Newcastle 1 Fulham 3 – Saturday 11 March 3pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle:
“Shocking performance, just seemed like an off day.
“Fulham were brilliant in fairness.
“If only Rafa could have hooked 6/7 of them!”
“Awful and disappointing.
Leazes Park Ender:
“You have to say congratulations to Fulham on a brilliant away performance.
“We haven’t been at the races today whatsoever.
“Not a single player in a black and white shirt has performed.
“The manager needs to address this quickly before all the good work goes to waste.”
“The run of high profile away games looks to have drained the legs as it was a tired showing.
“Atsu, Dummett and Anita all poor but Shelvey having an off day seemed to make our whole team cease to function, Tom Cairney putting him well in the shade.
“Good goal from Murphy, who probably should have started.
“Fortunately, I expect better from an away game next week but this shoddy home form must be addressed next season.
“I’m still confident that will be in the premier league, but not quite as much.”
“Well that was shocking.
“A result like that has been coming for months at home.
“Let’s just scrape over the line…please.”
“Didn’t turn up!
“Beaten by a better organised and committed team who took their chances well.
“We deserved nowt from that performance.
“There is still plenty of work to be done to ensure we get automatic promotion…”
“Enough of this ‘Let the away side have the ball’ for long periods, it’s unbelievable how many times we’ve got away with it at St James’ this season.
“Well not today.
“It’s all well and good doing it away from home but this defeat has been long overdue to be honest.”
“Can’t say this is an extraordinary result as we have been so ordinary at home. Sadly, it could have been even worse.
“Fulham well worth three points and a thoroughly depressing result.
“Lads, if you think that you can now stroll it after those three supposed season defining away games, then you have had yet another wake up call.
“This was less of a wake up call and more like your kegs being pulled down in public, backside spanked with a cricket bat and an ice bucket hoyed over your head. YOU SNOOZE YOU LOSE!
“Rafa was bigging FFC up before the match, and on this evidence rightly so, but too much respect given.
“No warning heeded and we contrive to play like a bunch of dinner ladies chasing a meatball rolling across the canteen floor.
“LADS MAN, DO NOT THROW IT AWAY NOW!
“At SJP we must be BRAVER and get up and at teams from the first whistle!!
“Annoyed? Yep. Disappointed? Definitely. Panicking? Not yet, but this home form is now not a blip – it’s a big fat elephant in the room and needs addressing – pronto.”
“I was looking forward to seeing Shelvey, Ritchie & Gayle in the line up today, I thought those three could conjure up enough to see us to three points, it wasn’t to be.
“None of our players were at their best, too many 5 & 6 out of 10s all over the pitch.
“Credit to Fulham, I thought they played well, but we just weren’t at the races today.
“Another run of good results comes to an end, still top of the leaguer though, lets hope another good run starts next week.”
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