It was never going to happen was it? An ‘easy’ fixture, at home to send supporters out into the night happy as we put serious distance between ourselves and the bottom three. A simple win? No chance. This is Newcastle United.

In 2015 we had a similar fixture against rock bottom Aston Villa on the exact same weekend. This feels worse. It probably won’t be terminal for our survival prospects but considering we have Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Totrenham in the next Eight games – it seems like a huge blow.

Ultimatley the manager will be vindicated should the team stay up. He’s doing a miraculous job with players like Manquillo, Diame, Ki, Atsu, Perez and a West Brom forward on loan. Those lads, honest as they are simply wouldn’t get near another Premier League side. I include Cardiff, Huddersfield and burnley etc.

I cant fathom the tactics yesterday. Fulham can’t defend so we played an extra centre back. If aim a Fulham player, it’s an early Christmas present. To start the game with ‘five’ at the back was odd. To finish the game like that was criminal. It’s a point and a clean sheet, and the lack of attacking desire reminds me of Brighton at home this time last year.

Fulham will probably go down this season as we were there to be beaten. We didn’t have a shot on target against a team that had conceded 46 goals in their previous 17 games.

Fulham could have nicked it at the end, so we could have lost the game.

Ki is off now and Shelvey isn’t fit. Hello Isaac Hayden who doesn’t want to be here. Liverpool will murder us, Watford are flying and probably owe us a hiding after managing to turn a comfortable away win at our place into a defeat due to their profligate finishing. Then it’s Man Utd who put five past Cardiff yesterday.

On the bright side we’re five points clear of the relegation zone. Loads of our ‘rivals’ play each other over the ‘festive period’ so expect that gap to shorten significantly. We’ll go into January where every other side will strengthen in a bid to stay up and we’ll not bother.

Merry Christmas!

Alex Hurst