• English Barclays Premier League
  • 10 December 2012, 8:00pm
  • Craven Cottage
  • Attendance: 25,270
  • Sidwell, 19
  • Rodallega, 63
  • Ben Arfa, 54

live commentary

90+4 mins: FULL TIME! After three games without a goal Fulham have clinched a much-needed win, their first in eight! Just one win in their last ten games for the Mags, who still are without a victory on the road this season. Newcastle stay 14th on 17 points, while Fulham stay 13th but have a bit of daylight with 20 points. Thanks for following and for all your texts - a full report will follow...

90+3 mins: Krul's long clearance is over everyone and through to Schwarzer. His punt upfield in then brought down with a deft touch by Berbatov. He could play in slippers, that fella.

90+2 mins: Superb ball in by Gutierrez with the outside of the boot from the left, nobody's on hand to stab home in the six-yard box though! Three burgundy shirts are snoozing!

90 mins: Four minutes added on as Gutierrez whips in a cross from the left, Ba twists his neck as it's a little behind him and sends his header tamely past the far post. Difficult chance.

89 mins: The woodwork's getting a right hammering tonight! This time it's Petric who sees his 20-yard shot come off the top of the bar!

88 mins: Krul spills Berbatov's low drive from the edge of the box but gathers at the second attempt.

86 mins: Both sides make changes, Marveaux and Bigirimana on for Newcastle in place of Anita and Tiote, while Rodallega makes way for Petric for Fulham.

84 mins: Ba's distracting run sees space open up for Ameobi to have a shot from 20 yards but it's a decent stop by Schwarzer on the deck. Newcastle - still searching for a first away league win - are finishing with a flourish as they look to get at least a point.

82 mins: Simpson drifts inside and lays it off to Ameobi but he doesn't get much power on his shot from the edge of the box and it's easily gobbled up by Schwarzer.

80 mins: Fulham break three-on-three but Dejagah's ball up to Rodallega is hit too hard and he can't control on the edge of the box, the Magpies bringing it away.

79 mins: Newcastle win a free-kick 30 yards out. Ba leaves it to Santon but his effort cracks into the wall.

77 mins: Brilliant tackle by Coloccini to deny Berbatov a clear run into an empty box. The pace is still right up there - there's more goals left in this one, I tells ya.

74 mins: Sidwell blasts over! Panic in the Newcastle defence, Duff plays in Berbatov, he lays it off to the in-rushing Sidwell but his sidefoot is extravagantly over the bar!

71 mins: Coloccini hits the post! He curls a fantastic effort towards the right-hand post from out on the left but it smacks the woodwork with Schwarzer well beaten and bounces away! Fulham then break but Rodallega drags a weak shot towards the left post which Krul gathers.

70 mins: Ameobi comes on for goalscorer Ben Arfa.

67 mins: Cisse's slipped in by Ba down the left and booms a shot off the near post... but the flag's up for offside anyway.

64 mins: FULHAM LEAD AGAIN! The Cottagers win a free-kick out on the right, Duff sends in a peach of a delivery for RODALLEGA to power a header home in a crowded box from six yards!

62 mins: First sub of the game is a Fulham one, Kacaniklic making way for Dajagah.

61 mins: Rodallega chests the ball into Kacaniklic's path, but he lifts a rushed shot way over the bar.

58 mins: Ba has a dig from distance but it's weak and no danger for Schwarzer.

57 mins: Schwarzer palms a Williamson corner away to the far side. Simpson crosses, Fulham clear. Newcastle look a team transformed.

54 mins: IT'S A STUNNER FROM BEN ARFA! He jinks this way and that on the right of the box before unleashing an effort from right on the corner of the area which loops over Schwarzer and crashes home off the underside of the bar! Did it take a nick off Riise to give it that height and dip? If not, that's genius.

51 mins: "You thought you had scored, you were wrong, you were wrong." Berbatov has half the ground off their seats with a cheeky stabbed shot from a tight angle which appears to creep inside Krul's near post, but the back of the net was only bulged after the ball cracked off the ad boards behind the goal.

50 mins: Newcastle take their time clearing a Fulham corner but eventually break through Cisse. Solid work by Hangeland though who steps in, wins the ball and brings it away.

48 mins: Cisse looks in down the right but a poor touch as he cuts inside sees him hold up the move. He eventually squares to Anita who rattles a fine effort just over the bar from 22 yards!

46 mins: The Magpies get the second half started playing right to left with no subs to report.

Chris, Exeter: "Was Pardew's 8yr contract a misprint? Shdnt it read-8WKS?"

Ryan, Leicester: "Berbatov is still class. Bet defenders wanna just go through him sometimes because he is so casual!"

Joe, Loughborough: "Newcasle's crossing is truley appalling"

45+1 mins: That's half time! Not a bad first 45, and after 5 hours and 17 minutes without a Premier League goal, Fulham finally bulged the onion bag thanks to Sidwell's shot which took a sizeable deflection off Williamson. Join me in 15 minutes to see if either of these sides can pick up their fifth with of the season, and keeps your thoughts coming via the box on the right.

45 mins: Schwarzer doesn't get much on a Newcastle corner from the right, Ba rattles a shot in which is blocked, he then tries a cute backheel to set Ben Arfa free... but just backheels it out of play. Just the one minute added on.

44 mins: Gahhhh. Gutierrez drives towards the box, he's got Ben Arfa in a great position but he decides to have a dig himself from 22 yards, only to see it take a deflection for a corner, which comes to nothing.

42 mins: Sidwell catches Tiote for a free-kick. Krul lofts it into the box but Fulham head clear. Bit flat at the mo, despite the hosts leading.

40 mins: Ben Arfa sets Simpson free, he curls in a tasty cross from the right but there's nobody attacking it!

37 mins: Kacaniklic does well to get round Simpson and fire in a cross but it's a good take by keeper Krul.

36 mins: Fulham have lost 14 points from winning positions this season, so I'm hopeful by HT/FT bet may actually come off!

34 mins: Berbatov seems to be bundled off the ball by Coloccini down by the corner flag but ref Mason doesn't agree, giving the free-kick to Newcastle.

Dave, Glasgow: "bet you newcastle wish they hadnt sold fraser forster to celtic"

32 mins: Newcastle win a corner on the right, Coloccini charges in unmarked and has a free header on the penalty spot but it's headed off the line by Riether!

Saaid, London: "i think it will turn out 2-3 to fulham.berbatov will 2 goals sidwel after.cisse then ben arfa"

28 mins: So nearly a second! Schwarzer palms a right-wing cross into the path of Berbatov, he thrashes a volley on goal from six yards but Simpson clears off the line!

26 mins: Ba heads clear a Fulham corner from the near side, the hosts are quickly back at 'em though.

25 mins: Santon has a long-range crack but it takes a nick off Sidwell and the pace drops, making the stop easy for Schwarzer.

23 mins: Anita lofts a long ball in for Cisse but the flag's up for offside. He's not had a sniff yet.

21 mins: Berbatov does Coloccini with a nutmeg 40 yards out and races into the right of the box, Rodallega's screaming for it in the middle but there's two Toon defenders back so Berbatov has a crack, Schwarzer standing up well to it and beating the shot away!

19 mins: THE COTTAGERS LEAD! Duff sets SIDWELL up 14 yards out, he sidefoots first time and it takes a big deflection of Williamson to elude keeper Krul! That *may* go down as an own goal...

17 mins: Decent chance for Rodallega! Duff crosses from the right on the break, the Colombian controls well on his chest but his shot on he turn from eight yards is way over the bar!

14 mins: Baird sends in a pacey corner from the near side, Hangeland's not expecting it to come right across the box to him and can't get a decent shot in. Newcastle bring it away but a bad final ball sees it safely back with Schwarzer. He, however, sends a woeful pass out which is seized upon by Ba down the right, he crosses looking for Cisse but the keeper redeems himself by gathering at the striker's feet.

12 mins: Gutierrez is caught on the follow-through by Berbatov as he clears a bouncing ball. A painful 30 seconds, but there's no need for treatment.

9 mins: Simpson crosses, a lofted effort which Schwarzer gathers unchallenged. Ba's made a few decent runs but he's not being picked out as yet, which gets Pardew off the bench for some ranting and pointing.

John, Scarborough: "Ba. first goal and 3 - 1 to toon. Hangeland to score on his return or concede penalty"

7 mins: Fulham win a corner on the far side but it's headed clear, Riise collects and the hosts keep the pressure on. Riether crosses looking for Rodallega at the near post but again it's cleared.

Spike: "newcastle to win 3-1 with ba scoring first goal great to have ben arfa back one of our key players"

4 mins: Simpson balloons a header over the bar before Fulham quickly get it up the other end, a shot deflecting off Sidwell but it falls straight to keeper Krul.

Matt, Northampton: "Newcastle win 2 0 ba and cisse to much to handle."

2 mins: Kacaniklic tumbles into the box under the challenge of Simpson after he's set free through the middle! Ref Mason's having none of it, not even a free-kick right on the edge where there looked like contact.

0 mins: Fulham get us under way at the Cottage playing right to left, Newcastle in their burgundy change strip. Lively start as Berbatov just fails to get on the end of a ball in from the right.

Jake, Chester: "3-1 to Fulham. It's a tricky ground to get something from for anyone, Newcastle face a tough test tonight. Berbatov first goal."

Guy, Clitheroe: "Newcastle to win 2-1 ba first goal. Or damien duff to score first 1-1"

Dean, Devon: "i think newcastle wil win this game wid ease findin their old form 2nite ben arfa 2 score 1st n 2 win 3.1"

1940: Crashing straight on with the team news and Fulham skipper Brede Hangeland returns from suspension to take his place in defence, while Alex Kacaniklic is back from injury. For the Magpies, Hatem Ben Arfa returns from injury to take centre stage in the Toon attack. I'll bring you all the action live from 2000, but in the mean time use the box on the right to send in your match predictions and any little punts you've got on tonight. I've gone for 2-2, plus a few quid on Fulham HT Newcastle FT at 33/1. I'm a sucker for those...

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 10 December 2012, 8:00pm
  • Craven Cottage
  • Attendance: 25,270
  • Sidwell, 19
  • Rodallega, 63
  • Ben Arfa, 54

match report

Fulham picked up their first win in eight games with a 2-1 victory over Newcastle after an entertaining clash at Craven Cottage.

Hugo Rodallega's goal proved to be enough for Fulham after Hatem Ben Arfa's stunning strike had cancelled out Steve Sidwell's first-half opener for Fulham.

Fulham started the brighter of the two sides and it came as no surprise when they broke the deadlock after 19 minutes through Sidwell.

Damien Duff picked out Sidwell inside the box and his shot took a wicked deflection off Mike Williamson to loop over Tim Krul and high into the net to end Fulham's drought in front of goal.

The home side should have doubled their lead a minute later when Dimitar Berbatov beat Fabricio Coloccini to go through on goal, but Krul stood up well to keep out the Bulgarian's effort.

Berbatov had another chance to score just before the half hour mark when Krul could only palm Sascha Riether's cross from the right into the path of Berbatov, but the striker's close-range effort was kept out by a combination of Krul and Danny Simpson.

Newcastle almost equalised on 32 minutes when the unmarked Coloccini met Hatem Ben Arfa's corner from the right and his powerful header was brilliantly cleared off the line by Riether.

Riether came to Fulham's rescue again right on the stroke of half-time when Mark Schwarzer flapped at a corner and the ball dropped to Demba Ba who fired in a shot goalwards which was blocked by the alert Riether.

Newcastle drew level on 54 minutes with a stunning strike right out of the blue from Ben Arfa. There looked very little on when Ben Arfa picked the ball up wide on the right on the edge of the box, but the Frenchman caught Schwarzer out with a dipping shot which flew in off the underside of the crossbar past the hapless Fulham keeper.

Fulham were denied a second goal on 62 minutes when Berbatov slipped Sidwell through on goal, but Krul was quickly off his line to block the midfielder's shot.

The home side did not have to wait long for a second goal as a minute later Rodallega got on the end of Duff's inviting free-kick to head home past Krul from close-range.

Newcastle were inches away from a second equaliser on 71 minutes when the ball dropped to Fabricio Coloccini inside the box and the defender curled a superb effort off the crossbar with Schwarzer beaten all ends up.

Fulham substitute Mladen Petric came close to netting a third for the home side a mnute from time when his strike from the edge of the box clipped the top of the crossbar.

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team line-up

1Mark Schwarzer
5Brede Hangeland
3John Arne Riise
18Aaron Hughes
27Sascha Riether
7Steve Sidwell
6Chris Baird
31Alexander Kacaniklic62
16Damien Duff
20Hugo Rodallega87
9Dimitar Berbatov


4Philippe Senderos
14Giorgios Karagounis
10Mladen Petric87
24Ashkan Dejagah62
38Neil Etheridge
15Kieran Richardson
19Mahamadou Diarra


Lee Mason

team line-up

1Tim Krul
3Davide Santon
6Michael Williamson
2Fabricio Coloccini
5Danny Simpson
24Cheik Tioté86
18Jonás Gutiérrez
8Vurnon Anita86
19Demba Ba
9Papiss Demba Cissé
10Hatem Ben Arfa71


23Shola Ameobi71
20Gael Bigirimana86
37Steve Harper
34James Tavernier
14James Perch
31Shane Ferguson
22Sylvain Marveaux86


Lee Mason

match stats

possession %4554
shots on target78
shots off target97
tackles won1814