Rafael Benitez's latest comments to worry Newcastle fans

The setback for Rafa Benitez's side, who scored a late goal through Daryl Murphy, means they stay top of the second-tier on 77 points on goal difference from Brighton & Hove Albion, who beat visiting Derby County 3-0 on Friday.

Goals from skipper Tom Cairney and 16-year-old Ryan Sessegnon helped the Cottagers to all three points from their trip to the North East, lifting them to just two points off the playoff places with a game in hand on the teams around them. They play a different style of football - they are physical and a very strong team.

Newcastle now lead the Championship by three points and are destined for promotion to the Premier League.

"We need to put things right back at St James's Park, because in our last home game we didn't start too well".

"But it's very similar, so hopefully we can do well and we will have the same number of years and trophies".

"We are going to fight".

"Fulham are a good team - they passed the ball well and they have pace. If you have enough strength for this then we have a 25 per cent chance to be a Premier League team next season". We were giving the ball away, and that was giving them the chance to play in the way that they like to play.

Cairney also dictated the tempo in the second half with poise and maturity, Fulham eventually running out comfortable 3-1 winners at St James' Park as Mike Ashley watched on from above. It is not as though the players were not trying in terms of effort. "Embarrassing. Manager took the decision". "Even though some teams at this moment have more points than what we have right now".

  • Julie Sanders