Craven Cottage has not been a happy hunting ground for Newcastle recently, and in our previous 10 visits there, we have lost seven, including getting hammered last season 5-2, after controlling the game in the first half, and being one up at the break through a great Danny Guthrie strike.
Alan Pardew – Newcastle played great in first half last season in same fixture
And while Newcastle have only one win from our last six league games our performances in the last couple of games – in the 2-1 loss at Stoke, when we gave a couple of goals away in the last nine minutes, and the 3-0 win against Wigan a week ago – have seen Newcastle play very well and something like we were playing like last season, when we finished 5th in the Premier League.
It would be great to get a second successive win in the league tonight at Craven Cottage, and the Newcastle manager says it’s up to his players to do just that:
“Every Premier League game brings its own difficulties, so it doesn’t really matter too much who the opposition is.” ”It’s about ourselves and we produced a level of football against Wigan and Stoke that has buoyed us all on the training ground, and you can see that.” ”There’s definitely a stronger attitude to attack games.”
”They are a good side and they play very, very well at home, so it’s a tough encounter.” ”Last year, we probably played our best half of football in the first half. Unfortunately, the second half was probably our worst, so we are hoping we don’t put in that Jekyll and Hyde performance that we did last year”
Newcastle’s second string gave a disappointing performance at Bordeaux last Thursday night, when we were well beaten and hardly threatened the French side at all, so we are hoping the first team players tonight can put on a much better show, and possibly get the win – that’s what we are hoping for – and wins is what will see us move up the league table quickly.
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