Newcastle Suffer Shock 1-0 Defeat At Craven Cottage


Newcastle started life in the Championship with a stunning and unexpected 1-0 defeat at Craven Cottage tonight and the goal that beat us was another poor one with 6ft 6ins striker Matt Smith heading the ball home unchallenged after 45 minutes from a corner.

So it was another goal conceded from a set play.

Up to that point the game had been fairly even after Newcastle had started the game well but with Fulham coming into the game and with both sides claiming a penalty.

Newcastle’s claim looked after 35 minutes like a cast iron certainty as Matt Ritchie’s cross was clearly handled and it looked intentional but referee Simon Hooper waved play on.

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Matt Smith heads home the winner unchallenged after 45 minutes

On 26 minutes Newcastle could have given away a penalty after Grant Hanley got in a late and clumsy challenge in the box, but the referee waved play on.

In the second half Newcastle came out with more vigor and we had some decent chances but we couldn’t put the ball away and after four minutes of added time the result we didn’t was upon us – a defeat in our very first game.

In the second half it was winger Matt Ritchie who looked the most likely to score.

To an extent it was the same old failings – poor defending and not being to put away our chances – and it seems just like last year at this time we need to bring in an experienced striker.

And it’s a big concern if we keep conceding these sloppy goals from set plays and we conceded two of them last Saturday against Vitesse.

But we knew Fulham with new manager Slavisa Jokanovic would be good because of what he did for Watford two years ago when he took over in October and had them automatically promoted in May.

The last time we started in the Championship we were also 1-0 down at half-time at West Brom but we came back to draw the game 1-1.

We should have had at least a draw tonight with the chances – but when you don;t take them and you let in sloppy goals – well – you lose.

It’s certainly not the result we wanted or expected and there will be some big publicity about Newcastle losing the first game.

But the positive is that the summer bubble has been burst and we now know it really is going to be tough in the Championship this season – in case we didn’t believe that before.

But we cannot panic – we still have 45 games to go.

🙂

After the game Rafa Benitez made this comment:

“We have to improve, this game can be a wake-up call for all of us.”

And we can see three more players arriving on Tyneside before the end of August after this poor start, whether or not we lose any more of our current players.

It’s now going to be a long eight days before our next game when we play Huddersfield Town at home – who are another improved team this season.

Teams:

Fulham: Button, Odoi, Kalas, Madl, Malone (Ream, 85), Cairney, Tunnicliffe (Parker, 68), McDonald, Ayite, Aluko, Smith (Christensen, 68). Subs not used: Joronen, Stearman, Edun, Woodrow.

Newcastle: Sels; Janmaat, Hanley, Lascelles, Dummett; Colback (Aarons, 61), Hayden (Shelvey, 77); Anita, Perez (Armstrong, 70), Ritchie; Gayle. Subs not used: Darlow, Gamez, Sterry, Mbemba. Goal: Smith 45 Bookings: Hanley 68, Dummett 75, Janmaat 90

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire)

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230 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Aug 5, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #1

    Nufc

    Sorry mate lascelles was pants and made the biggest error which cost us the goal.

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  • Sir Eric

    Aug 5, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Ritchie looked good. Should have scored on that chance.

    Get Ayoze off set pieces.

    Really missed Mitro tonight with the way the match was going, he is much better with his back to goal. Which makes me wonder why we were making Ayoze play like that..

    Hopefully we will still sign a striker and a winger. Looking forward to a better performance in the next match.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 5, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #3

    Never mind. 45 games to go

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 5, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #4

    My god. At 7pm tonight most bloggers had us winning the league. Now they’re saying we’re shite and writing us off.

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  • lukes26

    Aug 5, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #5

    Daryl Janmaat 7 some decent crosses, no partnership with anita
    Grant Hanley 6 looked a little slow
    Jamaal Lascelles (c), 5 at fault for goal
    Paul Dummett; 6 couple decent challenges …one horrible one. too many punts forward
    Isaac Hayden, 5 for me his movement and defensive positioning were poor. had some decent touches though
    Jack Colback; 5 not his day, too many overly ambitious passes
    Vurnon Anita, 5 abyssmal first half, decent second Ayoze Perez, 5 good positioning, horrible touches
    Matt Ritchie; 8 unlucky not to score, catalyst of most decent attacks
    Dwight Gayle 4 the invisible man..did very little other than having some hold up play

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 5, 2016 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #6

    I think we will win the league

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  • toon22

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #7

    We had chances but didnt take them,once they went 1 up they defended and we couldnt break em down.
    We need a big target man striker,Mitro is too hot headed and will get slaughtered with the new rules.
    The defense will come good we actually looked ok.
    Colbacks not as good as Anita in the middle.

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #8

    This has to be the team next week:

    _____________Sels
    Janmaat_Lascelles_Mbemba_Gamez
    ________Hayden_Shelvey
    Ritchie_____Diame_____Anita
    ____________Gayle

    Perez needs to improve, he was so poor. Not sure on the LM position, Aarons seems to raw at this stage so I’d say Anita. He wasn’t as bad when he played there. Really looking forward to Diame, we’ll finally have some strength up there.

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  • Back Door Man

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Predictions ……. OOT

    Anyway, I threw the chicken bones for martoon’s prediction game and declared we’d win ALL our games and get maximum points.  We now know that BDM’s is not on track to be the blog’s ‘daddy’ oracle.

    I saw nowt on show tonight to support the  generally held view (me included) that we’re going to ‘storm’ the division.  Let’s just hope it was just a stutter.

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  • Sir Eric

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Other than the crucial mistake for the goal, I thought Lascelles was decent? Won just about every header.

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Fulham played without their 2 best players of last season. Dembele and McCormack.

    Still early days but time to bring in some quality or keep tiote and sissoko

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #12

    I think we will be much better next week.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Typical Perez performance. Ineffective.

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  • martoon

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #14

    Very disappointing result but as BandB set this afternoon let’s not have a nervous breakdown about it – very early days yet!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #15

    Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 5, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Well that was predictably unpredictable NUFC. We looked utterly toothless going forward, and pore to an error or caught out of position at the back.

    Whilst I think Colback has good attributes, you can’t ask him to be the guy spraying passes in a defensive midfield pairing. A ginger Pirlo he is not. Having said that, Shelvey was poor once on.

    Gayle had some nice touches, but mainly on the halfway line where Fulham allowed him to, didn’t threaten at all.

    Lascelles at fault for the goal, Hanley made some poor clearances and a few errors that we got away with, but add Mbemba and Clark to those 4 and I’m still happy with that as a Championship defence.

    Mitro’s suspension looks far more costly after that.

    Still, early days, we don’t often win on the opening day and there is still players to come in and Rafa says more signings to come. A wake up call for all those who thought we would walk it mind, particularly given Fulham are a short price to be in the bottom half.

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  • toon22

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #16

    You think maybe Rafa wants a new striker and is making a point to those with the cash?

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #17

    I’m off to the John Smiths to see next week’s opponents against Brentford tomorrow.

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  • Ravensd

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #18

    If you were listening on the radio, you would never know gayle was on the pitch. Definitely need to start diame or shelvey next week. Way too defensive to start, and was disappointed to see so many long balls flying in towards gayle who is all of 5’8

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #19

    We lacked power upfront we needed Diame in the no10 role Perez was get knocked about and looked like he was in la la land at times

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #20

    Blackley

    Agreed with you mate, Perez almost always flatters to deceive.

    Early days though, still think we’ll win the league but I’ll maintain want I’ve always said, it ain’t going to be easy

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #21

    YoungMag
    Decent team though I’d switch Shelvey and Diame and have Sissoko in for Anita

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #22

    I expected much more from Anita. Very disappointing performance.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Not happy with that. We aren’t strong enough going forward. I was impressed with Ritchie and Janmaat. Hayden seems to be good at retaining the ball and will be a good squad player. Anita was poor in the first half, but had a much better second half. Perez and Gayle were awful. Dummett and Colback are our weak links. Hanley isn’t a starter. We need Mbemba in who can run forward with the ball.We must sign a left back, attacking midfielder, winger and a fast striker. Or, play Riviere as he’s better than Gayle.

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  • lukes26

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #24

    lets be honest ..Aarons has never convinced for a full 90 minute game…with the exception of preseason a couple summers back… only flashes

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  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #25

    toon22 – we had chances!?!? we had about 2 actual chances in the second half, that was it.

    Don’t simply pretend something happened which didn’t!

    Lascelles was also caught out worse in the second half when Matt Smith knocked the ball down for someone else. I thought he was ok but made several poor errors. Hanley was just as poor as Lascelles I thought.

    I just hope utility back up players like Anita and Colback aren’t first teamers.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Typical Newcastle away from home really!

    I thought we would be all over Fulham from kick off but we allowed them to stroll through the midfield

    Benitez will get it right but he will need to realise that we cant ease into away games we need to try get an early goal

    Colback was dire though Shelvey should have started instead of him

    Still need a left winger , left back , no 10 and a striker before I feel 100% confident that are in with a shout

    Someone like Sakho from West Ham would be ideal up front although did he fail a medical at West Brom?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #27

    If the season was based on one game, Ritchie a shoo in for player of the year. It isn’t though, we will bounce back and I think we all know all of them have more to them than tonight showing.

    Ritchie impressed. Arma looked okay, given what he came on to. Perez and Gayle were disappointing, but I think both would benefit from Mitro. We played a bit too direct for Gayle, and both players suffered because of it.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #28

    It’s ok lads Fulham have got to come to St James’ now lol

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #29

    We didn’t deserve to lose that, but we didn’t create enough chances. Diame and Sissoko will improve us. Knockeart is needed. We could do with Danny Ings and Santon as well.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #30

    Two Hanleys?? Howay!

    Stewards enquiry!

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #31

    We need a left wing back. Santon used to create chances and was good in the ball. Dummett just kicks it forward and fouls.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #32

    Rafa looks pissed off!

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #33

    Anita, Hayden and Colback are too similar. It’s bad enough when we play two of those types.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #34

    Exactly, 4 players are needed. We need pace. I’d sign:

    Santon
    Knockeart
    Januzaj
    Sakho/Ings

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #35

    I said before the game we looked lightweight in attack. I’d hoped the movement and pace would counter that, but we didn’t play in a way that suited what either Perez or Gayle.

    Aarons was effing lazy when he came on. He had only been on a couple of minutes and he was sauntering back to cover their wide players and giving them space to keep the ball. Could argue he hadn’t quite got up to the pace at that stage, but still. He did cause problems going forward mind, and should have done far better with his chance.

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  • manxpie

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #36

    lilo really you thought shelvey was poor?
    he passed the ball forward more in 3 moves than we did all game lol
    thats his game we looked much better when he was on imo

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  • 9

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #37

    Sir Eric@10

    “Apart from….the goal” What!! Lascelles was head and shoulders the worst player on the park (ref apart). If it wasn’t for his inability to do his job, the useless NUFC would have got something against a dreadful Fulham. But we didn’t. Why was that? Centre forward scores with an unmarked header from a corner. Step forward centre half and hang your head in shame for incompetence. No other player was so culpable for a critical error at a critical time, therefore Lascelles was the worst player on show – saying something, by the way!

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  • Bri

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #38

    Got to say i’m not convinced with Perez. Doesn’t seem to have improved since the day we signed him.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #39

    That’s the last thing I wanted to hear. McClown backing us.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 5, 2016 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #40

    Manx

    Agree there mate. We did look better when Shelvey was on the pitch

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