Fulham 1-4 Newcastle: Miguel Almiron’s brace helps Magpies thrash Fulham at Craven Cottage as Nathaniel Chalobah’s early red and Mitrovic injury compounds home side’s misery
- Newcastle enjoyed their biggest win of the season with 4-1 victory over Fulham
- Nathaniel Chalobah was sent off after eight minutes for foul on Sean Longstaff
- Callum Wilson opened the scoring for Eddie Howe’s side at Craven Cottage
- Miguel Almiron scored a brace before Longstaff then added a fourth
- Fulham’s Bobby Decordova-Reid added a late consolation for Marco Silva’s team
- Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic forced off in first half with injury for the house side
As days on the office go, this was worse than ‘bad’ for Fulham boss Marco Silva.
After being reduced to 10 men within the eighth minute when Nathaniel Chalobah was sent off for a reckless tackle on Sean Longstaff, his team capitulated against a greater and hungrier Newcastle.
Goals from Callum Wilson, Longstaff and a brace from Miguel Almiron sealed a 4-1 victory, the Magpies’ first on the road this season. A late consolation from Bobby Decordova-Reid did little to lift Fulham’s spirits.
Callum Wilson celebrates scoring Newcastle on eleven minutes to offer the Magpies the lead
Miguel Almiron nets the primary of his two goals in Newcastle’s 4-0 win at Fulham on Saturday
Sean Longstaff (left) celebrates together with his Newcastle team-mates after scoring their third goal
The scoreline would have been greater had it not been for Bernd Leno, who was the one Fulham player to depart the pitch with any credit. Silva’s side didn’t manage a shot on the right track until the 88th minute and looked beaten from the moment Chalobah left the sphere.
The midfielder flew right into a tackle within the eighth minute, missing all the ball and catching Longstaff together with his studs. Referee Darren England initially gave a yellow card but after a VAR review, the choice was modified to red.
Rightly so. It was a reckless, potentially dangerous tackle that might have seriously hurt Longstaff. The Newcastle midfielder got here away unscathed, but Fulham didn’t. There was just three minutes between Chalobah’s red card and the opening goal.
The main target before kick-off had been on Aleksandr Mitrovic and whether he would proceed his high-quality form against his old club. It was not his day and an aggravation to the ankle injury he sustained on international duty saw him withdrawn within the thirty sixth minute. As an alternative it was a special frontman who was celebrating.
Wilson, back from a five-week injury absence, must have put Newcastle ahead within the fourth minute when he sent a shot against the post from five yards out. But he was in the best place at the best time to complete on the second time of asking.
Kieran Trippier’s cross to the back-post was headed across goal by Joe Willock and the forward stabbed the ball over the road to attain against Fulham for the fourth time within the Premier League.
Nathaniel Chalobah is shown his marching orders after just eight minutes at Craven Cottage
Chalobah’s tackle was given a red card after a VAR check from the referee leaving Fulham with ten men for many the the afternoon
MATCH FACTS AND RATINGS
Fulham (4-2-3-1): Leno 7, Mbabu 5 (Cairney 45+3, 6), Tosin 5, Ream 5, Kurzawa 4 (Diop 45+3, 5), Reed 6, Chalobah 4, James 5 (Kebano 70), Pereira 6, De Cordova-Reid 5, Mitrovic 4 (Vinicius 37)
Subs not used: Rodak, Duffy, Kebano, Pnomah, Harris, Parkes
Booked: Reed, Mitrovic
Sent off: Chalobah
Goals: De Cordova-Reid 88
Manager: Marco Silva 5
Newcastle (4-3-3): Pope 6, Trippier 7.5 (Lewis 83,6), Schar 7 (Lascelles 83, 6), Botman 7, Burn 7.5 (Targett 82), Longstaff 8, Guimaraes 7.5 (Anderson 59, 6), Willock 7.5, Almiron 8.5, Murphy 7.5, Wilson 7.5 (Fraser 65, 6)
Subs not used: Karius, Dummett, Joelinton, Lewis, Wood
Goals: Wilson 11, Almiron 33, 57, Longstaff 43
Manager: Eddie Howe 7
Referee: Darren England 7
Wilson could have had a hat-trick by the half hour mark as he sent a curling shot just over the bar from contained in the box. But Newcastle didn’t have to wait for much longer for a second.
Almiron is commonly criticised for missing the straightforward probabilities but his volley within the thirty third minute was an early goal-of-the-season contender.
A fast free-kick saw Bruno Guimaraes flick the ball over Layvin Kurzawa to Almiron, who hit a sublime first-time volley together with his left foot into the highest corner.
Aleksander Mitrovic was forced off with an ankle injury in the primary half of the sport for Fulham
Bobby Decordova-Reid scored a late goal nevertheless it was nothing greater than a Fulham consolation
Fulham could barely string a pass together as Newcastle continued to attack in numbers. Leno did well to maintain out a flicked effort from Willock before getting all the way down to save a Jacob Murphy strike. However the Magpies finally scored a 3rd from the resulting corner.
Leno had made an impressive fingertip save to push Dan Burn’s header on to the bar but an unmarked Longstaff was there to slam home the rebound.
There was still time for it to worsen for Fulham before half-time, as Kurzawa was forced off with injury. The hosts didn’t manage a single shot in the primary half but things didn’t get a lot better after the break.
Murphy must have made it 4-0 when he ghosted in on the back-post but Leno made one other excellent save to maintain out the winger’s effort.
Newcastle’s owners were present at Craven Cottage to witness their side’s 4-1 win in London
Newcastle players go over to the away end to applaud the travelling fans after their win
Almiron thought he had scored his hat-trick when he smashed the ball into the highest corner after being played through by Elliot Anderson, however the winger was rightly flagged offside.
It took until the 88th minute but substitute Neeskens Kebano finally produced Fulham’s first little bit of quality.
His inch-perfect cross picked out an unmarked De Cordova-Reid on the back-post and he headed past Nick Pope. Ryan Fraser thought he’d scored a fifth for the visitors in stoppage time however the substitute was accurately flagged offside.