Decent Newcastle Display But Yet Another Worrying Defeat


This was Fulham’s first win in eight games tonight, and it takes the Cottagers three points above a severely slumping Newcastle side in the league table, and this is now the fifth defeat in six league games for Newcastle and we have only 4 point from the last 21 played for.

Newcastle were outplayed in the first 30 minutes of this game as Fulham came storming out of the blocks, and sure enough they were ahead after just 19 minutes.

Former Newcastle winger Damien Duff got the ball on the right wing and passed it quickly to an unmarked Steve Sidwell, who hit the ball well, and it was going in, but it rebounded off Mike Williamson and hit the underside of the bar and went in.

And Fulham had been the better side and deserved to take the lead, and they could have added to their lead almost immediately a minute or so later when Berbatov was clean through but Krul made a brilliant block.

Newcastle were playing 4-3-3 but Fulham were dominating the midfield, and after 30 minutes Alan Pardew switched to 4-4-2 and Newcastle came back into the game and started attacking the home side.

After 32 minutes an excellent corner from Anita was headed like a bullet towards the goal by Coloccini, but right back Riether headed the ball off the line – a tremendous effort by the Newcastle captain.

On 39 minutes good play between Berbatov and Sidwell set up Riise with a chance on the corner of the penalty area, but the former Liverpool and Roma full-back hit the ball well over the bar.

But it was still 1-0 at the break – and it could have been a lot worse for Newcastle.

And Newcastle started the second half with much more energy than we had started this game, and on 54 minutes a goal out of nothing from Hatem Ben Arfa put Newcastle level.

The Frenchman got the ball just outside the penalty area to the right and hit a beautiful left foot shot that went in off the cross-bar – another great opportunist goal from Ben Arfa.

But then Damien Duff had his second assist of the night, as the Irish winger sent in a beautiful free-kick from the right and Rodallega was able to head home past Krul, and how come he was unmarked six yards from goal.

Another goal conceded from a set-play by Newcastle and that will not please the manager.

And then Newcastle pushed hard to get back into the game and after 72 minutes Coloccini hit the post before Shola Ameobi, Demba Ba and Jonas Gutierrez all had shots that tested Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer.

But Fulham held out for their first win in eight games, and Newcastle still haven’t won away from home this season after eight games on the road where we have only picked up a measly 4 points – and the lads are only a shadow of the side we were last season.

These are games we should be taking points out of, as we actually will be meeting some of the good teams coming up – like Manchester City at home on Saturday.

It was another terrible result, but a decent display from the lads, and if there were any doubts about bringing players in during january – we had better bring at least three or four good players to strengthen this squad – otherwise we could be in another relegation scrap.

That’s the unlikely truth after our seventh defeat in 16 league games.

Teams:

Fulham (4-4-2): Mark Schwarzer; Sascha Riether, Brede Hangeland (c), Aaron Hughes, John Arne Riise; Damien Duff, Steve Sidwell, Chris Baird, Alex Kacaniklic (askhan Dejagah 62); Dimitar Berbatov, Hugo Rodallega (Mladen Petric 86)
Subs not used: Neil Etheridge, Philippe Senderos, Giorgos Karagounis, Mahamadou Diarra, Kieran Richardson

Newcastle United: (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Cheick Tiote (Gael Bigirimana 86), Vurnon Anita (Sylvain Marveaux 86); Papiss Cisse, Hatem Ben Arfa (Shola Ameobi 70), Jonas Gutierrez; Demba Ba
Substitutes: Steve Harper, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, James Perch

Referee: Lee Mason
Attendance: 25,270



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248 comments so far

  • TimKrulFan

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #1

    If Krul,HBA,Ba leave I will stop watching newcastle there will be no point best squad we have had in years and are great manager cant do sh*t with it.

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #2

    pardew went wrong with his starting line up

    jonas, cisse or ba should not have been starting

    HBA shold be with 1 ov BA or CISSE

    marv should have started

    im embarresed to think he shut out the training sessions for that,,

    it was the same as every other game, we have played

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  • HBA Blood Twister

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #3

    TKF. That’s fine mate. I will love the club til I die, whether in the CL or the Blue Square.

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  • swemag

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #4

    It is official and it is starting to sink in.

    It hurts.

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  • matthewjai

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #5

    we should have played 451 rather than 433 ffs

    Cisse and Ba cannot start together, let alone Shola + Ba + Cisse in a front 3

    we need midfielder to pass and create

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  • Nufc-83

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #6

    * HBA Blood TwisterDec 10 – 10:18 PM
    Nufc-83
    Do you remember the score last yr at the Cottage and our dismal second half display?
    Or did you just start supporting us because we finished 5th?

    I would accept that comment if we where picking up points elsewhere but we are not its that simple
    *

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  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Any team lacking goals will cherish coming up against us as we will give them loads of opportunities the way were playing.

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #8

    we need gary nevil

    we need ole guner solksjær

    them 2 would have us at the right end of the table

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Someone just posted this on some forums I go on –

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A9yOZwqCIAEBks-.png:large

    Painful viewing haha, especially when you notice that some of the “successful crosses” are ones that have gone out to the other wing!

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #10

    @swemag
    It hurts like hell.

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  • AsprillaCartWheels

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #11

    The pain of watching Newcastle struggle through the season. I won’t be surprise if we’re in a relegation fight, if we keep up this form. The frustration on the back of a “succesful” season is overwhelming.

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  • HBA Blood Twister

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #12

    Jesus. Grow some nuts people. We played with pride and lost narrowly against a team renowned for their good home form.

    I’d recommend supporting Barca if you’re to pathetic to be able to handle losing.

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  • Toon1978

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #13

    WILLIAMSON………makes Boumsong and Bramble look good. Tiote……garbage. Jonas…..least said the better. HBA, absolute class, tell you what, lets take him off. AP is a fruit cake, is he deliberately trying to lose??

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #14

    So then how long are we going to give Pardew to turn this ship around then ?. Do it to early and we could cause more harm than good however to late and Championship here we come. I say give him till February so he can bring in a couple of players and sure up our defence

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  • NUFC FOR SALE

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #15

    Jonas is finished.

    We got rid of Nolan and Barton because they were apparently picking themselves…..well this is exactly what is happening now with Jonas.

    How on earth can any manager watching that tonight take Ben Arfa or Tiote off and leave Jonas on??????

    He needs to drop him for Marvaeux asap as Jonas brings nothing to this team what so ever anymore.

    Secondly Williamson is a liability. You can’t afford to have a League 1/ Championship centre half in the Premier League.

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  • VanToonMan

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #16

    Guys I agree that Jonas should NO WAY be starting…Marveaux has to start and we have to go back to a 4-3-3 with Ba on the left in my opinion and Cisse up top…..BUT…..as much as he was amazing last season and is our captain….is nobody realising how bad Colo is playing this season?!….Last season our Defence was shit but Colo was awesome so he kept it up to a decent level….this season he has been bad so we are totally rubbish in defence….So many mistakes from Colo….for me the most unforgiveable one was against Stoke…when he just let Jerome speed past him to score the winner with no effort to stick with him….unforgiveable.

    Jonas needs to be dropped. Colo needs to raise his game QUICK time. We need a top class RB and LW with Cisse and Ba alternating up top in a 4-3-3. I am so mad right now it’s ridiculous. We’re 14th?!

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  • toonking

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #17

    HBA Blood Twister
    newcastle are a team which is normally renowned for there home form yet we loose to swansea and west ham drew against villa

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  • HBA Blood Twister

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #18

    Nufc-83

    Just accept the point anyway because we are in the knockouts of the Europa and have had a shitload of injuries. Be patient my friend.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Blood Twister

    I agree, we performed admirably, poor individual mistakes cost us but collectively we played well at times and with grit and effort.

    Had we kept the possession better and defended better we would have won that game.

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #20

    I dont think I can take much more of mike willamson lol He’s up there with Bramble for me.

    Watching him through my fingers usually.

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  • Eddie

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #21

    Can’t handle losing? Sound’s like someone can’t handle a bit of ambition.

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  • Beattie25

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #22

    Frank De Boer
    Laurent Blanc
    Roberto Di Matteo
    Roberto Martinez
    Paulo Di Canio
    Ole Gunnar Solksjaer
    Ralf Ragnick
    Martin Jol
    Marcelo Bielsa
    Rudi Garcia
    Remi Garde
    Alain Casanova
    Lucien Favre
    Sami Hyypiä
    Gerrit Jan Alfons Verbeek
    Ronald Koeman
    Marco van Basten
    José Vítor dos Santos Peseiro
    John van den Brom

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  • HBA Blood Twister

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #23

    toonking

    Some of those performances whilst with injuries were poor. This one wasn’t.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #24

    I’m starting to wonder that Pardew is hoping to get sacked. He doesn’t look happy. Bringing Bigirimana on instead of Abeid is a joke. He scored a good goal last week, but he overall contribution doesn’t warrant a first team place.

    Bring in Debuchy. Sissokho, Aldererewield and Remy in January.

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  • nick_9

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #25

    Ruddy, the link up play has been shocking. It looked better against Wigans ten men but was still lackluster. I dont believe the link up play is down to one player. We only have Anitas, Ben Arfa, Santon and Ba who come for the ball. The rest are happy to hide in the shadows and do nothing. Even with our strongest eleven out they look lackluster. Pardew really needs to get the lads working on their passing, movement and support play. We have lost the solid defense of last season and have less wonder goals. Our recent points per game form is worrying, 5 defeats from 6 with last seasons top three to play next

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #26

    Crap first twenty minutes could of been/should of been 3-0 down, defence had no cover, all over the place.
    Rest of first half and most of the second half we were the best team. First twenty minutes of second half best football we’ve played all season – passed and moved at pace.
    Anita, Ben Arfa and Krul best players by a mile.

    Tiote was total sh**e. How many times did he get caught in possession or passed to the opposition.
    Jonas wasn’t much better why oh why did we not start with Marvo our best player last week.
    Did not understand substitutions

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  • HBA Blood Twister

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #27

    Oh and did anyone notice the noise that our great away support was making – and Fulhams great support.

    How about we make some noise at our ground? Maybe we will pick up more points by encouraging the team rather than whinging when we hit a long ball or misplacing a pass.

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  • Toon1978

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #28

    Pardew has lost the f…kin plot. Taking him off for Ameobi…OOOMMMMGGGG.

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  • NUFC FOR SALE

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #29

    Have to say Anita was our best player tonight. His passing is superb.

    Tiote has lost the plot, his passing and dwelling on the ball was nothing short of comical tonight.

    Simpson still one of our most consistent performers and has been for the last 18 months.

    Fulham are a poor team and in the first half we made them look like Brazil.

    I don’t know what Pardew and his team are training these guys???

    No point in talking about Pardew for the chop, no manager is going to do any better with the Fat Controller in charge.

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  • toonicle

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #30

    Drop Jonas for Marv, even just for 1 game to see the difference Pards… It’ll do a world of good.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #31

    Bramble’s miles ahead of Williamson. At least he can run with the ball and take players on. Williamson has no pace whatsoever. Bramble was also more threatening from corners and a better all round ball player.

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  • daztoon

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #32

    @19
    LOL and if we had scored more than them we would have won too

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #33

    For all I didn’t want jonas in the side today he did do quite well in a central role. Not fantastic but did alright.

    With us trying 433, 4231, 442 I believe the biggest problem we have is linking the 3 sections of the team.

    We seen to struggle to link defence to midfield and midfield to attack.

    In the wigan game anita, tiote and marvoux dropped very deep to collect the ball off the back 4 and link the play. Today that didn’t happen as much.

    Removing HBA for shola was pathetic.

    we had 3 dm’s and 3 strikers…..no point in having 3 strikers who are not creative on the pitch if you have no creative players behind them

    once hba went off santon was out main creative threat which is embarassing as more should come from midfield

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #34

    Frank De Boer
    Laurent Blanc
    Roberto Di Matteo
    Roberto Martinez
    Paulo Di Canio
    Ole Gunnar Solksjaer
    Ralf Ragnick
    Martin Jol
    Marcelo Bielsa
    Rudi Garcia
    Remi Garde
    Alain Casanova
    Lucien Favre
    Sami Hyypiä
    Gerrit Jan Alfons Verbeek
    Ronald Koeman
    Marco van Basten
    José Vítor dos Santos Peseiro
    John van den Brom

    all great shouts

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  • Toon1978

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #35

    Bit worrying when you play well and get nothing like!!

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  • toonking

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #36

    HBA Blood Twister
    so then we have not got a top team at all then and are a relegation team because actually most games have had no more than two out injured at the moment only cabaye and talor are missing.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #37

    Nick9

    I am not solely blaming Ba, Cisse has responsibility too, every player on the pitch has responsibility. Do I think Cisse, Anita, Ben Arfa etc will do something about it, or at the very least try? Yes I do.

    Do I think Ba will want to do something about it? No. It is all about himself. There is only one way to move this team forward, and that is to sell Ba.

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  • NUFC FOR SALE

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #38

    why didn’t we bring Bassong back to newcastle????

    sorry but this Carr scouting network we keep bleating on about is not as good as you all think it is.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #39

    Ruddy
    “Cisse has to make do with playing RW and is doing his best but we will not see the best from Cisse until Ba is either sold or played LW, he has shown that he doesn’t want to play LW which only leaves one alternative. I want to see a NUFC team where Ba and Cisse can work together but they can’t so we need to choose one or the other and I choose Cisse.”
    All of that can be applied to ba i think its harsh calling him selfish for wanting to play as a striker which is what he is, and a good one at that
    He also constantly drops deep to look for the ball and has been linking up with the midfield very well
    For me cisse isnt doing enough to bring himself into the game he’s waiting for others to do it and for me thats plain lazy
    Guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree but i have to agree with everything nick9 has said about it

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 10, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #40

    blood twister

    all fans at all clubs moan and groan when things aren’t going well…its natural….if clubs charge fans £20+ for a ticket you want to see some reasonable football

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