Monday 10 December 2012, 8:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Sidwell 19'; Rodallega 63'
Newcastle United
Newcastle United
1
Ben Arfa 54'
Fulham returned to winning ways after an end-to-end encounter with Newcastle United at the Cottage on Monday night.

19' Goal

Steve Sidwell
Assist by Damien Duff

63' Goal

Hugo Rodallega
Assist by Damien Duff

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ashkan Dejagah
Off:Alexander Kacaniklic

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mladen Petric
Off:Hugo Rodallega

54' Goal

Hatem Ben Arfa

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Shola Ameobi
Off:Hatem Ben Arfa

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Gael Bigirimana
Off:Cheik Tioté

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sylvain Marveaux
Off:Vurnon Anita

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Fulham returned to winning ways after an end-to-end encounter with Newcastle United at the Cottage on Monday night.

The Whites had gone into the game without a win in seven and without a goal in their last three games.

Steve Sidwell’s deflected effort on 19 minutes put Fulham in front, only for Hatem Ben Arfa to haul the Magpies level in the second half with a long-range strike.

Fabricio Coloccini then hit the bar for the hosts, before the Whites went back in front, Hugo Rodallega powering home Damien Duff’s delivery on 63 minutes.

Both sides had further chances to score but it was Fulham who held on for a crucial win.

Martin Jol made five changes to the side that lost 3-0 at home to Tottenham Hotspur last time out. Brede Hangeland returned from suspension, while Chris Baird, Duff, Alexander Kačaniklić and Rodallega all came into the starting XI. Philippe Senderos, Mahamadou Diarra, Ashkan Dejagah and Mladen Petric dropped down to the bench, with no place in the matchday squad for Kerim Frei.

The Whites started brightly. Sidwell nearly played Kačaniklić in, but Coloccini got back to make a crucial last-ditch tackle as the Swedish winger shaped to shoot. Newcastle’s first attack saw Mike Williamson head well over from Danny Simpson’s cross.

In the 14th minute, Vernon Anita dragged a shot wide. From the resulting goal-kick, Mark Schwarzer played the ball straight to Papiss Cisse. Thankfully for Fulham, Cisse’s cross towards Ba was collected by the sprawling Schwarzer.

At the other end, Baird found ex-Newcastle man Duff with a lovely crossfield pass. The Irishman’s cross was met by Rodallega, who contolled the ball brilliantly with his chest but fired over on the volley. It mattered little, however, as seconds later Fulham were in front. Rodallega slipped in Duff down the right and the winger’s pullback was hit towards goal by Sidwell from just inside the area. His effort looped up off the leg Williamson and went in via the crossbar – with the goal credited to the Fulham midfielder.

It should have been 2-0 just moments later. A misplaced pass by Cheick Tiote saw Dimitar Berbatov scamper clear. With all the time in the world, though, the Bulgarian saw his effort saved by Tim Krul who had raced off his line to narrow the angle.

Berbatov nearly made amends on 29 minutes. After Sascha Riether’s cross was tipped into the path of the Fulham striker by Krul, the Newcastle keeper got up quickly to block Berbatov’s effort with his feet from close range.

Riether was soon called into action at the other end, his actions keeping Fulham in front. A well-worked corner by Newcastle saw Coloccini arrive late to meet Anita’s corner. The Argentine’s header was going in – but Riether leapt off the line to nod it away from his position on the right-hand post.

And on the stroke of half-time, the German was in the right place at the right time again, clearing Demba Ba’s effort from close to the line after Schwarzer had failed to deal with an Anita cross.

Anita fizzed a shot just over at the start of the second half, before Rodallega played a fine pass to put Berbatov into space on the left-hand side of the box. With Rodallega screaming for the return ball, Berbatov, resplendent in black tights, went for goal and could only poke his effort into the side-netting.

Fulham’s misses were to prove costly as Newcastle levelled on 54 minutes. Despite the close attentions of John Arne Riise and Kačaniklić, Ben Arfa managed to cut in from the right before unleashing a dipping left-footed shot that caught Schwarzer flatfooted and flew in with the hint of a deflection off Riise.

Krul made a fine save to deny Sidwell on the hour mark after Berbatov had played a delightful throughball to Fulham’s number seven, the Newcastle goalkeeper racing off his line to block the effort of the midfielder. Fulham then made their first change, Dejagah replacing Kačaniklić.

And the Iran international had an immediate impact, winning a free-kick on the right within seconds of entering the fray that led to the Whites going back in front as Duff’s delivery from the set-piece was powerfully headed home by Rodallega. It was the Colombian’s first goal at the Cottage since his summer switch from Wigan Athletic.

Newcastle’s response was to replace Ben Arfa with Shola Ameobi as Alan Pardew threw a third striker into the mix. Fulham had the crossbar to thank on 71 minutes as Coloccini found himself just outside the box and hit a wonderful curling effort towards the net. His shot beat Schwarzer but came back off the crossbar, with Fulham able to scramble the rebound clear. At the other end, Sidwell scooped well over after being teed up by Berbatov, who himself had been found in space following a wonderful flick from Dejagah.

With five minutes to go, Jol made his second change, Petric coming on for Rodallega. The Croatian’s first involvement saw his long-range effort tip the top of the crossbar.

There were a few nervy moments for Fulham in the dying seconds – but they stood firm to take the three points.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Monday 10 December 2012
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,270

Referee: Lee Mason

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Duff, Baird, Sidwell, Kacaniklic (Dejagah 62'); Berbatov, Rodallega (Petric 87')

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Senderos, Karagounis, Richardson, Diarra

Manager: Martin Jol

Newcastle United

Line-up: Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon; Anita (Marveaux 90'), Cheik Tioté (Bigirimana 86'), Gutiérrez; Cissé, Ba, Ben Arfa (Shola Ameobi 71')

Unused substitutes: Harper, Perch, Ferguson, Tavernier

Manager: Alan Pardew

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 16 39
2 Manchester City 16 33
3 Chelsea 16 29
4 Everton 16 26
5 Tottenham Hotspur 16 26
6 West Bromwich Albion 16 26
7 Arsenal 16 24
8 Swansea City 16 23
9 Stoke City 16 23
10 Liverpool 16 22
11 West Ham United 16 22
12 Norwich City 16 22
13 Fulham 16 20
14 Newcastle United 16 17
15 Southampton 16 15
16 Aston Villa 16 15
17 Wigan Athletic 16 15
18 Sunderland 15 13
19 Reading 15 9
20 Queens Park Rangers 16 7
Goals
2
1
Total Shots
16
20
Shots On Target
7
8
Passing Accuracy
74%
80%
Fouls
14
11
Corners
5
4
Offsides
0
1
Bookings
0
0
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 31Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Substitutes
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 19Mahamadou Diarra
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 10Mladen Petric
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Newcastle United (4-3-3)
  • 1Tim Krul
  • 5Danny Simpson
  • 6Michael Williamson
  • 2Fabricio Coloccini
  • 3Davide Santon
  • 8Vurnon Anita
  • 24Cheik Tioté
  • 18Jonás Gutiérrez
  • 9Papiss Demba Cissé
  • 19Demba Ba
  • 10Hatem Ben Arfa
Substitutes
  • 37Steve Harper
  • 14James Perch
  • 31Shane Ferguson
  • 34James Tavernier
  • 20Gael Bigirimana
  • 22Sylvain Marveaux
  • 23Shola Ameobi
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
  • Match ends, Fulham 2, Newcastle United 1.
  • 90'+4' Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Newcastle United 1.
  • 90'+3' Foul by Sylvain Marveaux (Newcastle United).
  • 90'+3' Damien Duff (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 90'+2' Jonás Gutiérrez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 90'+2' Foul by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).
  • 90' Attempt missed. Demba Ba (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Jonás Gutiérrez with a cross.
  • 89' Mladen Petric (Fulham) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Steve Sidwell.
  • 88' Attempt blocked. Demba Ba (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Papiss Demba Cissé.
  • 87' Attempt saved. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mladen Petric.
  • 87' Substitution, Fulham. Mladen Petric replaces Hugo Rodallega.
  • 86' Substitution, Newcastle United. Gael Bigirimana replaces Cheik Tioté.
  • 86' Substitution, Newcastle United. Sylvain Marveaux replaces Vurnon Anita.
  • 85' Foul by Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United).
  • 85' Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 84' Attempt saved. Jonás Gutiérrez (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Davide Santon.
  • 83' Attempt saved. Demba Ba (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonás Gutiérrez.
  • 82' Attempt saved. Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Simpson.
  • 79' Attempt blocked. Davide Santon (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 78' Jonás Gutiérrez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 78' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 77' Jonás Gutiérrez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 77' Foul by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).
  • 75' Foul by Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United).
  • 75' Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 75' Attempt missed. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 72' Foul by Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United).
  • 72' Sascha Riether (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 72' Attempt saved. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 71' Attempt missed. Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Shola Ameobi.
  • 71' Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.
  • 71' Substitution, Newcastle United. Shola Ameobi replaces Hatem Ben Arfa.
  • 70' Demba Ba (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 70' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 70' Tim Krul (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 70' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 67' Offside, Newcastle United. Demba Ba tries a through ball, but Papiss Demba Cissé is caught offside.
  • 65' Foul by Chris Baird (Fulham).
  • 65' Cheik Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 63' Goal! Fulham 2, Newcastle United 1. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Damien Duff with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 63' Foul by Cheik Tioté (Newcastle United).
  • 63' Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 62' Substitution, Fulham. Ashkan Dejagah replaces Alexander Kacaniklic.
  • 62' Attempt saved. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 61' Attempt missed. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 58' Attempt saved. Demba Ba (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Papiss Demba Cissé with a headed pass.
  • 57' Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.
  • 54' Goal! Fulham 1, Newcastle United 1. Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Vurnon Anita.
  • 51' Attempt missed. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 49' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Danny Simpson.
  • 47' Attempt missed. Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Papiss Demba Cissé.
  • 47' Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).
  • 47' Jonás Gutiérrez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 1, Newcastle United 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 1, Newcastle United 0.
  • 45' Attempt blocked. Demba Ba (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
  • 44' Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Steve Sidwell.
  • 44' Attempt blocked. Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
  • 44' Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.
  • 44' Attempt blocked. Jonás Gutiérrez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fabricio Coloccini.
  • 42' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 42' Cheik Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 40' Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 40' Foul by Danny Simpson (Newcastle United).
  • 39' Attempt missed. John Arne Riise (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Steve Sidwell.
  • 37' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 37' Foul by Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United).
  • 35' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 35' Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 34' Hand ball by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 34' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 34' Foul by Michael Williamson (Newcastle United).
  • 32' Attempt missed. Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Davide Santon with a cross.
  • 32' Attempt blocked. Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Vurnon Anita with a cross.
  • 31' Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.
  • 30' Aaron Hughes (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 30' Foul by Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United).
  • 29' Attempt blocked. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 26' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Demba Ba.
  • 25' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Danny Simpson.
  • 24' Attempt saved. Davide Santon (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 23' John Arne Riise (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 23' Foul by Danny Simpson (Newcastle United).
  • 22' Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 22' Foul by Danny Simpson (Newcastle United).
  • 21' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 21' Jonás Gutiérrez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 20' Attempt saved. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 19' Goal! Fulham 1, Newcastle United 0. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Damien Duff.
  • 18' Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Damien Duff with a cross.
  • 16' Attempt missed. Chris Baird (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 15' Attempt missed. Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
  • 14' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Danny Simpson.
  • 12' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 12' Jonás Gutiérrez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 11' Foul by Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham).
  • 11' Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 9' Attempt blocked. Jonás Gutiérrez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 6' Attempt missed. Chris Baird (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Damien Duff with a cross following a corner.
  • 5' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jonás Gutiérrez.
  • 3' Attempt missed. Michael Williamson (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Danny Simpson with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 3' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 3' Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 1' Attempt missed. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Damien Duff.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.
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