur taking the piss now wot about the best left bak in the world lahm

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #18

    shearer i was a ryt back when i played n sometimes i filled in at left back dosent mean i was a bloody left back, hes all ryt foot hence he shud b at ryt back

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #19

    lahm is f******g ryt back aswell that been played out of position how many f*****g lefted players u see at ryt back non

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  • shearer 9

    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #20

    No it’s the other way round he can play rb if needed not gonna argue wiv a so called fan just google it

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  • shearer 9

    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #21

    It don’t matter wot foot u r lol he likes to cut in like against man u. He’s not the only lb who is right footed

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  • juliolaker

    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #22

    Not only was the first pen soft but Duff did his best impression of Andy Johnson to win it in the first place. On the Santon yellow I don’t think it was red purely because the ref realised Johnson threw himself to the floor at the slightest touch, I think he even embarrassed himself with it which is why he got up and continued. No need for Santon to be so close in that situation though once it’s a sprint. I’m amazed colo hasn’t scored more, he always cracks at least one thunderbolt at the keeper per match, if only he could put a bit of direction on them. If the first half was all us, as well as some of the decisions the second half was stark contrast, everything went for Fulham who I can’t really fault although I still think Johnson’s pen was harsh too, he would never have got to the ball he crossed over and concentrated on making sure he dragged his legs over Krul.

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  • davybtoon

    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #23

    shearer ffs go learn about football there players who can hav class careers out of position it does not mean thats there natural side how many left footed players u see at ryt back non u see loads of ryt players at left back bcoz its easier to adapt, managers hav ryt footed left backs so they can cut in n shoot jus like they do wingers its a simple game, lahm santon ryt footed 20x times better on there natural side

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  • bills-son

    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #24

    I said on here after I watched Santon make his home debut against Swanseas that far too often he goes on forward runs, cuts inside on his right foot, and if we lose possession he is miles out of position.

    That is what happened time and again yesterday and cost us goals. Collo and Willo aren’t quick and they were left exposed by Santon leaving a huge gap down the left. Watch the goals, Santon was nowhere to be seen for three of them.

    Its great having attacking full backs BUT their first responsibility io defence. If they go forward they should stick to the byeline and get back quick if possessions is lost. This is what made Ashley Cole the best attacking and defending full back in the Prem and one of the best in the world.

    Santon is young and very talented but he needs to play with far more discipline.

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  • Papiss9

    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #25

    Santon is a natural rightback, but ofcourse plays well at leftback too. The reason why he played leftback in inter is because MAICON is rightback and he is(was) untouchable.

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  • shearer 9

    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #26

    Well u let me no when he plays rb full time for us

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  • darrenfletcher88

    Jan 22, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #27

    Santon great player,tops teams have balance,simple things,have left footed left backs right footed rbs,sounds sad but it’s true!!!santon put are CBS under pressure all game yesterday instead getting rid with his left foot,the point he’s a great player had a bad day at the office,simple,left is a must to take us forward!!!am sure pardew said when be bought the lad said he’s a right back that can fill in at left back!!!

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