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.

Slavisa Jokanovic:

“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

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

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  • Carlo Ancelotti

    we can always get him when Ashley forces Rafa out

  • Ian Robson

    Yes Rafa we make lots of mistakes. That’s because for the most part Dummet, Gouffran, Shelvey, Clarke, Mitro, Murphy, Lascelles, and others, give the ball away too frequently, take up poor positions, mis-time tackles, shoot from 45 yards, cannot cross accurately, thump he ball into the crowd, fail to clear defensive lines and miss chances. But our dour, miserable, negative tactics along with very poor opposition means that we have scraped enough wins to be top of the league. The Lord save us. What a bizarre season.

  • 1957

    Any more performances like that and it will be the Championship again next season…

  • Desree

    Watch a big bunch of babies.

  • Rich Lawson

    Good on him,he has a harder job with a London team,didn’t try to rub in how much better his side were,hope they go up instead of Huddersfield