Lucky escape for NUFC on Thursday night as VAR leaves Fulham & West Brom fuming

A sigh of relief on Tyneside tonight, with relegation rivals Fulham losing narrowly to Tottenham at Craven Cottage – albeit via a gutting VAR call that denied Josh Maja a second half equaliser.

As you can see by the picture above, the ball came his way via a Mario Lemina ‘handball’. He couldn’t do much about it and it’s left Fulham fans fuming on social media, but we’ll take it!

Elsewhere, West Brom suffered a 1-0 defeat to Everton at The Hawthorns – leaving big Sam’s Baggies 9 points behind us ahead of our clash on Sunday.

That was another game that could’ve been VERY different if it wasn’t for VAR, with West Brom denied a 94th minute leveller because Mbaye Diagne’s toe was offside.

Tonight’s results in the early kicks offs leave the bottom half of the table looking like this ahead of our trip to West Brom this weekend:

As you can see by the table above, we now have a game in hand on Scott Parker’s side and could go SIX clear of the drop zone should we win it.

Here are our remaining fixtures compared to Fulham’s:

Newcastle – West Brom (A), Aston Villa (H), Brighton (A), Tottenham (H), Burnley (A), West Ham (H), Liverpool (A), Arsenal (H), Leicester (A), Man City (H), Sheffield United (H), Fulham (A).

Fulham – Liverpool (A), Man City (H), Leeds (H), Aston Villa (A), Wolves (H), Arsenal (A), Chelsea (A), Burnley (H), Southampton (A), Man Utd (A), Newcastle (H).

So, a good night for Newcastle United when it comes to results elsewhere, however it won’t mean a great deal if we don’t come away from West Brom with a win this weekend.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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