Newcastle United vs. Fulham  1 - 0

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Pardew delighted with last-gasp win

8 April 2013 01:22

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was thrilled with the effort of his side after they secured a vital 1-0 win at home over Fulham on Sunday.

A stoppage-time strike from Papiss Cisse was enough to hand Newcastle all three points, and lift Pardew's side five points clear of the relegation zone.

Newcastle entered the clash on the back of three successive defeats, most recently a 3-1 loss to Benfica in Portugal in the Europa League on Thursday.

"It's been a tough week for us," Pardew told Sky Sports. "We played really well against Benfica but came back with a result we would rather not have had.

"Then, playing against real quality opposition today, we have had to pull on everything to try to get a win.

"I'm overjoyed for the players, they have worked really, really hard today. The emotions at the end from Papiss and myself were because of the relief from all that."

Fulham boss Martin Jol, meanwhile, felt his side were unfortunate to come away empty handed.

"I thought we controlled the game in the first half, it was almost perfect," Jol said. "We kept the ball and they could not dominate us, and the crowd were getting frustrated.

"At Spurs we limited them and then scored, and that was our intention today, and it almost came off. We didn't score, so 0-0 would have been OK as they kept on coming at us. Compliments to Newcastle, but we should have had a bit more today."

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Premier League: Newcastle 1 Fulham 0

7 April 2013 18:32

A dramatic injury-time winner from Papiss Cisse eased Newcastle United's relegation fears as they overcame Fulham 1-0 on Sunday.

The hosts bossed possession throughout but it seemed they would have to settle for a point before the Senegalese striker popped up in added time to send Newcastle five points clear of the drop-zone.

Alan Pardew made just one change to the side that were beaten in Portugal in the Europa League in mid-week with Yoan Gouffran replacing the injured James Perch but it was the visitors who started on the front foot as Dimitar Berbatov saw his curling effort sail just over Tim Krul's crossbar.

An injury to Davide Santon forced the home side into an early change of personnel as well as formation as Pardew reverted to his usual 4-2-3-1 formation with the introduction of Vurnon Anita.

Fulham once again came close as Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa sliced his clearance from a Damien Duff cross and was fortunate to see the ball bounce out for a corner after he left Krul wrong-footed in the goalmouth.

Roared on by the passionate home fans, Newcastle began to control proceedings and put the Cottagers defence under increased pressure. Shortly after the half hour mark, the nippy Sylvain Marveaux played in Cisse on the left but the striker opted to shoot instead of returning the favour to the Frenchman who was in a better goal scoring position.

Moments later, Cisse linked with Gouffran to create the opening but when it seemed the substitute would slot past Fulham custodian Mark Schwarzer from eight yards out, the linesman incorrectly raised his flag to deny the home side a glorious opportunity.

After failing to take advantage of good chances at the other end, Newcastle were nearly made to pay just before the interval. After Berbatov led a Fulham breakaway, Krul pulled off a brilliant save to deny Stanislav Manolev after a goalmouth scramble from a corner.

The half-time break didn't alter the flow of the game as Newcastle stepped up their pursuit of the breakthrough goal but were twice denied by the woodwork. Anita's shot hits Emmanuel Frimpong's lazily outstretched leg, and with Schwarzer completely wrong-footed, the ball cannoned off the crossbar.

It seemed as if it was going to be one of those days for the home side as Marveaux's corner was headed goalwards by Gouffran but Sascha Riether's outstretched arm deflected it onto the upright before Cisse smashed the rebound onto the same post.

The introduction of Shola Ameobi with a quarter of the game remaining added an extra dimension to the Magpies' attack but as Fulham dropped deeper, the chances continued to be spurned.

However, deep into injury-time, Cisse turned the defence with a superb touch from a Cabaye shot and finished past Schwarzer to send the home fans into raptures.

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Premier League preview: Newcastle United v Fulham

5 April 2013 07:48

Newcastle's bid for Premier League safety encounters a tricky test against in-form Fulham at St James' Park on Sunday.

Alan Pardew's side have endured a torrid campaign after surpassing expectations with a fifth-placed finish last term.

They hover precariously above the relegation zone, just three points clear of 18th place, and encounter a Fulham side that are undefeated in their past five Premier League games.

Fulham’s streak draws a sharp parallel with the form of Newcastle, who have suffered three straight defeats, including a 3-1 reverse at Benfica in the first leg of their midweek Europa League quarter-final.

Key to stopping Fulham's rise in the standings will be Newcastle's ability to nullify the potent Dimitar Berbatov, who has been a revelation since arriving to Craven Cottage in the close season.

The Bulgarian has put in a consistent campaign since departing Manchester United, netting 13 times this season, including last week's brace in a 3-2 defeat of Queens Park Rangers.

He is primed to feast on a leaky Newcastle defence that has shipped 56 goals in the league this term, better only than relegation-placed Aston Villa and QPR.

Pardew's men will at least be buoyed by a favourable run-in that will see them avoid facing any of the sides currently sitting in the top four.

The Tyneside club's trickiest tests are likely to come at home to Liverpool and a final-day battle with Arsenal, again in front of the St James' faithful.

Yet they will be expecting three points from upcoming clashes with fellow relegation candidates Sunderland and QPR.

Newcastle will nonetheless be eager to skip clear of danger this weekend with victory over Martin Jol's men, but they will need to overcome a lacklustre record against the London club in order to do so.

After four defeats from the past seven meetings between the sides, including a 2-1 loss in this season's reverse fixture, Newcastle will have to defy history – and form – to turn the tables.

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +43 89
2 38 +32 78
3 38 +36 75
4 38 +35 73
5 38 +20 72
6 38 +15 63
7 38 +28 61
8 38 -4 49
9 38 -4 46
10 38 -8 46
11 38 -17 44
12 38 -10 43
13 38 -11 42
14 38 -11 41
15 38 -22 41
16 38 -23 41
17 38 -13 39
18 38 -26 36
19 38 -30 28
20 38 -30 25