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Season 2008-09
Fulham (a) Premier League
  Date: Sunday 9th November 2008, 4pm
Live on Sky

 Craven Cottage

Intermittent wetness

Admission: £35 - unchanged for a fourth successive season.



Newcastle United

2 - 1



23 mins  There looked to be no danger at all from Gera's vague forward ball until Cacapa misjudged his header clearance, which Coloccini in the box and fell invitingly for Andrew Johnson to shoot home. 0-1

Half time: Fulham 1 Newcastle 0

57 mins  Duff's low centre from the right side of the area took a deflection and span into the path of Ameobi, who shot home from close range. The celebrations between the goal in the Putney End were initially slightly muted as some fans hesitated, expecting to see a raised flag. However the linesman made his way back to the halfway line and the partying began. 1-1

66 mins A ball played upfield towards Andy Johnson saw him appear to push Cacapa outside the box as he span towards goal. Coloccini's ill-advised lunge gave the Fulham striker the chance to go down in the box. There was little doubt over the award for a challenge that almost invited him to go to ground (as Shola had done against West Brom) and Danny Murphy stepped up to give Shay Given no chance. 1-2

Full time: Fulham 2 Newcastle 1

We Said

JFK bristled:

"I'm fuming, to be honest. We were the better team at the end of the first half and all the way through the second but we've lost.

"It comes down to a referee's decision and it's cost us dear. Just before the penalty, Cacapa is pushed off the ball and the referee lets it go - it was an appalling decision and I'm so angry.

"It keeps happening to us and the referee has a lot to answer for. I'm trying to hold back on what I really feel but I'll probably get in trouble anyway.

"There was a blatant foul prior to the penalty. We've got the Mickey Mouse referee doing nothing. He's made an error that cost us. It just doesn't stop but that's the standard of refereeing in this country.

"It happens week-in, week-out. There's always a smart answer like 'someone was obstructing my view'. You used to be able to have a bit of banter with referees and they'd put their hands up if they make mistakes. Now they hide."

Further quotes:

"I wouldn’t have said I would have done things differently, because I sat down with everybody concerned and the options weren’t there.

“I wanted Taylor to play – there’s no doubt about that. We left it until as late as possible to put him in the side, but he pulled out.
He was still feeling his groin, and we had to make a decision.

“I know there’s Bassong, but it’s easy to say that after the event. We feel amongst ourselves that Cacapa is the better player of the two, but he didn’t have an exceptionally good game, and the first goal was an error on his part.”

They said

Foul-mouthed Sexangenarian Roy Hodgson whittled: 

"I think we deserved it over the 90 minutes. It was tight, Newcastle are a good team with many good individuals so it was certainly hard pushed.

"When they got their goal I was a bit concerned because it was during a period when we weren't playing so well, but I thought we got ourselves going again and luckily AJ after scoring the first goal managed to get us a penalty for the second goal.

"We are trying to keep our feet on the ground and take things with a pinch of salt,"

"Before the match, I didn't really think we were a bottom-three team. Now we are close to a Uefa Cup spot, I don't necessarily believe we are a Uefa Cup team either.

"Andy's a wonderful finisher. That first goal started fortuitously but he dispatched it so quickly with his left foot, which isn't his favourite. It was a sharp piece of moving for the penalty, provoking the defender to try and win the ball.

"That penalty won us the game and we have to be delighted with him. That's his second man-of-the-match performance.

"I'm always pleased to see Fabio (Capello) here. Front players who can score goals will always be on the tip of a national team manager's tongue. If Andy wants to force his way into Fabio's thinking, he will have to do what he's done in the last two games over the next few matches.

"If I was the national team manager, I'd be making a little note saying 'this looks interesting, let's keep an eye on the situation'."


We've now conceded six penalties in twelve league games this season.

Shola Ameobi
netted the 49th senior goal of his career - all of them for Newcastle - and his third in five games since falling back into first team form and favour. A half-century of goals now beckons him, after he moved from being stuck on 46 for over two years.

NUFC Premier League scorers - Top Ten:

Obafemi Martins (24)
Craig Bellamy (27)
Gary Speed (29)
Shola Ameobi (31)
Rob Lee (34)
Nobby Solano (37)
Les Ferdinand (41)
Andy Cole (43)
Peter Beardsley (46)
Alan Shearer (148)

Former Magpie defender Aaron Hughes has played every minute of Fulham's 11 Premier games this season, having done so in the last 15 league fixtures of 2007/08.

Today saw him register his 300th league appearance in the Premier League, the landmark coming the day after his 29th birthday.

Toon @ The Cottage - Post War:

Lost 1-2 Ameobi
Won 1-0 Barton (pen)
2006/07: Lost 1-2 Martins
Lost 0-1
Won 3-1 Ambrose, Kluivert, Ameobi
Won 3-2 Robert, Shearer 2*  
Lost 1-2 Shearer*
Lost 1-3 Speed
1983/84: Drew 2-2 Beardsley, Keegan 
1982/83: Drew 2-2 McDermott, Varadi
1981/82: Lost 0-2 (LC)
1979/80: Lost 0-1
1978/79: Won 3-1 Connolly, Withe, Shoulder
1967/68: Lost 0-2
1966/67: Lost 1-5 B.Robson
1965/66: Lost 0-2
1960/61: Lost 3-4 Allchurch, Hughes, Woods
1959/60: Lost 3-4 Eastham, Hale 2
1955/56: Won 5-4 (FA) Casey, Keeble 2, Milburn, Stokoe
1951/52: Drew 1-1 G.Robledo
1950/51: Drew 1-1 Walker
1949/50: Lost 1-2 Milburn
1947/48: Lost 0-3
1946/47: Won 3-0 Bentley, Wayman 2

Total record against Fulham:

  P W D L F A
SJP 26 12 7 7 48 35
CC/LR 27 7 5 15 41 54
League 53 19 12 22 89 89
SJP(FA) 3 3 0 0 15 0
CC 1 1 0 0 5 4
SJP(LC) 2 1 0 1 4 2
CC 1 0 0 1 0 2
Cup 7 5 0 2 24 8
Tot 60 24 12 24 113 97



Three wins on the spin ultimately proved impossible for JFK and his side, as their recent revival stuttered & spluttered at both ends of a damp Craven Cottage on Sunday teatime.

Our last visit here had been a virtually football-free afternoon, when only Joey Barton's late penalty separating Allardyce's side from an equally unattractive team bossed by Lawrie Sanchez. 

Three points may have been collected, but the celebrations at the final whistle were slightly forced - and as much an expression of relief that the whole turgid non-event was over.

Barely 12 months later and much had changed on the field for both sides (as well as the two opposing managers). And this latest instalment of tales from the riverbank was a far more entertaining ninety minutes, despite the conditions.

JFK chose to rant post-match about refereeing inadequacies halting his side's resurgence, but in truth 
it was the return of some old familiar self-failings that cost us one point, let alone three.

However, a disjointed start by the visitors was ultimately punished by them going behind in the sort of farcical circumstances that characterised our pre-Kinnear haplessness. Culpable this time was Claudio Cacapa, who was playing after groin trouble left Steven Taylor resting at home on Tyneside.

The Brazilian proved to be the crucial weak link in the side in both halves, with the allegedly contentious shove on him before Fulham's second goal barely worthy of comment - never mind JFK's outburst.

The response from United was less than convincing and it took until four minutes before the break for a shot to be registered somewhere near the target, Duff getting into the box but failing to test home 'keeper Mark Schwarzer as his low drive clipped off the post.

So behind at the break yet again, another JFK team talk looked to have shaken his side from their slumbers, as a revitalised United reappeared and grasped the initiative.

Instant pressure on the home goal was made to count within 12 minutes and Newcastle kept attacking the Putney End as the away fans roared them on. Barton's grass-cutter was palmed away and with Gutierrez looking dangerous and Fulham holding a deep defensive line, there only looked one winner.

The introduction of Clint Dempsey proved to be pivotal though, as within two minutes Fulham had fashioned a counter-attack that ended in the penalty award and conversion.

Kinnear's slightly surprising choice of change was to bring on Owen for Gutierrez and push Martins into a wide role, but that failed to see his side recapture the forward momentum that had brought them their first equaliser, with Duff unable to make any headway down the flanks but inexplicably not replaced.

Owen was guilty of one glaring miss in front of the watching Capello, when he miscued his attempt at a side-footer from close range - although Shola's half-attempt at going for the same centre hardly helped.

Some late pressure failed to create any real chances despite four added minutes, leaving United to reflect on their third loss in as many London visits this season.

With our fourth capital fixture coming at nearby Chelsea in a fortnight, failing to get something from this game now places extra pressure on manager and players, with the tightness of the table seeing us tumble to third-bottom.

Wigan travel to Tyneside on Saturday looking to avoid what would be a fourth straight defeat at SJP, but having already won twice on their travels this season, our victory is by no means a foregone conclusion.

Perhaps our two home wins and attendant publicity had made some fans and players think that the corner had been turned and they rolled up to SW6 in expectancy of reaping rewards against a side with just one win in seven.

Ninety minutes later and reality may have just intruded after a relapse into some of our old wayward habits - 24 hours after the civic parade through the streets of the capital, this was quite literally a case of "after the Lord Mayor's Show"......

Defeat here is a stark reminder that this is the tightest league for some time and every last point has to be scrapped for and earned - regardless of the perceived shortcomings of the opposition.



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