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Season 2023-24
Fulham (h) Premier League


Saturday 16th December 2023, 3pm
(not on live UK TV)

St. James' Park

Conditions: Heartening




3 - 0





Half time: Magpies 0 Cottagers 0

teenage kick

57 mins Tino Livramento moved infield in possession from the Newcastle left midway in the Fulham half before playing a short pass to Bruno Guimaraes. Wriggling away from Tom Cairney's attempted challenge and riding two further attempts at stopping him he bobbed forward into the box before forcing the ball past Antonee Robinson into the path of Lewis Miley.

The teenager confidently steered a low right-footed shot into the far side of the Gallowgate goal before leading celebrations in front of the South Western Corner. An "I was there" moment. 1-

64 mins Bruno Anthony Gordon swapped passes as United pushed on towards the edge of the Fulham box, the latter then combining well with Callum Wilson to put the striker through on goal, Robinson arriving and leaning into him.

With shouts for a penalty forming and Leno crucially going to ground, the loose ball ran to Miguel Almiron, who had an easy finish before a chasing defender upended him.  2-

82 mins A free kick near to the South West Corner following a blatant body check on Krafth was played in by Guimaraes and half-cleared to the edge of the box, where Almiron saw his shot charged down. Falling to Bruno towards the right hand side of the area, he took a touch before delivering a wicked cross with the inside of his right foot to the back post.

Dan Burn saw his initial header from inside the six yard box recoil off the goalkeeper but was able to knock the rebound into the net with his thigh. 3-

Full time: Magpies 3 Cottagers 0

We Said

Eddie Howe said:

Very pleased especially after midweek. It was a tough challenge mentally ro recover from exiting Europe. What a great response. We lost two big players to injury. Everything was thrown at us.

"Players were fatigued today. You could see we were trying to manage our load. I'm so pleased with the players.

"The emotional load is just as important as the physical load. We have a couple of big players coming back who can make a big difference for us."

On the red card: 

"I don't want to dodge an opinion but I’ve only seen it live, I haven't seen replays so no idea. VAR looked at it. I’d need to assess it myself before giving an opinion."

On the Schar and Joelinton injuries:

"It's difficult to tell. They don’t look too bad. But they had to come off so it doesn’t look good for the short term.

I don't know what to say about it. That's where we did really well to keep our composure and not dwell on those situations. Hopefully they're not too bad."

On Lewis Miley: 

"He’s come into the team and been magnificent. He’s deserved to keep his place. We wanted to rest him today, someone so young, and today he got his rewards. 

His overall performance level has been so high, his
all-round performances have been so good and he's created a couple of goals with some really good passes in the final third. 

"It's good to see him rewarded with a goal for himself. He's an incredible talent, he's started his Newcastle career in a great way.

Miley on his goal:

"What a moment it was for me and my family. They were in the stand. Great feeling to see the ball in the back of the net. Hopefully I can score lots more.

"I haven't checked my phone yet but I'm sure everyone will be buzzing for us."

Bruno said:

"Sometimes I can't believe he's 17. He's unbelievable. We're very proud of him. He's doing very, very well."

They Said


Marco Silva:

"Firstly, I congratulate Newcastle, they won the game. They needed a quiet game, a calm game this afternoon after their Champions League midweek game, and they had it.

“Clearly it wasn't our fault for them to have such a quiet game, because we gave our best, we did everything on the pitch. In my opinion, a really strange and poor performance from the referee from the first minute until the last minute of the match.

"I'm not talking just about the red card, but all the sequences from the game, the way he managed the game. He gave the first foul for Fulham with 21 minutes in the game. Really strange.

"All the challenges, all the moments that, until the red card, when they were for Fulham we keep going, and the opposite side everything was a foul. Really strange, even before the red card, Lascelles clearly elbowed Raúl.

"A clear elbow on Raúl – not even a foul. I'm not saying that should be a red card or not, but VAR didn't stop the game even to check. That is strange, but it is a clear foul on Raúl with an elbow from Lascelles. Even that moment wasn't a foul in the opinion of the referee.

"Two minutes after that moment, Raúl has to be much more calm, probably shouldn’t go challenging in that way because, in my opinion, he lost the moment to challenge for that ball.

"The ball was not there to challenge. The way he jumped into the player – it's not a serious tackle, it’s not something really serious like a red card.

"I think the (yellow card) decision from the referee probably was the most assertive one. But, again, the VAR wanted to decide something different. But two minutes before, the same VAR didn’t check anything with the elbow. Everything was strange in terms of the decisions.

"For the team to come here to St James’ Park, to handle the pressure, to play and to face Newcastle – they are a good side, their results at home speaks for themselves.

"You have to be brave enough, you have to have the experience, you have to have the quality. 

"Before the match we really felt that was a moment for us to come and to match them and to face them.”

It's funny how the rookie ref jibes were absent from Silva's press call when Sam Barrott made his PL bow in October, in the Fulham versus Sheffield United game that the Cottagers won 3-1. 


Newcastle made it seven successive Premier League victories at SJP, something last achieved in December 2002. That winning streak eventually ran to eleven games.

24 points from their opening nine home PL fixtures is Newcastle's most productive PL start since the 2002/03 campaign, when they gained the same number of points. Their best start is 1995/96's full house of 27 points from nine games at SJP.

Lewis Miley became Newcastle's youngest ever Premier League goalscorer at 17 years and 230 days, snatching that record from James Milner. He's the 167th different Magpie to net for the club in that competition and the 61st to be born in England.

Top 10 youngest NUFC PL scorers:

Lewis Miley 17 years, 230 days (Fulham home, Dec 2023) (sub)
James Milner 18 years, 266 days (West Bromwich Albion home, Sep 2004) (sub)
Rolando Aarons 18 years, 289 days (Crystal Palace home, Aug 2014) (sub)
Gael Bigirimana 19 years, 43 days (Wigan Athletic home, Dec 2012) (sub)
Shola Ameobi 19 years, 85 days (Coventry City home, Jan 2001) (started)
Charles N'Zogbia 19 years, 106 days (Fulham home Sep 2005) (sub)
Paul Huntington 19 years, 120 days (Spurs away, Jan 2007) (started)
Matthew Longstaff 19 years, 199 days (Manchester United home, Oct 2019) (started)
David Edgar 19 years, 228 days (Manchester United home, Jan 2007) (started)
Darren Ambrose 19 years, 301 days (Leicester City Dec 2003) (sub)

Lewis missed out the club's all-time record, still held by Jackie Rutherford, who was aged 17 years and 144 days when netting against Bolton Wanderers at SJP in March 1902. Miley needed to have marked his league debut at Chelsea on the last day of last season with a goal to beat that. 

Miguel Almiron boosted his PL goal tally to 23, taking him one ahead of Laurent Robert and putting him level with Kieron Dyer.

Dan Burn netted against his old club to register his third goal of the season in all competitions. He now has three PL goals to his name as a Magpie, level with Kieran Trippier and Paul Dummett.

The Magpies have scored 22 goals during their first nine PL home games - more than they managed in the entire 2017/18 (21) and 2019/20 (20) seasons.
Cottagers in Toon - PL era:

2023/24 won 3-0 Miley, Almiron, Burn
2022/23 won 1-0 Isak
2020/21 drew 1-1 Wilson(pen)
2018/19 drew 0-0
2016/17 lost 1-3 Murphy (Ch)
2013/14 won 1-0 Ben Arfa
2012/13 won 1-0 Cisse
2011/12 won 2-1 Best 2
2010/11 drew 0-0
2008/09 lost 0-1
2007/08 won 2-0 Viduka, Owen
2006/07 lost 1-2 Parker
2005/06 drew 1-1 N'Zogbia
2004/05 lost 1-4 Bellamy
2003/04 won 3-1 O'Brien, Speed, Robert
2002/03 won 2-0 Solano, Bellamy
2001/02 drew 1-1 Dyer

Newcastle won their fourth successive game against Fulham and are now unbeaten in seven meetings with the Cottagers - both runs are the best they've achieved against this opponent. 


Newcastle returned to winning ways at St. James' Park on Saturday afternoon, seeing off a Fulham side clad in shocking pink and reduced to ten men after just 22 minutes.

A reckless assault on Sean Longstaff initially earned Raul Jimenez a yellow card from rookie referee Sam Barrott, but that was upgraded to red after he was prompted to check the pitchside monitors by the VAR Michael Salisbury.

The Mexican was angry after the officials ignored his claims for an elbow by Jamaal Lascelles moments before, but was rightly dismissed for needlessly clattering into the United midfielder who was thankfully unscathed. 

Rather less fortunate though were Fabian Schar and Joelinton, who both limped off during the opening half after pulling up with apparent hamstring issues.

Anthony Gordon struck the crossbar in the 30th minute and Longstaff had a shot blocked as the hosts sought to press home their man advantage against the visitors.

A breakthrough eluded them in the first half, but United never looked back once Lewis Miley supplied the calmest of finishes in the 57th minute; Miggy Almiron and Dan Burn then sealing the victory.

That came after a more direct approach from the hosts saw both Gordon and Miley test the 'keeper, before Miley wrote his name into the record books as the club's youngest Premier League scorer.

The architect of that goal was Bruno Guimaraes, whose dribble into the box took him past a clutch of opponents, crucially staying on his feet to route the ball via an opponent to Miley, who fired in.

Seven minutes later it was 2-0 when Callum Wilson was upended by Antonee Robinson, only for Miggy to ram the loose ball into the Gallowgate goal before the seemingly inevitable penalty award followed. A VAR check soon confirmed that Wilson hadn't strayed offside.

Burn then bundled in the third from point-blank range eight minutes from the end of the 90, after his header from a fine Bruno cross was blocked by Bernd Leno.

More goals could have followed; Longstaff firing narrowly over, Wilson hitting the post and Matt Ritchie's first-time volley kept out by Leno's outstretched leg. He last scored in July 2020.

But Eddie and his staff - Jason Tindall being serenaded with a version of "Last Christmas" in the closing stages and after full time - will be more than happy with the three goals and a clean sheet after losing two more players to injury, severity to be confirmed. 

Partially offsetting further fitness concerns though was the welcome return of Sven Botman as a late substitute after missing the previous 18 league and cup games. A measure of his standing amongst both players and supporters could be gauged by the roars of approval from the stands and the number of handshakes and high-fives from his colleagues..

Guimaraes and Almiron prospered against the ten-man Cottagers, while Emil Krafth was an admirable stand-in for the suspended Kieran Trippier - brought on at right back when Tino Livramento was switched to the left, doing so after Burn was moved infield to compensate for the loss of Schar.

Victory took Newcastle to sixth, Fulham dropping out of the top half having started the game tenth following back to back 5-0 home victories, before suffering their third successive away defeat.

And it also marked the 50th win in all competitions for Howe as Magpies boss in his 99th game - rounding off a challenging week on something of a high note. We needed this.


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