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Fulham   1 - 0   Newcastle

Damien Duff scores past former team-mate Steve Harper
Duff scores past former team-mate Steve Harper

By Saj Chowdhury

Damien Duff scored against former club Newcastle to hand Fulham victory at Craven Cottage.

Duff grabbed his goal in the second half when he picked up a long ball from Danny Murphy, brushed off Jose Enrique, and slotted in from 12 yards.

Clint Dempsey was twice denied by Magpies keeper Steve Harper, who produced two brilliant saves.

Nile Ranger had Newcastle's best opportunity when his turn-and-shot was saved by Mark Schwarzer.

It was the only time the Australian keeper, who has just come back from Asian Cup duty, was called into making a save with his opposite number the far busier of the two.

But Harper only really earned his day's wages in the second half following an opening 45 minutes which saw only two clear-cut chances created.

Hughes pleased by 'deserved win'

The closest the home side came to opening the deadlock in that period was when the effervescent Dempsey smashed his shot from the edge of the six-yard area over the Newcastle bar.

Alan Pardew's Magpies, who had coped admirably during January without the now-departed and injured striker Andy Carroll, were dealt another setback in the forwards department in the 14th minute when a collision with Steve Sidwell resulted in Shola Ameobi coming off with what was later diagnosed as a suspected fractured cheekbone.

Ranger, his replacement, has yet to find his feet in black and white but he did make himself a nuisance when Joey Barton's in-swinging free-kick caused an uncertain Sidwell to head a yard past his own post.

That was the sum of the good chances in the half, but thankfully the match improved tenfold after the break.

Within five minutes of the restart, Harper pulled off a great low save from Dempsey on the left before Duff followed up by sidefooting the loose ball a yard wide of the other post.

Pardew targets Newcastle survival

Up the other end, Leon Best, who made his mark at Newcastle this season with a hat-trick against West Ham, twice came close, first when he failed to connect with Jonas Gutierrez's ball across the six-yard box before heading over from eight yards a minute later.

Despite those two chances, Fulham were looking the more assured with the ball at their feet.

Moussa Dembele, who set up the earlier chance, created the next opportunity for Fulham when he again found Dempsey on the left and the United States striker's vicious shot was brilliantly pushed over by Harper.

But a few minutes later, the Newcastle number one was given little chance of stopping Duff from scoring after the spritely midfielder dispossessed left-back Enrique and slotted in.

Fulham could have made the scoreline more handsome in the closing moments but Dempsey and Dembele were denied by Newcastle's man-of-the-match in goal.

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Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Fulham 1-0 Newcastle FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Duff 67

    Fulham

    Substitutes

    Newcastle

    Substitutes

    Ref: JonesAtt: 25,620
    FULHAM
    NEWCASTLE

    Possession

    • Fulham 49%
    • Newcastle 51%

    Attempts on target

    • Fulham 9
    • Newcastle 3

    Attempts off target

    • Fulham 2
    • Newcastle 1

    Corners

    • Fulham 5
    • Newcastle 7

    Fouls

    • Fulham 14
    • Newcastle 19
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:12 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • 90:00+1:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Baird on Jonas Gutierrez. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
    • 90:00+0:53 Moussa Dembele takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.
    • Correction - 89:55 Sanchez Jose Enrique challenges Steve Sidwell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aaron Hughes takes the direct free kick.
    • 89:55 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Sidwell by Sanchez Jose Enrique. Direct free kick taken by Chris Baird.
    • 88:43 Short corner worked by Simon Davies.
    • 86:53 Substitution Damien Duff goes off and Simon Davies comes on.
    • 86:24 Substitution Zoltan Gera joins the action as a substitute, replacing Danny Murphy.
    • 85:40 The ball is sent over by Jonas Gutierrez.
    • 83:21 Inswinging corner taken by Joey Barton.
    • 82:55 Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.
    • 81:37 Danny Simpson crosses the ball.
    • 80:29 Danny Simpson sends in a cross, Nile Ranger takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 79:54 Gael Kakuta takes a shot. Save made by Steve Harper.
    • 78:22 The ball is sent over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, clearance by Clint Dempsey.
    • 74:07 Chris Baird takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.
    • 73:12 Mike Williamson challenges Clint Dempsey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
    • 72:27 Kevin Nolan concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Schwarzer. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
    • 71:48 Joey Barton takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
    • 71:17 Substitution (Newcastle) makes a substitution, with Peter Lovenkrands coming on for Leon Best.
    • 70:41 Substitution Gael Kakuta joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andrew Johnson.
    • 68:53 Mark Schwarzer fouled by Leon Best, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
    • 68:16 Centre by Joey Barton, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
    • 67:57 Moussa Dembele is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick.
    • 66:34 The assist for the goal came from Danny Murphy.
    • 66:34 GOAL - Damien DuffFulham 1 - 0 Newcastle Damien Duff finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Fulham 1-0 Newcastle.
    • 65:49 Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton, save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 65:26 Jonas Gutierrez takes a shot. Blocked by Aaron Hughes.
    • 63:41 Damien Duff delivers the ball, Sanchez Jose Enrique manages to make a clearance.
    • 63:17 Damien Duff takes a outswinging corner.
    • 62:58 Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Steve Harper makes a save.
    • 62:25 Chris Baird takes a shot. Save made by Steve Harper.
    • 60:08 Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton, clearance made by Moussa Dembele.
    • 59:32 Outswinging corner taken by Joey Barton, Chris Baird manages to make a clearance.
    • 59:25 Jonas Gutierrez sends in a cross, clearance made by Chris Baird.
    • 59:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Moussa Dembele on Mike Williamson. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
    • 58:35 The ball is crossed by Danny Guthrie, Leon Best produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
    • 56:27 Brede Hangeland challenges Nile Ranger unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
    • 55:36 The ball is sent over by John Pantsil, save made by Steve Harper.
    • 54:36 Chris Baird concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Best. Direct free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 53:57 Unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey by Mike Williamson results in a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.
    • 53:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele by Kevin Nolan. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
    • 53:16 Booking The referee shows Kevin Nolan a yellow card.
    • 51:29 The assistant referee flags for offside against Andrew Johnson. Fabricio Coloccini restarts play with the free kick.
    • 50:51 Moussa Dembele concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Guthrie. Mike Williamson takes the direct free kick.
    • 50:30 Foul by Kevin Nolan on Moussa Dembele, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
    • 50:04 Damien Duff has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 49:38 Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Steve Harper makes a save.
    • 48:16 The official flags Moussa Dembele offside. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 47:27 Unfair challenge on Brede Hangeland by Joey Barton results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
    • 47:05 A cross is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+4:10 It is the end of the first-half.
    • 45:00+3:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Nolan on Clint Dempsey. Brede Hangeland takes the free kick.
    • 45:00+2:04 Unfair challenge on Kevin Nolan by Clint Dempsey results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Joey Barton.
    • 45:00+1:13 Unfair challenge on Chris Baird by Joey Barton results in a free kick. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:00+0:30 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Danny Murphy, Steve Harper makes a save.
    • 42:57 The referee blows for offside. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
    • 41:07 Danny Murphy fouled by Danny Guthrie, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
    • 41:07 Booking Danny Guthrie is booked.
    • 39:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Joey Barton on Clint Dempsey. Chris Baird takes the direct free kick.
    • 37:34 Damien Duff crosses the ball, clearance by Danny Simpson.
    • 35:32 Unfair challenge on Steve Sidwell by Leon Best results in a free kick. Steve Sidwell takes the free kick.
    • 34:28 Clint Dempsey produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 33:50 Jonas Gutierrez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
    • 33:15 Foul by Danny Guthrie on Clint Dempsey, free kick awarded. Chris Baird takes the direct free kick.
    • 31:04 Danny Simpson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.
    • 31:04 Booking Danny Simpson goes into the referee's book.
    • 29:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Guthrie by Damien Duff. Joey Barton restarts play with the free kick.
    • 28:49 Steve Sidwell takes a shot. Steve Harper makes a save.
    • 28:14 A cross is delivered by Joey Barton, save made by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 27:59 The ball is swung over by Chris Baird, clearance by Kevin Nolan.
    • 26:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonas Gutierrez on Damien Duff. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
    • 24:39 Damien Duff challenges Sanchez Jose Enrique unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 22:27 Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Clint Dempsey.
    • 21:06 The ball is swung over by Clint Dempsey, save by Steve Harper.
    • 20:08 Joey Barton takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, save made by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 19:15 Foul by John Pantsil on Sanchez Jose Enrique, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Joey Barton, Steve Sidwell manages to make a clearance.
    • 17:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Clint Dempsey. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.
    • 15:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andrew Johnson on Fabricio Coloccini. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.
    • 13:24 Danny Simpson takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 12:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Sidwell on Danny Guthrie. Free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
    • 12:39 Substitution Nile Ranger on for Shola Ameobi.
    • 8:57 Andrew Johnson produces a cross.
    • 7:08 Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Hughes on Shola Ameobi. Joey Barton takes the direct free kick.
    • 6:07 Andrew Johnson is caught offside. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
    • 5:41 A cross is delivered by Chris Baird, save by Steve Harper.
    • 5:02 Inswinging corner taken by Danny Murphy from the left by-line played to the near post, Steve Harper makes a save.
    • 4:26 Outswinging corner taken by Damien Duff, clearance by Joey Barton.
    • 4:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mike Williamson on Moussa Dembele. Chris Baird restarts play with the free kick.
    • 3:29 Shola Ameobi concedes a free kick for a foul on John Pantsil. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
    • 0:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabricio Coloccini by Andrew Johnson. Direct free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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    As it stood on 2 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 24 32 54
    2 Arsenal 24 27 49
    3 Man City 25 17 46
    4 Chelsea 24 25 44
    5 Tottenham 24 7 41
    6 Sunderland 25 2 37
    7 Liverpool 25 2 35
    8 Bolton 25 0 33
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    15 Everton 24 -3 27
    16 West Brom 24 -14 26
    17 Birmingham 23 -10 24
    18 West Ham 25 -17 24
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