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Season 2023-24
Fulham (a) FA Cup Fourth Round

 


Date:
Saturday 27th January 2024, 7pm
Live on ITV4/ITVX

Venue:
Craven Cottage

Conditions: Stodgy

Tickets: £40 adults

Programme: £3.50

 



Fulham

Newcastle

 

0 - 2


 

Teams

Goals

39 mins Jacob Murphy's right wing corner at the Hammersmith End went short to Sean Longstaff, before Kieran Trippier's deep cross was headed back across the box by Burn. 

Lewis Miley's touch rebounded off a home player and then the arm of Bruno Guimaraes, before Longstaff lashed the loose ball home from around 12 yards out. A VAR check then confirmed the validity of the strike.
1-0

Half time: Cottagers 0 Magpies 1


61 mins Sven Botman met Kieran Trippier's right wing flag kick unopposed and although Rodak blocked his downward header, the ball broke free for Dan Burn to shoot in from almost on the line. 2-0

Full time: Cottagers 0 Magpies 2

We Said

 
Eddie Howe said:

"It's a big step forward for us just to win the game. We got the major bits right - resilience, really good character and attitude. I hope it gives the season more legs; we're desperate to do well and progress. We can go on a really good run. 

"A difficult game, not our finest performance. I think you win these types of games in the mind. The motivation had to be there, the resilience had to be there, and both were. The second half was better in terms of technical delivery. 

"We are pleased to win, keep a clean sheet and score two good goals. We knew it was going to be difficult tonight. You come to this ground, it is a Premier League game. We have got our injury troubles and we are not at our fluent best.

"In these sorts of games, that is when you have to try and dig out a result. You try and get yourself into the next round. That is where I have to praise the players. We weren't at our best in the first half but we came in at the break 1-0 up, which was a good scoreline for us.

"Sean's finish is a great shot with his left foot. For Dan's, well I don't think he could've missed that. He has scored some important goals for us, none more so than last year in our cup run to the Carabao Cup final. That second goal was all important for us.

"It would be incredible to do it in the FA Cup (get to Wembley). The Carabao Cup whetted the appetite for us, it was an incredible day. The scenes beforehand and the support we had - we were so disappointed not to deliver the result Hopefully we can go a long way in this competition this year."

On the absent Miggy Almiron:

"He was ill, genuinely ill. Future? I want him to stay. Miguel to leave next week? It's difficult; I'm not in hourly contact with what's going on, there's a possibility that someone could leave.

"
If we can go with the same squad that we've had, I'll take that. We want to keep everybody. That's my wish. This team has a lot more to give."

They Said

 

Marco Silva ranted:

"Itís clearly our fault that we are not in the next round of the FA Cup, because mistakes against teams with this quality and this size can punish you. That first corner when we conceded the goal, no communication or decision, and they scored.

"
You can talk about handball but it's something that I cannot control. I can talk even about the second Ė itís not even a corner, itís a goal-kick. It is what it is. These situations you cannot control and I don't want to go in that direction.

"Clearly we have to do much better in both situations to win a football match because the players probably deserved a result, but when you are punished by these mistakes, itís our fault and you have to be strong in both situations.

ďWe controlled, for 60-70 minutes, almost all the game, the way we pressed really high and strongly. 

"We didnít give Newcastle the chance for them to settle their game, to start from the back like they normally do, because we pressed them really well. 

"The players understood really well that situation, credit for our players, but then we have to do the other part, that is to be clinical in our attack line, taking the right decisions when you are so many times in dangerous areas, and we didnít.Ē

Stats


Newcastle have
now won each of their last four visits to Craven Cottage (4-1, 2-0, 4-0, 2-0). Three of those games came in the Premier League.

Magpies @ Fulham - PL era:

2023/24 Won 2-0 S.Longstaff, Burn (FA)
2022/23
Won 4-1 Wilson, Almiron 2, S.Longstaff
2020/21 Won 2-0 Willock, Schar (pen)
2018/19 Won 4-0 Shelvey, Perez, Schar, Rondon
2016/17 Lost 0-1 (Ch)
2013/14 Lost 0-1
2012/13 Lost 1-2 Ben Arfa
2011/12 Lost 2-5 Guthrie, Ben Arfa
2010/11 Lost 0-1
2008/09 Lost 1-2 Ameobi
2007/08 Won 1-0 Barton (pen)
2006/07 Lost 1-2 Martins
2005/06 Lost 0-1
2004/05 Won 3-1 Ambrose, Kluivert, Ameobi
2003/04 Won 3-2 Robert, Shearer 2*
2002/03 Lost 1-2 Shearer*
2001/02 Lost 1-3 Speed

(At Craven Cottage except *Loftus Road)

This was the fifth time that the clubs have played each other in this competition and Newcastle extended their 100% record:

1907/08 won 6-0 (n) SF
1909/10 won 4-0 (h) R2
1955/56 won 5-4 (a) R4
1960/61 won 5-0 (h) R3

2023/24 won 2-0 (a) R4

Total record against Fulham:

  P W D L F A
SJP 36 17 10 9 58 41
CC/LR 35 10 5 20 54 65
League 71 27 15 29 112 106
SJP(FA) 3 3 0 0 15 0
CC 2 2 0 0 7 4
SJP(LC) 2 1 0 1 4 2
CC 1 0 0 1 0 2
Cup 8 6 0 2 26 8
Tot 79 33 15 31 138 114

United recorded successive clean sheets in the FA Cup for the first time since the 2009/10 season - a 0-0 draw at Plymouth Argyle in the Third Round and a 3-0 success in the replay at SJP.

Sean Longstaff netted his third goal in the FA Cup - like the previous two coming in an away win:

2018/19 Blackburn Rovers (a) won 4-2
2019/20 Oxford United (a) won 3-2
2023/24 Fulham (a) won 2-0

There was a sixth goal in Newcastle colours for Dan Burn, who already had three in the Premier League and one each in the Carabao Cup and Champions League before tonight. 

Longstaff and Burn have identical scoring records this season: a total of four comprising two PL goals and one each in the FA Cup and Champions League.

Burn is the ninth Magpie to have scored in the Premier League, League Cup, FA Cup and Champions League, after messrs
Shearer, Dyer, Speed, Solano, Almiron, Longstaff, Isak and Joelinton.

NUFC last 10 Fourth Round appearances:

2023/24 Fulham (a) won 2-0
2019/20
Oxford United (a) won 3-2 replay (0-0 h)
2018/19 Watford (h) lost 0-2
2017/18 Chelsea (a) lost 0-3
2016/17 Oxford United (a) lost 0-3
2011/12 Brighton (a) lost 0-1
2009/10 West Bromwich Albion (a) lost 2-4
2007/08 Arsenal (a) lost 0-3
2005/06 Cheltenham Town (a) won 2-0
2004/05 Coventry City (h) won 3-1

At the fifth time of asking, United managed to win whilst wearing the green away kit:

Brighton (a) lost 1-3
Wolves (a) drew 2-2
Dortmund (a) lost 0-2
Bournemouth (a) lost 0-2
Fulham (a) won 2-0

There was a first senior selection for 18 year-old midfielder Travis Hernes, signed by United from Shrewsbury Town last September. Reserve midfielder Joe White returned to the first team squad following a loan at Crewe Alexandra but was cup-tied and ineligible to play tonight. 

 


Waffle

Goals from local lads Sean Longstaff and Dan Burn proved enough to propel the Magpies into the Fifth Round of the FA Cup on Saturday night, as Craven Cottage again proved to be our happy place.

Following a hat-trick of Premier League victories here under three different managers, a first FA Cup success on the banks of the Thames since 1956 meant that United have won back to back ties in this competition without requiring a replay for the first time since 2006.

Alan Shearer led the line then and he was present tonight - in the away end for once rather than a TV studio. He claimed that he'd not been in with the away fans since 1985, although not saying where that was as a 14 or 15 year-old. We did wonder about Roker Park, and whether he'd made a youthful incursion into the Fulwell End - perhaps some things are better left unrecorded.... 

Missing from the current matchday squad were Miguel Almiron (ill) and Jamaal Lascelles (injured), whose absence did nothing to dampen recent speculation about their futures. The belated and successful return of Jacob Murphy did at least boost our shrinking midfield options, feeling his way and trying to keep out of trouble but seemingly resisting one hefty shove on his shoulder.   

Neither side seized the initiative in a formless first half; Newcastle fielding all but one of the side that started their previous game two weeks earlier while Fulham made seven changes from the line-up that drew 1-1 with Liverpool here 72 hours before in the League Cup.

Murphy was unable to beat Marek Rodak after the ball broke to him in the box after just five minutes. Martin Dubravka made a more impressive fingertip save to deny Rodrigo Muniz as the hosts pressed with some success, but did little of note when gaining possession and had nothing up front. 

Almost to the minute that the opener came on wearside in the previous round, United went ahead here - another confidence-boosting goal scored at the right time, upsetting the opposition's plan of keeping us at bay before introducing reinforcements as we tired. 

The visitors then thought that they'd doubled their lead just before half time when Murphy dashed in from the right and supplied an excellent finish, only to be rightfully denied for being offside.

Forced into a change when Harry Wilson was unable to continue, Fulham seldom looked like wiping out the deficit and fell further behind just after the hour as a result of another Newcastle corner.

Burn collected a second goal against his former club in as many games this season from roughly the same range that registered the first against Bernd Leno on Tyneside last month, giving his current side some breathing space and ramping up the party behind the Putney End goal.

Further goals seemed likely as Fulham belatedly tried to get a foothold in the tie, but they wasted a few half-chances to make a game of it and at the other end a series of Newcastle breaks floundered due to lack of care with the final ball. At the heart of those attacks was Tino Livramento, who can count himself unlucky not have made the starting line-up, but the statistics will reflect that Burn scored once and was involved in the other goal.

Given our wretched record in this competition in the last two decades or so, any FA Cup victory is cause for celebration and the level of opposition made it a no-brainer to pick a full strength side here, even if Fulham understandably rotated their players.

Having accepted the justification of playing three times a week for some fatigued displays though, a fortnight's rest seemed to have blunted our competitive edge at times; hopeful passes out of defence and some unwise decision making on the ball.

Hopefully this tie has been a valuable exercise in preparing the side for the rigours of the Premier League during the rest of the season - Aston Villa certainly won't be as accommodating on Tuesday night as Fulham were at times here. 
 
Exactly which players Eddie Howe has at his disposal - never mind who is fit - may not become clear until the day after the Villa game, when the transfer window closes. One senses there are still deals to be done if the price is right and with Bruno's looming two match ban, cover in the central midfield area remains an obvious concern. 

Biffa

 

 


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