We had thought there could be a shock result last night – mainly because Fulham have undergone a transformation this summer under new boss Slavisa Jokanovic and he had done a fantastic job at Watford the season before last in getting them an automatic promotion to the Premier League.
Slavisa was only in charge about six months yet led Watford to promotion but didn’t stay because he couldn’t agree terms with Watford.
Fulham could well be a side challenging for promotion this season.
Slavisa Jokanovic – can bring success to Fulham
But last night wasn’t just a terrible result it was also a poor performance from the team – and that’s what surprised us the most – it was unexpected we should play so poorly.
What we lacked was physical power and thrust up front, so when Rafa is trying to bring in a striker and a winger maybe he will look for some powerful tall players in those two positions.
Ayoze Perez and Dwight Gayle both looked lightweight last night although Dwight has proved before he can score goals in the Championship with Peterborough United.
Rafa Benitez – after the game last night
But for Ayoze it was more inconsistency which is a deficiency in his game he needs to improve.
Maybe when Mitrovic is back one of them can play of the big Serbian striker.
Whoever Newcastle were looking at in the transfer market before last night’s game will now likely change if they were not for big powerful players.
What do you think?