Sunday August 28, 2011 Day 3 Finished Sports Direct Arena

Newcastle United 2 - 1 Fulham

  • Best 48’, 66’
  • Dempsey 88’

  1. Best at the double for Newcastle

    Best at the double for Newcastle

    Leon Best scored two second-half goals to earn Newcastle a 2-1 victory over Fulham at St. James' Park. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Newcastle United
    • Fulham
    • 90+5' The final whistle blows. Newcastle win their second Premier League match in a row.
    • 90+4' Smith is booked for a rash tackle.
    • 90' We'll have five minutes of added time.
    • 89' Fulham are really applying the pressure on Newcastle now. The hosts are sitting back.
    • 88' GOAL FOR FULHAM!! Finally, they've scored. Krul's had a great game so far but he should have done better. Dempsey latched onto the lofted set-piece and heads at goal. Krul is on the edge of his six yard box and is beaten. Lifeline!
    • 87' Simpson is booked. He crashes into the side of AJ. Definite yellow card.
    • 86' Is that one of the quickest subsitute appearances ever? Vickic has picked up a hand injury and is replaced by Alan Smith.
    • 85' The American takes the free kick himself but blasts it a long way over.
    • 84' Tiote fouls again outside the penalty area and the visitors take it quickly. Coloccini then takes down Dempsey 30 yards from goal.
    • 83' Murphy's set piece from 25 yards beats the ball but crashes into S. Taylor and out to safety.
    • 81' AJ's movement has caused Newcastle some problems since being introduced. He's always on the move...
    • 80' Vuckic replaces Best. The striker will be disappointed not to be given the chance to get his hat-trick.
    • 79' The corner is sent in and is met by Hangeland who heads towards the far post. Krul is finally beaten, but R. Taylor is on the line to clear.
    • 77' Another great save from Krul. Fulham work it well outside the box before Murphy finds some space to meet Baird's cross. The header again has some pace on it but is a good height for Krul who palms over.
    • 76' Dempsey takes an excellent first touch on the edge of the box as he takes the ball away from Simpson. The American can't get the ball out of his feet though, and pulls his effort wide.
    • 75' AJ gets down the right and takes on Coloccini before crossing. It's a decent cross but is cleared by S. Taylor.
    • 74' Johnson replaces Kasami.
    • 73' Fulham work the free kick well outside the box as Murphy fakes to shoot before teeing up Baird. The defender laces the ball at goal but Krul is equal to it, palming it away.
    • 72' Fulham receive a number of free kicks deep in the Newcastle half. The home fans don't agree with the referee and show their frustration.
    • 71' Andy Johnson is warming up on the touchline. Too little, too late? Maybe.
    • 70' Cabaye looks to find Ba with an early ball. Hughes is across well to put the ball into the stands.
    • 69' Tiote commits yet another foul. He comes through the back of Murphy and somehow escapes a booking.
    • 68' It's looking bleak for Fulham. They are still looking for their first goal of this season after 247 minutes.
    • 66' GOAL FOR NEWCASTLE!! What did I say... Ba crosses from the right with a nice volley and finds the feet of Best who controls superbly to get the ball out of his feet before slotting into the net from six yards.
    • 65' The game has opened up quite nicely. It's pretty end-to-end and I wouldn't be surprised if we see another goal.
    • 64' Decent effort from Duff. The winger cuts in from the right, beats R. Taylor, and shoots towards the near post but can only find the side netting.
    • 63' Sidwell is booked as he brings Coloccini down when trying to keep the ball in play.
    • 62' Lovenkrands is replaced by Demba Ba.
    • 61' Cabaye is still down and is holding his knee. He looks to have twisted it in a challenge with Sidwell.
    • 60' Cabaye is down but the visitors continue to attack. Duff crosses towards Dempsey and the American heads towards goal. He's a long way out though, and heads over.
    • 59' Kasami looks to cross from the left but gets it completely wrong. The ball flies over the top of the goal for a goal kick.
    • 58' Simpson advances down the wing and crosses towards the front post. Best gets there but can't head his effort on goal.
    • 56' CHANCE!! GREAT SAVE!! Duff crosses from the right. Sidwell ghosts in from Simpson's shoulder and rockets a header towards goal. Krul manages to flick the ball onto the crossbar and away for a corner.
    • 55' Duff advances down the left and crosses with his right. Simpson covers well to smash the ball away before Dempsey can get there.
    • 54' Cabaye and Briggs clash. They're both in each other's face. Someone's got to take on the Barton role.
    • 53' Positive keeping from the Aussie. A ball is hit high into the box. The keeper is out well to claim.
    • 52' Briggs gets down the left and crosses. It's a dangerous ball but nobody has gambled. Krul collects.
    • 51' CHANCE!! Best collects the ball inside of the penalty area and chips the ball into the path of Cabaye who wastefully volleys wide.
    • 50' The keeper should have perhaps done better there. The bounce does make it difficult for Schwarzer, but he'd liked to have done better there.
    • 49' GOAL FOR NEWCASTLE!! Simple finish for Leon Best. Cabaye has a volley at goal from 30 yards and the ball bounces in front of Schwarzer as the keeper can only palm the ball onto the bar. Best reacts quickly and slides the ball into the empty net.
    • 47' Promisinig stuff from the hosts. They look to get on the front foot as Fulham sit deep.
    • 46' The second half is under way. Fulham kick off.
    • 45+3' The whistle blows to end the first half. Still 0-0.
    • 45+3' The corner drops to R. Taylor on the edge of the penalty area. The defender controls with his chest before volleying at goal. Schwarzer is beaten, but the effort flies a foot wide of the right post.
    • 45+2' Cabaye shoots from the left and looks to curl it into the far post. Schwarzer makes a decent save to palm over.
    • 45+1' Obertan flies down the right and skips past his man on the way into the box before pulling the ball back towards Lovenkrands. Best nicks the ball off his man and shoots. It's blocked for a corner.
    • 45' We’ll have three minutes of added time.
    • 44' The corner is played short before being sent in. Hughes is there again to clear. Obertan collects the ball on the right and plays the ball back to Tiote who crosses. Gutierrez is up to head the ball at goal. Finally, Schwarzer has to be on his toes to save down to his right.
    • 43' Just over two minutes until this rather drab first half ends. R. Taylor crosses from the left. Hughes heads the ball for a corner.
    • 42' Simpson heads the ball out for a corner under no pressure. The home fans grown but the defender wasn't given a shout by his team mates, and did the right thing.
    • 41' Kasami and Dembele link on the edge of the penalty area before the ball is rolled into Dempsey. The American has a split second to shoot as a gap opens, but takes a touch and is tackled.
    • 40' Tiote loses possession in the centre of the park which allows Murphy to intercept. The midfielder again commits another foul.
    • 39' Tiote crosses the ball from the right flank at the first time of asking. It nearly catches the visitors out, but Lovenkrands is offside.
    • 38' Newcastle win a corner following some neat interplay between Cabaye and Obertan. The home crowd try to lift their players.
    • 37' Tiote makes another niggly challenge and concedes a foul. I don't think it'll be too long before he's booked.
    • 36' Schwarzer hasn't had a single thing to do all afternoon. Alan Pardew will not be too happy with that and will look to try something different if it continues.
    • 35' R. Taylor looks to repeat his heroics of last weekend with a free kick from 25 yards. But the ball cannons into the wall.
    • 34' Kasami absolutely clatters into Lovenkrands. He’s going for the ball but his pace takes him into the man after the ball has gone.
    • 33' Tiote is off the pitch and looks a little groggy. Gutierrez plays the ball back to Krul as the game restarts.
    • 31' Tiote is down on the floor and looks in some considerable discomfort. Replays show that S. Taylor drops the midfielder to his feet with a left hook. Unintentional, of course.
    • 30' Fulham close the ball down well and force the hosts back. The ball is switched from left, to right before Tiote plays it straight into touch.
    • 29' Newcastle move it quickly down the left for the first time of the match. R. Taylor should send the ball in with his left but checks his run and crosses with his right. It flies out for a goal kick.
    • 28' Newcastle are slowly growing into this match. They are knocking the ball around well, but are struggling to get through the solid four in the Fulham midfield.
    • 27' Stat: Fulham's Mark Schwarzer has equalled Alan Shearer's 414 appearances today.
    • 26' Obertan bursts down the right and should cross. He doesn't, and the ball rolls out for a goal kick. The crowd aren't best pleased.
    • 25' This is better from the Magpies. Fulham are defending from the front and are closing Newcastle down well though. Fine match-up.
    • 24' Close. Sidwell collects the ball in his own half and looks to feed Dempsey over the top. The American is half a yard offside.
    • 23' The crowd have responded. There is an almighty noise echoing around St. James'. Deafening.
    • 22' Good stuff from the hosts. And it all stems from Obertan’s positivity. They play it around 30 yards from goal before Tiote looks to dink it over the top to Lovenkrands. Baird clears up.
    • 21' Obertan hasn’t had a kick yet so decides to come infield and claim the ball. He takes control and switches the play for his side. Better.
    • 20' Kasami goes down under a challenge from Lovenkrands. The Fulham man produces an almighty squeal as he hits the deck. It wasn’t that bad...
    • 19' Tiote makes another foul in the centre of the park. The midfielder had been booked in his previous six games before Newcastle's win over Sunderland. He has never gone more than three matches without a yellow card in the division, according to Infostrada.
    • 18' The Magpies look devoid of ideas in the middle. It's so congested. They could do with a Joey Barton-esque character....
    • 17' The possession stats at the minute are: 29% - Newcastle and 71% - Fulham. Who are the away side?
    • 16' Newcastle still can't get hold of the ball. It's only a slack pass by Fulham that presents the hosts with some possession.
    • 15' Phew. Heart in mouth time for Hangeland. The defender heads the ball back towards his own keeper but it's not great. Lovenkrands is inches away from it but Schwarzer gathers. Just.
    • 14' Duff receives the ball on the left flank and is roundly booed by the home fans. He turns Taylor and crosses. It’s a bit weak and is cleared.
    • 13' Fulham are brimming with confidence. Newcastle just can't string any passes together. Kasami has another go from 25 yards but it rolls into the hands of Krul.
    • 12' R. Taylor is down on the floor after landing awkwardly. It wasn't a foul but he looks in pain. Could be winded.
    • 11' Kasami is on the end of a decent passing move and looks up from 30 yards before shooting. It's hit well but catches a deflection and flies out for a corner.
    • 10' Dempsey bursts out of his own half and deep into Newcastle's. Obertan tracks him all the way and makes a superb sliding tackle 20 yards from goal.
    • 9' Best takes down a long ball very well on the edge of the penalty area and has a chance to shoot. He takes one touch too many and the attack breaks down.
    • 8' Neat football from the hosts. They are playing it around really well. Dembele, Dempsey and Kasami link well on the edge of the area before Sidwell shoots over with his left foot.
    • 7' Dempsey looks to get on the end of Duff's centre but Coloccini is up highest to win the ball. Gutierrez and R.Taylor play themselves out of trouble.
    • 6' Simpson bursts down the right and beats Kasami. Briggs is across well to put the ball out for a throw. Good stuff from the youngster.
    • 5' Fulham enjoy a spell of possession before Sidwell is brought to the floor. Everybody expects the whistle to blow, but it doesn’t.
    • 4' Best is sent through on goal, but the flag is up as Fulham’s high line works a treat.
    • 3' Tiote clatters into Kasami. The holding midfielder gets nowhere near the ball and concedes a free kick. He's not stranger to a yellow card, but it's a little early for that...
    • 2' Fulham haven't scored so far this term but are playing the ball around well so far.
    • 1' The game kicks off. Newcastle get us under way!!
    • 13:00 The two teams are out on the pitch. Kick off is moments away.
    • 12:55 Today's fixture will be Fulham's 11th of the season. They have kept clean sheets in 10 of their last 15 competitive games (including Europa League qualifiers) and have kept a clean sheet in four of their last seven Premier League matches.
    • 12:50 These two sides have faced off 63 times in the past. Fulham lead the overall head-to-head by 26 wins to 24. There have been 13 draws.
    • 12.45 Fulham, meanwhile, are on the verge of signing Juventus defender Zdenek Grygera. He is expected to undergo a medical at some point today. Grygera to join Fulham
    • 12.40 Newcastle have summer signing Sylvain Marveaux on the bench and the French winger made a decent impact in the Carling Cup in midweek. Here's Jonathan Symcox's scouting report. Euroscout: Sylvain Marveaux
    • 12.35 Newcastle have failed to score in their past three Premier League games against Fulham, who of which were at home. Fulham have lost only one of their past six visits to Tyneside and Newcastle have won only one in 10 against London opposition at home.
    • 12.30 Fulham have lost Bobby Zamora and John Arne Riise to injury. That means Matthew Briggs comes in at right-back, With Clint Dempsey pushed up front to join Moussa Dembele and Patjim Kasami coming in for his second appearance of the season in the Premier League.
    • 12.25 Newcastle make four changes from the side that defeated Scunthorpe in the Carling Cup on Thursday night. Steven Taylor, Gabriel Obertan, Cheik Tiote and Jonas Gutierrez come in for Mike Williamson, Sylvain Marveaux, Dan Gosling and Demba Ba.
    • 12.20 NEWCASTLE: Krul, Simpson, Taylor, Coloccini, Taylor, Obertan, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Best, Lovenkrands. Subs: Soderberg, Ferguson, Smith, Vuckic, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Ba. /// FULHAM: Schwarzer, Baird, Hangeland, Hughes, Briggs, Duff, Sidwell, Murphy, Kasami, Dempsey, Dembele. Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Senderos, Etuhu, Gecov, Frei, Johnson.
    • 12.15 Hello and welcome to our live commentary on the Premier League game between Newcastle United and Fulham at St James' Park.
  • Summary

    • 88' GOAL FOR FULHAM!! Finally, they've scored. Krul's had a great game so far but he should have done better. Dempsey latched onto the lofted set-piece and heads at goal. Krul is on the edge of his six yard box and is beaten. Lifeline!
    • 79' The corner is sent in and is met by Hangeland who heads towards the far post. Krul is finally beaten, but R. Taylor is on the line to clear.
    • 77' Another great save from Krul. Fulham work it well outside the box before Murphy finds some space to meet Baird's cross. The header again has some pace on it but is a good height for Krul who palms over.
    • 73' Fulham work the free kick well outside the box as Murphy fakes to shoot before teeing up Baird. The defender laces the ball at goal but Krul is equal to it, palming it away.
    • 66' GOAL FOR NEWCASTLE!! What did I say... Ba crosses from the right with a nice volley and finds the feet of Best who controls superbly to get the ball out of his feet before slotting into the net from six yards.
    • 64' Decent effort from Duff. The winger cuts in from the right, beats R. Taylor, and shoots towards the near post but can only find the side netting.
    • 56' CHANCE!! GREAT SAVE!! Duff crosses from the right. Sidwell ghosts in from Simpson's shoulder and rockets a header towards goal. Krul manages to flick the ball onto the crossbar and away for a corner.
    • 51' CHANCE!! Best collects the ball inside of the penalty area and chips the ball into the path of Cabaye who wastefully volleys wide.
    • 49' GOAL FOR NEWCASTLE!! Simple finish for Leon Best. Cabaye has a volley at goal from 30 yards and the ball bounces in front of Schwarzer as the keeper can only palm the ball onto the bar. Best reacts quickly and slides the ball into the empty net.
    • 45+3' The corner drops to R. Taylor on the edge of the penalty area. The defender controls with his chest before volleying at goal. Schwarzer is beaten, but the effort flies a foot wide of the right post.
    • 45+2' Cabaye shoots from the left and looks to curl it into the far post. Schwarzer makes a decent save to palm over.
    • 45+1' Obertan flies down the right and skips past his man on the way into the box before pulling the ball back towards Lovenkrands. Best nicks the ball off his man and shoots. It's blocked for a corner.
    • 44' The corner is played short before being sent in. Hughes is there again to clear. Obertan collects the ball on the right and plays the ball back to Tiote who crosses. Gutierrez is up to head the ball at goal. Finally, Schwarzer has to be on his toes to save down to his right.
    • 11' Kasami is on the end of a decent passing move and looks up from 30 yards before shooting. It's hit well but catches a deflection and flies out for a corner.
    • 12.20 NEWCASTLE: Krul, Simpson, Taylor, Coloccini, Taylor, Obertan, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Best, Lovenkrands. Subs: Soderberg, Ferguson, Smith, Vuckic, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Ba. /// FULHAM: Schwarzer, Baird, Hangeland, Hughes, Briggs, Duff, Sidwell, Murphy, Kasami, Dempsey, Dembele. Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Senderos, Etuhu, Gecov, Frei, Johnson.

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