Hugo bosses it over Newcastle

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

Last Updated: 11/12/12 at 09:29 Post Comment

Steve Sidwell: Celebrates with Damien Duff after his opening goal

Steve Sidwell: Celebrates with Damien Duff after his opening goal

Hugo Rodallega's second-half 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 317-minute 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 his path, 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 full-back.

Newcastle did draw level on 54 minutes, however, thanks to 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, though, 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 Coloccini inside the box and the defender curled a superb effort off the crossbar with Schwarzer beaten all ends up.

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

FulhamTeam StatisticsNewcastle United
2Goals1
11st Half Goals0
7Shots on Target8
9Shots off Target7
0Blocked Shots5
5Corners4
14Fouls11
0Offsides1
0Yellow Cards0
0Red Cards0
74.4Passing Success80
25Tackles19
72Tackles Success73.7
45.5Possession54.5
48.5Territorial Advantage51.5
403Total Passes474
21Total Crosses39
186Lost Balls184
74Recoveries68
51.21st Half Poss.48.8
41.12nd Half Poss.58.9

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