Magpies 0 Cottagers 0
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. 1-0
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. 2-0
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
Full time: Magpies 3 Cottagers 0
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.
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."
"Sometimes I can't believe he's 17. He's unbelievable. We're
very proud of him. He's doing very, very well."
"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.
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
"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
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
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)
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)
David Edgar 19 years, 228 days (Manchester United home, Jan 2007)
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
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
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