Sunday 7 November 2004, 3:00pm at St James' Park, Newcastle
Barclays Premier League
Newcastle United
Newcastle United
Bellamy 77'
Fulham FC
John 28'; Malbranque 68', (pen) 71'; Boa Morte 76'

77' Goal

Craig Bellamy

87' Yellow Card

Andy O'Brien Card was given for a foul

57' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Laurent Robert
Off:Aaron Hughes

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Shola Ameobi
Off:Olivier Bernard

28' Goal

Collins John

68' Goal

Steed Malbranque

71' Penalty

Steed Malbranque

76' Goal

Luis Boa Morte

45' Yellow Card

Moritz Volz Card was given for a foul

57' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tomasz Radzinski
Off:Collins John

Mark Crossley produced a virtuoso display of goalkeeping as Fulham gained their first away win of the season in a remarkable match with Newcastle.

The keeper had already made a string of fine saves when Collins John scored on the break to put Fulham ahead.

Steed Malbranque drove home to finish another classic Fulham break, before the same player netted a penalty.

Luis Boa Morte made it four with a clever chip, before Craig Bellamy headed a late consolation for United.

Newcastle will be wondering what went wrong after they dominated a high-octane first-half which was peppered with chances.

Crossley parried a powerful right-foot drive from Lee Bowyer as early as the third minute, and made a similarly fine save seconds later as the loose ball fell to Craig Bellamy.

Bowyer was then denied by Crossley's boot as he rifled in a low shot on 13 minutes. Fulham chances were few and far between early on, although the visitors almost took the lead themselves on 22 minutes as Cole lunged for Luis Boa Morte's low cross and was only inches away from connecting.

Newcastle came back and the London side were thankful for a superb save at the near post by Crossley as Robbie Elliott headed Olivier Bernard's cross goalwards.

Yet on 28 minutes, Fulham were in front thanks to John's fine low strike from the edge of the box after a quickfire break.

The home fans were fuming as they felt play should have been stopped before the breakaway as Alan Shearer appeared to have been pushed by Zat Knight.

And they were riled further two minutes later, as Shearer had a penalty on the half-hour as he tumbled inside the box under pressure from Pape Bouba Diop - but referee Howard Webb waved play on. Toon boss Graeme Souness was furious, and was ordered from the dug-out for his protests.

Still the home side pressed, and Fulham were once again grateful to Crossley on 38 minutes as he made a remarkable point-blank stop from Kluivert as the Dutchman followed up Bellamy's shot - although in truth he probably knew little about the save.

Shearer was involved two minutes after the restart, although Knight stretched out a leg to block his shot.

Crossley was again in action on 57 minutes as he reacted well to tip a trademark free-kick from substitute Laurent Robert around the post, with the keeper unsighted.

And Newcastle were exasperated four minutes later as Kluivert connected with Bowyer's cross only to see his low drive blocked, yet again, by Crossley.

And Fulham took full advantage as they doubled their lead with a classic breakaway goal on 65 minutes.

With the home side pressing, Cole moved clear on the left and passed inside to Malbranque who finished brilliantly from the edge of the box.

That sparked a remarkable run of four goals in 12 minutes as Newcastle's confidence crumbled and the home fans were stunned as Fulham made it 3-0 on 71 minutes.

Robbie Elliott clumsily fouled Tomasz Radzinski inside the box and Malbranque coolly stroked home the penalty.

Newcastle were shocked, and Fulham took full advantage, with Boa Morte chipping over Steve Harper to make it 4-0 on 76 minutes.

Bellamy finally got the ball past Crossley with a header one minute later, but it was little more than a consolation.

But Crossley still had time for more fine saves, once from a close-range Kluivert shot and again, full-length, from Bellamy to complete a remarkable afternoon for Fulham. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Sunday 7 November 2004
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: St James' Park, Newcastle
Attendance: 51,118

Referee: Howard Webb

Newcastle United

Line-up: Harper; Elliott, O'Brien, Hughes (Robert 57'), Bernard (Shola Ameobi 68'); Jenas, Butt, Bowyer, Bellamy; Kluivert, Shearer

Unused substitutes: Caig, Bramble, Johnsen


Line-up: Crossley; Volz, Knight, Rehman, Bocanegra; Malbranque, Diop, Pembridge, Boa Morte; Cole, John (Radzinski 57')

Unused substitutes: Van der Sar, Rosenior, Legwinski, McBride

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 12 29
2 Arsenal 12 27
3 Everton 12 23
4 Bolton Wanderers 12 22
5 Middlesbrough 12 19
6 Aston Villa 12 18
7 Liverpool 11 17
8 Manchester United 11 17
9 Newcastle United 12 16
10 Portsmouth 11 15
11 Charlton Athletic 12 15
12 Fulham 12 14
13 Tottenham Hotspur 12 13
14 Manchester City 11 12
15 Birmingham City 12 12
16 Crystal Palace 12 12
17 West Bromwich Albion 12 9
18 Southampton 12 8
19 Norwich City 12 8
20 Blackburn Rovers 12 8
Newcastle United (4-4-2)
  • 37Steve Harper
  • Robbie Elliott
  • Andy O'Brien
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 34Olivier Bernard
  • 21Jermaine Jenas
  • 22Nicky Butt
  • 11Lee Bowyer
  • 39Craig Bellamy
  • 11Patrick Kluivert
  • 9Alan Shearer
  • 24Tony Caig
  • 19Titus Bramble
  • 25Ronny Johnsen
  • Laurent Robert
  • 23Shola Ameobi
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 12Mark Crossley
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 21Zesh Rehman
  • 34Carlos Bocanegra
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 7Mark Pembridge
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 9Andrew Cole
  • 15Collins John
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 37Liam Rosenior
  • 5Sylvain Legwinski
  • 8Brian McBride
  • 17Tomasz Radzinski