Newcastle went down 3-1 to Fulham on Saturday and Daryl Murphy was quizzed after the final whistle.

A certain irony in asking the only player to do himself justice, what went wrong.

Maybe though Daryl Murphy was in the ideal place to answer that, having watched from the bench as the visitors went three goals up in the first hour, before the Republic of Ireland international was belatedly called from the bench.

When asked where things had gone wrong on the anniversary of Rafa Benitez’ first anniversary at the club, Daryl Murphy came up with three.

He pointed out the individual mistakes that were made in the build-up to the goals. Then on top of that, Murphy thinks that the Fulham players were given too much time on the ball and played through Newcastle far too easily.

For anybody who didn’t see the game, this was no fluke result, Fulham completely dominated for most of the match and toyed with Newcastle at times.

It wasn’t a disgrace to lose to a team who played very well on the day BUT it is worrying just how bad Newcastle were and didn’t have any real answers to get back into the match.

Daryl Murphy scored an excellent individual goal and his link-up play was superb as he found a Newcastle player almost every time with his passes and knock-downs – but he was a man alone yesterday and United never ever looked like getting anything once going behind.

Daryl Murphy speaking to NUFC TV:

“Obviously we are all disappointed. Don’t think we performed anywhere near as good as we can, so that’s probably the most disappointing.”

‘Can you put your finger on what went wrong?’

“Obviously a few mistakes for some of the goals but I think we just gave them too much time on the ball and I think they played through us too easily.

“As I said, really disappointed but the game has gone and we can’t do anything about it, so all we can do is go and train and put it right next game.”

‘Another goal – you seemed to make a difference when you came on?’

“It’s always nice to get a goal but at the end of the day it counted for nothing.

“I was obviously brought on to try and change it, try and nick a goal – which I did, but we just couldn’t get the second one.

“I think if we had got another one we maybe could have got something from the game but it wasn’t to be.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Fulham 3

Goals

Newcastle: Murphy 76

Fulham: Cairney 15, Sessegnon 51, 59

Possession was Fulham  62% Newcastle 38%

Total shots were  Fulham 11 Newcastle 11

Shots on target were Fulham 4 Newcastle 4

Corners were  Fulham 7 Newcastle 5

Referee: James Linington

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Clark (Gamez 64), Dummett, Colback, Ritchie, Shelvey, Atsu, Diame (Murphy 61), Gayle (Gouffran 74)

Unused Subs

Elliot, Hanley, Perez, Mitrovic

Crowd: 51,903

To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the defeat go HERE.

The Fulham boss quizzed on whether Newcastle will still get promotion – Read HERE.

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