Newcastle United vs Fulham match banter!

Posted on August 31st, 2013 | 58 Comments |

Newcastle United v Fulham.
Middle of the road Cottagers visit SJP.
Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date: Sat 31st Aug, 2013.
Kick off: 3.00pm.
Referee: Chris Foy.
UK TV: None.

Hello, good afternoon and welcome to our ‘match banter’ feature, this time for this afternoon’s game against Martin Jol’s solid, middle of the road Fulham.

Now call me a mad irrational fool, but I have a funny feeling in my water that we might not lose this one, and that if the wind is blowing in the right direction, we might even scrape a win! Although Fulham have assumed their usual position after only two games, ie solidly mid-table (12th), they haven’t been totally convincing, scraping a 1-0 away against a transitional Sunderland side then falling at home 1-3 to their fellow Londoners from Arsenal.

Like the abovementioned Sunderland, Fulham made quite a few signings in this current transfer window, nine to be precise. Being Fulham, they are mostly solid old pros either nearing or over 30 such as Scott Parker, Maarten Stekelenburg and one who I’m sure some Toon fans will be keeping an eye on this afternoon, Darren Bent.

On Bent, he came off the bench to score Fulham’s consolation goal against the Gunners, but failed to score in his first start against Burton Albion in the League Cup, leaving it to fellow hitman Hugo Rodellega and fellow new signing, Adel Taarabt, to score the two goals which eventually saw Fulham through to the next round (though only on penalties).

New Metro blog.

I just have time to remind you all that my latest blog on, entitled “Newcastle United’s transfer window and the elephant in the room” is now up!

So now I’d better crack on and give you my usual reminders that I will be putting the team sheets up for the game very soon, and posting some links to watch the game online as it will not be broadcast on UK TV. Finally, I will also be publishing highlights of the game, and possibly a video of the whole match so stay tuned!

So with that I will sign off and get the teams, links etc!

Howay the Lads!

Team sheets.

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul (G), Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon, Hatem Ben Arfa, Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Sylvain Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Papiss Cisse.

Subs: Rob Elliot (G), Paul Dummett, Dan Gosling, Yohan Cabaye, Sammy Ameobi, Yoan Gouffran, Loic Remy.

Fulham (4-4-2): David Stockdale (G), Sascha Riether, Brede Hangeland (C), Aaron Hughes, John Arne Riise, Alex Kacaniklic, Steven Sidwell, Scott Parker, Bryan Ruiz, Dimitar Berbatov, Darren Bent

Subs: Neil Etheridge (G), Matthew Briggs, Derek Boateng, Giorgios Karagounis, Damien Duff, Adel Taarabt, Hugo Rodallega.


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58 Responses

  1. I read the pre match posts Worky.

    Goofy instead of Shola he should have gone with but at least we have remy to look forward to.

  2. Just got back from the Toon in time for the match…watched the Morecambe in shields it was fookin shite

  3. Watching it in French, Worky. We’re playing better but still not creating any particularly good chances. Better though, it must be said. Mind you, Fulham are pretty crap.

  4. Pardew has taken my advice once again, partly.

    Benny’s playing on the left, though the similarly left footed Marveaux is still playing on the right.

    As I mentioned earlier though, I’ve seen next to buggerall of this game so far.

  5. dokky says:
    August 31, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    “worky we couldn’t score in a brothel this is pathetic”

    So that feeling I had in my water earlier is probably wrong then, Dokky?

  6. Missing nowt Worky…my Dad is in the directors thingy today with work,five course meal and free drinks bet he is getting W@nkered :lol:

  7. Paul in Hollywood says:
    August 31, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    “Watching it in French, Worky.”

    Are you watching a stream, Paul? If so the Dutch Fox one I mentioned at comment 10 is absolutely great.

  8. sirjasontoon says:
    August 31, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    “When was the last time we played 90 mins of attacking entertaining football?”

    It broke out in patches a few times the season before last when the side went “Christmas Tree” but Pardew soon stamped that out, SJT.

  9. Phisix says:
    August 31, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    “I feel a goal coming!”

    Phisix, as I mentioned in my piece above, as well as to Dokky earlier, I’ve had a feeling in my water about today,

  10. We knew it indeed. This team without Guti and Taylor = awesome. Just need a few signings and we are golden.

  11. Agreed with Phisix at 47 – Much better without Guti and Saylor. A much, much better performance when what we need more than anything is confidence. This will help big time.

  12. well that was a surprise! them last 20 minutes was what we need to see every week! we needed them 3 points and the goal get the fook in!

  13. Much better, Albeit against a poor Fulham side, There will be bigger tests to come.
    Pardew gets himself a stay of execution, With this papering over the cracks.
    Could that also signal us not getting any new signings, A 100% now?
    Fat boy might think that will do for me, And give “Gimp Fist”, f**k all!
    One thing is for sure, We will all have to listen to Pardew acting the hard man, All of next week.

  14. Will this finally get it into Pardew’s thick skull that we cannot start with Shola? It just encourages hoofball and we are not suited to it.

    The defense didn’t look as anxious today, perhaps because Fulham showed no intent whatsoever.

    If you look at what Spurs and Liverpool have done transfer wise, we definitely need one or two over the line otherwise we will get very few points from the top six teams.

  15. joe hawkins says:
    August 31, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    “Much better, Albeit against a poor Fulham side, There will be bigger tests to come.”

    I’ve watched Fulham before today. They have looked a bit limp so far this season and I fancied our chances but aye, we did play better.

  16. GS says:
    August 31, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    “Will this finally get it into Pardew’s thick skull that we cannot start with Shola? It just encourages hoofball and we are not suited to it.”

    So we only play “hoofball” when Shola’s on the pitch, GS?