Shock Fulham win now sees them full of confidence they can catch Newcastle United
Despite ending up fourth bottom of the Premier League, Steve Bruce and his media / punditry friends have still refused to accept that Newcastle United are in a relegation fight, pointing out that Fulham can’t win a game and were ten points adrift of NUFC.
Well, Fulham have now won a Premier League match, only their third of the season.
The Cottagers no longer ten points adrift of safety.
Going into Sunday night, Fulham had only won two league games all season, the second of those way back in November.
However, for Steve Bruce and Newcastle United, the underlying Fulham stats should always have been a worry.
Ahead of last night, Fulham had only lost three of their previous eleven Premier League match but having drawn the other eight, were simply struggling to score enough goals to turn those draws into wins.
Often dominating the opposition and creating plenty of chances, their previous game had summed up this Fulham season, drawing 0-0 despite having 20 shots against a West Ham team who will go fourth top if beating Sheffield United in their 6pm match tonight.
Sunday night was a continuation as Fulham went to Goodison Park last night and were by far the better team, doing everything but score in the first half. Aleksandar Mitrovic was missing after testing positive for the virus and in his absence, Fulham hit the woodwork and Olsen in the Everton goal made some great saves. However, at last Fulham’s superiority in a match counted and turned into goals, former Sunderland striker Josh Maja was signed from Bordeaux on loan last month and he scored the two priceless goals that beat Everton in a dominant 2-0 away win.
That leaves the Premier League table looking like this on Monday morning:
Steve Bruce and his sycophants will no doubt still be saying, ‘relegation battle, what relegation battle?’
However, for all normal people, they will see a Fulham side who have been playing well and finally found the key to winning a match, against tough opposition.
Scott Parker was buoyant after the win after his side added the goals their play has deserved:
“Today it [adding goals to their performances] has been the difference.
“I constantly say to this team, you cannot keep creating the chances and that is a good marker to keep belief.
“We have been on the wrong side of fine margins but in and around the six-yard box we have sniffed out chances and got a big win.”
Parker talks about ‘belief’ and that is what Fulham now have.
Whilst a look at Fulham fan message boards sees their supporters full of confidence they can now go on and catch Newcastle United.
Their team totally dominated Newcastle United at St James Park in December and should have won, Steve Bruce carrying massive luck to get a point as the match officials gave United a serious helping hand, even with ten men Fulham looked more likely to win, the game ending 1-1.
We now face what looks a critical two week period as whilst Newcastle travel to Chelsea and Man Utd, then home to Wolves (who have suddenly found form, last three PL games seeing them beat Arsenal, draw with Leicester and win away at Southampton yesterday).
Whilst Fulham are away at Burnley, home to Sheffield United and then away at Palace before the end of the month.
If Newcastle United end the month still maintaining a seven points gap or better over Fulham then I would be pretty confident.
However, looking at those fixtures, the odds are very much against that being the case.
I also can’t help but the very final Newcastle United match of the season keep catching my attention, away at Fulham…
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