Newcastle 1 Fulham 3 – Saturday 11 March 2017 3pm
Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic was a happy man after the final whistle.
His side closing to within two points of the play-offs and with a game in hand.
Approaching the game, the visitors had the best form in the Championship over the past half dozen games and led Newcastle a merry dance throughout.
There was only one team deserved to win and they weren’t wearing black and white today.
The Fulham Manager thinks if his team get into the play-offs they will have a 25% chance of playing in the Premier League but despite a defeat for Newcastle, he very definitely thinks Newcastle will be in that top tier.
Jokanovic saying ‘I would be really, really surprised if next season Newcastle don’t get to play in the Premier League’.
Taking this game in isolation many Newcastle fans would have their doubts but this is the first defeat since 2 January so you have to take it as a full package.
“It’s a great step for us, we must play ten more games and everything is open. Even though some teams at this moment have more points than what we have right now.”
“Sessegnon is working very well, we tried to use him in a little bit of a different position but in the past we have used him in more of an offensive position.
“We expected that he could find the space in behind the back four of Newcastle and he did that twice.
“He finished with a great level of quality and he completed a very good football game and he must be satisfied with the team and himself too.
“I believe Newcastle will be a Premier League team, they play differently, they are full of important players and play a different style of football.
“We expected this from a very physical, a very strong team, we knew they would try and attack behind our full-backs and we would be in a good distance from them with good positions.
“I would be really, really surprised if next season Newcastle don’t get to play in the Premier League.
“We are going to fight. We are not in position to be thinking about being a promoted team but we are thinking about pushing hard to push ourselves into the top six.
“If we are strong enough for the top six then we will have a 25% chance of being a Premier League team next season.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 1 Fulham 3
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
Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Clark (Gamez 64), Dummett, Colback, Ritchie, Shelvey, Atsu, Diame (Murphy 61), Gayle (Gouffran 74)
Elliot, Hanley, Perez, Mitrovic
To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the defeat go HERE.