Saturday 21 January 2012, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
5
Murphy (pen) 52'; Dempsey 59', 65', 89'; Zamora (pen) 68'
Newcastle United
Newcastle United
2
Guthrie 43'; Ben Arfa 85'
A Clint Dempsey hat-trick saw the Whites come from behind and end up putting five past Newcastle United in a 5-2 rout at Craven Cottage.

52' Penalty

Danny Murphy

59' Goal

Clint Dempsey

65' Goal

Clint Dempsey
Assist by Bobby Zamora

68' Penalty

Bobby Zamora

89' Goal

Clint Dempsey
Assist by Bobby Zamora

37' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Andrew Johnson
Off:Steve Sidwell

45' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris Baird
Off:Bryan Ruiz

90'+1 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kerim Frei
Off:Clint Dempsey

43' Goal

Danny Guthrie
Assist by Hatem Ben Arfa

85' Goal

Hatem Ben Arfa
Assist by Shola Ameobi

45'+1 Yellow Card

Davide Santon Card was given for a foul

62' Yellow Card

Danny Guthrie Card was given for a foul

63' Yellow Card

Danny Simpson

68' Yellow Card

Tim Krul Card was given for a foul

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:James Perch
Off:Danny Guthrie

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dan Gosling
Off:Yohan Cabaye

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ryan Taylor
Off:Leon Best

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15
30
45
60
75
90
Martin Jol made one change to his starting eleven from the side that went down to Blackburn Rovers a week ago. Steve Sidwell came into the Fulham midfield to replace Mousa Dembele (hip injury) which meant that Bobby Zamora would once again be ably supported by the attacking trio of Ruiz, Duff and Dempsey.

Both sides were well organised outfits and so neither team was able to control the match as they would have liked in the opening exchanges. A pot shot by Yohan Cabaye which was comfortably saved by Stockdale proved to be the only effort on goal in the first ten minutes.

The Whites’ England ‘keeper had to be on hand again on 18 minutes after Hatem Ben Arfa rode the challenge of Senderos to arrow a shot towards the bottom right hand corner of the net. Luckily for Fulham Stockdale was well positioned to palm the ball away.

Duff and Ruiz were switching wings throughout and on 25 minutes Duff nearly scored against a former club for the second time in two games. Cutting in from the left after beating his marker, the Irishman unleashed a curling effort on his right foot which forced Tim Krul into a decent save.

The best chance of the game fell to Coloccini on 34 minutes but once again Stockdale was in the right place to keep out the defender’s half-volley.

The addition of Steve Sidwell to the starting line up added bite to the team and Fulham’s number 4 was doing a stellar job of keeping a creative Newcastle midfield in check. Unfortunately his game was cut short due to injury on 37 minutes. Jol showed his attacking intent by replacing him with striker Andrew Johnson.

Newcastle were finishing the half the stronger and took the lead two minutes before the break through a stunning Danny Guthrie goal. The Newcastle man gave Stockdale no chance with a vicious strike from 25 yards out.

Determined not to go in at half-time behind, Fulham rallied and Johnson found himself through on goal before being brought down cynically by Davide Santon. The capacity Cottage crowd wanted blood but the late arrival of a covering defender meant the punishment was only a yellow card.

Fulham started the second half brightly and within two minutes of the restart Duff, now back on the right wing, fired over following good hold up play by Johnson.

The Whites’ pressure was rewarded in the 51st minute when Duff was hauled down just inside the penalty area. Captain Danny Murphy stepped up to calmly slot home his 50th Premier League goal.

Moments later Fulham nearly took the lead. First Zamora smashed a shot straight at Krul before Chris Baird, a half-time replacement for Ruiz, forced a superb acrobatic save from the Dutchman.

Martin Jol’s men were now in control with Zamora, Johnson and Duff causing the Newcastle defence all sorts of problems.

The momentum told just before the hour mark as Fulham went 2-1 up through Clint Dempsey. Great link up play between Johnson and Zamora saw the latter skip inside Coloccini before his shot skidded off Krul and into Dempsey for the American to bundle home.

The lead was no less than Fulham deserved for a reinvigorated performance at the start of the second period.

The home side’s grip on the game was tightened on 65 minutes with another splendid team goal. Johnson headed down for Zamora to slip through an excellent ball for Dempsey who finished past Krul with aplomb.

Fulham were rampant and killed the game as a contest on 68 minutes when Johnson was brought down in the area by Krul. This time Zamora took the kick, rifling home the penalty in front of the watching Fabio Capello.

Newcastle pulled one back five minutes from time when Ben Arfa lashed home at the near post but Fulham restored their three goal advantage shortly after.

Zamora was again the provider as he sent a looping ball over the top of a high Newcastle line for Dempsey to chase. Fulham’s top scorer beat Coloccini to the ball and showed great composure once again to dispatch the ball past Krul.

Jol promptly replaced Dempsey with Kerim Frei; a substitution which gave the delighted Whites’ fans the chance to thank the match winner with a standing ovation.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 21 January 2012
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,692

Referee: Lee Mason

Fulham

Line-up: Stockdale; Kelly, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Ruiz (Baird 45'), Sidwell (Andrew Johnson 37'), Murphy, Duff; Dempsey (Frei 90'); Zamora

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Hughes, Briggs, Gecov

Manager: Martin Jol

Newcastle United

Line-up: Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon; Ben Arfa, Cabaye (Gosling 84'), Guthrie (Perch 76'), Gutiérrez; Best (Ryan Taylor 86'), Shola Ameobi

Unused substitutes: Elliot, Ferguson, Obertan, Løvenkrands

Manager: Alan Pardew

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester City 21 51
2 Manchester United 21 48
3 Tottenham Hotspur 21 46
4 Chelsea 22 41
5 Arsenal 21 36
6 Newcastle United 22 36
7 Liverpool 21 35
8 Stoke City 22 30
9 Norwich City 22 29
10 Sunderland 22 27
11 Aston Villa 22 27
12 Fulham 22 26
13 Swansea City 22 26
14 Everton 22 26
15 West Bromwich Albion 22 25
16 Queens Park Rangers 22 20
17 Blackburn Rovers 22 18
18 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 18
19 Bolton Wanderers 21 16
20 Wigan Athletic 22 15
Goals
5
2
Total Shots
12
17
Shots On Target
9
8
Passing Accuracy
74%
79%
Fouls
11
13
Corners
2
6
Offsides
8
4
Bookings
0
4
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 12David Stockdale
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 14Philippe Senderos
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
  • 4Steve Sidwell
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 25Bobby Zamora
Substitutes
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 28Matthew Briggs
  • 15Marcel Gecov
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 8Andrew Johnson
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Newcastle United (4-4-2)
  • 26Tim Krul
  • 5Danny Simpson
  • 6Michael Williamson
  • 2Fabricio Coloccini
  • 3Davide Santon
  • 10Hatem Ben Arfa
  • 4Yohan Cabaye
  • 8Danny Guthrie
  • 18Jonás Gutiérrez
  • 20Leon Best
  • 23Shola Ameobi
Substitutes
  • 35Robert Elliot
  • 14James Perch
  • 15Dan Gosling
  • 16Ryan Taylor
  • 31Shane Ferguson
  • 25Gabriel Obertan
  • 11Peter Løvenkrands
Manager
  • Alan Pardew
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0