Newcastle United 0 Fulham 1

By Lee Ryder on May 16, 09 09:00 AM

NEWCASTLE United have lost 1-0 to Fulham on a miserable afternoon for the Toon Army.

The Cottagers took all three points from the game at St James's Park, and that coupled with Hull's draw at Bolton means the Toon go into the final match at Villa with their future out of their hands.

I reported live on the game, and you can click below to see my coverage and the fans' reaction to the defeat.


chrissyboy said:

This one is a sure nail biter,we must defend well as fulham are a decent counter attacking team,im off to a barbacue for a drink today but ill definatly have the earphones in on the sly,,my prediction.newcastle to nick this 1 by a goal,not sure wether thats heart or head,FINGERS AND TOES CROSSED THOUGH,,CUMON THE TOON

Sav said:

You say "we blitzed a poor Boro team",Lee, but that is only half right. There has been far too much hype written all week after that victory. I know why it was written, as this ws our first victory in years, but the fact is, on several occasions we opened up like a sunflower to that same 'poor Boro team'. With no more than hopeful punts forward Boro could have driven a coach and four through our defence and really should have notched more than Beye's own goal.
Fulham, though poor enough away from Craven Cottage, are not Boro and I'm still worried for our season.

M. Sebastian T. said:

Except for those who happen to be a little blind like Shearer about certain things, one has to say that Fulham were very good value for their win today. The referee actually had a very good game and called all the big decisions correctly.

So let's hope that the people who were very happy to accept a couple of big slices of luck against Boro don't spend the next week constructing "we wer robbed conspiracy theories". It will be much better to roll up sleeves and give it a good go against Villa.

If/when Toon get relegated then they should accept it with a little bit of dignity, which would at least be one positive thing to come out of this bleak season.

stevie said:

We have the most ponderous and ineffective midfield in the premiership.
Thankyou Mr Ashley for your cheapskate transfer policy and your refusal to appoint a proper manager.
If you buy a football club it is a good idea to get in people who know what they are doing, instead of employing a few mates
and ignoring impending disaster.
This mess is Ashley's fault - please sell up.

Gateshead Steve said:

We've been rubbish all season and deserve to go down! gatesheadpaul, can't wait to meet ya :-)

Tad Caster said:

"We have the most ponderous and ineffective midfield in the premiership."

Absolutely true. We have had for a while.

The sad thing about all this is that there are many teams only slightly better (Fulham chasing Europe? From yesterday's performance? VIlla?)than we are and many who are as bad as we are - but only three can go down and this has been coming for a long time. I have to say we simply don't have a good enough team, no matter how many times you want to 'big up' them by calling them "Ace whoever..." We've bought badly; the squad's not big enough; the coaching - from what we see on the pitch each week, seems entirely inadequate; the club's been run badly for years and occasionally (too often) been managed badly. If only what we see on the pitch reflected the enthusiasm of the fans, even the meatheads who arrive late and leave early or those who confuse passion with making the kind of tackle that gets you sent off.

Tim said:

Mike Ashley has obviously made some grave errors of judgement. HOWEVER Keegan's manner of simply walking away left that club in a managerless, rudderless and chaotic state overnight. Very interesting to note that as this dire season draws to a close I must say Kevin Keegan's silence has been absolutely deafening!!!

gordon said:

To blame kevin keegan for this tim you are a crass idiot and should be shown as one.dennis wise useless buys anyone.


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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