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Match Report: Fulham lose out to Newcastle ~ FACup ~ 4thRnd ~ 23/24

last updated Saturday 27th January 2024, 10:47 PM

Match Report

Fulham (0) 0-2 (1) Newcastle United

FA Cup Fourth Round 23/24 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 27th January 2024     KO: 19:00

Referee: Jarred Gillett (Australia)

Live on ITV4 and ITVX

Match Stats Fulham Newcastle
Goals (0)0 2 (1)
Scorers - Longstaff 39
- Burn 61
Goal attempts 14 8
On target 2 6
Shooting Accuracy 14% 74%
Possession 56% 44%
Passes Success 84% 80%
Corners 10 5
Tackles Success 77% 58%
Saves 4 2
Fouls 6 6
Offsides 2 1
Yellows 0 1
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Two set-piece goals saw Fulham defeated 2-0 by Newcastle United in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday night.

Sean Longstaff crashed in the opener before half-time after a short corner fell kindly for him.

The Whites responded well in the second half, but the tie was put out of reach when Dan Burn smashed home a loose ball after Marek Rodák had done brilliantly to keep out a Sven Botman header from Kieran Tripper’s corner.

Issa Diop, Antonee Robinson, Andreas Pereira and Bobby De Cordova-Reid were the only survivors from the midweek heartbreak in the Carabao Cup, with a first appearance for Tim Ream in eight weeks one of seven changes made by Marco Silva.

Three of the men brought in combined inside three minutes to fashion the first opening, with Harry Wilson’s flick and Harrison Reed’s incisive pass teeing up Rodrigo Muniz, who fired over.

A mix-up at the other end then saw Jacob Murphy gifted a one-on-one chance, but he shot straight at Rodák.

The same trio who had created Fulham’s first opportunity made our second, with Muniz this time trying to guide his effort inside the far post, and he would have been successful were it not for a fine save from Martin Dubravka.

Muniz was proving a lively customer, showing good strength to hold the ball up in the box before spinning and squeezing a shot through Botman’s legs, which deflected marginally wide.

The Whites were having the better of things, but it was the visitors who broke the deadlock when Longstaff lashed into the corner after the ball fell his way following a corner. There were frustrations amongst the Fulham boys, though, as Longstaff was only in a position to shoot after the ball span his way via Bruno Guimaraes’ arm.

After Murphy saw a goal disallowed for offside, Wilson had to be withdrawn after failing to recover from a late challenge by Burn – a real shame as he’d been a dangerous threat down our right flank.

In first half stoppage time, Andreas dribbled half the length of the pitch before trying his luck from the edge of the box, but dragged his left footer wide of the far post.

Willian had been brought on for Wilson and had the ball in the net less than three minutes into the second half with a stunning strike, but the flag had already gone up against De Cordova-Reid in the build-up.

It hadn’t been the busiest evening for Rodák, but he needed to show good handling to claim Alexander Isak’s stinging strike as we approached the hour mark, while Fulham went close at the other end as Kenny Tete whistled one over.

The crucial second goal went the way of the Magpies. It was harsh on Rodák who had made a fine stop to keep out Botman’s header from Trippier’s corner, with Burn gobbling up the rebound.

Raul Jimenez had been sent on as Silva opted for two up top, and it almost paid quick dividends when he beat Botman to Tete’s looping cross, nodding agonisingly over the bar.

Fulham had seen more possession and created more shooting chances throughout the 90 minutes – with Raul and Tom Cairney each sending efforts wide in stoppage time – but the lack of a cutting edge meant our FA Cup campaign was ended at the Fourth Round stage.

Silva: Fulham deserved more from the game
As well as being annoyed at the first Newcastle goal, Silva also believed his side were worthy of more than what Fulham got - especially given they had 16 shots, and just two on target - while they also conceded two goals from set pieces."

"The stats show that we are the most dominant team on the pitch, we started on the front foot," he added. "We were clearly the team who was always closest to scoring goals. Football is not just about that, you have to be ruthless to put the ball in the back of the net.

"We deserved much more than what we got from it. We were the team who tried more, to be more dominant on the ball, created more chances as well. But the reality is we lost. We are not in the next round because we made mistakes, at this level these sides punish you.

"The players deserve it, but you're punished in these situations."

Fulham : Rodak, Tete, Diop (Tosin 71), Ream, Robinson, Reed (Palhinha 71), Lukic, Wilson (Willian 46), Pereira (Cairney 65), De Cordova-Reid (Jimenez 71), Muniz

Unused substitutes: Castagne, Benda, Vinicius, Francois

Newcastle United : Dubravka, Trippier (Krafth 86), Schar, Botman, Burn, L Miley, Guimaraes, Longstaff, J Murphy (Livramento 75), Isak, Gordon (Ritchie 94)

Unused substitutes: Dummett, Karius, Hall, A Murphy, Parkinson, Hernes

Longstaff 39 (GOAL STANDS! 39 Wow, Fulham will not be happy with that at all! They were over complaining to the ref even before it went to VAR. The ball clearly hit Guimaraes on the arm but the interpterion seems to be that because he didn't score the goal it is allowed to stand. LONGSTAFF LASHES IN! But VAR will be checking a possible handball from Guimaraes moments earlier... Trippier whipped a wonderful cross into the box which Burn nodded down. There were a couple of Fulham defenders who got in each other's way before the ball bounced up off Guimaraes' arm for Longstaff to apply a fine finish. )

Burn 61 (The visitors have one foot in the fifth round! A corner is met firmly by Botman and he forces Rodak to drop low and parry. But it is Burn who reacts quickest to the loose ball and slams it home! He and the Newcastle players are straight over to the Newcastle fans behind that goal to celebrate. Fulham will be wondering how they're two behind in this game!)

Booked: Schar (20,f)

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire)

Attendance: 15,083

Fulham's next game is on Tuesday 30 when they host Everton back in the Premier League.

Source Geoff Pruce at Fulham FC
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