Saturday 31 August 2013, 3:00pm at St James' Park, Newcastle
Barclays Premier League
Newcastle United
Newcastle United
Ben Arfa 86'
Fulham FC

86' Goal

Hatem Ben Arfa
Assist by Loïc Remy

82' Yellow Card

Yohan Cabaye Card was given for a foul

87' Yellow Card

Hatem Ben Arfa Card was given for celebrating in an unsporting manner

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Yoan Gouffran
Off:Shola Ameobi

65' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Yohan Cabaye
Off:Vurnon Anita

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Loïc Remy
Off:Sylvain Marveaux

45' Yellow Card

Scott Parker Card was given for a foul

76' Yellow Card

John Arne Riise

73' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Matthew Briggs
Off:Sascha Riether

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Adel Taarabt
Off:Darren Bent

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Hugo Rodallega
Off:Steve Sidwell

Hatem Ben Arfa's late strike saw Fulham go down to a 1-0 loss at Newcastle United on Saturday.

Hatem Ben Arfa’s late strike saw Fulham go down to a 1-0 loss at Newcastle United on Saturday.

After last season’s last-gasp defeat at St James’ Park, there was more than a touch of déjà vu about this term’s visit as Fulham weathered the storm only to be undone by a sucker punch at the end.

An uneventful game opened up after the break, with David Stockdale doing well to deny Ben Afra and Yoan Gouffran, while Papiss Cisse saw a header hit the bar.

At the other end, Bryan Ruiz forced a good stop from Tim Krul with a free-kick but, with the game heading for a draw, Ben Arfa won it for Newcastle when he cut in from the right and unleashed a swerving effort past Stockdale.

Martin Jol made three changes from the side that lost 3-1 to Arsenal last time out in the league. In came Ruiz, Alexander Kačaniklić and Darren Bent in place of Damien Duff, Adel Taarabt and Pajtim Kasami.

With a vocal home crowd behind them, Newcastle went close to opening the scoring after just five minutes when Sylvain Marveaux’s corner was met by Fabricio Coloccini with his header from six yards being blocked near to the line by his own teammate in Cisse.

Fulham were content to hit Newcastle on the break, with ex-Magpies man Scott Parker leading by example in the centre of the park with some driving runs forward. Chances were at a premium, however, although Bent nearly latched onto Ruiz’s delightful floated pass on 14 minutes.

At the other end, Mathieu Debuchy let fly from distance in the 20th minute but his 30-yard effort was straight down the throat of Stockdale. Six minutes later, Cisse nearly got away but Aaron Hughes nipped in to nick the ball off the forward’s toes.

Better control from Kačaniklić could have seen Fulham go in front on the half-hour mark. The Swede looked all set to collect Brede Hangeland’s long ball forward but his touch let him down and Newcastle got back to clear.

Cisse then spun away from Hangeland but saw his shot from a tight angle blocked by the chest of Stockdale. On 42 minutes, Debuchy’s cross was met by Cisse who had got between Hughes and Sascha Riether but the striker’s header drifted harmlessly wide. Parker was then booked for tugging back Marveaux on the stroke of half-time.

The second half continued in much the same vein. Kačaniklić was outmuscled on the edge of the Newcastle box by Moussa Sissoko who fed Ben Arfa. The Frenchman shaped to deliver one of his trademark left-footed drives but Steve Sidwell launched himself to bravely turn the ball behind.

On the hour, Bent’s header from a Ruiz cross was deflected wide, before Cisse and Sissoko saw efforts blocked by John Arne Riise and Hughes respectively.

Fulham tested Krul for the first time in the 67th minute. Kačaniklić was bundled down just outside the box to win the Whites a free-kick. Ruiz’s effort was on target but Krul hurled himself to his left to push it away brilliantly.

The Whites were forced into their first change on 72 minutes, with the injured Riether being replaced by Matthew Briggs, before Gouffran’s header from a corner by fellow substitute Yohan Cabaye was well held by Stockdale.

The closest the game had come to a goal came in the 77th minute when Ben Arfa’s pin-point cross from the right was met by Cisse who saw his powerful header crash off the crossbar and behind. Fulham were living dangerously now and Stockdale got down well at his near post to save Ben Arfa’s shot, before the Newcastle man saw his cross headed wide by Gouffran when it seemed easier to score.

Taarabt replaced Bent with eight minutes remaining and could have snatched the win for Fulham when he met Kačaniklić’s pull-back from the left but saw his shot saved by the feet of Krul.

Moments later at the other end, the deadlock was broken. Ben Arfa picked up the ball on the right-hand side of the area, jinked inside and unleashed a swerving left-footed shot that flew past an unsighted Stockdale.

Jol responded by throwing on Hugo Rodallega for Sidwell but it was Newcastle who continued to threaten, with Stockdale saving from Gouffran, Cabaye and Cisse before the final whistle brought proceedings to a close.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 31 August 2013
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: St James' Park, Newcastle
Attendance: 46,402

Referee: Chris Foy

Newcastle United

Line-up: Krul; Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, Santon; Ben Arfa, Sissoko, Anita (Cabaye 65'), Marveaux (Remy 74'); Shola Ameobi (Gouffran 65'), Cissé

Unused substitutes: Elliot, Dummett, Gosling, Sammy Ameobi

Manager: Alan Pardew


Line-up: Stockdale; Riether (Briggs 73'), Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Ruiz, Sidwell (Rodallega 89'), Parker, Kacaniklic; Berbatov; Bent (Taarabt 82')

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Karagounis, Duff, Derek Boateng

Manager: Martin Jol

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 3 7
2 Manchester City 3 6
3 Liverpool 2 6
4 Tottenham Hotspur 2 6
5 Stoke City 3 6
6 Manchester United 2 4
7 West Ham United 3 4
8 Norwich City 3 4
9 Southampton 3 4
10 Cardiff City 3 4
11 Newcastle United 3 4
12 Arsenal 2 3
13 Aston Villa 3 3
14 Everton 3 3
15 Fulham 3 3
16 Hull City 3 3
17 Sunderland 2 1
18 West Bromwich Albion 2 1
19 Crystal Palace 2 0
20 Swansea City 2 0
Total Shots
Shots On Target
Passing Accuracy
Sending Offs
Newcastle United (4-4-2)
  • 1Tim Krul
  • 26Mathieu Debuchy
  • 13Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 2Fabricio Coloccini
  • 3Davide Santon
  • 10Hatem Ben Arfa
  • 7Moussa Sissoko
  • 8Vurnon Anita
  • 22Sylvain Marveaux
  • 23Shola Ameobi
  • 9Papiss Demba Cissé
  • 21Robert Elliot
  • 36Paul Dummett
  • 4Yohan Cabaye
  • 11Yoan Gouffran
  • 15Dan Gosling
  • 28Sammy Ameobi
  • 14Loïc Remy
  • Alan Pardew
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 10Bryan Ruiz
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 28Scott Parker
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
  • 39Darren Bent
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 17Matthew Briggs
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 19Adel Taarabt
  • 23Derek Boateng
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
  • Martin Jol
Total shots
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
Minutes played by player
Assists from open play
Successful aerial duels
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
Pass forwards
Successful dribbles
Sum of all a players ball events
Accurate passes
Key passes
Player intercepts a pass
Goalkeeper saves
Goalkeeper catches a cross
  • 90+4 That's it, full-time at St James' Park where for the second successive season Newcastle claim victory courtesy of a late goal.
  • 90 There's four minutes of stoppage time at St James' Park. Come on Fulham, let's have a late equaliser!
  • 87 Fulham make a late change with Hugo Rodallega replacing Sidwell.
  • 86 Goal! Newcastle United 1, Fulham 0 - The hosts respond and Ben Arfa cuts in from the right and curls in a fine effort from the edge of the box. Stockdale had no chance.
  • 85 At the other end Taarabt could well have put Fulham in front. But his close-range strike is expertly blocked by Krul. Great chance.
  • 84 Hughes has been superb today, the Northern Ireland international makes another vital intervention.
  • 82 Another chance for the Magpies. This time it's Debuchy's header that goes wide of the target.
  • 81 Adel Taarabt on, Darren Bent off.
  • 79 Gouffran should have scored after meeting Ben Arfa's delivery. His header goes wide.
  • 78 Gouffran flashes a cross across the goalmouth before Stockdale makes a stunning stop to keep out Ben Arfa's low strike.
  • 77 Ben Arfa clips one in from the right and Cisse heads against the bar. Newcastle have the momentum right now.
  • 74 Briggs has to time his tackle to perfection as Cabaye steams through. The youngster does well to see the ball out for a corner.
  • 73 Newcastle make their final swap, with Loic Remy on for Marveaux.
  • 72 Injury to Riether forces Jol to make his first change. Matthew Briggs comes on and goes straight in at right-back.
  • 66 Fantastic save from Tim Krul who dives at full stretch to keep out Ruiz's curled free-kick. So close!
  • 64 Alan Pardew makes the first changes of the day with Gouffran and Cabaye on for Shola Ameobi and Anita.
  • 63 Cisse and Sissoko both smash efforts at the Fulham goal. Riether and Hughes make brilliant blocks respectively.
  • 59 Good move from Fulham. Parker finds Ruiz on the left and his looping delivery is almost headed in by Bent. Decent chance.
  • 56 Good cross from Sidwell and Bent knocks the ball down for Kaca. But Sissoko wins it back and Newcastle break again.
  • 54 Again it's Ben Arfa with the threat. Hangeland times his tackle well to deny the player a clear sight of goal.
  • 51 Clever skill from Ben Arfa who beats Kaca on the right byline, Berbatov makes the clearance from the cross.
  • 49 Ben Arfa is causing Fulham problems now. Stockdale claims the Frenchman's cross following another junking run.
  • 47 Ben Arfa and Sissoko link well on the right. The latter crosses, but again Hughes is on hand with a headed clearance.
  • The players are back out, the second-half is now underway! Come on Fulham!
  • 45 Half-time at St James' Park and it remains goalless at the interval. Newcastle have had the best of the chances though.
  • 44 Parker is booked for tugging back Marveaux.
  • 43 Ben Arfa finds time and space on the left, thankfully his speculative strike from distance arrows over the bar.
  • 41 Good chance for the hosts. Debuchy lifts in an excellent cross from the right, Cisse's header falls wide of the goal. Let off for the Whites.
  • 39 Coloccini joins the Newcastle attack, but his clipped pass is claimed well by Stockdale.
  • 38 Marveaux whips in another corner from the right, Hangeland rises and heads the ball away.
  • 36 Good tackle by Hughes, with the defender holding off Shola Ameobi before finding Ruiz with a pass.
  • 33 Riise drops in a deep free-kick from the left and Hangeland does well to knock the ball down. Yanga-Mbiwa is first to react, though, and again, Newcastle clear.
  • 31 Papiss Cisse gets away from Hangeland before striking at goal with an angled drive. Stockdale makes another good stop.
  • 28 Kaca controls well from Hangeland's long pass. The ball just rolls out of his stride and Debuchy snuffs out the danger. Good chance for Fulham.
  • 27 Berbatov takes a pass from Parker and slips the ball in behind Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and almost finds Bent.
  • 26 Ben Arfa floats in a cross from the right, Hughes does well to beat Shola Ameobi to the header.
  • 25 Newcastle break again after Berbatov gives the ball away in the centre. Scott Parker sprints back and makes a great intervention.
  • 21 Debuchy strikes from distance. David Stockdale saves well.
  • 20 Ben Arfa dances into the box before finding Sissoko on the edge. Marveaux then rolls in a pass, thankfully Aaron Hughes was one step ahead.
  • 19 Hatem Ben Arfa looks to deliver a quick, deep cross, but Kacaniklic does just enough to deflect the ball out for a throw. Good work from the youngster.
  • 17 Good play from Sissoko and Marveaux, the latter then tries to play Santon in. Sascha Riether makes an excellent slide tackle to beat the Italian to the ball.
  • 15 Good play from Bryan Ruiz who finds Steve Sidwell in the middle. Mathieu Debuchy then does well to slow Fulham's attack.
  • 12' Berba clears another Marveaux corner, before Hangeland sees Sissoko's low cross to safety. Newcastle are still on top.
  • 10 Powerful run from Moussa Sissoko who shrugs Hangeland off the ball. Riise does well to block the Frenchman's strike at goal.
  • 9 Davide Santon cuts in from the left, but Hangeland reads the move well to thwart Newcastle's attack.
  • 7 Kaca then finds John Arne Riise on the left. The Norwegian's cross is too high for Fulham's attack.
  • 6 Good break by Alexander Kacaniklic who finds Berbatov on the right. The move breaks down though.
  • 4 Fabrico Coloccini has a towering header cleared to safety, with the Argentine getting on the end of Sylvain Marveaux's corner from the right.
  • 3 The hosts have started with intent, putting Fulham under some early pressure. Shola Ameobi almost gets on to a long pass from deep.
  • 1 And we're off with Fulham playing in their red strip today.
  • Ladies and gentlemen, it's showtime! Brede Hangeland has walked the team out, kick-off is imminent. COYW!