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Big Chance To Turn Things Around Against Fulham

It was a disappointing defeat against Blackburn on Wednesday night, after the lads had done so well in getting 9 points from their previous 3 league games.

Chris Hughton – where’s that Newcastle United suit?

But with the game at home to Fulham tomorrow afternoon, a win will keep Newcastle in 5th place in the league, with 20 points from the first 13 league games, and who would have thought we would ever be this high up so quickly?

When you review the game with Blackburn it was two bad mistakes that cost Newcastle the two goals, especially the first goal after just 3 minutes, and we can be sure Cheick Tiote will never again try to dribble the ball out of his own penalty area ever again.

The performance from Newcastle wasn’t great, but without those two mistakes we could have still come out with a draw, or even all 3 points.

Chris Hughton will be drumming it into the players that the defense has to be strong tomorrow afternoon, and we then have an excellent chance of quickly returning to our winning ways – and it comes just 3 days after our 4th home defeat of the season far too many so relatively early in the season.

Hughton talked about tomorrow’s game with the Evening Chronicle today:

“It’s a good thing that we have got a game so quickly and a good thing that it’s at home.” “We know we need to address the home form. The home form has been frustrating for us.”

“But we have had some good performances in there, even amongst the frustrations.” “Against Blackpool we thought we’d done OK and had chances to win it.”

“Against Stoke wasn’t one of our best performances and that we acknowledge and  Wigan for 45 minutes, but we were excellent in the second half.”

“Against Blackburn we found it difficult to break down the team that came to get a point.”  “We added to our own downfall by conceding two very poor goals.”

Fulham are now managed by Mark Hughes and he will play a very similar game to what Sam Allardyce did with Blackburn on Wednesday evening, so we have to hope that Chris has studied the tapes, and worked out some way to overcome a 4 man midfield and a 5 man defense.

No side in the Premier League is a bad side this season, and even Blackpool, who were expected to struggle mightily, playing essentially their second eleven to give some of their players a rest with 3 games in 7  games, still gave Aston Villa a very tough game at Villa Park this week.

Blackpool were very unlucky to lose that game 3-2, but that cannot be good news for the Aston Villa fans, since Villa seem to be struggling initially under Gérard Houllier.

So no game is easy these days, and that will be true against Fulham tomorrow, who will be a tough team to beat.

Chris continued:

“They’re a good side that have good players, they play with a good shape.” “Nothing has dramatically changed from last season when they reached the Europa League final.”

“Mark Hughes has a similar philosophy in the way that he plays.” “They play a very good high-tempo game and are exciting to watch.”

If  the Newcastle team can cut out the mistakes, and somebody, other than Joey Barton,  can get those crosses in for Andy Carroll to get to, we will have a very decent chance of winning this game.

But after losing out on any points on Wednesday night, we have to go for the win to keep those points a coming.

Howay The Lads!!

10 comments so far

  • JP...from The Rock

    Nov 12, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #1

    After our disappointing last match performance I believe we will do a lot better this time around as Hughton will have the players really fired up for this one. Mr Lover should get the nod over Ranger as Ranger is still young and Lover is considering his options and deserves to be played as he is a great player to have. He did really well for us last season and the season before that. Ranger is still young and needs games but he is best coming on around the hour mark for this game in my opinion. Campbell should replace Willo as he did make a few costly errors to in the last game (the sliced clearance in the area, and his lame attempt to win the ball for their second goal). Campbell and Coloccini should be able to form a great, solid partnership too. Willo needs to learn that if you make big costly blunders like he did he will lose his place, it will serve him as a good warning for the future. I must say he has played brilliantly for us and has been another great bargain buy from Chris Hughton.

    Barton has again been and idiot after all the hard work and great performances. He’s shot himself and the team on the foot. I bet he was even considered for an England Cap until this happened. He could have been sending those amazing crosses to Carroll’s head for England. He’s lost his chance again and Guthrie, Raylor or even Vuckic should grab their chance with both hands.

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 12, 2010 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #2

    For everyone worried about how many yellows players have and who will be suspended this should clear a few things up.

    Here are how many yellow cards each player in our team in order of most to least (not counting players without one) are on for this season in the PREMIER LEAGUE not any cups or friendlies.

    1)Perch- 5 (served suspension)
    2)Tiote- 4
    3)Barton-3 (currently serving 3 match ban from FA)
    4)Carroll- 3
    5) Coloccini-3
    6)Nolan- 3
    7) Smith- 1
    8) Enrique-1
    9) Ameobi- 1
    12) Jonas-1
    13) Guthrie-0
    14) Routledge-0
    15) Ranger-0

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 12, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #3

    JP- Agree with pretty much all your points

    However RTaylor is injured and i bet Routledge gets the nod over Guthrie or Vuckic :/

  • Thump

    Nov 12, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #4

    Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique
    Guthrie, Tioté, Nolan, Jonas
    Ranger, Carroll

    That’s what I think we’ll start with. I wouldn’t mind seeing Routledge getting some game time in or Loverman but I don’t see it happening.

  • Thump

    Nov 12, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #5

    I’d like to see Vuckic get a game but I’m a bit concerned about his confidence.

  • leedodd

    Nov 12, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #6

    We will Win as They have a Point To Proove Regarding wednesdays cock up !!!

  • Darling27

    Nov 12, 2010 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #7

    Team Vs Fulham





  • Toon XI

    Nov 12, 2010 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Leedodd – you have more faith than I.

    I am struggling to see us take three points tomorrow.

    How will our goals be created?????

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 12, 2010 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Toon XI:

    What if Jonas plays like he did against City?

    On his day like i remember a certain Lionel Messi saying once, he’s the best player in the Prem

  • shearermania

    Nov 13, 2010 at 3:34 AM

    Comment #10

    turkish magpie:

    lay of messi will you…he had been out all night in barcelona- and he was still pissed when he made that comments…he meant he said he was his best mate in the prem league


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