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10 man Fulham lose to Newcastle United ~ Prem MD 08 ~ 22/23

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Match Report

Fulham (0) 1-4 (3) Newcastle United

Premier League Match Day 08 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 1st October 2022    KO: 15:00

Referee: Darren England (Barnsley)

Striker Bobby De Cordova-Reid
Fulham Striker
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Miguel Almiron scored twice as Newcastle United got back to winning ways by thrashing 10-man Fulham 4-1 at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

The hosts made the worst possible start when Nathaniel Chalobah was sent off after a late, dangerous tackle on Sean Longstaff that was initially deemed only a yellow-card offence by referee Darren England, only for Video Assistant Referee Mike Dean to intervene and recommend it be upgraded to a straight red.

Minutes later Callum Wilson tapped in the visitors' opener after Kieran Tripper's inviting centre was headed back across the six-yard box by Joe Willock, with the striker unable to miss from virtually on the goal line.

Almiron, described as "magical" by his manager Eddie Howe, then took over, curling in a sumptuous first from a tight angle after a neat one-two with Bruno Guimaraes, before Longstaff made it 3-0 with a simple close-range finish just before half-time.

And the Paraguay forward rounded off the scoring for Newcastle with yet another easy finish just before the hour mark, converting Jacob Murphy's cross with the goal gaping to round off a comfortable afternoon's work in the west London sunshine.

And while Bobby Decordova-Reid headed in a late consolation for Marco Silva's team, they still suffered a first defeat at home this season as their opponents moved level on points with them in seventh and eighth places in the table.

Howe and Co made the long journey south having not won in the Premier League since an opening-day win over newlypromoted Nottingham Forest and eager to put that record right.

Match Stats Fulham Newcastle
Goals (0) 1 4 (3)
Scorers De Cordova-Reid Wilson 11
- Almirón 33
- S Longstaff 43
- Almirón 57
Goal attempts 4 19
On target 1 10
Shooting Accuracy 25% 53%
Possession 31% 69%
Passes 277 603
Passes Success 68% 88%
Crosses 8 17
Crosses Success 25% 24%
Corners 1 5
Tackles 14 14
Tackles Success 74% 64%
Saves 6 0
Fouls 8 9
Offsides 4 8
Yellows 2 0
Reds 1 0
source: SkySports
However, they were helped massively in that regard by Fulham's Chalobah, whose reckless eighth-minute tackle on Longstaff, initially deemed only a caution by referee England, saw the player rightly sent off.

The visitors took the lead after a nice flowing move, with the unmarked Wilson - back after a month out with a hamstring injury - tapping in at the back post after a VAR check for a possible offside against Almiron.

The Paraguay international got on the scoresheet just past the half-hour mark with a goal-of-the-season contender, bending an outrageous volley over Bernd Leno and into the far corner from the tightest of angles.

That wonder strike appeared to knock the stuffing out of the home side, whose afternoon then went from bad to worse when top-scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic limped off after appearing to aggravate the injury he picked up while on international duty with Serbia in midweek.

And it was game over when Longstaff was there in the right place, at the right time, to score from close range after an increasingly busy Leno had turned Sven Botman's header onto the post two minutes before the interval.

The only surprise, thereafter, was that Newcastle only managed to score once more in the second period as player of the match Almiron got on the end of Willock's inviting ball across the goalmouth for yet another simple finish.

There was still time for a Fulham consolation with two minutes to go when Decordova-Reid glanced home Neeskens Kebano's cross from the left, but by then, many of the home faithful had already made their exits.

Fortress Craven Cottage no more - Opta stats
  • Fulham have now lost their first home league game of the season, having gone unbeaten in their first three (W2 D1). Indeed, they've now lost each of their last three top-flight home games against Newcastle, as many defeats as in their first 20 such games (W15 D2).

  • Newcastle's 4-1 victory against Fulham is their joint-biggest victory under Eddie Howe in the Premier League (also 3-0 vs Norwich in April), while it's their biggest in London since beating Fulham 4-0 in May 2019.

  • Newcastle's three first-half goals is the first time they have led by at least three goals at half time in a Premier League game since March 2012 against West Brom, and just for the third time away from home overall in the competition.

  • The red card for Fulham's Nathaniel Chalobah (7 minutes 26 seconds) is the quickest received by a player for the Cottagers in the Premier League since Ian Pearce against Crystal Palace in October 2004 (6th minute).

  • Newcastle's Callum Wilson has now scored five goals in his last five Premier League games, including three in his four appearances in 2022-23. Indeed, half of his goals in the competition have now come on the road (32/64).
It was the perfect afternoon for Newcastle and their raucous travelling fans who had made the long journey south as the visitors strolled to a stress-free 4-1 win in the west London sunshine to get back to winning ways, and in particular for their popular forward Miguel Almiron, whose brace either side of half-time was the bedrock of the victory.

The ever-smiling Paraguayan can be guaranteed to put in a shift for his side, but what are not always such a certainty from him are goals.

However, the 28-year-old more than made up for that with a hugely contrasting brace at Craven Cottage, his first a goal-of-the season contender that will live long in the memory, unlike his second, a simple far-post tap in.

Incredibly for a player of his talents, that twin strike were his first Premier League goals away from home since scoring against Howe's Bournemouth in July 2020.

Not that his manager seemed to remember as he praised his "magical" forward after the game, saying: "He's capable of doing magical things and for me that was a magical goal.

"Bruno [Guimaraes] again was involved and they've got a really good understanding the pair of them.

"I'm delighted for Miggy, he's such an infectious character, his work sort of epitomises our play really so it was great to see."

Fulham boss Marco Silva:
"The referee was clear for him a yellow card, he told me.

"Of course after the decision from Mike Dean (VAR official), it changed everything completely.

"So, long time to take one decision like that and to advise the referee (to change his mind) for me is strange. Of course it was a harsh tackle, but I'm 100 per cent sure I haven't seen consistency in these types of situations.

"I'm 100 per cent sure that in the next few weeks we will see more tackles like that one and they'll be a yellow card.

"That is tough for us to understand because we're not seeing consistency in those type of decisions."

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe
"It has been a long time coming. We have had a long wait for the second win of the season. Right from the start we had a good feeling, with good energy, and created chances early on.

"Obviously, the red card made it easier, but I am very pleased with the players' response. Their attitude - we wanted more, we weren't happy with what we had, always trying to score.

"It's been a very difficult two weeks. Obviously, we have had the international break, with players going away, but we have also had a bit of illness in the camp, so it's been a mixed two weeks, but it didn't show in our performance.

"It's difficult, I haven't seen it again, my initial feeling was that was high and I think whenever there's height and force I think the player's safety is in danger.

"I thought Sean was lucky to get up from that one, that's without seeing it again, so I could be corrected, but the referee probably had a similar view and he gave the red card.

"He's [Almiron] capable of doing magical things and for me that was a magical goal.

"Bruno [Guimaraes] again was involved and they've got a really good understanding the pair of them.

"I'm delighted for Miggy, he's such an infectious character, his work sort of epitomises our play really so it was great to see."

Fulham: Leno, Mbabu (Cairney 48), Adarabioyo, Ream, Kurzawa (Diop 47), Chalobah, Reed, Pereira, James (Kebano 70), De Cordova-Reid, Mitrovic (Vinicius 37)

Unused substitutes: Rodak, Onomah, Duffy, Parkes, Harris,

De Cordova-Reid 88 (A late consolation for Fulham as Bobby De Cordova-Reid glances in Kebano's cross from the left.)

Booked: Mitrovic (12,arg), Reed (54,f),

Red Card: Chalobah (6,f),

Newcastle United: Pope, Trippier (Lewis 83), Botman, Burn (Targett 83), Schar (Lascelles 83), S Longstaff, Willock, Guimaraes (Anderson 59), Wilson (Fraser 66), Murphy, Almiron

Unused substitutes: Joelinton, Wood, Karius, Dummett,

Wilson 11 (Newcastle lead as Trippier curls an inviting ball into the six-yard box which Willock meets at the far post and his downward header goes straight to the unmarked Wilson at the back stick, who cannot miss from virtually on the line.)
Almiron 33 (The visitors have doubled their lead as Guimaraes and Almiron play a neat one-two on the right edge of the area, before the Paraguay forward finds the far corner of the net after a sensational looping volley.)
Longstaff 43 ( Wow, a third for the Toon and it came after a frantic period of play in which Leno was twice forced into smart stops from Willock and Murphy, the latter of which lead to a quickly taken corner by the visitors. And when the ball was floated in from the right, Botman rose highest to loop a header against the far post after another crucial touch by Leno, allowing the unmarked Longstaff to tap into the unguarded net.)
Almiron 57 (It is 4-0 as Murphy releases Willock down the left and his inviting ball across the six-yard box is tapped in to the gaping goal by the unmarked Almiron five yards out - how easy was that?)

Referee: Darren England (Barnsley)

Attendance: 22,913

Source SkySports
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