Sunday 28 August 2011, 1:00pm at St James' Park, Newcastle
Barclays Premier League
Newcastle United
Newcastle United
2
Best 48', 66'
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Dempsey 88'
A Clint Dempsey goal couldn't prevent Fulham coming away from St. James Park with a result, as a brace from Leon Best saw Fulham lose 2-1 on the road.

48' Goal

Leon Best

66' Goal

Leon Best
Assist by Demba Ba

87' Yellow Card

Danny Simpson Card was given for a foul

90'+5 Yellow Card

Alan Smith Card was given for a foul

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Demba Ba
Off:Peter Løvenkrands

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Haris Vuckic
Off:Leon Best

86' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Alan Smith
Off:Haris Vuckic

88' Goal

Clint Dempsey
Assist by Danny Murphy

64' Yellow Card

Steve Sidwell Card was given for a foul

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Andrew Johnson
Off:Pajtim Kasami

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90

Despite impressing in patches it was an afternoon to forget as Fulham crashed to a frustrating defeat at Newcastle’s St James’ Park.

A strong finish to the game including Clint Dempsey’s late header was not enough as Leon Best’s double strike proved just enough for the home side to add to last weekend’s North East derby defeat of Sunderland.

In what was their 11th game of the season so far, Fulham certainly impressed in what was a controlled start to proceedings and one that suggested more than what would eventually unfold.

Steve Sidwell and Pajtim Kasami both tried their luck from distance as the home side threw men behind the ball, while Matthew Briggs’ teasing cross from the left almost found Clint Dempsey at the back post.

Moving the ball from back to front with relative ease it was the Whites who looked the more threatening although clear chances in front of goal remained at a premium.

But for all their early possession it was Newcastle that went closest, when Peter Lovenkrands directed Yohan Cabaye’s wayward strike narrowly wide of Mark Schwarzer’s goal and Gabriel Obertan shot over the bar.

The Magpies, clearly buoyed by the ever vocal home support, gradually edged themselves into the contest with striker Leon Best and midfield schemer Cabaye growing in confidence.

As a result the final 10 minutes of the first half ebbed and flowed as both sides went in search for what by that point had proved an elusive breakthrough.

Home ‘keeper Tim Krul had to be alert to one Damien Duff cross, while Aaron Hughes did well to head Jonas Gutierrez’s delivery to safety. The Argentine winger then moved Schwarzer into his first real save of the day, with the Aussie stopper diving bravely to claim his leaping downward header.

As Newcastle finished the half on top it was Hughes that came to Fulham’s rescue once more in denying Lovenkrands what looked like a clear strike at goal with brave low block.

The Magpies started the second-half as they finished the first and within minutes they were in front as Cabaye’s ambitious 25-yard strike cannoned off Schwarzer and back off the bar where Best tapped home for a simple close range finish.

Fulham responded positively with Briggs driving forward down the left and almost finding the path of Dempsey, before a clever move on the opposite flank involving Duff and Chris Baird found Steve Sidwell unmarked in the Newcastle box. The midfielder headed at goal, but Krul pushed his effort on to the bar with a fine instinctive stop.

Duff then went close when he broke free of Ryan Taylor but his low strike from the angle could only find the side netting.

At the other end Best needed little invitation when he grabbed Newcastle’s second, rolling the ball past Schwarzer following an intricate move through the Fulham defence.

The Whites certainly didn’t give up hope as Chris Baird’s powerful drive was turned aside by Krul, while Dempsey dragged one chance wide.

Danny Murphy rose well to connect with Sidwell’s searching cross, but once more the impressive Newcastle ‘keeper was more than alert turning the Fulham skipper’s header over the bar.

From the resulting corner Dempsey glanced Duff’s delivery from the left on to the far post as the Whites’ frustrations in front of goal grew.

But with the flow back in Fulham’s favour their determination was rewarded when Dempsey’s header from Murphy’s deep free-kick looped over Krul with three minutes left on the clock.

While the American’s goal offered a moment of belief the home side did just enough to hang on to all three points. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Sunday 28 August 2011
Kick-off: 1:00pm

Venue: St James' Park, Newcastle
Attendance: 42,684

Referee: Kevin Friend

Newcastle United

Line-up: Krul; Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Ryan Taylor; Obertan, Cabaye, Cheik Tioté, Gutiérrez; Best (Vuckic 79' (Smith 86')), Løvenkrands (Ba 63')

Unused substitutes: Soderberg, Ferguson, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi

Manager: Alan Pardew

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Baird, Hughes, Hangeland, Briggs; Duff, Sidwell, Murphy, Kasami (Andrew Johnson 73'); Dempsey, Dembélé

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Kelly, Senderos, Gecov, Etuhu, Frei

Manager: Martin Jol

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Liverpool 3 7
2 Chelsea 3 7
3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 7
4 Newcastle United 3 7
5 Manchester City 2 6
6 Manchester United 2 6
7 Aston Villa 3 5
8 Wigan Athletic 3 5
9 Bolton Wanderers 3 3
10 Everton 2 3
11 Queens Park Rangers 3 3
12 Stoke City 2 2
13 Sunderland 3 2
14 Norwich City 3 2
15 Swansea City 3 2
16 Arsenal 2 1
17 Fulham 3 1
18 West Bromwich Albion 2 0
19 Tottenham Hotspur 1 0
20 Blackburn Rovers 3 0
Goals
2
1
Total Shots
12
18
Shots On Target
6
6
Passing Accuracy
79%
79%
Fouls
19
9
Corners
6
6
Offsides
4
3
Bookings
2
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Newcastle United (4-4-2)
  • 26Tim Krul
  • 5Danny Simpson
  • 27Steven Taylor
  • 2Fabricio Coloccini
  • 16Ryan Taylor
  • 25Gabriel Obertan
  • 4Yohan Cabaye
  • 24Cheik Tioté
  • 18Jonás Gutiérrez
  • 20Leon Best
  • 11Peter Løvenkrands
Substitutes
  • 33Ole Soderberg
  • 31Shane Ferguson
  • 22Sylvain Marveaux
  • 29Haris Vuckic
  • 17Alan Smith
  • 19Demba Ba
  • 44Sammy Ameobi
Manager
  • Alan Pardew
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 28Matthew Briggs
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 4Steve Sidwell
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 10Pajtim Kasami
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 30Moussa Dembélé
Substitutes
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 14Philippe Senderos
  • 15Marcel Gecov
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 8Andrew Johnson
Manager
  • Martin Jol
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