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Newcastle   0 - 0   Fulham

Moussa Dembele
Fulham's Moussa Dembele (l), who hit the bar, contests a challenge with Cheik Tiote

By Les Roopanarine

A watchable contest between a Newcastle side whose home form is indifferent and a Fulham team without a win on the road since the start of last season ended, predictably, in stalemate.

The best chance of the game fell to Fulham, for whom Moussa Dembele hit the bar with a close-range volley from substitute Dickson Etuhu's knock-down.

Kevin Nolan accidentally obstructed a close-range Andy Carroll effort.

Both Carroll and Peter Lovenkrands were denied by Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer.

Fulham have won only nine games on the road in the past five seasons, and their chances of making double figures at St James' Park receded the moment Dembele shuddered Tim Krull's crossbar midway through the second half.

After an eighth league draw of the campaign, they have now gone 25 consecutive away games without victory, having lost won away from Craven Cottage on the opening day of last season.

Even so, Fulham boss Mark Hughes is likelier to be the happier of the two managers.

Hughton disappointed not to beat Fulham

The received wisdom was that Newcastle would struggle without the creative influence of Joey Barton, who began a three-match suspension following his dismissal for violent conduct against Blackburn in midweek, and so it proved.

Barton has laid on four of the seven goals scored by Carroll so far this season, and in the absence of such service the Magpies forward, who is widely expected to make his England debut against France at Wembley on Wednesday night, rarely came close to his effervescent best.

Aside from the driven effort which Magpies skipper Nolan inadvertently blocked, Carroll also saw a well-struck 20-yarder saved by Schwarzer, but Newcastle's most promising opportunities fell to Lovenkrands.

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For the Fulham pair Damien Duff and Aaron Hughes, former Magpies both, it was an afternoon of contrasting fortunes.

Duff, returning to his former club for the first time since leaving Tyneside in the wake of relegation just over a year ago, endured an uncomfortable time.

Deployed in the unfamiliar role of left-back after an injury to Carlos Salcido forced Mark Hughes into a defensive reshuffle, the Republic of Ireland international's every touch was greeted with a chorus of disapproval from the home support.

For the most part he carried out his defensive duties well, although notably one of Newcastle's best first-half chances was fashioned along Fulham's left flank, Danny Simpson delivering an inviting ball into the six-yard box for Lovenkrands.

That the opening came to nothing was down to Hughes, who nipped in ahead of the Denmark international to clear the danger.

It was one of several incisive contributions from the erstwhile Magpies centre-half, who had likewise denied Lovenkrands in the opening minutes, nipping in to clear Jose Enrique's centre after the Spaniard had rounded the statuesque Stephen Kelly.

In terms of keeping Newcastle at bay, Hughes was outshone only by the unlikely figure of Nolan, who inadvertently got in the way of a meaty effort from Carroll following a Guthrie corner.

Schwarzer got down well to obstruct the progress of Lovenkrands' follow-up effort, and that was about as near as the home side got before the break.

Not so Fulham, who overcame a slow start to make life increasingly eventful for Krul in the Newcastle goal.

Professional performance pleases Hughes

Having got down bravely to deny Clint Dempsey from a corner, the Dutch keeper was forced to turn behind a low Zoltan Gera effort before beating away another curling attempt from Dempsey.

Fulham's best chance to break the deadlock came on the stroke of half-time, when it took a late intervention from Cheik Tiote to defuse a promising counter-attack led by Andrew Johnson, who looked impressive on his first league start for 21 months.

If that moment augured well for Fulham, it was Chris Hughton's team who looked the likelier after the break.

Lovenkrands forced Schwarzer into a sprawling save with a low near-post drive, and the big Australian again got down smartly to gather a drilled 20-yard effort from Carroll.

But Newcastle, who were denied by the Fulham keeper again after Guthrie had found Lovenkrands with a searching cross from deep, were clearly missing the midfield invention of the suspended Barton.

That point was underlined five minutes from time when Carroll was again denied, Brede Hangeland making a vital block, although it would have been harsh had Fulham been denied a merited point at that late stage.

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Saturday, 13 November 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Newcastle 0-0 Fulham FT
(HT 0-0)

      Newcastle

      Substitutes

      Fulham

      Substitutes

      Ref: ProbertAtt: 44,686
      NEWCASTLE
      FULHAM

      Possession

      • Newcastle 66%
      • Fulham 34%

      Attempts on target

      • Newcastle 7
      • Fulham 8

      Attempts off target

      • Newcastle 6
      • Fulham 2

      Corners

      • Newcastle 5
      • Fulham 5

      Fouls

      • Newcastle 11
      • Fulham 19
      • Final Result
      • 94:18 The referee brings the game to a close.
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+3:44 Booking Danny Murphy is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
      • 90:00+3:39 Danny Murphy challenges Fabricio Coloccini unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.
      • 90:00+1:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dickson Etuhu on Cheik Tiote. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
      • 89:43 Unfair challenge on Brede Hangeland by Andrew Carroll results in a free kick. Brede Hangeland takes the direct free kick.
      • 88:18 Substitution (Fulham) makes a substitution, with Eddie Johnson coming on for Andrew Johnson.
      • 86:37 Andrew Carroll has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.
      • 84:51 The ball is sent over by Jonas Gutierrez, Danny Murphy manages to make a clearance.
      • 84:28 Effort from 20 yards by Andrew Carroll. Blocked by Stephen Kelly.
      • 80:12 Corner taken right-footed by Jonas Gutierrez, Dickson Etuhu makes a clearance.
      • 79:05 Andrew Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
      • 77:28 Moussa Dembele is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.
      • 75:35 Substitution Nile Ranger joins the action as a substitute, replacing Peter Lovenkrands.
      • 75:35 Substitution Wayne Routledge on for Danny Guthrie.
      • 75:35 Danny Murphy challenges Kevin Nolan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the direct free kick.
      • 73:49 Andrew Johnson challenges Fabricio Coloccini unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
      • 71:21 Unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey by Cheik Tiote results in a free kick. Danny Murphy crosses the ball, Header by Dickson Etuhu from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
      • 70:27 Centre by Stephen Kelly, Sanchez Jose Enrique manages to make a clearance.
      • 69:53 The ball is crossed by Damien Duff, Mike Williamson manages to make a clearance.
      • 68:47 Shot by Dickson Etuhu.
      • 68:47 Substitution (Fulham) makes a substitution, with Dickson Etuhu coming on for Zoltan Gera.
      • 68:47 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Simon Davies,
      • 65:53 Booking Cheik Tiote goes into the book.
      • 65:43 Unfair challenge on Andrew Johnson by Cheik Tiote results in a free kick. Aaron Hughes restarts play with the free kick.
      • 65:14 Stephen Kelly challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Guthrie.
      • 64:11 A cross is delivered by Danny Simpson, Peter Lovenkrands takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
      • 63:43 Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in.
      • 62:49 The ball is delivered by Damien Duff, clearance made by Fabricio Coloccini.
      • 62:05 Cheik Tiote has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
      • 60:56 Andrew Johnson challenges Cheik Tiote unfairly and gives away a free kick. Fabricio Coloccini takes the direct free kick.
      • 60:30 The ball is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique, save made by Mark Schwarzer.
      • 58:46 The assistant referee flags for offside against Andrew Johnson. Indirect free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
      • 56:06 Booking Brede Hangeland booked.
      • 55:59 Brede Hangeland gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Lovenkrands. Danny Guthrie takes the free kick.
      • 55:46 Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.
      • 54:47 Foul by Cheik Tiote on Moussa Dembele, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
      • 54:16 Moussa Dembele is adjudged to have handled the ball. Fabricio Coloccini restarts play with the free kick.
      • 52:47 The ball is swung over by Danny Simpson.
      • 50:37 Unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Stephen Kelly results in a free kick. Danny Guthrie sends in a cross, Andrew Carroll has an effort at goal. Save by Mark Schwarzer. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Danny Guthrie, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
      • 50:09 Danny Simpson delivers the ball.
      • 47:27 Foul by Danny Murphy on Jonas Gutierrez, free kick awarded. Danny Guthrie produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick. Shot from just outside the box by Danny Guthrie goes over the target.
      • 46:49 Drilled left-footed shot by Peter Lovenkrands. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
      • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+1:21 The ref blows to signal half-time.
      • 45:00+1:07 Booking Mike Williamson receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
      • 45:00+0:44 Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Cheik Tiote gets a block in.
      • 44:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zoltan Gera by Peter Lovenkrands. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
      • 43:17 The ball is crossed by Jonas Gutierrez, Peter Lovenkrands has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
      • 42:29 Unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Zoltan Gera results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Guthrie from left wing.
      • 41:49 Foul by Moussa Dembele on Cheik Tiote, free kick awarded. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
      • 40:38 Unfair challenge on Fabricio Coloccini by Andrew Johnson results in a free kick. Fabricio Coloccini takes the direct free kick.
      • 39:17 Jonas Gutierrez crosses the ball.
      • 38:31 The ball is delivered by Danny Guthrie, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
      • 37:57 Andrew Johnson challenges Cheik Tiote unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
      • 37:07 Unfair challenge on Damien Duff by Danny Guthrie results in a free kick. Danny Murphy crosses the ball in from the free kick, Cheik Tiote makes a clearance.
      • 35:24 Danny Guthrie takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer. Shot from 6 yards from Peter Lovenkrands. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
      • 34:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Cheik Tiote on Damien Duff. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Murphy, save by Tim Krul.
      • 33:49 The referee blows for offside. Aaron Hughes takes the indirect free kick.
      • 33:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Cheik Tiote on Zoltan Gera. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
      • 32:28 Kevin Nolan takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
      • 31:37 The assistant referee signals for offside against Andrew Johnson. Free kick taken by Mike Williamson.
      • 29:41 Shot from 20 yards from Clinton Dempsey. Save by Tim Krul.
      • 29:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Nolan by Zoltan Gera. Free kick taken by Kevin Nolan.
      • 28:24 Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul. Corner taken right-footed by Simon Davies, Mike Williamson manages to make a clearance.
      • 27:16 Inswinging corner taken by Simon Davies from the left by-line, Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul. Outswinging corner taken by Simon Davies, clearance by Mike Williamson.
      • 26:32 Shot by Moussa Dembele. Blocked by Fabricio Coloccini. Effort from 20 yards by Moussa Dembele. Blocked by Danny Simpson.
      • 24:57 Moussa Dembele is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
      • 24:36 Unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey by Peter Lovenkrands results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Damien Duff.
      • 23:51 A cross is delivered by Danny Simpson, Aaron Hughes makes a clearance.
      • 23:16 The offside flag is raised against Andrew Johnson. Fabricio Coloccini takes the indirect free kick.
      • 22:33 Sanchez Jose Enrique delivers the ball.
      • 22:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Murphy on Jonas Gutierrez. Free kick taken by Cheik Tiote.
      • 20:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Clinton Dempsey on Cheik Tiote. Danny Simpson restarts play with the free kick.
      • 18:27 Corner taken by Danny Guthrie played to the near post, Clinton Dempsey manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Danny Guthrie, clearance made by Zoltan Gera.
      • 18:13 A cross is delivered by Danny Simpson, Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.
      • 17:38 The ball is delivered by Danny Guthrie, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.
      • 16:43 Moussa Dembele produces a cross, Cheik Tiote fouled by Simon Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
      • 16:18 Simon Davies decides to take a short corner.
      • 14:00 The ball is sent over by Danny Simpson, Danny Murphy manages to make a clearance.
      • 11:45 Effort from outside the penalty box by Danny Simpson goes wide left of the target.
      • 9:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Johnson by Mike Williamson. Danny Murphy crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Danny Simpson.
      • 6:20 Danny Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Nolan. Danny Guthrie restarts play with the free kick.
      • 4:39 Foul by Jonas Gutierrez on Zoltan Gera, free kick awarded. Moussa Dembele restarts play with the free kick.
      • 4:05 Clinton Dempsey is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tim Krul takes the indirect free kick.
      • 3:06 A cross is delivered by Peter Lovenkrands, save by Mark Schwarzer.
      • 1:40 Centre by Sanchez Jose Enrique, clearance made by Aaron Hughes.
      • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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      Barclays Premier League table snapshot

      As it stood on 13 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

      Position Team P GD PTS
      1 Chelsea 12 23 28
      2 Man Utd 13 11 25
      3 Arsenal 12 13 23
      4 Man City 13 5 22
      5 Bolton 13 2 19
      6 Tottenham 13 1 19
      7 Newcastle 13 5 18
      8 Aston Villa 13 -3 17
      9 Sunderland 12 -1 16
      10 Stoke 13 -3 16
      11 Liverpool 13 -4 16
      12 West Brom 13 -6 16
      13 Everton 12 2 15
      14 Blackburn 13 -3 15
      15 Blackpool 13 -7 15
      16 Fulham 13 0 14
      17 Wigan 13 -11 14
      18 Birmingham 13 -3 13
      19 Wolves 13 -10 9
      20 West Ham 13 -11 9

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