Not surprisingly, Fulham fans were ecstatic after the final whistle on Friday night.
After a summer where they have seen their two best players (McCormack and Dembele) leave, the pair having scored 40 goals between them last season.
On top of that, there has been minimal reinvestment and so it was a Fulham team that almost got relegated last season, which lined up for the new season strengthen by budget buys and the odd free transfer.
Newcastle dominated possession in the first half but struggled to create many chances and were undone by a sucker punch just before half-time.
The second-half saw a more even contest and as well as the win, Fulham fans saw their team at least match Newcastle in that second period.
Reading the comments below from Fulham fans after the game, it is clear how big a part the media play in how other team’s supporters view their opposite numbers.
With Newcastle being hot favourites for the league and taking up to 7,000 fans to London on a Friday night for a game that is live on TV, little wonder that whether United won or lost was going to be the main topic of conversation for the media.
It’s not the fault of the Newcastle fans as to how the commentators/experts go on – it is exactly the same when we play the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea etc.
Comments by Fulham fans taken from various message boards:
‘Telling us how good they are, how Benitez is the new messiah, sleeping giant blah blah, then the game kicked off, pegged back for a while then we discovered that they aint that good, and turned in a good solid job.’
‘Every team in the championship will be out to beat villa and Newcastle. It could be a long cold winter for them both.’
‘The sky commentators were a disgrace in there obvious bias towards Newcastle. For example, when we scored they just went on about the penalty they never got.’
‘Ok we won but don’t get carried away, we can play a lot better, at times the passing left a lot to be desired. I understand there are many new faces and they require time to bed in but if we are honest, Newcastle bossed the game. If they had not forgotten their shooting boots the score could have been 1-3 but never the less we held on.’
‘Can you tell me what game you were watching tonight, It certainly wasn’t Fulham v Newcastle. At what point exactly did the visitors boss the game.’
‘I thought we were awesome tonight. Our pace, bite and intensity were evident from the start. A real statement of intent. I was in the Rocket in Putney with my nephew beforehand listening to (mostly London accented tw*ts) with Newcastle shirts thinking it was three in the bag.’
‘The supporters played no small part in this win as well. I’ve never seen that sort of emotion the whole way through a match in the Hammy End in years. We shut up the so called Toon Army. Goose bumps all night long.’
‘£43m Newcastle spent on players but we outplayed them.’
‘I’ve just watched the full 90mins I recorded from sky and OMG the commentators were so far up newcastle’s arsenal it was unbelievable!
I’m obvisously over the bloody moon with not only the result but the fantastic performance from 1-11 but by Christ that sort of broadcasting should be illegal. I honestly don’t get the love affair with the Newcastle supporters from so called football experts.’
‘Let’s face it, the only reason we were playing last night and on TV is because of who are opponents are. They were always going to be the centre of attention and the joyful outcome is an analysis of their defeat. They looked undersized in the huddle before kick off. I have a feeling that they are going to be facing teams playing for corners and free kicks for a while as the assorted behemoth strikers that are a feature of most Championship squads have their time in the sun.’
‘Fulham opened the Championship season against the odds-on favorite to bounce right back up into the Premier League. And, although the Toon huffed and puffed, they never looked like disrupting the flow of Fulham’s new-look football.
Like our last four or five matches against the Barcodes, this one went 1-0 to the home team. There will be moans about the refereeing. There will be poorly spelled rants on northern websites about being cheated out of three penalties. Actually, I saw one that, in the Premier League, might have drawn a spot kick.’