A game of two halves (again): Newcastle United 2-1 Fulham (report/highlights)

Posted on August 28th, 2011 | 40 Comments |

Leon Best scores against Fulham.
Best gets brace, then pulled off by Pardew.
After the kick off of this disappointingly attended home game (42,684), a fairly congested midfield quagmire seemed to be the order of the day in the opening section thanks to Newcastle, who once again got off to a very disappointing start.

Looking on the positive side though, Best almost fashioned a chance for himself in the eighth minute, however possible overelaboration led to the chance fizzling out ion the end. As the game settled down a little though, it was Fulham who were seizing most of the attacking initiative, and indeed they started to ‘boss’ a somewhat disjointed Magpies, who just seemed chasing the ball en-masse without much of a coherent system. It seemed as if the likes of Nolan and Barton were missed to organise the Magpies’ midfield as Martin Jol’s Cottagers were certainly more organised and well spaced at this stage, it was early days though. Howay Captain Colo!

Half an hour or so passed though and it still wasn’t too good, with Fulham still easily having the Lion’s share of possession and making the better passing moves. It was much the same with the minnows of Scunthorpe in the League Cup the other evening though, so there was still hope.

Tiote copped a nasty left at the half hour point and had to leave the pitch for a while, but if anything it gave Newcastle a little respite. A set piece shortly after that saw Ryan Taylor unable to capture the magic of earlier efforts, and he fired straight into the wall this time. apart from this, Fulham’s box still continued to be something of a wasteland in terms of meaningful Magpie action.

However, step by step, they did make a start on working their way back into the game, though it wasn’t until the half time whistle approached until there were any real signs of life from Newcastle, when they at last managed to keep getting the ball in the danger area on a fairly regular basis, with a couple of good efforts from Cabaye and formally derided man of the moment, Ryan Taylor. The first was a curling shot from Cabaye which was palmed off well by Schwarzer in the Fulham goal, and the second was a chest and volley from Taylor which was just a little wide. Obertan was also using his pace to good effect generally too. It was only in these last few minutes that anything worth writing about, Newcastle wise, happened. So while it was 0-0 at the break, this passage of the game at least gave Newcastle some hope for the second half, and at least Fulham failed to score too.

Half time: Newcastle United 0-0 Fulham.

Fulham kicked off the second half. Though Newcastle seemed to retain the ball much better than previously, they were being forced back. However their first forward thrust saw Best lacking the prevarication he had in his earlier chance, taking the opportunity to shoot and score an excellent goal against the run of play in the 47th minute. Initially, it was Cabaye who struck a very powerful 30 yardish volley, forcing an excellent palmed save from Fulham’s Mark Shwarzer, parried onto the bar, but like a good striker, Best was on hand for ‘sloppy seconds’ just three yards or so from the goal line, and slotted it home. Newcastle United 1-0 Fulham.

At the other end, a good save from Krul in the 55th minute helped us to keep our advantage. The shot was at him but Krul showed good instinct to stop it. Newcastle were better overall, and when Fulham pressed back, moves usually ended with American striker, Michael Dempsey balooning the ball into the proverbial ‘row z’ until Magpie’s old boy, Damien Duff,  hit a promising effort into the side netting in the 64th minute

Leon Best then profited once again from another volley, not a rebound from Cabaye this time but into the danger area by Demba Ba, with Best taking full advantage to slot the ball nicely into the back of the net for a second time to silence his doubters. Newcastle United 2-0 Fulham.

On the other side, Fulham had a cracking effort from a set piece in the 71st minute which was once again well dealt with by Krul. He also fended off another good effort from the Cottagers a few minutes later in what was a very good game overall for the Flying Dutchman.

Any hope Leon Best had of a hat-trick were then scuppered when he was pulled off by Pardew to give the very promising young Slovenian, Haris Vuckic, another run about for the last quarter hour. However he was only to be taken off a few minutes later woth some kind of hand injury, giving a some unexpected game time for Alan Smith in Pardew’s third and final substitution.

Thankfully for Newcastle, It seemed as if Clint Dempsey had left his shooting boots at home as he made yet another miscue, before Fulham had another chance via a set piece, Dempsey took the free kick too, but once again blasted the ball over. His head was much better though as he brought Fulham back into a game which had been completely turned around by the Magpies. Dempsey managed to connect with a lofted free kick, with Krul somewhat stranded of his line this time. It made the final few minutes of the game nervier than they would have been otherwise, especially so when the referee announced that there would be five minutes of extra time as Fulham found a renewed vigour. Thankfully for us though, Fulham couldn’t manage that last gasp equaliser though, and indeed, Newcastle could have regained a two goal advantge when Shwarzer had to tip over another piledriving effort from Demba Ba over the post.

Howay the Lads!

Final Score: Newcastle United 2-1 Fulham. (Newcastle United: Best 48, 66. Fulham: Dempsey 88)

Attendence: 42,684 

Newcastle United’s Men of the Match: Tim Krul and Leon Best.

Mentioned in dispatches

Tiote was Tiote, not the kind of chap you’d like to meet down a dark alley, but the referee seemed to be smiling on him in this game, so miraculously, there were none of the usual yellow cards for the Ivory Coast enforcer. Not one of his best games generally though.

Despite a lousy start by most Newcastle players, Obertan’s pace and Cabaye’s passing looked quite promising once Newcastle worked thorugh their difficult early phase.

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul (G), Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini(C), Ryan_Taylor, Gabriel Obertan, Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez, Leon Best (Haris Vuckic 78, Alan Smith 86), Peter Lovenkrands (Demba Ba 62).

Subs: Ole Soderberg (G), Shane Ferguson, Haris Vuckic, Sylvain Marveaux, Alan Smith, Sammy Ameobi, Demba Ba.

Fulham (4-4-2): Mark Schwarzer (G), Chris Baird, Brede Hangeland, Aaron Hughes, Matthew Briggs; Damien Duff, Steve Sidwell, Danny Murphy (C), Pajtim Kasami (Andrew Johnson 73), Clint Dempsey, Mousa Dembele.

Subs: Andrew Johnson, Neil Etheridge, Stephen Kelly, Philippe Senderos, Dickson Etuhu, Marcel Gecov, Karim Frei.

Referee: Kevin Friend.

Kick-off: 1:00PM, Sunday 28th August.

Attendence: 42,684.

Match Highlights and post match interviews

Now updated with 11 minute highlights and post match interviews with Alan Pardew and Martin Jol.

11 minute match highlights.

Post match interviews

Alan Pardew praises Leon Best and Tim Krul, and is well happy with Newcastle United’s start to the season.

Martin Jol bemoans Fulham’s inability to capitalise on their chances.

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40 Responses

  1. Hopefully Ba will get hit top form soon, and form a good partnership with Best, who could get 10+ goals for us this season imo, he seems a real goal poacher. Tim Krul looks like he’ll be a great goalkeeper too, another impressive performance from him today.

  2. Krul, a little slip up but we still won. He had a great form back end of last season and it seems to have gone though.
    He cant keep a clean shee forever but he is a great keeper now, i just wonder how good he will be at his peak if Cashley does not sell him.

    I can see Cabaye being promising, i can see him scoring soon. By far my favourite signing.

  3. Fairly resilient stuff but it does worry me that in each game this season we have given up possession in the first 30-40 minutes. Not properly conditioned after a bad pre-season? Either way we are getting away with it.

    Now just to get in two players and hang on to all our key players i.e. Colo, Tiote, both Taylors, Best, Simpson. Have to say though that Lover, smith, and Perch can go but who would take them off us?

  4. “There were around 10,000 empty seats inside the stadium as the game kicked off, and while an attendance of 42,684 might be regarded as more than satisfactory at many clubs, the gaps on the terraces reflected the general level of dissatisfaction with the current state of play in the club’s summer recruitment drive”

    Can’t argue with that :0

  5. Cabaye does look like a very promising player, he’s shown glimpses of what he can do and should get better as he forms chemistry with the team. One of the positives of the Ashley regime, picking up a player of his quality for such a small fee.

    I’d still say that we need to bring in a forward, Papiss Cisse would be my preferred choice, been scoring for fun in the bundesliga. Not sure about Maiga, doesn’t seem to have a good attitude and could just spit out his dummy if a bigger side come in for him. Left back should be main priority though, hopefully we can tie up a deal for either Pieters or Cissokho quickly and stop messing around trying to get players in for stupidly low prices and wasting time.

  6. seven points in nine , cannot complain with that ,
    SGM , i think your right Cabaye looks good , admittedly it was at scunny , but he looked good with Marveaux that night, excellent linking…

    Gotta say Best different player to thursday night, could not hit a barn door on that night , his second goal was of almost shearer esque finishing ..clinical .. credit to Ba for pass,

    Krul , what the heck were you doing 6 metres off your line at a free kick dipping and flying towards your goal, naebody else to blame , where was you goal awareness ?? Should have been 2 nil , dont need jitters at 87 mins ..

    42 ,000 ..joke maybe we should speak to newcastle city cooncil , see if we can dismantle some of SJP as we dont need it anymore ??

    AND 8-2 to man u against bleedin arse, who the fechs going to stop them if they cant ??

    Worrying …..when do we play man u hope not for a while , need to keep our confidence going !!!

  7. “Now just to get in two players and hang on to all our key players i.e. Colo, Tiote, both Taylors, Best, Simpson.”

    Is this the mind game to end all mind games ?

    At the start of the close season bring in your “freebies” and your “low cost, contract buy outs” and then dangle the promise of quality recruitments throughout the window.

    Get the fans so desperate by the end of the transfer window that they’ll be happy with a bargain basement striker and a cheap left back ?

    Classic Sports Direct marketing :lol:

  8. “Classic Sports Direct marketing :lol:”

    Donning tin hat expecting the wrath of Sports Direct/NUFC marketing trolls stating that the above is purely an opinion and not a policy of the club whatsoever :)

  9. Yep it is admittedly a sad time when you cannot afford to lose Raylor, Simpson and Best but it is true. To be fair on paper Best is a decent poacher who just needs a strong Carrol-esque striker alongside him.

    The good news for us is that a lot of teams around us are in the same boat. Everton have bought nobody and are in £35m debt. According to Martin Jol Fulham had a small squad last year, have lost 9 players and brought in 4 so they will struggle this year. There is only really Aston Villa who outside of the top 6 have improved their squad and even they lost Young and Downing.

  10. Andy M , just looked at fixtures , got Manu and citeh , 11th and 16th of november , both AWAY , one after the other ugh …but really thats a good run before we have to meet them ..

    Got your mate Bartons mob at QPR next , whats the betting Joey wants to take a free kick aginst us that game ….ummm….lets hope krul has sorted his positioning by then !!

  11. shola, goal machine says:
    August 28, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    “Hopefully Ba will get hit top form soon, and form a good partnership with Best, who could get 10+ goals for us this season imo, he seems a real goal poacher. Tim Krul looks like he’ll be a great goalkeeper too, another impressive performance from him today.”

    What about Shola the goal machine shola goal machine?

    As for Krul, he showed both sides of his game once again. While he’s talented, he still appears to be somewhat inexperienced and prone to more mistakes than some.

  12. CLiNT FLiCK says:
    August 28, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    “How come the league table on the right doesn’t have the points totals?”

    Take another look Clint.

  13. For a yellow card, he hasn’t had one for a while.

    That Krul was shite too, letting them bastards score, Grrrrrr!

  14. CLiNT FLiCK says:
    August 29, 2011 at 12:07 am

    how did you do that?”

    I think that all the Man U and Man City goals totals going into double figures upset the table’s table, which is a tight squeeze in the sidebar anyway. So, I reduced the size of the main font by 1 point in the CSS to squeeze it all back in again.

  15. Reet,
    time for some zzzzzzzzzz’s…
    Another top win the day, get in, decent all round team performance,

    Howay the Lads!


  16. cqn i just say if anyone is considering splashing out on foods over thes bank holiday weekend then id strolnly recommend investing in a – m & s dine in for £10.

    i’ve just finished off –

    a main meal of scottish haddock

    a side sish of fresh cips

    a dessert of 12 porfitorole

    all washed down the hatch with a very nice bottle of temparillo

    you couldnt be robbed.

    you can try this for a bit background music while scranning it-

  17. A great start to my birthday with 7 points from our first three games and Arsenal getting smashed. :D

    Just need a secret signing or two today, that would be a nice Bday present for me!

  18. in response to me’sel @28 –

    that comes a distant second to –

    the sound of coronation street starting& the smell of a ruby murray wafting through the hoose tehn the clinking of chilled bottles of beer when you pull the fridge doors open

    it’s just one of those things that makes life worth living.

    oh the good life.

  19. Roy Cropper says:
    August 29, 2011 at 1:07 am

    “haha worky its creeping up on us like”

    Funnily enough Roy, I’ll be gannin’ for a reunion with my old mates from way back the morra. I’ll be back by midnight for my Ovaltine and Sanatogen though.

  20. Cheers mate.

    Also just realized we are 5 points above the scum. Loves it. Bet Gervinho wishes he joined us now instead of Arsenal. I would 8 2 be a Arsenal fan right now.

  21. if its true, and actually happens, I will be shocked but happy

    bloody good young player, plays both sides defence too

  22. please mr pardew dont even put smith on bench again in case your tempted again to put him on to close game down,do you not remember wba last season, the man is a disaster waiting to happen

  23. Hmm! we should be happy enough with the points so far i guess, but having lost the real heart and soul of the side in our two ex scousers, it makes me uneasy.
    Especially if we dont strengthen our back four, though Santon sounds like a decent signing.
    Still is’nt he supposedly a RB ? yes i hear he can play across the back four, but primarily a RB, when our main need is a replacement for Enrique.
    Could it be possible our owner means to include a LB in addition to Santon, Nah !, what am i thinking !
    Bit cruel criticising Krul guys, he’s improving by the game and should be there for us for the foreseeable future, a couple of excellent reaction saves, reminded me of Seamus for a moment.
    Some fans are claiming we are a stronger side than last season, i’m afraid that still remains to be proven, we lost both a lot of talent and quite a bit of leadership, but, lets see if the new guys can cut it.
    Certainly Cabaye has shown signs of being the playmaker he was reputed to be.
    Hav’nt seen enough of Marvelouse and so far not that impressed by Ba.
    Could this be a breakthrough year for Best ? still think he can do a job for us and hopefully HBA will soon be back in the picture.
    Predicting a small improvement on last years finish but nothing spectacular, as this side is certainly still a work in progress and i think we have had a bit of luck so far.
    but then whadda i know ?