Saturday 22 March 2008, 3:00pm at St James' Park, Newcastle
Barclays Premier League
Newcastle United
Newcastle United
Viduka 6'; Owen 83'
Fulham FC

6' Goal

Mark Viduka

83' Goal

Michael Owen

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Charles N'Zogbia
Off:Obafemi Martins

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alan Smith
Off:Mark Viduka

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:David Edgar
Off:Habib Beye

89' Yellow Card

Moritz Volz Card was given for a foul

66' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Clint Dempsey
Off:Brian McBride

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Moritz Volz
Off:Danny Murphy

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:David Healy
Off:Paul Stalteri

Newcastle strikers Mark Viduka and Michael Owen both get on the scoresheet at St. James' Park as Fulham leave Tyneside empty handed.

First Half Action

Fulham got Saturday’s fixture at St. James’ Park underway and the Whites made a bright start to the game, finding their passing rhythm early on. Fulham earned the first corner of the game after Harper was forced to tip Jimmy Bullard’s right footed screamer from 30 yards over the bar.

6 min Newcastle’s first phase of pressure resulted in the opening goal of the game. The ball was played to Mark Viduka on the right hand side of the area in a central position. The striker feigned the shot with his right foot, turned his marker and fired into the far corner of the net from 18 yards.

Newcastle 1-0 Fulham

15 min Fulham responded well but the home side were limiting the Whites to long range efforts. Bullard tested Harper twice with drives from outside the area whilst at the other end Viduka, spearheading Newcastle’s attack alongside Martins, remained a constant threat.

21 min The Whites enjoyed a fine spell after 20 minutes and almost pulled the score-line level after Stalteri’s cross from the right earned a corner. Davies’s delivery found Johnson whose header from the far post almost snuck past the Toon’s defence.

23 min Fulham were almost caught with a sucker punch when Newcastle countered and Martins was released down the left. The striker turned two Fulham markers on the left hand side of the area and fired in a superb right footed curling shot. Keller pulled off a fine fingertip save to deny the Nigerian and keep the deficit to one.

28 min Kasey Keller pulled off two fantastic saves to deny Newcastle before the half hour mark. Michael Owen, playing deep behind Martins and Viduka, fired in a snap-shot volley from 30 yards which the American tipped round the post. Seconds later a cross from the right deflected off McBride from 6 yards and Keller palmed the ball away from the goal line.

33 min Fulham’s chances were few and far between during the first half hour but Bullard continued to threaten from distance. His third long range effort from 30 yards once again forced Harper into a save but Two minutes later Michael Owen wasted a golden opportunity to double the home side’s lead when a cross from the right found the striker unmarked 6 yards from goal. Fortunately for Fulham Owen headed straight at Keller who saved with ease.

40 min Faye's foul on McBride 25 yards from goal earned Jimmy Bullard an opportunity to continue his free-kick heroics but the home side's wall stood firm. It was to be the Whites final opportunity of the half and Newcastle went into the break a goal to the good.

Second Half Action

49 min Newcastle's attacking momentum continued at the start of the second half but the Whites held firm. Once again Hangeland was in fine form showing comphsure on the ball and marshalling his defence well. At the other end Fulham earned a free-kick and corner but could not capitalise on the opportunities in the opening five minutes of the second period.

55 min Fulham's travelling army of supporters, high up in the stands, were in fine voice throughout the game. However the home supporters were on their feet when Barton almost doubled the home side's lead. A Newcastle corner was cleared only as far as Barton 30 yards from goal and the midfielder sent in a thunderous drive which skimmed wide of Keller's post. 

65 min Keller pulled off another superb save to deny Viduka from only three yards. Geremi, on the right hand side of the area, picked out Owen 12 yards from goal. The striker's shot was heading wide but Viduka flicked the ball goalwards with his back to goal. From almost point blank range Keller pushed the ball wide. Fine instinctive goalkeeping.

67 min Roy Hodgson made his first substitution of the game, replacing Brian McBride with Clint Dempsey. The striker partnered Johnson with Fulham retaining a 4-4-2 formation. Moments later Moritz Volz came on for Danny Murphy. Volz went wide right with Andreasen moving into central midfield alongside Bullard.

73 min Kevin Keegan replaced Martins with N'Zogbia for the final 15 minutes of the game. Seven minutes later Michael Owen put the game beyond doubt. Geremi delivered a free kick from the left and Owen timed his run to meet the ball on the six yard line. The striker made no mistake with his finish, nodding past Keller.

Newcastle 2-0 Fulham

84 min  Both managers made substitutions for the last five minutes of the game. For Fulham David Healy replaced Paul Stalteri whislt Mark Viduka made way for Alan Smith and Edgar replaced Beye for Newcastle.

88 min Moritz Volz was booked by Referee Alan Wiley before the final whistle after bringing down N'Zogbia on the edge of the area. Fulham will now look towards next Saturday's game against Derby as they fight to reduce the points deficit at the bottom of the Premier League table. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 22 March 2008
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: St James' Park, Newcastle
Attendance: 52,293

Referee: Alan Wiley

Newcastle United

Line-up: Harper; Beye (Edgar 87'), Faye, Steven Taylor, José Enrique; Barton, Geremi, Butt; Owen, Viduka (Smith 84'), Martins (N'Zogbia 74')

Unused substitutes: Forster, Carroll


Line-up: Keller; Stalteri (Healy 84'), Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky; Andreasen, Bullard, Murphy (Volz 71'), Davies; Johnson, McBride (Dempsey 66')

Unused substitutes: Warner, Bocanegra

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 30 70
2 Arsenal 30 67
3 Chelsea 30 65
4 Liverpool 30 59
5 Everton 30 56
6 Portsmouth 31 50
7 Aston Villa 31 49
8 Blackburn Rovers 31 49
9 Manchester City 31 49
10 West Ham United 30 43
11 Tottenham Hotspur 31 39
12 Middlesbrough 31 34
13 Newcastle United 31 32
14 Wigan Athletic 31 31
15 Reading 31 31
16 Sunderland 31 30
17 Birmingham City 31 27
18 Bolton Wanderers 31 26
19 Fulham 31 23
20 Derby County 31 10
Newcastle United (4-3-3)
  • 37Steve Harper
  • 21Habib Beye
  • 25Abdoulaye Faye
  • 27Steven Taylor
  • 3José Enrique
  • 7Joey Barton
  • 20Geremi
  • 22Nicky Butt
  • 10Michael Owen
  • 36Mark Viduka
  • 9Obafemi Martins
  • 21Fraser Forster
  • 30David Edgar
  • 14Charles N'Zogbia
  • 9Andy Carroll
  • 17Alan Smith
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Kasey Keller
  • 17Paul Stalteri
  • 32Brede Hangeland
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 4Paul Konchesky
  • 26Leon Andreasen
  • 21Jimmy Bullard
  • 27Danny Murphy
  • 25Simon Davies
  • 14Eddie Johnson
  • 20Brian McBride
  • 12Tony Warner
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 3Carlos Bocanegra
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 31David Healy