Fulham 2 - 1 Newcastle United

Match info: Premier League at Craven Cottage

Date: 10/12/2012 KO: 20:00 Ref: L Mason Att: 25,270

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Steve Sidwell 19
Hugo Rodallega 63



Hatem Ben Arfa 54

FT (ht: 1-0)

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  • Great game from Craven Cottage - Fulham took a deserved lead through Steve Sidwell's deflected effort, only for Hatem Ben Arfa's long range strike to catch them - and goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer in particular - out. However, the hosts found a winner when Damien Duff's superbly-taken free-kick was headed home by Hugo Rodallega. Thanks for your company.

  • And there goes Lee Mason's whistle. Fulham hang on for three points, Hugo Rodallega's second-half header proving enough to stretch Newcastle's winless run on the road to 14 games.

  • Coloccini's cross from the left drifts into Schwarzer's arms - and that should be that.

  • Duff heads for the corner flag and wins a free kick. Just a moment before that Berbatov had pulled a ball out of the sky like he had chewing gum on his boots. What a mercurial talent he really is.

  • Marveaux swings in the set piece but it's too short, meaning Fulham can head clear comfortably.

  • Gutierrez this time opts to go with the outside of his right foot from the left flank, sending in a low cross that is failed to be picked up by any of his team-mates. Schwarzer is grateful to grip it to his chest.

  • Four minutes of added time to be played...

  • Gutierrez works enough space to whip in a cross from the left but it's just behind Ba, meaning he can't direct it on target.

  • Now it's the woodwork at Newcastle's end that is hit! Sidwell fights hard to retain the ball on the edge of the box, teeing up Petric for a left-footed drive that clips the top of the bar with Krul well beaten.

  • Ba gets space in the box but his heavy touch on his right foot takes him wide of goal, meaning his shot is comfortably blocked by the covering Hughes.

  • Switch for Fulham, too. Rodallega gets a good hand for the home fans as he's replaced by Petric. Hosts look likely to stay with two up top in the closing stages.

  • Newcastle make a double change to try and find an equaliser - Bigirimana and Marveaux on for Tiote and Anita.

  • Santon swings in a sharp cross from the left wing with his right foot, but there's no Newcastle player able to get a touch on it to put the ball past Schwarzer. Pressure mounting, though...

  • Newcastle have scored four times in the last 10 minutes of matches this season - it was nearly five when Ba gets enough space on the left side of the box to strike at goal, though his effort just doesn't have enough power to get beyond the diving Schwarzer. The 'keeper - who has had a mixed night - does well to hold onto the ball, too.

  • Ameobi works himself a yard of space on the edge of the box with a neat flick, then wastes the opportunity by scuffing his left-footed shot straight along the deck to Schwarzer.

  • Fulham having their chances on the counter, but the final ball, or in this case the final touch from Dejagah, is letting them down. Surely this can't finish 2-1?

  • Ba leaves the set piece to Santon (how did he win that argument?) and then watches the full-back fluff into straight into the wall. Not even sure it had enough power on it to reach the goal.

  • Free-kick to Newcastle about 35 yards out and central to goal when Sidwell clips Gutierrez's right leg.

  • Santon's error in letting a deep cross go beyond him nearly lets in Fulham for a third, Dejagah and Berbatov combining on the right to tee up Sidwell. Again, though, his strike is sent sailing way, way into the Newcastle fans behind the goal.

  • Hangeland wins yet another header at the back - what a pivotal part of this Fulham team he is.


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