Fulham player ratings from 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Newcastle – Cup hopes fade for Whites following injury to lively Harry Wilson

A 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United condemned Fulham to their second cup exit in the space of four days, as they bowed out of the FA Cup at the fourth round stage on Saturday.

A goal late in the first half from Sean Longstaff was followed up by a second-half effort from former Fulham man Dan Burn, as the Whites were unable to make the most of several of their own promising chances to score.

Here are Dan Evans’ player ratings from Craven Cottage.

Marek Rodak – 6

Not a great deal he could have done about either goal. Left with no chance from Longstaff’s powerful effort and initially did very well to save Sven Botman’s header before Burn turned home. Held everything else that came his way.

Kenny Tete – 6

Was quite often caught the wrong side of Anthony Gordon, allowing Newcastle to counter attack. Still put in five tackles though and offers a lot with the ball, as evidenced by his two key passes.

Issa Diop – 5

Made two tackles but was largely untested throughout the game as Alexander Isak operated closer to Tim Ream. Made a real mess of trying to clear along with Bobby De Cordova-Reid for Newcastle’s opener. Taken off at 2-0 down to rest his legs for Tuesday’s game against Everton.

Tim Ream – 6

A solid return to the team for the veteran, yet it now feels as though Fulham’s defence is more secure with alternative options in the side.

Antonee Robinson – 6

Yet another good showing defensively, putting in three tackles, two interceptions and two clearances. Not able to join in at the other end as much as he would usually like, only producing four crosses.

Harrison Reed – 6

A solid showing from a midfielder who can feel unfortunate to have been relegated to something of a stand-in this season. His runs down the right wing helped stretch the Newcastle defence and he also put in two tackles and an interception before being replaced by Joao Palhinha.

Sasa Lukic – 6

Had big shoes to fill taking up Palhinha’s regular role at the base of midfield and was fine.

Made five tackles and an interception but perhaps lacked the precision and tempo in his passing to get Fulham going, particularly when they were chasing the game.

Harry Wilson – 7

Was bright in Fulham’s promising opening to the game, linking well with Harrison Reed down the right and setting up Rodrigo Muniz for a chance that was well saved by Martin Dubravka. Has an impact whether he starts games or comes off the bench, so was a blow for Fulham to see him forced off at the end of the first half after suffering a shoulder injury.

Andreas Pereira – 6

Made three key passes but never really troubled the Newcastle defence to any great extent. Was replaced by Tom Cairney not long after the visitors had scored their second goal.

Bobby De Cordova-Reid – 5

Most of Fulham’s best play came down the opposite side when De Cordova-Reid was on the left and then the right following Wilson’s substitution. Was not necessarily his fault as much as it was down to how Silva’s side structured their attacks. Replaced by Raul Jimenez in the final 20 minutes, having been culpable alongside Diop for the first goal.

Rodrigo Muniz – 6

Was good in the first half, testing Dubravka with a low effort before seeing a nice turn and shot deflected wide. Not as involved in the second period and looked far more effective with big spaces to work in rather than trying to do anything too cute.


Willian – 6

Saw plenty of the ball after coming on for Wilson but was often crowded out and unable to stir any sort of comeback in the second half.

Tom Cairney – 6

Steered wide with a late chance from a Tosin pull back. Was otherwise as tidy on the ball as is to be expected.

Tosin Adarabioyo – 6

Made a great run to set up that Cairney chance. Had no major defensive work to do with Fulham already 2-0 down by the time of his introduction.

Joao Palhinha – 6

Still managed to make one big tackle in the middle of the pitch despite only being on the field for 20 minutes.

Raul Jimenez – 6

Almost brought Fulham back into the game with a determined header from a Tete cross. Operated on the right wing and did not look out of place.


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