We know it’s always difficult to know what would have happened if certain players had been playing for the Magpies this afternoon at Craven Cottage, but we missed a two or three very decent chances to score when it was still 0-0, and if Loic Remy had been available we dare say they would have been goals, and the embarrassment and disappointment of losing to Fulham – who had seven losses and two draws in their previous nine game, wouldn’t have happened.
Ashkan Dejagah after scoring the winner after 68 minutes
But of course it did – and the four games that Loic Remy has missed this year – three games suspended and on out injured today (and Loic’s out for the next two games unless he makes a miraculous recovery), we’ve failed to score.
So when Loic Remy is not playing, it’s getting a little worrying that Newcastle find it difficult to score goals
And yes, we should have had a penalty in added time – but it didn’t happen – and we lost to bottom of the league club Fulham by a 1-0 scoreline, with a goal Tim Krul maybe should have saved – or at least that’s what we thought when Fulham scored.
Papiss Cisse had two efforts well saved by goalkeeper David Stockdale, who was the hero for Fulham, and Luuk de Jong even rounded the goalkeeper but still couldn’t hit the net.
And as we said – if Loic had been playing we’re sure Newcastle would not have gone without scoring this afternoon.
This is what manager for the day John Carver had to say at the final whistle about Papiss Cisse, who has just three goals in 20 appearances for Newcastle this season:
“At the moment Papiss’ confidence is down because he hasn’t scored goals.” “The pleasing thing is that he keeps getting in the positions to score. If he’s not doing that then we’ve got an issue.”
“It would have been dead easy for him to sulk and be unhappy because he hasn’t been in the team, but he has worked extremely hard on the training ground, doing extra work at the end.”
“If you think back to two seasons ago he could have had his own program on Goal of the Season. Maybe he has to do a little bit more.”
Those are good words from John, and we don’t blame Papiss one bit because he’s still putting in the effort – no doubt about that.
We don’t know what’s happened to Papiss, other than he’s completely lost his confidence and to think he started his career at Newcastle two years ago with 13 goals in his first 14 appearances.
At the moment the Senegal striker cannot buy a goal.
With Shola Ameobi and Loic Remy leaving Newcastle this summer, and Papiss Cisse and Luuk de Jong failing to score goals, Newcastle may have to bring in up to three (or even four) strikers this summer.
We hope Chief Scout Graham Carr has some strikers lined up for the summer transfer window, and our chances in the next two games don’t look too bright.
The games are at home to Crystal Palace and then away to Southampton, and if we cannot score goals in the absence of Loic Remy, we may not get much out of the next couple of games.
We suppose there could be a miracle and Loic recovers from his calf injury before next Saturday – so there’s always hope there we suppose.
But it just shows how important Loic Remy has been to Newcastle United this season.
What do you think?