Sunday 9 November 2008, 4:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Johnson 23'; Murphy (pen) 66'
Newcastle United
Newcastle United
Shola Ameobi 57'

23' Goal

Andrew Johnson

66' Penalty

Danny Murphy

43' Yellow Card

Brede Hangeland Card was given for a foul

79' Yellow Card

Danny Murphy Card was given for a foul

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Clint Dempsey
Off:Zoltán Gera

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Erik Nevland
Off:Bobby Zamora

88' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris Baird
Off:Danny Murphy

57' Goal

Shola Ameobi

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Michael Owen
Off:Jonás Gutiérrez

Fulham jumped into 10th position in the Barclays Premier League after goals from Andy Johnson and Danny Murphy handed the Whites all three points in a pulsating match at Craven Cottage on Sunday.

The first chance of the match fell to Fulham in the 7th minute when Andy Johnson was played in behind the left side of Newcastle’s defence. The striker cut the ball back into the path of Jimmy Bullard who stabbed at it with his right foot, forcing Shay Given into a smart save at his near post. 

Fulham certainly started the match in bright fashion, passing the ball crisply and moving well off the ball. Another fine move between Johnson, Zamora and Davies saw the ball clipped to the back post where Gera did well to beat two defenders in the air, unfortunately he put his header just wide of the target.

 As the first half developed Fulham’s share of the possession decreased slightly but Newcastle were still finding it difficult to break through Fulham’s two banks of four.

Gera was unfortunate to see a 17th minute goal-bound header cleared off the line by Jose Enrique. But Fulham continued to apply pressure, earning their fifth corner of the match in the 21st minute after a shot on goal from Johnson was deflected behind by Cacapa.

Fulham opened the scoring in the 20th minute after Andy Johnson’s alertness allowed him to pounce on an unfortunate piece of Newcastle defending. Claudio Cacapa’s attempted clearance from a Bullard delivery into the box hit his central defensive partner, Fabricio Coloccini, and fell to Johnson who drilled a low shot between Given’s legs and into the net.

In an attempt to get back into the game, Newcastle’s wingers, Duff and Gutierrez, swapped flanks. The change immediately resulted in Duff seeing a lot more of the ball and produced Newcastle’s best spell of possession of the first half – albeit without creating a goal scoring opportunity.

Newcastle first attempt on goal came in the 36th minute when Ameobi nodded the ball down to Martins on the edge of the area. The Newcastle striker took a touch before hitting a low shot wide of Mark Schwarzer’s left hand post.

Fulham were given a timely reminder that Newcastle were still a threat when Damien Duff’s diagonal run saw the former Chelsea winger hit a low, right-footed shot against Schwarzer’s near post.

Newcastle started the second half looking a much more dangerous outfit and came close to getting back on level terms when Jose Enrique managed to get away from John Pantsil and whip a low cross across the face of the six yard box.

Shola Ameobi’s 57th minute strike put the visitors back on level terms. Damien Duff’s cross was deflected twice on its way to Ameobi who prodded the ball home amid suspicions of offside. The visitors were clearly buoyed and almost snatched the lead when Nicky Butt’s shot was tipped around the post by Schwarzer.

Another shooting opportunity presented itself to Butt moments later as Fulham’s defence was starting to creak under immense Newcastle pressure.

Clint Dempsey replaced Zoltan Gera on 63 minutes as Roy Hodgson looked to get the Whites back into the ascendancy. Dempsey took up position on the right flank with Simon Davies moving to the left. The American’s first contribution to the match was to poke a delightful pass into the path of Andy Johnson who was subsequently brought down by Coloccini and the referee pointed immediately to the spot. Danny Murphy stepped up and calmly placed the spot kick past Given.

Roy Hodgson’s substitution certainly seemed to have the desired effect and Joe Kinnear responded in kind in the 70th minute by bringing on Michael Owen in place of Gutierrez.

 Wonderful play by Dempsey on 72 minutes set up another Fulham attack which saw Simon Davies hammer a shot just wide of the far post. Dempsey was clearly enjoying himself. Erik Nevland replaced the hard working Bobby Zamora on 74 minutes as Hodgson looked to keep the Newcastle back four on their toes.

Clint Dempsey’s powerful run out of defence orchestrated another Fulham attack. The American international never looked favourite to retain possession as he chased a loose ball out of defence but he managed to power his way though and produce an attack which eventually saw Nevland’s low shot saved by Given.

 Fulham third and final substitution of the match saw Danny Murphy replaced by Chris Baird on 88 minutes.

 Newcastle continued to pressure the Fulham back line but they held firm to secure all three points.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Sunday 9 November 2008
Kick-off: 4:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 24,740

Referee: Martin Atkinson


Line-up: Schwarzer; Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky; Davies, Murphy (Baird 88'), Bullard, Gera (Dempsey 64'); Zamora (Nevland 74'), Johnson

Unused substitutes: Zuberbühler, Stoor, Dacourt, Gray

Newcastle United

Line-up: Krul; Beye, Caçapa, Coloccini, José Enrique; Gutiérrez (Owen 70'), Butt, Barton, Duff; Shola Ameobi, Martins

Unused substitutes: Harper, Bassong, Guthrie, Geremi, Carroll, Smith

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 12 29
2 Liverpool 12 29
3 Arsenal 12 23
4 Manchester United 11 21
5 Aston Villa 12 20
6 Hull City 12 20
7 Everton 12 18
8 Middlesbrough 12 17
9 Portsmouth 12 17
10 Fulham 11 14
11 Bolton Wanderers 12 14
12 Stoke City 12 14
13 Manchester City 12 13
14 West Ham United 12 13
15 Blackburn Rovers 12 13
16 Tottenham Hotspur 12 12
17 Wigan Athletic 12 12
18 Newcastle United 12 12
19 Sunderland 12 12
20 West Bromwich Albion 12 11
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 4John Pantsil
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 3Paul Konchesky
  • 25Simon Davies
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 21Jimmy Bullard
  • 11Zoltán Gera
  • 9Bobby Zamora
  • 8Andrew Johnson
  • 19Pascal Zuberbühler
  • 22Fredrik Stoor
  • 34Chris Baird
  • 16Olivier Dacourt
  • 17Julian Gray
  • 10Erik Nevland
  • 23Clint Dempsey
Newcastle United (4-4-2)
  • 1Tim Krul
  • 21Habib Beye
  • 6Claudio Caçapa
  • 2Fabricio Coloccini
  • 3José Enrique
  • 18Jonás Gutiérrez
  • 22Nicky Butt
  • 7Joey Barton
  • 11Damien Duff
  • 23Shola Ameobi
  • 9Obafemi Martins
  • 37Steve Harper
  • 12Sébastien Bassong
  • 8Danny Guthrie
  • 20Geremi
  • 9Andy Carroll
  • 10Michael Owen
  • 17Alan Smith