Former Fulham star Sean Davis thinks his old club can go to St James Park without fear.
Pointing out the likes of Wolves and Blackburn who have won on Tyneside, Davis says those teams he ‘wouldn’t consider to be the same class’ as Fulham.
Sean Davis thinks that for the Fulham players and fans it is ‘an opportunity to go to a fantastic club, a fantastic stadium’ and hopefully put a ‘spanner’ in Newcastle United’s promotion charge.
Describing it as ‘always a thunderous atmosphere at St James Park (if only!!)’, the former Fulham player says he always enjoyed playing at Newcastle.
He believes an open game should suit the visitors but warns them that Newcastle have got ‘dangerous players all over the park’ and picks out his former teammate Matt Ritchie for a special mention.
Interesting as well to see Sean Davis talking about Newcastle being such a threat from set-pieces, we now take for granted the any goals scored this season from corners and free-kicks, after all those ridiculous barren years under Alan Pardew.
Sean Davis talking to official Fulham website:
“The next game is always the most important, and for us that’s Newcastle on Saturday.
“What an opportunity to go to a fantastic club, a fantastic stadium, and try and put a spanner in their promotion charge.
“Credit to the Fulham fans who are making the trip. It’s not cheap to get to and once you’re there you’re in the worst seats possible, they’re so high up!
“Those are some die-hard fans right there. It’s always a thunderous atmosphere at St James Park, it’s great to play in. I scored there for Fulham once, not that it mattered much as we still lost 3-1!
“Newcastle may be top of the league but they’re capable of losing home games here and there. A few teams who I wouldn’t consider to be the same class as us have gone there this season and won.
“So there’s nothing to fear, especially considering how good our away form has been on the whole this season.
“When we’re playing in an open game we tend to do really well. We struggle more when teams put 10 men behind the ball and hit us on the counter, so I think it’s set up for us to do well there.
“They’ve got dangerous players all over the park so it’s important we contain them.
“I was at Portsmouth when Matt Ritchie was a young kid and you could always tell that he was going to go on and be a good player, so we’ll have to watch out for him.
“It’s important that we don’t give away wide free-kicks because they’ve got the quality to put the ball in and trouble us with set-pieces. But I’m looking forward to the match – it should be a cracker.”