Newcastle United not good enough to beat Fulham in ‘boring’ game says de Jong

YOU MUST BE JOKING REF: Newcastle United's Tim Krul confronts referee Howard Webb late on at Craven Cottage
YOU MUST BE JOKING REF: Newcastle United's Tim Krul confronts referee Howard Webb late on at Craven Cottage

LUUK de Jong admitted Newcastle United were “boring” at Craven Cottage – and insisted that can’t happen again.

The Magpies were beaten 1-0 by Fulham on Saturday, with Ashkan Dejagah driving in a second-half winner.

Papiss Cisse, leading the line in the absence of Loic Remy, was twice denied by Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale.

Otherwise, chances were few and far between for United, who assistant manager John Carver – standing in for the banned Alan Pardew – admitted lacked “quality” in the final third.

“We wanted to win this game, of course,” de Jong said.

“I think the game was quite boring for the fans – not much happened – and we didn’t score from the moment when we had a big chance.

“Afterwards, they got a good chance and scored.”

Newcastle could have left Craven Cottage with a point had referee Howard Webb seen Johnny Heitinga handle the ball in his own box in injury time after keeper Tim Krul, up for a corner, tried to return the ball into the box.

De Jong felt he was fouled in the build-up to Dejagah’s goal, which came after Cisse had had a shot saved at the other end.

“I think it was also a foul on me (for Fulham’s goal). But the referee saw differently.

“I didn’t see it at the end, but if it’s a handball, it’s a handball,” said the Holland international.