Newcastle United’s status as relegation-battlers was confirmed last night, with the Magpies losing 3-1 to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Fulham beating Sheffield United on Saturday cranked up the pressure on Steve Bruce’s side going into the game, and the players were unable to respond to the challenge thrown down by Scott Parker’s Cottagers.
Marcus Rashford gave the hosts the lead, but Allan Saint-Maximin equalised soon after to give the visitors some hope.
But second-half strikes from Daniel James and Bruno Fernandes from the penalty spot meant yet another defeat for Newcastle.
Many fans were left fuming by the display, with calls for Bruce to be sacked probably the loudest they have ever been amid Fulham’s resurgence in recent weeks.
Newcastle goalscorer Saint-Maximin took to Twitter after the game to express his feelings.
The £16.5 million Frenchman (BBC Sport), who is seen by many supporters as Newcastle’s potential saviour with Callum Wilson on the sidelines, put a few disappointed emojis, before issuing a rallying cry of ‘#LetsKeepFighting’.
His message prompted a flurry of responses from fans, many of whom expressed their sympathy for the 23-year-old.
u don’t deserve this allan
— “ (@nufchenny) February 21, 2021
Your too good for us maxi🐐😔
— magpies⚫⚪ (@KEZZAMAGS) February 21, 2021
Please stay even if we go down 😢
— Josh⚫️⚪️ (@RayJosh2406) February 21, 2021
You don’t deserve this
— James Dodds (@JDodds03) February 21, 2021
Allan, please don’t leave us 😔😔
— Alice (@Alicenufc9) February 21, 2021
We’re proud of you 😤
— Josset ◾️◽️ (@JossetDiaz) February 21, 2021
So sorry maxi! You’re better than this. If only you saw the old #NUFC we were once a team we could all be proud of
— 🖤🤍Jayde🖤🤍 (@jegnufc91) February 21, 2021
Allan you deserve better than us💔
— Sam🇸🇦🇪🇸 (@sxmnufc_) February 21, 2021
Deserve so much better than us mate
— Sean (@R4ZEFusion) February 21, 2021