Despite adding Premier League talent, Newcastle overawed by Championship

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Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez could only look on as the Tyneside club lost its first match in the 2016-17 Championship season. Football supporters are never more optimistic than before a season's opening match. The end of that first 90 minutes, though, can bring sincere deflation, a biting chill of reality. Thing are never as easy as they seem in midsummer. Matt Smith's winning goal to give Fulham a 1-0 win issued just such an icy blast for Newcastle United. An estimated 7,000 Newcastle fans had travelled to Craven Cottage, filling the Putney End with a sea of black and white stripes plus plenty of bare chests. They...

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