Monday December 10, 2012 Day 16 Finished Craven Cottage

Fulham 2 - 1 Newcastle United

  • Sidwell 19’
  • Rodallega 63’
  • Ben Arfa 54’

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    Premier League - Rodallega header sinks Newcastle

    Hugo Rodallega headed Fulham to their first victory in eight Premier League games courtesy of a 2-1 home win over Newcastle. More

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    • Fulham
    • Newcastle United
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    • 90+4' Mark Schwarzer plucks a cross out of the air in the dying seconds as Fulham hold on. There is the final whistle. A 2-1 win for the home side.
    • 89' We are into four minutes of time added on.
    • 88' Alan Pardew encourarging his side to make one final push here to rescue something as Sylvain Marveaux takes over from Vurnon Anita.
    • 87' Bar tries to direct a header at the Fulham goal, but wide of the target,
    • 86' Petric sees a shot clip the bar from distance with Krul beaten. Almost lights out for Newcastle.
    • 85' Gael Bigirimana replaces Cheik Tioté for the visiting side. Time running out for Newcastle.
    • 84' Changes coming as Petric takes over from Rodallega for Fulham.
    • 83' Fulham have now scored 27 goals in the Premier League this season, only four clubs have more. Everton have also scored 27. It is already nine less than Fulham scored in the whole of the 2001-02 (36) season (their first in the Premier League), their lowest scoring Premier League season.
    • 82' Santon delivers the cross with some relish. Easy take for Schwarzer in the Fulham goal.
    • 81' Jonás Gutiérrez goes for goal from distance, but Schwarzer can take those sort of shots all night long. Fulham continue to lead 2-1.
    • 80' Ba throws his left leg at the loose ball. No power on the effort as Schwarzer makes another comfortable stop.
    • 79' Santon on the ball for Newcastle, but he fails to pick out the head of Ba. Ameobi with a bit of space, but no power in the shot as it ends up straight down the throat of Schwarzer.
    • 78' Ashkan Dejagah has replaced Alexander Kacaniklic for Fulham.
    • 77' Fabricio Coloccini wins the ball from Hugo Rodallega. No messing about. Had to time that one right. This game is wide open.
    • 76' Santon drives the ball at goal, but straight off that Fulham wall as the home side look to break.
    • 75' Sidwell deemed to be guilty of a late tackle on Jonás Gutiérrez. Newcastle have a free-kick 30 yards out.
    • 74' Superb piece of defending by Fabricio Coloccini to win the ball from Berbatov. Had to get that tackle spot on.
    • 73' Santon trying to cut a dash through the middle, but Fulham have enough bodies back to deal with the danger.
    • 72' Sascha Riether earns a free-kick after being taken out of the action late by Ameobi.
    • 71' Rodallega drives a shot at goal, but Krul dives low to his right to make the stop. A third goal now would surely kill off the visitors.
    • 70' Newcastle pushing for this leveller. Fulham having to hold firm in the face of some frenetic attacks.
    • 69' Shola Ameobi replaces Hatem Ben Arfa for the visiting side.
    • 68' Coloccini hits the bar with a shot from inside the home area. So unfortunate with that effort! Mark Schwarzer beaten, but the bar comes to his rescue.
    • 67' Hugo Rodallega scores his first Premier League goal against Newcastle in his fourth Premier League match against them.
    • 66' Cisse smashes a shot against the bar, but the linesman's flag was up. This match far from over.
    • 65' Fulham look to break through Rodallega. Berbatov appears to be felled by Coloccini, but the referee waves play on.
    • 64' Ball breaks to Ben Arfa in the Fulham box, but he takes his eyes off the pass in trying to control it.
    • 63' The visiting side have to fight the good fight for a second time. Meanwhile, Demba Ba looks like he may be in need of some treatment.
    • 62' GOAL! Rodallega pops up to head into the net from six yards out. Fine free-kick from Duff. Fulham back in front at 2-1 ahead.
    • 61' Sidwell bursts onto the pass from Berbatov, but he lifts the shot straight at Krul. Almost a second goal for the home midfielder.
    • 60' Rodallega chests the ball into the path of Kacaniklic, but he rushes the shot and lifts it well over the bar.
    • 59' Eight of Ben Arfa’s nine Premier League goals have been scored from his left foot.
    • 58' The ball took a nick off Riise in ending up looping over Schwarzer in the home goal. A deflection left the Fulham keeper with little or no chance.
    • 57' Fulham have been rocked by the concession of that goal. You can almost feel it around Craven Cottage. Very nervy moments.
    • 56' Demba Ba drives the ball at goal from distance. No real power on the shot as Schwarzer dives to his right to make the stop.
    • 55' Schwarzer off his line to punch the ball clear with Williamson in there looking for a header.
    • 54' Davide Santon is the only player to start all 16 of Newcastle’s Premier League matches this season, but suddenly there is a real sense of urgency about the visiting team.
    • 53' Not sure if that took a deflection. Suddenly the visiting side level. Fulham again fail to hold on to a lead.
    • 52' GOAL! Ben Arfa lifts the ball into the net from the edge of the box. Schwarzer wrong footed on his own line. The visiting side are level at 1-1.
    • 51' Newcastle keeping the ball with some relish. Fulham have lost, and failed to score in, their last two Premier League matches that have followed a Europa League fixture.
    • 50' Fulham back on the front foot again at the outset of this second period. Berbatov drills the shot into the sidenetting. Tough to score from that angle.
    • 49' Simpson halts the cross at source after Alexander Kacaniklic tried to pick out a companion in the middle.
    • 48' Newcastle have scored nearly double the amount of goals in the second half (11) than the first half (6) in Premier League matches this season.
    • 47' Cisse on the run for Newcastle. Picks out Anita, who ends up drilling the shot over the bar. Good hit.
    • 46' We are off and running in the second half.
    • 45+1' There goes the whistle for the break. A 1-0 lead for Fulham at the break. Plenty of life left in this contest one suspects.
    • 45+1' We are into one minute of time added on.
    • 44' Ball breaks to Ba in the home area, but Riether gets the ball off the line. Schwarzer failing to punch clear that corner.
    • 43' Sidwell forced to concede a corner after lovely run and cross by Anita.
    • 42' Williamson again forced to speed back to knock the ball away from Rodallega after Berbatov played an intelligent ball down the flank.
    • 41' Hangeland comes up with a clearing header from the centre of his defence. Newcastle trying to restore parity before the break.
    • 40' Newcastle seem to bleed possession without much thought. Sidwell penalised for a late tackle on Tiote.
    • 39' Including his final matches as Charlton Athletic manager, Pardew has won one of his last 11 Premier League matches in London. Not ideal stats.
    • 38' Alan Pardew doing plenty of pointing on the touchline. Not sure if he will shuffle his pack here or not.
    • 37' Sidwell picks out the run of Riise, but he can only boom that left footed shot high over the bar.
    • 36' Ben Arfa with a late challenge on Rodallega. Fulham continue to win the key battles in the midfield area of the park.
    • 35' Newcastle’s Vurnon Anita played 58 league matches under Martin Jol for Ajax between August 2009 and November 2010.
    • 34' Williamson rolls the ball back to Krul, who knocks it long under pressure from Rodallega.
    • 33' Williamson with another piece of timely defending to knock the loose ball away from Berbatov.
    • 32' Williamson collides with Rodallaga competing for a high ball before Ben Arfa slips a pass straight into the arms of Schwarzer.
    • 31' Fabricio Coloccini powers a header at goal from 12 yards out, but headed off the line by Sascha Riether. Super piece of defending.
    • 30' Fulham have lost 14 points from winning positions this season – the most of any Premier League club that also featured in the division last season.
    • 29' Berbatov sees an effort scrambled clear by Krul on the line. Almost a second. Some strong supporting play by Sascha Riether on the run.
    • 28' Newcastle have not come from behind to win a Premier League match in over two years - since winning 2-1 at West Ham in Oct 2010.
    • 27' Gutiérrez overhits a cross trying to pick out the run of Ben Arfa. Alan Pardew trying to encourage his side to find a way back into this contest.
    • 26' Fulham pressing back the visiting side as much as possible with the visitors forced to play on the break for most of this evening.
    • 25' Duff wuth a corner for Fulham. Rodallega challenging, but the ball comes off a Newcastle shirt before winding up over the bar for another corner.
    • 24' Santon sees a shot deflect safely into the arms of Schwarzer. Fulham will be content with how this match is working out so far
    • 23' Cisse with a fairly aimless ball trying to pick out Ba. All too easy for Hangeland to mop up any danger at the back.
    • 22' Fabricio Coloccini showing some classy and composed play at the back. Fulham already with six shots at target in these opening 22 minutes or so.
    • 21' Steve Sidwell has opened the scoring and scores his fourth goal in the Premier League this season, equalling his most prolific Premier League season (2006-07).
    • 20' Chance for Berbatov to add the second, but he knocks the shot straight at Krul after giving Fabricio Coloccini the slip. So close to the second goal. Should have been 2-0.
    • 19' GOAL! Fulham end over five hours of football without a goal as Sidwell sees the ball fly off Williamson and skip over the beaten Krul. Fortunate to see that shot hit the net, but Fulham will take it all day long.
    • 18' Duff picks out Rodallega, but he can't get the cross under control as he lifts the ball over the bar from eight yards.
    • 17' Including his final matches as Charlton Athletic manager, Pardew has won one of his last 11 Premier League matches in London.
    • 16' Ben Arfa and Ba trying to combine. Just too much pace on the passes as Mark Schwarzer is alert again to come off his line to collect.
    • 15' Baird smacks a shot at goal from distance. Comes off Rodallega before trundling wide of the target.
    • 14' Mark Schwarzer off his line quickly to snatch a cross with Ba applying pressure. All frantic stuff, but no nearer to finding a goal.
    • 13' Baird sticks plenty of pace on the corner, but Hangeland can't control the ball as Newcastle look to break from their own area.
    • 12' Kacaniklic has a cross blocked by Simpson and Fulham will have a corner here.
    • 11' Dimitar Berbatov has scored three goals in seven previous Premier League matches against Newcastle. He has been on the losing side in five of the seven matches, including his last match against them before tonight, Manchester United’s 3-0 away defeat in January.
    • 10' Cisse trying to pick out somebody or other. Not sure who as the ball flies long and straight out of play.
    • 9' Simpson with another cross, but no real pace on the ball as Schwarzer comes to collect with some ease.
    • 8' Sascha Riether hurls a long hopeful ball from deep straight into the arms of Krul in the visiting goal.
    • 7' Berbatov wearing a pair of leg warmers under his shorts tonight which makes him noticeable up front for the home side.
    • 6' Jonás Gutiérrez back to block the attempted cross by Duff. Newcastle scramble the corner clear. These teams look fairly evenly matched. At the moment at least.
    • 5' Simpson with a nice cross into the heart of the home area, but Berbatov is back helping out his defence as he heads clear. Play raging from end to end at the moment.
    • 4' Williamson heads over the bar from the cross by Simpson. Mark Schwarzer comes and fails to punch clear a cross seconds earlier.
    • 3' Newcastle are one of three Premier League clubs who remain without an away win this season – the others are QPR and Reading.
    • 2' Alexander Kacaniklic takes a tumble under pressure from Danny Simpson. Appeals for a penalty, but the referee Lee Mason waves play on.
    • 1' Fulham get the action off and running here.
    • 19:55 Newcastle have had only five Premier League goal scorers this season – equal-fewest in the division with Sunderland. Fulham have had nine different scorers.
    • 19:50 All four of Newcastle’s Premier League victories this season have included at least one goal by Demba Ba. Their last Premier League victory without a goal from him was seven months ago - 2-0 at Chelsea on May 2.
    • 19:45 Demba Ba starts and will make his 50th Premier League appearance for Newcastle, he has scored 26 Premier League goals for the club. Ba has never scored in all seven Premier League away matches in London.
    • 19:40 Alan Pardew (Newcastle) is keen to bolster his squad for the last 32 of the Europa League: "The bottom line is we have qualified and we can look forward to February. I am just hoping that, fingers-crossed, when we come out of the other side of the window, we have got a stronger squad.”
    • 19:35 Martin Jol (Fulham): "Against Sunderland, before Brede Hangeland’s red card, we were the better team. Even in the first half against Spurs we had three of four chances, more chances than they had, and we had more attempts. We couldn’t believe the 3-0 scoreline after that match. We spoke about it with the players and we feel that we will be fine. But we have to work hard. We have to pick ourselves up and pick up some points.”
    • 19:30 Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has several of his big guns back from injury for Monday night's Premier League trip to Fulham. Pardew, who made nine changes for last night's 2-0 Europa League defeat in Bordeaux, includes full-back David Santon (groin), midfielders Cheick Tiote, Hatem Ben Arfa (both hamstring) and striker Demba Ba (also hamstring) after various niggles. Jonas Gutierrez is also in from the start after a knee injury.
    • 19:25 Fulham welcome back captain Brede Hangeland for Monday's Premier League clash with Newcastle. The Norway international has been suspended for the past three matches after being sent off against Sunderland while Alex Kacaniklic is back after a hamstring injury. Bryan Ruiz faces a further month on the sidelines with a hamstring complaint of his own, but right-back Sascha Riether has overcome a minor knee sprain to start for the home side.
    • 19:20 Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Duff, Baird, Sidwell, Kacaniklic, Rodallega, Berbatov...subs: Etheridge, Senderos, Petric, Karagounis, Richardson, Diarra, Dejagah////Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Gutierrez, Tiote, Anita, Ben Arfa, Cisse, Ba...subs: Harper, Perch, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Ferguson, Tavernier
    • 19:15 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Fulham against Newcastle United from Craven Cottage in the Premier League. Fulham chasing their first win in eight games in the league. Both teams locked on 17 points from 15 games. Something has to give this evening.
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