This was a terrible defeat for Newcastle but as Tim Krul said immediately after the game – we could have won if we had taken the chances we had before substitute Ashkan Dejagah scored the winner for Fulham with 22 minutes to play.
Vurnon Anita in action this afternoon
And then we had a good claim for a penalty turned down, and most pundits think it was a definite penalty – but it wasn’t given by referee Howard Webb.
This is what assistant manager John Carver – who took over the media duties from suspended manager Alan Pardew for the first of three games – had to say to Sky Sports immediately after the game about that penalty decision:
“I’ve just had a look at it – and it hits his arm,” “There’s no pace on the ball so it’s not like it has happened quickly.”
“I’ve spoken to Howard and he says he was in a difficult position to see it so he hasn’t given it. We have to accept it.”
“I’m a little bit disappointed with the decision about the challenge on Luuk De Jong that led to their goal,”
“Again, it’s something I’ve just looked at and he goes straight into the back of him – you wouldn’t get away with that on a Sunday morning.”
“What we should have done is defend a little bit better,” “He comes inside on his right foot and we shouldn’t open up the goal – he should go on the outside.”
“We warned Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa how to deal with it, and we didn’t deal with it.”
Seems to us like John is putting the finger on Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa for that goal – which is a little unfair, but the Frenchman did let the Fulham player get his shot off.
It was a terrible result today – and it’s certainly not what Newcastle fans wanted and needed after what we’ve all had to put up over these last two weeks. 🙁
But it was also never easy to support Newcastle United.