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

Fulham

Steve Sidwell 19
Hugo Rodallega 63

2
vs
1

Newcastle

Hatem Ben Arfa 54

FT (ht: 1-0)

  • Last Updated: December 10 2012, 23:09 GMT

Fulham manager Martin Jol admits he was relieved to see his team take the points with a 2-1 victory over Newcastle at Craven Cottage.

Jol relief at Cottagers win

Jol was happy with Fulham's performance, and praised Bryan Ruiz, Hugo Rodallega and Dimitar Berbatov - although he felt the latter should have added to the goal tally on the night.

As it was, the Cottagers netted for the first time in four games with Rodallega scoring the winner after Hatem Ben Arfa had cancelled out Steve Sidwell's opening goal for the hosts.

Jol said: "I was so happy we could score the first goal - that was our problem the last couple of weeks.

"After the first goal we should have scored at least two or three. I think Berbatov should have scored.

"He was outstanding as a player but he should have scored and he didn't, we didn't - and I thought maybe it's one of these nights again that we drop points."

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was critical of his side's defending at Craven Cottage.

"It's a really soft second goal - a soft free-kick, soft defending on the free-kick and you can't do that at this level because we had the game by the scruff of the neck at this point," said Pardew.

"We played some of our best attacking football of the season, but we've still come away with nothing. Performances don't get you points.

"In the second half we were terrific other than those two or three moments. We've got no-one to blame but ourselves."

"I think we've conceded poor goals at crucial times and away from home it's costly."

Newcastle's next game is at home to defending champions Manchester City but Pardew believes his side can still challenge the top sides at St James' Park.

"I think at home we are a threat to anybody," he added


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